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    Hitchin to Manningtree (Not via London)

    I need to head off to the wilds of NE Essex. I noticed in the journey planners that a Hitchin to Manningtree (Not via London) ticket comes up with two possible routes. The first, most obvious one is via Cambridge and Ipswich. But the journey planner is also offering me a route via Highbury &...
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    LNER Only SVG-KGX with Network Card - No Minimum Fare?

    Was heading into London from Stevenage today. While I was checking the times, I noticed an incredibly cheap fare - £6.55 return with LNER Only (Super Off-Peak). Checking the conditions, it mentioned that LNER was lifting all time restrictions during the "Crimbo Limbo" week. Is this correct -...
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    LNER, WY Daysaver and South Elmsall

    So, I was in Wakefield recently, had some time spare and got a WY Daysaver Train and pottered about for a bit. My ticket back to Peterborough was from Doncaster, so I bought a South Elmsall to Doncaster single and hopped on the same train at Leeds. Now, there was no ticket check so I've no idea...
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    SDO on 700/1s at Baldock

    Is there anywhere I can find some information out? I was travelling from London to Baldock the other day, at the back of a 12-car 700 and was rather surprised to discover SDO was in place, with the last few carriages locked. As it's quite a short distance from Letchworth, there was really very...
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    The Key mess (non-season tickets)

    So, had a very long conversation with GTR (TSGN) customer services this morning, and am none the wiser. I now commute by train irregularly, and don't necessarily know when until the night before. Given the massive queues and barely-functioning machines at my local station, buying Anytime...
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    Any word on day ticket / PAYG on The Key up in GN-land?

    As per the title, really. My annual season is soon to expire, and I only really need to travel 2, maybe 3 days a week (Biggleswade to Hitchin, so carnet isn't an option, and there are rather annoying queues at the ticket machines in the morning). Had really hoped for some way of using the...
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    Convoluted Network Railcard + Season Ticket Query

    Slightly random one here. I have (at present) a weekly season from Biggleswade to Hitchin. MrsStut has a Network Railcard. If we want to go to London, using her Railcard discount, can I travel on the season plus a Hitchin-London ticket, while she travels on a Biggleswade-London ticket?
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    Any quick ways to replace a faded annual season?

    My season ticket is fading... An RPI at the KGX barriers spotted this this evening, took the ticket and stamped it, giving me a week to get it replaced. This is a bit of a pain in the arse, as the only time I can really get it done is in the rush hour at KGX, and am not overly enthralled...
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    Does it matter who I buy my season ticket from?

    It's that time of year again... A slightly terrifying proportion (albeit less than if I had to run a car) of my salary disappears into the coffers of a railway company (FCC for now). In return, I get a couple of free tickets - recently downgraded from 'any time' to 'off-peak only', and I now...
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    When is an open ticket office not an open ticket office?

    When it's closed? Well, yes. But also when there's nobody there. My local station has taken to having extended periods of absence at the ticket counter - they started off being around 10-15 minutes, but it's now not uncommon to see a "back at [whenever]" sign up for 30-45 minutes. Which is...
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    Ipswich - Tonbridge - Biggleswade - Ipswich

    This is the kind of routing that makes my head spin when it comes to fares. It's for one senior railcard holder, and the pattern of travel will be: Day 1: Ipswich - Tonbridge Day 2: Tonbridge - Biggleswade (with London-Biggleswade in evening peak) Day 6: Biggleswade/Baldock - Ipswich...
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    HEX Refund Following Cancellations

    A couple of weeks ago, I went to Paddington to catch the Heathrow Express to, er, Heathrow. Sadly, due to a fatality, there were no trains moving, so I ended up on the Tube, a gaggle of stressed tourists in tow. Not earth-shattering. I had a pre-paid return ticket (via EC, not from the HEX...
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    More Indian Suburban Railways

    After my previous experiences in Hyderabad, I've had a few more work trips to India, involving quite a lot of train travel (both long-distance and suburban) but I thought I'd comment on some of the suburban services. I find the country endlessly fascinating, and always love the perspective you...
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    Hyderabad MMTS

    Does anyone have any experience of this system? Am going to be out there for work shortly, but I don't do taxi-from-airport-to-business-hotel style travel, and intend to potter about the old city. This will include using the MMTS, possibly also at peak hours. Anyone here any experience of the...
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    Local Connections on a DB "Europa-Spezial" Ticket

    Hi Folks, This is a slight reprise of a previous thread on RB/RE connections on a DB Online-Ticket, but for me, it looks slightly different to previous experience. I'm booked on the Berlin-Copenhagen sleeper in a couple of weeks, and as I'm arriving at Schoenefeld the same day, bought the...
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    London - Dublin via Holyhead Overnight - What's it Like?

    Am considering doing this journey, mostly for the hell of it. I've had worse than a 2:30 ferry before, but the one bit that bothers me is... The wait time in Holyhead. Looking at the port website, the ferries seem to be available for boarding around 0:30, meaning a nasty hour and a half wait in...
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    Downgrade compensation?

    Was on the slightly oddly bookable 1333 FO train from Euston to Crewe on Friday, with an Advance 1st. 5 minutes after departure time, they can round 1st class apologising, saying that one of the doors was reporting a fault, and they had to lock 1st class out of service. We were offered a...
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    ECML Problems 19/6/12

    Am currently on the 1740 KGX-PBO, stuck just north of Hadley Wood. Apparently an EC train has a smashed windsceen and passengers are being transferred. Oh, on the move now, albeit at a crawl. Just a heads-up, anyway. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Just passed the broken train...
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    13:33 FO Euston-Lancaster - first class?

    I've got myself booked on this train, seemingly in first (as it wasn't a huge amount more than standard), booking through the EC site. However, looking here and doing a dummy booking on the VT site seem to indicate that it's standard only. I don't particularly mind, as the seat I'm...
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    Crewe-Wrenbury tight connection - buy on board?

    Folks, Am heading up from London to Wrenbury in a few weeks. The only train I could reasonably book was the 13:33 (now booked) EUS-CRE, but this means only a 4 minute connection for the train to Wrenbury which, of course, was in bookable and therefore risky. However... The booked platforms are...

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