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BritRail logistics

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More questions for our trip...

1. When should we buy our BritRail Flexipass? Can we easily buy at Heathrow after we've landed or can we somehow buy ahead of time and claim at the airport to save time? Is the queue usually long? We are not sure how much time we need to allow to have the passes delivered to our home in the US and don't want to risk not receiving them by end of month.

2. We are using the website http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ to plan our journey. Our trips will include Heathrow to York, possibly York to Newcastle and Newcastle to Edinburgh (or just straight York to Edinburgh), skip a day to allow for Edinburgh+tour, Edinburgh to Liverpool, Liverpool to Ludlow, Ludlow to London. Can we use this site to simply plan the timings of the trains - can we just show up at the station with this pass and not worry about prebooking? What if a train is full? Can we ignore the prices for advance ticketing vs. anytime ticketing - does the pass cover any fare? Am I going about this the right way?

3. Is there a way to "add on" an extra day to a Flexipass? What are the options if you run a day short (either intentionally or due to a missed connection, etc.)

4, Using the same website above, I'm not sure I understand some of the connection times. For example, Heathrow to Paddington arrives at 1605, but 1605 is also listed as the time to catch the tube from Paddington to King's Cross. Arrive King's Cross at 1650, but that is also listed as the time the train leaves for York. How does this work logistically?

Thanks.

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