I'm in England with my husband and while he is working, I'd like to take a train from Walsall to Stratford Upon Avon or Oxford - haven't picked a destination yet. I'm so nervous to do this for the first time, in a foreign country, by myself! Can someone please give me quick rundown on the process?
I know where the train station is, I assume I'll easily spot the ticket counter, but what happens next? For instance, in New York, there are machines where you insert your train ticket into a machine to gain access to the platforms - your ticket goes in and then spits itself out, you grab it and use the same ticket to give to the conductor once onboard. My first time doing this was embarrassing, because there is a right and a wrong direction to insert the ticket and angry mobs begin to form if you do it wrong!
Is there any such process in England or do I literally walk straight from the ticket booth to my platform and get on the train when it arrives?
I'm trying to save face here, don't want to be the obnoxious American tourist who slows everyone down and looks like a deer in the headlights!