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    Interesting response from LM regarding lack of ticket buying opportunities

    My dad recently fired off an email to London Midland, regarding a lack of opportunity to buy a ticket and the amount of revenue they are potentially losing through this. He highlighted the fact that even for those who are willing and ready to purchase a ticket to travel, there is often no...
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    6-car on the Walsall line?

    Currently stood at Hamstead waiting to go towards Walsall and the customer info display on the Birmingham bound platform is reporting the 2051 as being formed of 6 coaches. Never seen that before and don't think the stations, except Aston and Duddeston can accommodate 6. Anybody have any info...
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    NXEA almost leaving me stranded...

    Bit of an essay this, so bare with me. Had a hellish journey home from Sheringham to Stoke-on-Trent last night/this morning. All was well until I boarded the 1900 Norwich - Liverpool Street. Before leaving the conductor announced there was a signalling issue at Needham Market so we might...
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    ATW 175 at Stoke

    Evening all, About 15 minutes ago (2315), I saw an ATW 175 pulling in (judging by the slow speed) to Stoke-on-Trent station from the Manchester direction. Had a look on the live departures/arrivals and saw nothing so assume it must be diverted on its way to somewhere. Any idea where...
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    Unreserved portion on an AP ticket...

    Quick query relating to my next trip down to Sheringham... I have booked a train from Liverpool Street at 2030, changing at Norwich onto the 2247 to Sheringham (or something around those times). The Sheringham section is unreserved. I don't intend on continuing to Sheringham that...
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    Wooden paddles in Desiro cab

    Whilst waiting at New Street for my train earlier, I had a nose through the cab window of a Desiro and noticed what I could only describe as two large wooden paddles (like wooden rowing boat oars basically) attatched to the inside of the corridor connection. Any idea what these are for...
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    Unable to excess or buy tickets from another station?

    I've just had two problems at Stoke with two fairly straightforward requests... 1) I have an off peak day return to Manchester 'stations', I asked if it was possible to change this to 'central zone' so i can use the tram across to Victoria. Surely just a sinple excess i assumed, apparently...
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    Odd journey planner quirks

    I assume there is any number of these, but there's a few I've personally noticed that probably wouldn't agree too much with the routing guide and all that jazz. First off, a fairly low level one: Birmingham to Hamstead during the evening (when there is only one stopper per hour), gives the...
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    Unavailability of off-peak tickets on certain routes

    Hi guys, I recently made a trip from Hamstead to Stratford on Avon, and was puzzled at the lack of an off-peak day return, with the only ticket available an anytime return. I was even more perplexed when I checked the ticket machines at Moor Street to see an off-peak fare was available from...
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    Walsall line - Cross City North

    Hi all, Not really a question as such, just something odd I've spotted - no doubt one of the many strange quirks of the ticketing system... Just checked on Avantix Traveller to see how much it will be to get from Hamstead to Sutton Coldfield tomorrow and it comes up with two fares - an...
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    ToD from station with no machines (or staff)?

    Hi all, I've booked a journey for tomorrow morning starting from my local station, Hamstead. I've selected the 'ticket on departure' option from Hamstead, however there are no machines at the station - I assume I'll be able to collect them from the ticket office*? *Said ticket office...
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    Excessing a return portion (SOT-WVH-HSD)

    Hi all (in particular yorkie, I imagine :p ), need a bit of clarifying over excessing a ticket... Came back to uni yesterday, but rather than starting from Hamstead or New Street, ended up getting dropped off at Wolverhampton and got an Off-Peak Return to Stoke with my YP railcard at £9.45...
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    Birmingham to Sheringham W\C 4th Apr

    Hi all, Nipping over to Norfolk to do a bit of a reccy ahead of my university fieldwork, however I need a bit of help and advice to get me there. I'm going from Birmingham down to Sheringham, but also stopping off in Cromer on the way there or back. Wouldn't mind nipping to Great Yarmouth...
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    Sign at Stoke-on-Trent station

    Evenin' all, Above platform 3 (hanging down) at Stoke-on-Trent station there's a sign that has been bugging me for a while. Tried taking a photo on my phone but you can't see it at all because of the light, but I made a note of what it says. It's a smallish (maybe 2 foot wide, max) black...
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    Had to buy a new ticket because of booked train being late....

    Need a bit of advice as to whether there is any possibility of me getting some sort of refund in this situation that occured yesterday. I was booked on the 1120 Cross Country service from Stoke-on-Trent to Piccadilly (due at 59) and then the 1220 TransPennine to Sheffield I arrived at...
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    LM 323 Refurbs?

    Hi all, Nipped in to Birmingham today, the train that turned up was a rather shiny, new-smelling refurbished 323. -217 I think was the number. Looked as though it had got a new coat of paint, handrails had all been painted yellow, new floors and new seat cushions (was nice and firm, rather...
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    Unused Advance Tickets - Refunds?

    Hi all, Was planning on having a day in London today and booked onto the 0854 from Stoke down to Euston. Thing is, my housemate managed to fall down the stairs this morning, breaking his ankle in the process. I decided to go off to A&E with him, missing the booked train (and another 5), as we...
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    Stoke on Trent to Fratton, Saturday 1st May.

    Evenin' all, Going down to see Wolves play at Portsmouth next Saturday and am trying to find a train to get me to FTN from SOT Had a look on the London Midland journey planner and the cheapest I seem to be able to find at the times I'd need to travel is by buying 2 singles coming to a...

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