Train passenger gets pizza delivered to her carrriage mid-journey

Never mind a cuppa and a packet of crisps, one train passenger got so hungry during her journey, she ordered a takeaway pizza to be delivered to her carriage - in a 50-second station stop.

Peckish passenger Lucie Mathieson, 25, from London, had not packed dinner for her four-hour train from Port Talbot to Manchester on Sunday.

And when a tiny two-carriage train pulled in, with no food trolley or café on board, she and two friends concocted a plan to satisfy their appetites.

After two refusals, she put in a desperate call to Pizza Hut in Newport, South Wales, and asked them to deliver in the 50-second window that the train was stationary at Newport Station.

As the train pulled in at 6.54pm, the two pizzas - one deep-pan pepperoni, one thin-crust chicken and mushroom - and barbecue chicken wings were waiting, with extra garlic and herb dip.

Lucie, a BBC set designer for kids' TV, jumped onto the platform and was back in her seat in less than 50 seconds.

She told Caters News: "We never thought it would work. But we needed some dinner. The train set off at 5.50pm and wasn't getting in until 10.30pm.

"I asked the train conductor when we were getting in at each station then started calling all the pizza places on the way.

"Two said no, but Joe at Pizza Hut in Newport loved the idea. I said to him, 'I've got a mission for you' and he got very excited.

"I don't know how he got on the station - we offered to pay for a ticket for him, but he didn't need it.

"There were so many ways it could have gone wrong. We paid over the phone so Joe could have taken the money and not come. But when he was there the whole station was cheering.

"By the time I got to Manchester all my friends were texting me saying I was on the front page of Reddit. I don't even know how I got there but everyone was posting it and commenting on it.

"I just can't believe we managed it!"

And after she posted pictures of lunch on-the-go on Facebook, they became an online hit.

Michelle Escott, general manager at Newport Pizza Hut Delivery, told Caters News: "When we got a call from a customer to deliver pizza to the Port Talbot to Manchester train we simply couldn't resist the challenge."

Think that's good? Check out these silly plane passenger requests:

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Train passenger gets pizza delivered to her carrriage mid-journey

Yes, according to a survey of Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew, this is the most frequent mad request they get... seems that a worrying number of us have a lot to learn when it comes to the basic science of aviation...

Speaking about their weirdest passenger requests to, one steward said a passenger was worried about Heathrow Airport being so close to Windsor Castle as the plane was coming into London and asked if cabin crew could arrange for the planes not to fly over the castle in the future in case the Queen found it a nuisance. What a thoughtful flyer!

One Virgin Atlantic crew member was asked by a very famous celebrity, who pressed their call bell, to fix their hair. The flight attendant agreed to the unusual request and headed back to the galley to get a hair brush, comb and small can of hairspray. When he returned armed with the hairdressing equipment, the star roared with laughter and explained it was the AIR they wanted fixed and pointed overhead! The poor steward turned on the air vent and crept back to the galley. Cringe...

Er, we're hoping the passenger was't serious about this request. Another passenger asked: "Please can the captain stop the turbulence?". 

While flying into Nice in the South of France, one cheeky passenger asked a stewardess if the pilot could 'go a bit further down the coast so we can have a look at Monaco,' she told

We know they have some luxurious cabins but we would have liked to see the face of the flight attendant who was asked by a passenger where they could take a shower on a Virgin Atlantic flight.

A playroom, indeed. Sometimes, passengers appear to forget they're 30,000ft in the air.

Yes, someone really did ask a Virgin flight attendant this question. 

A stewardess told that a traveller asked her: 'Why am I getting such a poor mobile phone signal? This flight is going to be really long and I’ll be bored if I can’t use my smart phone.' Oh dear!

One steward told flight attendants' forum that one cheeky passenger asked them to get his blanket. He said: 'I once got asked mid flight if I could nip down into the hold and get a passenger his blanket out of his suitcase. After a full description of the bag I then explained this wasn't possible, to which he insisted he was going to go instead.'

This request may have been understandable if it came from a three-year old. But it didn't. It came from a fully grown adult.

This strange request came from a passenger on another Virgin flight... we're still trying to find out if said object was ever found....


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