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Very specific train question

Post by JohnToo » 1 month ago

Does anyone know where the bike carriage is on the Southwestern trains from Waterloo to Exeter via Honiton? It says registrations are compulsory and there are only two spaces, which makes me think it's a designated carriage rather than just the nearest vestibule, and we're joining at an intermediate station, so I don't fancy finding ourselves at the wrong end.

Yet again, one is mortified by the gulf between bikes on trains in say France or the Netherlands and here.
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Post by LowlifeDes » 1 month ago

It is a hanging up space opposite a toilet but, as for specific carriage, I don't know.
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Post by Joan » 1 month ago

FWIW, South Western Railway isn't consistent on carriage order on shorter routes.
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Post by Rutabaga » 1 month ago

There will be a bike sign by the doors, so if you stand in the middle of the station and watch as the train pulls up you will soon know which direction to walk in. That's what I do anyway.
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Post by JohnToo » 1 month ago

Yeah, thanks, I've done the last minute dash along the platform before (as we all have) and I'm sure it will be OK. But I confess to getting unhealthily stressed by these things so you'll have to bear with my worrying😘
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Post by LowlifeDes » 1 month ago

You could always ask the platform staff, some of them do know what they are talking about.
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LowlifeDes wrote:
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You could always ask the platform staff, some of them do know what they are talking about.
That's what I do.
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Post by Rutabaga » 1 month ago

So do I, if there are any that is, but they don't always know unless the bike space is also where the disabled space is.
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Post by JohnToo » 1 month ago

Ask first platform attendant at Clapham Junction. It depends whether it's a 10 or a 12 he says. He looks it up on his system. It's a 10. So go to the front he says. Thread bikes along to platform to front. Wait for train. Oh, says different platform attendant, it's a 5, you need to be at the back. Rush back along now crowded platform with train waiting. But who cares, we're on holiday.
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JohnToo wrote:
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Ask first platform attendant at Clapham Junction. It depends whether it's a 10 or a 12 he says. He looks it up on his system. It's a 10. So go to the front he says. Thread bikes along to platform to front. Wait for train. Oh, says different platform attendant, it's a 5, you need to be at the back. Rush back along now crowded platform with train waiting. But who cares, we're on holiday.
So pretty much as I said.
LowlifeDes wrote:
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You could always ask the platform staff, some of them do know what they are talking about.
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Post by JohnToo » 1 month ago

I think, to be fair, both of them gave correct advice based on the information available to them...
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Re: Very specific train question

Post by JohnToo » 3 weeks ago

Even though getting bikes anywhere on trains in the UK is stressful (and I apologise for having shared my stress with you guys), I'd just like to reassure you all that it is still worth it...
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Re: Very specific train question

Post by JohnToo » 3 weeks ago

This is not just any old stretch of grass on the edge of Dartmoor, this is Sustrans Route 27. So clearly this particular stretch of grass has some hidden quality lacking in all the other stretches...
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