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Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

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Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

Hello,

We purchased advance fares on the 8:58 from Alnmouth to KGX on 8 June. Now it looks like we will stay in Newcastle the night before rather than up the coast. Can we just get on the same train when it calls at Newcastle at 9:27 on 8 June?

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21. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

btgm, I've admired that too! If they do clip them, I wonder if you could get away with saying "Sorry, I must have been in the WC when you came by."

I wouldn't try it either, though. I'm sure I would look as guilty as all get-out.

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22. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

Alnmouth is not a very busy station. If the conductor remembers 6 elderly ladies in twin-sets and pearls getting on, and he's gripped all 6 tickets, then he may wonder where the American wearing plaid and a plastic rain poncho came from :-)

Incidentally, when tickets go through automatic barriers the magnetic stripe encoded with the date/time/barrier. The conductors can read the stripe on their machine and see where you passed in/out.

Conductors get commission on each ticket they sell on-train.

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23. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

I think the suggestion from FatChris will work like a dream - especially if the travellers immediately throw away the local ticket that was used to work the barrier at Newcastle station.

But we do have a duty to warn that (stupid as those rules are - surely we all think these are really stupid rules) this is against the rules and they render themselves (in theory) liable to buy a new full fare ticket.

It seems extremely unlikely the train guard would remember who got on at Alnmouth and therefore challenge them in the ticket check after Newcastle - but the possibility exists.

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24. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

>Conductors get commission on each ticket they sell on-train.<

Didn't know that - Northern Rail conductors would be millionaires if they checked to see if everyone had a ticket on local City Line services in Liverpool.

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25. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

We have decided just to get on at Alnmouth, rather than trying to skirt the rules. Why subject ourselves to the stress of that? As I said before, the restrictions on the ticket are the trade-off for the cheap price--that's a fair business practice.

But thanks indeed for a very enlightening discussion about the function of the magnetic stripe on the tickets, and the (seemingly) photographic memories of train conductors.

I'm sure three Americans getting on at Alnmouth will be noteworthy enough to trigger the conductor's memory.

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26. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

You have to adhere to the booking that you made when you booked your ticket. We do advance booking tickets and wanted to get home earlier. Booked time was 14:00 and we were at the station 2 hours before and a train was in. Asked if we could board it saying it was an emergency and was told no. Had to waste another 2 hours.

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27. Re: Advance train fares--can you get on at a later stop?

'Asked if we could board it saying it was an emergency and was told no.'

But of course, if it had been a real emergency you could have got on the earlier train by buying a ticket at the going rate.

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