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Old 24th January 2010, 10:28   #1
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Default First TransPennine Express - First Class - worth doing?

I'm planning a weekend away with my girlfriend. The trip could cost as little as 20 with Standard Advances or 50 with Fist Advances and Weekend Supplements (which in fairness is still less than the 60ish 2 Standard Off-Peak returns would cost).

Trying to justify the added expense in my head, does anybody have any experience of 185 (and possibly 170) First Class?
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Old 24th January 2010, 10:57   #2
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I've done first class in a 185 before, Glasgow - Preston, seats are comfortable, amazing legroom, peace and quiet! and the freebies aren't too bad either, I got a wee basket with Crisps, Biscuits and juice in it, and you get the choice of Tea, Coffee, Hot Choco. I saw yesterday quite a few passengers in first class had sandwhiches so possibly they give them out for free now, definatley worth a try, cracking train, cracking experience im doing it on march 6 Glasgow - Manchester First class, going to the ELR diesil gala and night rider
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Old 24th January 2010, 12:42   #3
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Here's how the costs break down in Standard:


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I could save a fiver or so by buying the return leg on Sunday as standard and getting Weekend upgrades. The outward portion would be on a Friday evening, from Sheffield, between 4 and 6 pm, during term time. That is pushing me towards First Class even more.
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Old 24th January 2010, 12:49   #4
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I went from Manchester Piccadilly - Liverpool Lime Street on a 185 in 1st class. the seating was very comfy and the nice and quiet.

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AFAIK you don't get free sandwiches, only drinks and nibbles. It might be worth it if you want to have better legroom and a quieter carriage, but think that the money saved by going in standard you could go to a nice restaurant, which would certainly please the gf!
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Its only worth it if the rest of the train is very busy...and most of that time they are!
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I used to commute on 185s to Leeds, and 1st class did appeal at rush hour. But outside of peak hours and away from major flows, standard class is not that bad. Even if you don't get the free drinks and snacks, you could by them yourself from the trolley and still save a fair bit of money, and have a good meal later on.
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All I got offered when travelling in FC on TPE was Free Tea/Coffee/Water
There was never any mention of any Cakes,Hot Chocolate or Nibbles
Is that something you have to ask for to get?
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All I got offered when travelling in FC on TPE was Free Tea/Coffee/Water
There was never any mention of any Cakes,Hot Chocolate or Nibbles
Is that something you have to ask for to get?
Sometimes its really your luck whats on board, I did Peterborough - Glasgow First class in November, and All I got was tea and Orange juice... oh and lets not forget the one bite and its gone short bread... what an experience HA not!
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I used to do Edinburgh > Lockerbie FC twice a week for about two years. Not the best offering and they'd done away with the cute little breakfast boxes too.

The only reason I go FC is to get a seat. I don't get the chance to book seats/tickets in advance.
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so if the snack boxes are gone what are the freebies now?
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I'm mainly driven by the desire to just have things nice and stress free. Spending quite a lot on a UK break because Gem suffers from anxiety - so planes are off the list... I think tbh I've just answered my own question there.

Think I'll give it a go, and if it's rubbish I'll know not to again.
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I'm mainly driven by the desire to just have things nice and stress free. Spending quite a lot on a UK break because Gem suffers from anxiety - so planes are off the list... I think tbh I've just answered my own question there.

Think I'll give it a go, and if it's rubbish I'll know not to again.
Will - the Sheffield - Man leg will be a 170 more than likely now. Honestly, don't bother. Although so saying that, this way you will be guarunteed a seat. Blackpool North - Preston has no FC service either.
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I've travelled on occasions from Grantham to Stockport. The "official" route is with EMT on their Norwich -> Liverpool 2 Car Units that have no catering and no first class. So I route via Doncaster on East Coast and TPE and have always been very impressed with TPE. Not only is it about 25 minutes quicker, despite the wait at Doncaster, but the first class experience on TPE is very good. Carriages are always clean and quiet and are a great boon especially when travelling in the peak when standard is packed. Since I usually work the power points help too. Freebies are fine for a relatively short journey. Never had cause to complain!
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The first class seats on 185s are very comfortable, but I'm not sure they're worth the amount extra you are looking at. They're great on a 6 weekend first upgrade, but 15 more each way? I'm not so sure.
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