A journey of a thousand miles must start with a single delay.March 4, 2015
Southeastern trains run, as you might expect, in the south east of England - covering journeys to and from Kent and East Sussex into London.
As such, they're one of the main providers of transport for commuters in and out of the capital. And we think it's fair to say that the people behind the Southeastern parody account @Se_Raleway are two such (disgruntled) commuters.
Run by tweeters @technige and @TonyJWHill (location: 'Stuck on a platform'), the account offers an honest-slash-angry commuters'-eye view of Southeastern's services. In fact, it frequently directs its tweets at the real Southeastern Twitter account -
- as well as making hilarious, barbed comments about the service both in general and specifically (such as today, when the hashtag is #southeastern is trending due to its train delays):
Sorry. Looks like the Christmas engineering works might be overrunning a bit.April 13, 2015
Here are some of our favourite recent tweets from the account. We highly recommend following them - even if you don't live in the south east.
Don't forget: every month, one lucky commuter will win a seat on their next journey to work!April 13, 2015
FUN FACT: So far for April, fewer than 43% of our tranes have arrived at their destination on fire.April 13, 2015
We're currently experiencing signal problems. Toothpaste everywhere.April 13, 2015
Our helpful staff are always ready to listen to your concerns and feedback.April 13, 2015
At this difficult time, can we ask customers to not break wind on #Southeastern services.— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) April 13, 2015
Don't Forget: Tickle your ticket inspector before 12pm tomorrow and you'll get a voucher for a year's free travel across #southeastern— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) March 31, 2015
Boy it is LOVELY here at London Bridge this morning, not that you lot will ever find out #southeastern— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) April 13, 2015
#SouthEastern Fact 17: last year we spent approx £5.4m to repeat our customer service announcements at a frequency only audible to dogs— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) April 7, 2015
We're experiencing severe congestion this morning. Shouldn't have had all that cheese last night.April 13, 2015
We are delighted to announce that the 10:35 to St. Pancras has died for your sins #southeastern— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) April 3, 2015
.@Se_Railway Congestion caused by earlier Norman invasion?— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) April 13, 2015
It appears that some of today's services have been arriving and departing on time. We apologise for any confusion caused #southeastern— Southeastern (@Se_Raleway) March 11, 2015
Guys, we feel your pain. Bring Back British Rail, indeed.