He entered the carriage and asked if there was anyone who wasn't happy, and found that there was a party of three who weren't vapers. This was news to the travelling contingent as it had been assumed that the whole carriage had been booked for the trip. Fortunately - and maybe something to do with one of the three being a smoker and therefore not risk-terrified - there were no objections so it was OK to vape away.
This was good news in light of the recent typically Scottish decision - that is, ban everything, ask questions later - of Scotrail.
On the same subject, this sign at Newark station - sent to me by Pat Nurse - was intriguing.
As she rightly pointed out:
"We welcome smokers but not the smoke ....". My own view is that you cannot have one without the other but as smokers are always willing to compromise, and Network Rail clearly welcomes them, then would the company allow smokers to use E-cigs on board trains and on the platform which does allow smokers to be smokers without the smoke?Worth asking, I thought. So I did. The reply from Network Rail surprised me somewhat, in a good way.
Dear Mr Puddlecote
Thank you for your recent enquiry.
I can advise you that the use of e-cigarettes is permissible within enclosed and within partially enclosed buildings and workplaces.
The person may be challenged and be required to prove that they are using an e-cigarette.
Kind RegardsYes, really! Network Rail are happy to allow citizens to organise things for themselves by discussion, rather than issuing some haughty diktat from on high.
I thought that kind of trust in the public had been banned itself long ago! How refreshing, I thought. Shame they don't have the same attitude to entirely harmless outdoor smoking, but hey.
Newark runs trains on the East Coast line, so I asked them about their policy too.
Dear Mr PuddlecoteUnder review, eh? Hmm, sounds like someone at East Coast is preening their eyebrows and getting ready to massage their ego by way of a wagging finger.
Thank you for your email received on 8 July 2013.
I can confirm that, at present, we do allow the use of e-cigarettes on board our trains. However, this policy is under review.
Thank you for getting in touch. Please do not hesitate to contact us again if there is anything else we can do for you.
Anyway, with my curiosity aroused, it would be interesting to paint a picture of how the various train companies view e-cigs at the moment, and what their policies are. I'd ask them all myself but before I do, if anyone has already requested a response from any of the scattered companies - or knows of a published online policy like Scotrail's bone-headed one - do please let me know to save some unnecessary badgering.