Hello all, I'd appreciate some advice on valid routes for a journey from Newtongrange (NEG) to Oxford (OXF) on 21st March. I wish to travel through London and avoid having a counted place reservation on the journey from London to Oxford, so that I can have time for a decent lunch at Paddington (PAD). I last did this a couple of years ago (though from Edinburgh!) after misunderstanding that I was able to take any train I wanted from Paddington to Oxford... I ended up an an almost empty HST and didn't see the guard at all so was unaware that I may have done something wrong. I've worked out that by adding a station between PAD and OXF as a via point on the VTEC website then the following is suggested: Depart: Newtongrange dep. 07:31 Change at: Edinburgh arr. 07:59 dep. 08:30 London Kings Cross arr. 12:50 London Underground London Paddington dep. 13:57 Arrive: Oxford, 15:44 The 1357 from PAD is a stopper for which there are no reservations. As far as I can tell the restriction code for the ticket is GC, which states "Valid on Virgin Trains East Coast (TOC Code: GR) and connecting services. Seat reservations are compulsory." My questions about this itinerary are: 1. Am I still able to take a later train to OXF? 2. Does it have to be a stopper service? 3. Can I take a faster service from PAD to OXF? 4. Can I take a service from Marylebone (MYB) to OXF? and 5. Will this ticket give me barrier problems if I try to use it at peak departure time from PAD or MYB? Or, is there a better option (a return perhaps?) which will give me this flexibility with less hassle? Ultimately I'll claim back the cost of the ticket on expenses (and the distance involved means I can justify first class travel) but I do prefer to spend expense money as if it were my own. I've not yet decided on the route and date of the return. All help gratefully appreciated!