On Train Announcements leads me to remember this gem, a classic mistake which I hold my hand up to…. After serving my time as a goods shunter at East Yard in Eastleigh, I transferred to Southampton Central as a passenger shunter. One of the shunter’s duties at that time was to relieve the station announcer at lunch time, and tea breaks. Most of the announcements were recorded on tape, but I preferred to use the microphone, and make the announcements myself. My voice is quite clear, and I was usually able to avoid the edict becoming “the next train on platform ffwll is for Patigwilog and Nanesburing on Sea. Change at Twilesigmoroo for Gerofmeknee” Sometimes even the best (or worst) of us can get it wrong so wrong…. Southampton Airport Parkway in those days was simply known as Southampton Parkway, and fast trains left Southampton, and called at the Parkway before running fast to Waterloo Station. It was the semi-fast service that called at Clapham Junction to allow Gatwick Airport passengers to change for their trains. A fast service approached Southampton platform one. My broadcast came gushing from my lips, “The next train to arrive at platform one, is for Southampton Parkway and London Waterloo only. Southampton Parkway and London Waterloo only, the next train at platform one. Passengers for Gatwick Airport, please change at Clapham Junction.” I knew my blunder as soon as I said it. I called myself a pillock, and threw the mike across the desk. It was out there, and I was not about to try to correct it and cause more confusion. The beauty of it was…….no one noticed! At least, no one let me know!!