My friend holds a 1-week zones 1-6 travelcard. She has a Network Card. She needs to go to Oxford from Paddington tomorrow evening 16th April and back late the same evening. She'd prefer to take a fast train in the peak - eg the 17:22 from Paddington. I've suggested that she gets a Boundary Zone 6 to Oxford off-peak day return for £13.05. See: http://www.brfares.com/#faredetail?orig=0072&dest=OXF&rlc=NEW&tkt=CDR This is restriction W1 which is (as far as I can see) valid on all trains from Paddington to Oxford in the evening peak. (That's a stark contrast to the equivalent day off-peak day return from Paddington at £18.10 which is restriction J9 and severely limited during the evening peak. See: http://www.brfares.com/#faredetail?orig=PAD&dest=OXF&grpo=1072&rlc=NEW&tkt=CDR ) Unfortunately, it's a while since I've been that way and I know that the Paddington gateline have an unenviable reputation of being broadly useless (or worse) when it comes to handling restrictions correctly. Naturally, she's not keen on hassle. Does anyone have an opinion on 1) How likely is she to get.. (a) Paddington gateline challenge; (b) on-train challenge; or (c) challenge on arrival at Oxford? 2) Can she get the ticket from a machine at Paddington or will she need to use the booking office? Any suggestions/opinions welcomed.