Faster train times mean that Downton murder is possible

Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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How could Mr Bates have killed the horrible valet Mr Green in Sunday’s series-ender of Downton Abbey?

Would it have been possible to catch a train from York to London, push someone under a tram, then return in time for a late supper?

I’m sure Julian Fellowes has a twist or two up his sleeve, but I had to investigate the possibility.

Today the train takes, on average, 1 hour 40 minutes between Portsmouth Harbour and London Waterloo.

Back in the 1920s and the age of steam, the same journey took as little as 1 hour 20 minutes.

So with this in mind, maybe the East Coast line was also faster back in the days of the Charleston.