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theironroad

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Does anyone have details of what amendments the sleepers are doing over Easter when Euston is closed? Presumably they are running from Kings Cross again?
If I do a search on the sleeper booking site for Maundy Thursday to Edinburgh, it shows departure from London at 21:34 and arrival in Edinburgh is 05:18 so is running a couple hours earlier than normal.
I assume you could stay on board until the normal arrival time?
All a bit confusing..... I see those times you mentioned on the sleeper.scot website but says from Euston. The nres app doesn't allow me to search beyond 14/4 which doesn't help and RTT shows normal weekday timings, is lowalnder close to midnight.

I guess it's another fine example of NR not confirming timetables yet. Annoying since Easter is a very busy time for rail travel.
 
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I said I wouldn't be doing this but I've just booked Advances for another trip despite it being 62% higher than at the same time last year – OK so I'm a mug. Still, that's saved at least one night's stay in a hotel in London or half a day's travel time.

But since when did Caley Sleeper start charging £7.50 if you want your tickets posted out?? :o Night time robbery! It was free 1st Class postage last year.
I saved myself the £7.50 by just collecting my latest tickets at a station.

*EDIT: Another little irritation – what's the point of asking for Railcard details on the online booking form if there's no discount actually given?
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And in post #115 I answer my own question.
 
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I said I wouldn't be doing this but I've just booked Advances for another trip despite it being 62% higher than at the same time last year – OK so I'm a mug. Still, that's saved at least one night's stay in a hotel in London or half a day's travel time.

But since when did Caley Sleeper start charging £7.50 if you want your tickets posted out?? :o Night time robbery! It was free 1st Class postage last year. (I just collected them at a station earlier this evening since I was passing through anyway.)

Another little irritation – what's the point of asking for Railcard details on the online booking form if there's no discount actually given?
Says something in their Help section about tickets over £250 not being eligible for first class post, only secure delivery.
Which will be most tickets now...
Suppose people could maybe order outwards and return separately if that helps?
 

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With check-in and named tickets (I think they are?) why do they even need to issue any tickets? Surely going along with some sort of proof of ID and being ticked off a list should be adequate.

I have never, that I recall, checked into a hotel in the UK with anything other than walking up and telling them my name (then perhaps a card swipe, but only if I was going to charge things to the room). Elsewhere, all I've ever shown is my passport. Isn't it supposed to be a hotel on wheels?
 

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Says something in their Help section about tickets over £250 not being eligible for first class post, only secure delivery.
Which will be most tickets now...
Suppose people could maybe order outwards and return separately if that helps?
Thanks - I hadn't seen that. I suppose it makes some kind of sense with the value of the tickets now.

With check-in and named tickets (I think they are?) why do they even need to issue any tickets? Surely going along with some sort of proof of ID and being ticked off a list should be adequate.

I have never, that I recall, checked into a hotel in the UK with anything other than walking up and telling them my name (then perhaps a card swipe, but only if I was going to charge things to the room). Elsewhere, all I've ever shown is my passport. Isn't it supposed to be a hotel on wheels?
Fair point – I could have gone for an eTicket, but I'm enough of an anorak to want to keep the card tickets for the significant journeys I've made by rail.
 

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With check-in and named tickets (I think they are?) why do they even need to issue any tickets? Surely going along with some sort of proof of ID and being ticked off a list should be adequate.

I have never, that I recall, checked into a hotel in the UK with anything other than walking up and telling them my name (then perhaps a card swipe, but only if I was going to charge things to the room). Elsewhere, all I've ever shown is my passport. Isn't it supposed to be a hotel on wheels?
Isn’t it the case under the National Rail Conditions of Carriage that a valid ticket is required to travel on the rail network?

It is also a train first and foremost. People will expect to be issued with a ticket in advance of travel because that’s what they expect.
 

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Thanks - I hadn't seen that. I suppose it makes some kind of sense with the value of the tickets now.



Fair point – I could have gone for an eTicket, but I'm enough of an anorak to want to keep the card tickets for the significant journeys I've made by rail.
Why not just collect from machine. Or maybe your starting station doesn't have one?
 

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Thanks - I hadn't seen that. I suppose it makes some kind of sense with the value of the tickets now.



Fair point – I could have gone for an eTicket, but I'm enough of an anorak to want to keep the card tickets for the significant journeys I've made by rail.
Oh, I'm like that as well!
Normally I do collect from a machine (which still appears to be an option according their Help section, though confusingly when I tried a booking after reading your post it states that "Your train tickets will be sent to your email address as an e-ticket" without mentioning any other options on the customer details page.)
For a special journey like these I liked to have the tickets in the CS wallet etc.
At their prices I think they can afford the envelope and stamp!
Really want to travel on the new trains but at those prices and no Two Together discount it would have to be the "cheap" seats where the discount still applies.
 

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There is a lot of ECML diversions this year as well as diversions via Manchester.
Yeah, my boyfriend and are going on the sleeper (his first time and he’s excited) in April. Our return on Sunday 15th is via the East Coast Mainline with an earlier departure from Euston.
 

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Isn’t it the case under the National Rail Conditions of Carriage that a valid ticket is required to travel on the rail network?
1. A TOC is allowed to offer superior T&C than the NRCoT, it just can't offer inferior T&C. Not requiring one is clearly superior.

2. It says "or other authority to travel", which being told that going up to the desk and giving in your name clearly does constitute.

It is also a train first and foremost. People will expect to be issued with a ticket in advance of travel because that’s what they expect.
Maybe so, but it's different enough from every other train in concept that people would understand it being different. You'd expect to be able to book every train via all the booking sites, but you can't this one as it's different.
 

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Although the line to Ft Bill is shut for 9 days in Oct the online site still shows booking to Ft Bill, is this because of the bus transfer
 

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I said I wouldn't be doing this but I've just booked Advances for another trip despite it being 62% higher than at the same time last year – OK so I'm a mug. Still, that's saved at least one night's stay in a hotel in London or half a day's travel time.

But since when did Caley Sleeper start charging £7.50 if you want your tickets posted out?? :o Night time robbery! It was free 1st Class postage last year. (I just collected them at a station earlier this evening since I was passing through anyway.)

Another little irritation – what's the point of asking for Railcard details on the online booking form if there's no discount actually given?
I'm going on it in a couple of weeks time, and ordered the tickets a couple of weeks ago. Postage was free.
 

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Does anyone know if there are any planned closures on the Fort William line in July 2019? (this is when I am looking to travel)
 

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Does anyone know if there are any planned closures on the Fort William line in July 2019? (this is when I am looking to travel)
Can you imagine the ruckus if NR decided to carry out planned engineering during peak season?
 

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Can you imagine the ruckus if NR decided to carry out planned engineering during peak season?

Sleeper will be diverted to/from Oban from 05th October to the 13th of October inclusive, a full week of Oban diversions as the WHL line is shut at various points for track renewals, viaduct/tunnel upgrades.
 

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CS tweeted that Southbound Highlander is running 90 minutes late due to locomotive fault but doing their best to make up time. Doesn’t say if problem was on one of the three portions on from Edinburgh.
 

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I'm not sure it was accurate in the first place because I dealt with another 92 failure at Edinburgh before Christmas (can't remember the number..)
 

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