As my local station is one of the minor ones on the West Coast Main Line, there are only two trains per hour into London, which makes it very annoying when the one you're going to get in the morning is cancelled. Now, don't get me wrong, it doesn't happen very often - my usual gripe is that the trains are often several minutes late - but when it does it can really mess up your morning.
So, it was with a heavy sigh of resignation that I sat down in the waiting room this morning to read my book for half an hour. Less than ten minutes later, though, I was up again because a service that usually blasts through on the fast line was diverted to stop instead.
For once, then, I'd like to commend London Midland for their good service.