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  1. shinkansen1966

    Watford Junction and Shenfield special fare zones

    Transport for London use 9 concentric zones to determine their fares. Zones 1-6, mostly correspond with the Greater London Authority area. There are exceptions and the eastern branch of the Central line springs to mind. So why exactly do TfL go to the trouble of putting Watford Junction and...
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    European low platform heights

    Elsewhere in Europe, many railway stations have lower platform heights than in the UK. I know the EU has issued some standards on platform heights. From personal experience, UK style platform are seen in Germany and the Netherlands. I was wondering why platform heights are lower in many...
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    Change ticket from Off peak to anytime

    I have used Virgin East Coast to book train tickets online. I still use them for the Nectar points. I have the bought the following tickets: Thursday 20 October Banbury to Birmingham International, off peak return, £16.90. This ticket is not valid before 09:57 departure from Banbury to...
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    East Coast Rewards scheme after February 2015

    East Coast train services will be back in private hands after February 2015 and this has been discussed elsewhere on this forum. But what's going to happen to the East Coast rewards scheme after then ? Is there any obligation for the selected private operator to maintain the scheme ? Or...
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    Midland Main Line, 125 mph from 8 December 2013

    From Sunday 8 December 2013, the Midland Main line (MML) joins the 125 mph club. There are some small but welcome journey time reductions. Sheffield to London services are speeded up by around 7 minutes with some fast trains taking 2 h 00 and the semi-fasts taking 2 hr 10. Nottingham to...
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    St Petersburg to Helsinki "Allegro" train

    Last week, I went on the “Allegro” high speed tilting train from St Petersburg (Finlyandsky railway station) to Helsinki. This is a journey of approximately 430 km and takes 3 hours 36 mins. The new “Allegro” service, using Pendelino tilting trains was launched in December 2010 and has reduced...
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    SNCF ticketing questions

    Next week, I am going to Palermo, Sicilly all the way by train. Out via Zurich, Milano, Naples. Back on the ferry to Genoa, then onto Marseilles. Does my printed e-ticket for the TGV train from Paris to Zurich need to 'composted' at those orange SNCF machines along the platforms ? I'll be...
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    Valid cross London transfers

    Advance purchase single from Sevenoaks (Kent) to York via London terminals. On the London to York leg of the trip, journey is by East Coast trains from London Kings Cross. I understand this fare includes London Underground when crossing between London termini. But will this fare also allow...
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    The mysteries of advance purchase booking horizons

    Looking at the booking some advance purchase tickets in July. Though I’d do this in conjunction with the Trainline.com’s advance booking window. I never use the Trainline preferring to use EastCoast for their rewards points and EC only ticket discounts. As of this afternoon – Thursday 25...
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    GB timetable: 19 May 2013 to 7 December 2013

    Any ideas when this will be available ?
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    Ride Cornwall one day ticket £10, still available for 2013

    Does anyone if the £10 'Ride Cornwall' day ticket is available for 2013 ? And can this ticket be bought in London railways station the day beforehand ? Details here: http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/~/media/Ride%20Cornwall%20Leaflet%20July%202012%20V1.ashx "Ride Cornwall offers the...
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    Through Paris to Barcelona TGV service from April 2013

    According to Catalan new agency link here dated Oct 2012 http://www.catalannewsagency.com/news/society-science/high-speed-train-linking-barcelona-and-girona-france-finally-start-running-apri Looks like the high speed line between Figueres and Barcelona (appox 140km) will open for service in...
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    High Speed One supplements: London <-> Ashford International

    Exactly what are the one way and return supplements for travel on High Speed One both with and without a Network railcard ? South Eastern web site does not appear to publish a list of supplements. For instance, I'd like to make a return trip from London to Folkestone, travelling on HS1 in...
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    Severn Valley Railway £12.00 add-on

    In Sept 2012, planning to travel from London Marylebone to Kidderminster via Birmingham Snow Hill. Then a day return on the Severn Valley Railway I read about this £12.00 add-on to your fare...
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    Off peak / super off peak single tickets - break of journey

    Exactly how do I find out if a super off peak / off peak single ticket allows for a break of journey ? From memory, there is a way of finding out on the National Rail web site and thus avoiding calling NRE. Know the subject has been done many times before. At times, even I get bored of it...
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    Brussels Midi / Zuid - 18 minute connection

    Going to travel from London St Pancras to Marburg (Germany, near Franfurt) on a Deutsche Bahn - one way - €49 euro ticket. Done this before and went all the way to Dresden. Great value, recommended. On this occassion, DB offers an 18 minute connection at Brussels Midi / Zuid. Eurostar arrives...
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    Engeering works at Liverpool St, Central line via Newbury Park: ticketing options

    On Sat 5 May, there are engineering works out of London Liverpool Street. Instead, you take the Central line to Newbury Park, then a bus to Shenfield, then onward rail connections to Southend / East Anglia. I may well be taking the London Overground from Walthamstow Queens Rd to Leytonstone...
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    Online bookings, how quick to collect the tickets ?

    I often book online and then collect at ticket machines. I do this to build up points on East Coast rewards, get TOC web site specific fares or in the case of tomorrow get the introductory 25% off Great Anglian's fares. I understand that 2 hrs is the official minimum between placing an order...
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    Reading station upgrade

    About once every 1-2 months, I use Reading station, almost always to change trains. So I'm following the current £850 million upgrade plan with interest. http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/6339.aspx From what I understand, Reading is to get at least 5 new through platforms. There's already a...
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    TOC franchise subsidy payments and premia

    Struggling to find documents which show the TOC franchise subsidy payments and premia profiles over their lifetime. Curious to know which TOCs are subsidised and which hand over money to DfT. Or are steadily moving to handing over money to DfT. The DfT web site isn't terribly helpful. And...

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