Is there someplace I can look to determine if I have enough time to
unload my baggage from one train and transfer to the next train?
Essentially, I have a few places where for airports, the transfer time would be way too tight, but I have not traveled by rail before so I have no comparison measure.
For example, I am going from Gatwick to Reading to Bath. The Reading transfer is 7 minutes. Someone on here indicated that one platform is next to the other, so it shouldn't be a big deal. However, I wish I could see someplace where it told me I am arriving at platform A and departing on platform B.
Also, how early does one need to arrive at the train station? Is there a security procedure like in airports? We have the Britrail Group Pass (1st class) so I don't actually even have tickets but I guess we'll be able to get a spot on the train. (or do I take this pass to go get tickets?).
Is luggage typically carried into the train car and stored in bins or are they stored elsewhere (meaning I have more to do for a short transfer)?
I apologize for asking potentially ignorant questions, but train travel is not really that prevalent in the States so I have nothing to compare it to.