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#1052 - 05/08/06 08:00 AM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 14/05/05
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Originally posted by wet coast wanderer:
I'm glad to hear that if we do have to change trains in Bolton six minutes should be ample time.


Oh no it won't! UK trains simply aren't that good at running on time.

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#1053 - 11/08/06 10:21 PM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 07/05/06
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Black Sailor. At least you are a bit more positive than norman walker who we might expect to suggest that if the plane crashed over the Atlantic then there wouldn't be any worry about a train being late ! ! !

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#1054 - 11/08/06 11:45 PM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Friday Harbor, WA USA
It looks like you have to use two or three train companies to get from Manchester to St. Bees and which companies may change depending on if you make or miss a connection. Does that mean it is not practical to buy all your tickets at Picadilly?
Thanks.

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#1055 - 12/08/06 08:27 AM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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No Gordita - although there are many train companies, the ticketing is centralised, and apart from special deals, which we need not worry about here, tickets are valid with all train companies. So you buy a through ticket from where you start your journey to where it ends, irrespective of how many changes there may be.

So the normal procedure when travelling from Manchester Airport to St Bees would be to buy a ticket for he entire journey at Manchester Airport.

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#1056 - 13/08/06 06:54 PM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 13/08/06
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Loc: Friday Harbor, WA 98250
When we planned this trip in 2001 (and had to cancel due to the hoof and mouth outbreak) we were told on the message board that it was cheaper for four people to take a cab from Manchester to St. Bees than to take the train. Anybody that can confirm or refute that rumor?
Thanks.

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#1057 - 14/08/06 03:01 AM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 30/06/05
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Loc: Arlington, Virginia, USA
It sometimes seems that the major goal of the trip for American walkers is to get from Manchester to St Bees for the minimum price possible.
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#1058 - 14/08/06 07:56 AM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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rory, yes, I've thought the same, and am firmly of the opinion that travelling by train is by far the best way of seeing the countryside as well as being more relaxing and safer than travelling by road, so why should it matter if it costs a bit more than a shared taxi especially as the difference in cost will be insignificant when added to the air fare, accomodation etc. - and this comment is despite me earning my living by driving taxis - and if anyone argues that an ocean liner is a better way of crossing the Atlantic than a jet plane, yes it is, but the time factor might be significant for some and the difference in cost much greater.

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#1059 - 14/08/06 05:21 PM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Friday Harbor, WA USA
After being up for 24 hours straight and preparing to take a 190 mile walk the goal is to get to a bed and take a nap as quickly as possible if the cost isn't prohibitive. Traveling when you are too tired to see straight is rarely a great experience. As for speed we are taking 20 days to do this walk. By our standards Wainwright as a speed demon. This message board is a lot crabbier than I remember it being a few years ago.

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#1060 - 18/08/06 07:10 PM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Friday Harbor, WA USA
Time to apologize for my own crabby response. I really didn't mean to shut down the discussion. I guess getting razzed is just part of the culture of this message board. I'll try to develop a thicker skin. Thick skinned feet will probably help me on the walk as well.

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#1061 - 18/08/06 07:45 PM Re: Train changes on the journey from Manchester to St. Bees
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Registered: 07/05/06
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Loc: Stafford
Gordita. No apology needed. Everyone has their own preferences for travelling and my comments were based on my enjoyable, relaxing train journeys to St Bees, very different from the one time I went by road, the bendy, undulating A roads west of the M6 seeming never ending.

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