London to Penzance train question

Jan 18th, 2015, 03:05 PM
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Certainly the HEX makes getting to your train a whole lot faster - 15-20 minutes right to Paddington station from whence trains to Penzance depart.
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Jan 18th, 2015, 03:51 PM
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If one is already up/traveling for 24+ hours - traveling/sitting an additional 5+ hours wouldn't be such a great way to start a holiday.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 05:48 AM
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Thanks again to all of you. I've sent this info to my friends. I think they've gotten all the info they need. These are the kinds of things that make the Fodor's group so helpful.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 06:00 AM
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Ok - the Man gave the word - like I thought - trains cannot sell out - you can always board even if no seats remain - save the Caledonia Sleepers.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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Guess I need to clarify my comment. Well aware that trains do not sell out ( tickets ) but they do sell out of seats. I know, I was on such a train. Probably doesn't happen often although the mid- morning trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow are frequently standing room only if you don't book First Class or board the train early. On any train seats will usually become available after a few stops. Look at the reservation on the seat and see where passenger will board you can sit there until/ if they get on train, or secure a seat after passenger in reserved seat has disembarked.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 08:32 AM
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One of the (many) paradoxes of train travel in Britain is that if you buy a ticket for a specific train in advance, at whatever price, you get a reserved seat.

However, you can only reserve a seat on one train. So if you buy an "open" ticket, which is the most expensive option, because you might miss the train you intended to take, you could find yourself with a valid ticket for the later train, but no seat available.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 08:45 AM
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If not sold out then certainly oversold when you can't get a bloody seat! Try Reading to London any morning of the week.

Biggest insult, moved to standing room in 1st class to be able to breathe and be charged more for a better class of floor space!
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Jan 20th, 2015, 09:07 AM
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"...charged more for a better class of floor space!"

Or maybe a better class of air.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 09:21 AM
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i travelled first class to Plymouth and back yesterday, in First class on an off-peak return, with no reservations. £26. [it used to be possible to buy an advance 1st class single for the same journey
for £7, but I haven't seen that for a while].

hardly anyone in the train, let alone in 1st class on the way there, but it was packed on the way back - i suppose that it had left London at about 9am. So definitely a need to reserve even in 1st class if you're going to be getting a train west at about that time.
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