A friend always lambasts those who travel during rush hour and slow him down and he labels them "amateurs." It's true, you can see the difference on the weekends with more of these less frequent travellers compared to the week day professional commuters as their sense of urgency isn't always paramount.
(Image credit: Flickt: blmurch)
The phone use included typing out messages to send when back in signal range, playing games, watching films and listening to music.
Reading mostly meant newspapers, books and e-readers but a few were opening letters in the morning and some were studying.
Technology featured at times with people working on laptops and iPads.
At different times of the day eating and drinking appeared but the inability to wait for a cup of coffee was more common in the morning with paper cups left everywhere. (You might also like to see Is it ever OK to leave litter?)
Mornings also found more who used the train as their 'dressing room': putting on makeup, brushing teeth, spraying deodorant, brushing hair, cutting and painting nails, finishing off their outfit with jackets, ties and scarves, etc. The worst offender was the woman who shaved her legs to the horror and fascination of transfixed fellow commuters.
Personal space is still an important factor and when the train was full I saw subtle fights for the armrest with pointy elbows coming out, and more issues with men sitting with their legs wide open.
Occasionally I saw people talking on the train but only a few in each carriage as it seems travelling is primarily a solitary activity amongst strangers.
Late night travelling brought a different crowd who were generally more 'social' (or loud, depending on your perspective) and falling asleep on the way home was more noticeable. Some slumped against the end of the carriage and some slumped unconsciously against fellow passengers.
(This photo was taken at lunchtime on the day after Halloween.)
We all see unusual things while travelling on the train - train surfing comes to mind. What have you spotted lately?