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#1 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

A friend of mine is in town on a whirlwind visit.  She is free to catch up with me for breakfast tomorrow morning.  To ge to her, I will need to catch the train with DS1 (2.5yrs) and DS2 (10 weeks) and then a fifteen minute walk beside a busy road..

I had a c-section with DS2, and have a history of sciatica and back/leg pain.   I have a mega double pram (Strider Plus), so I usually avoid catching trains in peak with the pram.  But I think I will struggle with both boys without the pram.  I could take a cheap umbrella stroller, which is too short for me so is a pain in the bum to push, but I could manage it.  Then I would put DS2 in a carrier, though it will mean carrying him for the 40 min (each way) train ride, as well as the walk, and then have him on my lap over breakfast.  If I take the small stroller/carrier I would also have to carry the nappy bag, but with the big pram, I can hang it on the pram.  

I get on the train early enough (ie far enough out on the train line) that getting on with the pram shouldn't be a problem, but as we get closer to the city, the train will be prettty packed, and I am sure I will get a few death glares if I have the mega-pram.  WWYD?
Big pram? Or stroller/carrier?  

If you were a fellow commuter, how much would you hate me for having a big pram?  

This is why I usually don't travel with the kids during peak!

#2 RedBob

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

I *think* I would probably prefer two wriggly children firmly strapped into the big pram myself.

Also, remember that it is still school holidays so you shouldn't get quite so many death stares  biggrin.gif

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

Big pram - and who cares what the commuters think. Have fun!

#4 Bluenomi

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

Can you borrow a car for the day? Use DH's?

Anyway you can meet closer or she comes to you? I'd feel horrid making someone with 2 kids who recently had a c section catch a train and walk 15 mins to meet me!

#5 kuhla

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

Is a taxi feasible?

#6 kitkatswing

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

Take the big pram. You are just as entitled to take PT as everyone else is original.gif

#7 Silver Girl

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

Take the big pram and ignore the glares. As per PP you are entitled to use public transport and you need a pram that accommodates your two children.

One of my pet hates is commuters who complain that parents with prams should never travel during peak hour. Sometimes it can't be avoided.

#8 9ferals

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

At this time of the year it hopefully won't be as busy as usual.
Just go as early as is feasible and ignore the stares.
I don't have kids but I don't begrudge people with prams on the train/bus - I know they aren't usually catching public transport in peak hour just for the fun of it.

#9 ~chiquita~

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

QUOTE
Anyway you can meet closer or she comes to you?  I'd feel horrid making someone with 2 kids who recently had a c section  catch a train and walk 15 mins to meet me!

This is what I was thinking.

#10 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

Big pram and glare back at them!

Two kids strapped in securely rather than an unstable stroller being controlled by a woman with a baby in a carrier who has back issues. No contest. I'm sure people who use the train for work commute have seen worse (am thinking of the chap on the train I was on a few weeks back who lit up in the carriage whilst swigging out of his bottle of Jack!)

Have fun!

#11 Cacti

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

Prams on trains are fine, go for it.

#12 MrsLexiK

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

take the big pram.  I wouldn't worry too much about the packed train.  It is still school holidays, it took me about 45 minutes to get to work this morning, not one single hold up (and we are talking 65km+ distance)

#13 AntiBourgeoisie

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

It always saddens me when people ask this questions, because other people make them doubt their rights to utilize a public resource.
Yes, OP, take your pram on the train. You are allowed to, peak hour or otherwise. As are disabled people with wheelchairs. Elderly people with walkers. Travelers with suitcases. Kids with big school bags. And everyone else. And make sure you ask people to help you over steps/big bumps.

#14 tigers17

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

I'm on trains twice a day during peak hour - with the school holidays still ongoing a lot of regular commuters are still on leave. The trains are a lot quieter than normal - take the big pram and I doubt you will have any issues

#15 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 10/01/2013, 03:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can she come to you ?

If I was in your situation I'd either not go or ask if they can come and visit you.


Unfortunately, coming to me isn't an option.  She is up for a funeral way on the other side of town, so she is already meeting me more than half way.  She is relying on public transport too.

I haven't seen her face-to-face in 8 years!  I'm not missing the chance.  original.gif

I'm glad to hear that I am not being a complete t*at taking the big pram. I think I will need it.  Actually, with the big pram, I could even brave a side-trip to Southbank or the museum on the way home!

#16 Paddlepop

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

Make sure you get board the train from the spot designated for wheelchairs and others who require assistance. That way the height difference between the train and platform is minimised and you can get a train guard to put down a ramp for you if you need it to get onto and off the train more easily and safely. It will also help to save your ab muscles and back from trying to lift a large heavy pram on and off the train.

Enjoy your breakfast with your friend!

#17 Feral_Pooks

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

Take the big pram. Don't worry about the cranky suits.

#18 Veryclucky

Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:01 PM

Take the big pram. I believe you are in Brisbane from other posts I have read. I catch the train to work everyday on the Caboolture/Ipswich line and at the moment it isn't that busy in peak hour. Plenty of room for a big pram or two.

But then again, I would still say take it even if it was crowded. If the boys are contained better and you need it for the reasons you stated, the commuters can suck it up. It is rarely that crowded on all carriages that there isn't room.

Also agree with Paddlepop.

#19 BatDog

Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

Big pram for sure! If anyone says anything start telling them your medical issues and ask for their opinion on how to manage getting out of the house for the day without a pram. That'll shut them up!

#20 elegie

Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

Absolutely take the big pram, you have just as much right to use the train as any other paying passenger.

I'd also suggest taking a taxi for the 15 minute walk if you aren't in NSW (car seat issues) and there are taxis at the station.

#21 ednaboo

Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

Definitely the big pram.  It's not like you are going in a tram or a bus - big prams on trains are fine.




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