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Eed help with Senior Railcard application

Oct 6th, 2013, 12:31 PM
  #21  
 
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I honestly don't understand why you didn't just print out the form . . . but never mind. If it works it works.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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Janis, i do remember you saying the same as MmeP. But, I guess I might have been a bit impatient wanting to have it all done before leaving the US. So, now I have that done. Do you know if other rail companies accept the senior card? My son & DIL are looking at taking the train to,Bruges while we visit, am wondering if I can use the pass?
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Oct 6th, 2013, 01:28 PM
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All rail companies in the UK, yes.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 01:33 PM
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I think I misread your post and so do you want to use the card in Belgium? That would be no. And if I recall correctly senior train discounts in the EU require residence there.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 02:36 PM
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If I could pre-empt Flanner and recommend that you do not go to purchase your Senior Railcard at a suburban railway station during the morning rush hour. You don't want a crowd of angry commuters standing behind you, as it takes more time than just buying a ticket does.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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My experiences with the above have been primarily at London stations with lots of windows open, not rush hour. In any case she's got her card, or will when she gets to her son's. No commuters to offend this time.

Is Flanner pre-emptable?
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Oct 6th, 2013, 11:47 PM
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The Senior Railcard isn't, itself, valid on Eurostar - but Eurostar DOES offer some concessionary rates to those 60 & over, and they require only proof of age. Just identify your age on the web booking form. My experience is that the age concessions aren't available on all Eurostar trains, seem completely unavailable at peak travel periods and sell out very quickly indeed.

Do remember, BTW, that Senior Railcard discounts don't apply during morning peaks on journeys entirely within about 100 miles of London

Sadly, many Continental transport systems DO offer discriminatory fares on the grounds of age alone (mostly those systems that are still owed by governments still running up immense deficits), and their feckless politicians continue to maintain these appalling subsidies from hard-working people to those who don't have children or mortgages to maintain. But you need to trawl through them country by country, since they're mostly restricted to local residents.

Though Railcard holders get lots of emails with "special offers", they're mainly special in that they're for things no-one wants. THE key other advantage of a Senior Railcard is that you can get it "linked" to your Oystercard, getting a 33% reduction on the price of most off-peak daily caps. Any Transport for London ticket office will explain and do this for you, but, to underline chartley: please don't ask for this when real, full fare-paying, customers are trying to get to work to pay for the monstrous subsidies we steal from them.
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Oct 31st, 2013, 12:25 PM
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I don't know if anyon e is still following this post, but I thought I'd report that I had our railcards sent to my son's address inUK. The passes were here when we arrived. I am happy to,report thattheynworked marvelously on our rail trip to Edinburgh(1st class). My DH now says that is the way to travel. So, I will be starting to look for a train trip next spring from London to Paris, Brussels, & Amsterdam!

By the way, we did use our cards to purchase Oyster cards & have used it as well.
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Oct 31st, 2013, 04:52 PM
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Glad it worked out for you. But for most visitors (who don't have the luxury of a relative for mailing the rail card) that isn't necessary. Simply walk up to the window in the UK train station and turn in the form you can download at home. Easy peasy.
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