VIDEO: The rail route to misery
DRUNK train passengers may see their actions in a new light in a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the "the InterCity service from hell".
Channel 5 cameras record the antics of revellers and the efforts of First Great Western staff tasked with keeping them under control on the 8.45pm Saturday service from London Paddington to Swansea.
The results are being screened at 8pm on Thursday in the first a new series, The Railway: First Great Western.
Behaviour among some passengers tends to degenerate from Newport onwards.
Train manager Jody Edwards, a former air hostess, has pretty much seen it all - from naked travellers, to a man hiding in a rucksack to avoid paying his fare, to more serious matters including hours of verbal abuse and incidents on the platform edge. You are literally on your own with what can be up to 400 people who are absolutely smashed, on a train travelling up to 100mph," she said.
"It is a scary thought. You hope they stay in their seats and hope they don't do anything stupid.
"I don't look forward to this journey at all - I don't think anybody does."
The service arrives at Newport at 10.30pm and regularly picks up worse-for-wear travellers as it heads west.
In the programme, the train moves on to Cardiff and the narrator describes how: "True to form, trouble is kicking off."
An intoxicated group are having a public argument on the platform edge by the door of the train.
"This is the type of clientele we have to deal with - time to lock myself on the train with them," said Jody.
Swansea is the final destination - and several people are found passed out by train cleaners long after most passengers have alighted.
There are light-hearted moments, with Jody laughing along with revellers who are enjoying a dance and a singsong.
The Great Western route began life 170 years ago and was engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.