Going to make a sentimental journey?

First, sorry, 4 videos embedded here, would have been 3, but I’m a bit concerned about 1 for those with epilepsy/flashing light issues, so covering myself on that. Oh, and partly because the system set me up with an entertaining railway choice, concerning a line I would love to travel again now that I dont have work concerns, though that is before I see the rail fare, which will be a lot more than when I done it in the 70’s, lol. So yes, I’d love to blame Geoff Marshall, but I really cant!

Yes, today was the day the letter, and phone call settled the matter of medical retirement, so now I can think about a few things I want to do as an event, now I dont have to plot around work holidays.

Its fair to say there are a few rail lines, both here, and abroad that I want to travel on for the first time with luck, but there is 1 that I travelled over 40 years ago, in 2 sections, that I would love to do again, the Mid Wales line. So fine, when this appeared in my You Tube suggestions…

I had to watch it for old times sake, and all its done is made me want to travel it again more! There were, in the good old days, as Paul Whitwick would tell you, and indeed me, a number of lines that crossed Wales in this way, but this really is the only one left. Mainly because they werent all viable, but anyway…

The line does run through glorious scenery, but I still think that part of my determination to return is the fact that of all my Rail Rover hotel bookings, the only real disaster was my interim stopping point on that line. No, I cant remember which station it was close to, or even what station it was, but that was the only bad point on the whole journey, so a wrong needs to be righted, lol. I very much doubt the place is still in business anyway!

Maybe I can work it in with the Cambrian Coast line (not yet done) as both meet at Shrewsbury, and I do want to travel that line in full as well. So… Might need an overnight somewhere, probably Shrewsbury, as neither line has a ton of trains run over them! Hmm?

Right, apologies, 3 more video’s though really you only need to watch one of the Metroland ones, unless inclined. The live one is the full version, but as I say, lots of flashing lights, so if they disturb you, do not watch it! The single version is fun, but if you’ve seen one, apart from the clever animations, not much difference there.

Single version

And lastly, despite what might be insinuated, this is miming to the 1945 version of the song, its not even subtle in places. But yes, the title of the blog comes from

The simple way to save money

One thing I’ve learnt over the years is to always be wise with money, and try not to spend more than is really necessary. One new trick that I learned recently is that you shouldnt assume that the quoted rail fare online, is the best price you can pay for your ticket. On the popular routes, with advance fares, it generally is the case, but when taking a journey, where for whatever reason (mainly using more than 1 rail company) there isnt an advance fare, just paying the one offered to you isnt the best thing to do.

For example, today, I was booking the tickets for myself, and Eric, to go from Huddersfield, to Inverness in September. Yes, we’ve just reached the point where the advance fares for those dates kick in, and given his lack of patience in such matters… I got it done!

Thing is, if you go on the National Rail website, and look up the fare for such a trip, all it offers you is a ‘anytime off peak return’ for just over £98 each, using our Senior railcards. No other options, take it, or leave it. Thing is, if I tell you that I paid just over £75 each for our fares, quite legally…wow!

There are sites dedicated to fare splitting, in other words, the system works out the cheapest option for the journey, by using more than 1 ticket for each section of the journey, and then quotes you the price for the trip. If I say that my reduced fare figure actually includes about £5 worth of handling charges, relating to the saving made, and for them arranging your tickets for you, even more crazy! So yes, in theory, if I had the patience, and dedication, I could have done it for about £70! But no, thats too much like hard work, for the money saved, lol!

But yes, any ‘innocent’ just going on the railway websites (individual companies only offer same standard fare) would pay nearly £25 more than me, for the same journey! But of course, in an ideal world, the train companies dont want you to know this, and just add to their profits!

I dont know if this happens in other parts of the world, or if it is just greed on the part of our rail companies, but be warned. If you know your exact travel times, then go somewhere like https://splitticketing.com/ and check you’re actually getting the best deal possible. Sadly for me, split ticketing with airlines isnt quite so easy!

Right, video time. Rare to find Abba actually singing live, but I have. That song about what I’ve saved today, lol. I’ve cut the piece directly to the song here. If you want to hear the group talking beforehand, just pull the timer back to zero, OK?