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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:49 am

Hitched to a lot to games back in the past. Great fun.
I hitched to what I seem to remember was the mid week Chelsea away Cup game at the time of the Osgood team. Me and a friend didn't fancy the long grind on the way home so jumped the "Pilgrim express" on the way back, and got caught by Neil Dougall who was helping to run the train. He knew me and knew I hadn't used the train on the way up, and was not very impressed at all. My mate got away with it by jumping to another platform and re boarding further down the train after the advancing ticket check.
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:01 am

Me a few mates hitched down through Europe and ended up in Barcelona Spain. We were going to find work and stay the summer. The Grape picking in France paid for the trip to Spain. We ended up in Spain potless and couldn't find any work so we started home on the trains. Six of us split up into three teams and went to the station, bunked on the train and sat tight. First journey saw as get kicked of at Bayonne. Ideal we thought, a couple of more legs will see us at the ports in France, how wrong we were. The ticket inspectors obviously started to communicate and were looking out for us, feckers were waiting at the ticket station. Anyway hitched to Biarizt(sp?) and back on the train, got to Bordeaux then kicked off again. Dodged about then managed to get between there and Paris when we were bunked off the train right in the middle of nowhere. We guessed they had stopped the train to kick us off because no long distance trains stopped there. Slept in station then hitched to Orleans the next day where we caught the train to Dover. We all took three days, spent about a fiver each on food and had a right crack. We then presented ourselves at the P&O office to beg for a crossing, we offered to work but the purser gave us right bollocking, bedded us down in a staff cabin and even fed us!
All in all very cheap travel and probably easier than traveling at home on network rail
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:02 am

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Hitched to a lot to games back in the past. Great fun.
I hitched to what I seem to remember was the mid week Chelsea away Cup game at the time of the Osgood team. Me and a friend didn't fancy the long grind on the way home so jumped the "Pilgrim express" on the way back, and got caught by Neil Dougall who was helping to run the train. He knew me and knew I hadn't used the train on the way up, and was not very impressed at all. My mate got away with it by jumping to another platform and re boarding further down the train after the advancing ticket check.

Think that was the League cup game about 1970ish, I was still at school - caught that train up and back but got thrown in the parcel cage about 10 of us as someone kept pulling the emergancy chain. Not me mind, but names taken and let out only when got back to North road. Think we lost 1-3? and all Argyle fans we under that rickety North stand - remember entering throuth the Shed end and walking along the side, wow what days they were!!
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:09 am

If there's one shining example of the failed logic that dictates that privatised services are always better it is our railways.

It's all a complete and utter shambles with privatised companies relying on a nationalised track system after the privatised version (Railtrack) failed.

If it all operated to the benefit of the traveller those cheapest fares would be routinely available and the fact that they are not speaks volumes. What more proof could you need?

And it could all be nationalised very gradually, very easily, very simply and very cheaply simply by not renewing the contracts of the companies that make it so difficult and expensive.

The government should be telling them in no uncertain terms to shape up or get set to ship out.

We've been totally scammed on this and it beats the shit out of me why we stand for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:32 am

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Winter Green wrote:
Hitched to a lot to games back in the past. Great fun.
I hitched to what I seem to remember was the mid week Chelsea away Cup game at the time of the Osgood team. Me and a friend didn't fancy the long grind on the way home so jumped the "Pilgrim express" on the way back, and got caught by Neil Dougall who was helping to run the train. He knew me and knew I hadn't used the train on the way up, and was not very impressed at all. My mate got away with it by jumping to another platform and re boarding further down the train after the advancing ticket check.

Think that was the League cup game about 1970ish, I was still at school - caught that train up and back but got thrown in the parcel cage about 10 of us as someone kept pulling the emergancy chain. Not me mind, but names taken and let out only when got back to North road. Think we lost 1-3? and all Argyle fans we under that rickety North stand - remember entering throuth the Shed end and walking along the side, wow what days they were!!

I have to own up here. I seem to to remember it was my mate who pulled the emergency chord. Embarassed 
Something also rings a bell that we too ended up in the guards van or somewhere. Maybe we shared the same carriage Bandy. My friend was a very loud, very funny black school mate who loved impersonating Harold Wilson. Very Happy 
We were also still at school and were reported to our school headmaster. He demanded we pay the fare, I refused, and that was the start of my ultimate and inevitable fall out. He disliked me intensely after that. study
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:13 am

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If there's one shining example of the failed logic that dictates that privatised services are always better it is our railways.

It's all a complete and utter shambles with privatised companies relying on a nationalised track system after the privatised version (Railtrack) failed.

If it all operated to the benefit of the traveller those cheapest fares would be routinely available and the fact that they are not speaks volumes. What more proof could you need?

And it could all be nationalised very gradually, very easily, very simply and very cheaply simply by not renewing the contracts of the companies that make it so difficult and expensive.

The government should be telling them in no uncertain terms to shape up or get set to ship out.

We've been totally scammed on this and it beats the shit out of me why we stand for it.

This with bells on it. All this shit is foisted upon us because the powers that be give the contracts to their mates and then get jobs with said mates when bored with the house. Also that and there are millions of snobby feckin lower middle classes that stick a plum in their mouths and think that that fact makes them the same as Camoron. They think they are in the same social class as them and therefore apologise and support them even though they are so far from the thoughs of government it's not true.
The privitisation of our universities is another case in point and I hear so many people that support the fees even though they benefited from free education, Blair and Brown being two of these scum, followed by most of middle class Britain. I'm all right jack pull that feckin ladder up before the plebs get here will you?
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:18 am

If anybody watched W1A last night their train journey up to Manchester summed up the railways, over paid management and what they actually do very nicely. Vacuous suits sitting at large tables in large comfy seats spouting phsyco babble whilst the plebs pay nearly as much as them whilst standing up for the whole journey.
We were warned.
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:42 pm

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Bandwagon wrote:
Winter Green wrote:
Hitched to a lot to games back in the past. Great fun.
I hitched to what I seem to remember was the mid week Chelsea away Cup game at the time of the Osgood team. Me and a friend didn't fancy the long grind on the way home so jumped the "Pilgrim express" on the way back, and got caught by Neil Dougall who was helping to run the train. He knew me and knew I hadn't used the train on the way up, and was not very impressed at all. My mate got away with it by jumping to another platform and re boarding further down the train after the advancing ticket check.

Think that was the League cup game about 1970ish, I was still at school - caught that train up and back but got thrown in the parcel cage about 10 of us as someone kept pulling the emergancy chain. Not me mind, but names taken and let out only when got back to North road. Think we lost 1-3? and all Argyle fans we under that rickety North stand - remember entering throuth the Shed end and walking along the side, wow what days they were!!

I have to own up here. I seem to to remember it was my mate who pulled the emergency chord. Embarassed 
Something also rings a bell that we too ended up in the guards van or somewhere. Maybe we shared the same carriage Bandy. My friend was a very loud, very funny black school mate who loved impersonating Harold Wilson. Very Happy 
We were also still at school and were reported to our school headmaster. He demanded we pay the fare, I refused, and that was the start of my ultimate and inevitable fall out. He disliked me intensely after that. study

Wow, hows about that for coincidence - I seem to remember my mum going spare as I didnt even tell her we were going!! I will go further to say that we are now soul/cell mates!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:52 pm

Trains have always swung between private and public ownership. More reliable than an atomic clock.
When there's investment and quality to be seen to, it goes public. When there's a window for profit, it goes private. Most countries in the world have a state run railway. Britain bucks this trend as it is the home of capitalist cowboy theory and vacuuous suits on expenses looking for more leg room than their neighbour. I travel off peak to avoid these sort and the stupid prices. I have an off peak life. Lubberly.
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:46 am

We often see individual railcards discounted, but this 20% off code includes all four of the big national annual railcards and is double the 10% we usually see. These cards get you one-third off most rail fares and are normally £30, but until 11.59pm on Mon 18 Jul, enter the code SAVE online at National Railcard and you'll pay just £24.

That means if you spend over £75 on eligible train fares in a year (on most trains, though it usually needs to have departed after 9.30am on weekdays), even if it's on one journey, then it's worth getting one as the savings beat the cost of the card.

Which railcards are available?

16-25 Railcard - This is for 16 to 25-year olds or a mature student aged 26 or over in full-time education. If you use the card before 10am Mon-Fri, there's a minimum fare of £12 (except in Jul/Aug). You'll need to upload a photo of yourself when ordering the card.

 Family & Friends Railcard - Up to two adults can be named on the card, then as long as one of them is travelling, up to four adults get a third off, providing there is at least one child (and up to four) travelling with you. Kids then get 60% off.

Two Together Railcard - Two of you get a joint card, with both your photos on it (you'll need to upload these when you order the card). You must travel together but you can have more than one card, eg, one with your spouse and one with the person you go to the football with.
   Senior Railcard - If you're 60 or over then you can get this card.

You can also get 10% off the Disabled Persons Railcard (norm £20) with the same code. You'll need to provide proof that you're eligible for this.

Terms and conditions vary per railcard - so make sure you check before buying. You can only get this offer online and not at railway stations.

Other ways to save

If you have a Tesco Clubcard with enough points, you could use your Clubcard vouchers to get a one-year railcard for £15 in vouchers. See National railcards for £15 in Tesco points.

For more train tricks including how to split tickets to slash

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/railcard#railcard20off
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:52 am

Nice one, Im taking the girlie to that there London in September. I'll look into those offers.

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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:39 am

al, if you are buying ANYTHING always look at hotdeals first - use their search facility.
gwr have some reduced fares that tgwu aludes to.
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:07 am

The post I put on were for discount on Rail cards not discount tickets, tho if you have a card you can buy discount ticket attainig to which card you have.
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:01 pm

Thank goodness that Tory/ Nulabour free enterprise has delivered such an affordable, inter connected and user friendly rail service.

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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:45 pm

Elias wrote:
al, if you are buying ANYTHING always look at hotdeals first - use their search facility.
gwr have some reduced fares that tgwu aludes to.

Thanks Elias, i'll take a look.

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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:25 pm

ATOS ?
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:24 pm

I take it Alan means these CU*ts but I could be worng

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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:32 pm

Bad Toad wrote:
ATOS ?

I think he means ATOC, "association of train operating companies"
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:34 pm

Graiser wrote:
Bad Toad wrote:
ATOS ?

I think he means ATOC, "association of train operating companies"

Ignore my bollocks I've misread the thread Handbags
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PostSubject: Re: Train fares   Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:29 pm

I'm currently in the small claims court with a dodgy car sales company who were flogging warranties and service plans that they knew they couldn't honour.
Say know names but a well known Garage in the Ivybridge area.
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