In "Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book" by Austin Freeman", ِDr. Gervis was talking to his friend, saying:

"I think I had better run up to town and confer with Thorndyke," said I. "How do the trains run?"

"There is a good train in about three-quarters of an hour," replied Foxton.

I think that he meant to ask him "how fast trains are?"

And the other meant to say "there is a fast train".

Is that right?


The question "How do the trains run?", in context, means "What are the train schedules?" or "When will there be trains available?", with the same meaning: "When can I get one?".

The statement "There is a good train in about three-quarters of an hour." means that that will be a suitable train for getting to the questioner's destination.

What would make a train "good"? Maybe it would be a good choice because there would be less stops along the way, or maybe it would go the full distance without any transfers.

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