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Question: Which of these have you used, International from your home station  (Voting closed: February 01, 2023, 07:53:53)
Separate domestic rail ticket(s) and tickets beyond - 22 (32.4%)
CIV (International Convention for the transportation of Passengers) tickets - 13 (19.1%)
RailEurope booking - 2 (2.9%)
Interail / Eurail - 5 (7.4%)
SailRail - 8 (11.8%)
Rail-fly - 3 (4.4%)
Package holiday including rail link - 6 (8.8%)
Something else - 6 (8.8%)
I have never taken a trip out of Great Britain from my local station - 3 (4.4%)
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« on: January 25, 2023, 07:53:53 »

I travelled Melksham to Thun on the day after we got a decent service back in 2013 ... and I have travelled to Limerick, to Dresden, to Catania, to Nurnberg, New York and Ljubljana.  Many but not all have been good, green, overland issues but I can't go down to my local station and buy a Melksham to Milan ticket from the ticket machine, or from the staff in the station caf - nor can I simply ask for one on the GWR (Great Western Railway) website.  It's more complicated than that, to the extend that (I believe) it puts off many a traveller who would use a straightforward facility.

I have listed some of the options that are (or were) available above - which have you used?   Please add those  have overlooked as "something else" and comment to let me know what they are.
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2023, 09:33:06 »

I ticked 'Something else'.

By coach From Taunton bus station to Busáras Dublin via a change in Birmingham, then ferry from Holyhead.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2023, 09:36:19 »

Always think it's funny* that Bath Spa had an international tickets desk - that closed at about the time that Eurostar first ran, the dream of through trains from other than London was still in the air, and the rolling stock for through sleeper trains was in production. Years later, it was difficult to find a scan of the artwork for a channel tunnel promotional tea cloth from the days of construction of the tunnel.

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2023, 10:57:40 »

AIUI (as I understand it) the international tickets at Bath Spa was down to one enthusiastic member of staff there. So I was told at the time. So closed when he retired.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2023, 11:03:15 »

Can we have a "can't remember" button? As in I can't remember whether Bristol to Waterloo (it was that long ago) was on the same ticket as the Eurostar and onward DB» (Deutsche Bahn - German State Railway - about) trains? I suspect it was a separate ticket, though I have a feeling Waterloo to Cologne was all one ticket. In any case, I'm not sure whether you're counting journeys with a series of separate tickets? I could also ask if you're counting journeys were "home" was not the UK (United Kingdom), but that would probably just complicate matters even if my answer would be simpler!
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2023, 11:19:02 »

Many stations used to issue european tickets back in the day, usually the ones with a Travel Centre.
 One big stumbling block came along when SNCF (Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais - French National Railways) (French Railways) barred the use of hand-written tickets, which was the standard way of issuing continental rail tickets in this country.
Some stations did carry on for a while, including us at Truro, as we had an ATB (the BIG ticket) printer installed for issuing Eurostar tickets but even we stopped in 1999. It just took too long for very little return and, like most places, we had fewer staff than before.
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2023, 11:21:14 »

...as we had an ATB (the BIG ticket) printer installed for issuing Eurostar tickets but even we stopped in 1999.

Was that the one that was known as 'Tribute'?  I remember them - great big things and very slow (compared with APTIS (All Purpose Ticket Issuing System)) and they didn't last long!
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2023, 11:31:20 »

Please add those  have overlooked as "something else" and comment to let me know what they are.

The 'Citalian Express', which ceased to run almost within living memory and might be covered by your 'CIV (International Convention for the transportation of Passengers)' quiz item or perhaps it wouldn't be. Anyway, local station to Victoria, then Folkestone Harbour, boat, then a through train from Boulogne's Gare Maritime to various destinations in Italy.

http://www.eastbank.org.uk/citalia.htm

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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2023, 13:32:04 »

Pinhoe to Strasburg and Kandersteg to Pinhoe back in September 2022 as part of a GreatRail package (other rail holiday operators are available).

And, stretching the 'international' ever so slightly........... Pinhoe to Fort William and back several times.
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2023, 14:01:23 »

Admittedly a little tenuous for "taking an international trip from my local station" but I've started and finished one time at Redland in order to get to and back from Birmingham Airport and once to connect with the Bristol airport bus at Bristol Temple Meads.
Before living where I do now, my most accessible local station was Temple Meads an I used that to reach a number of different ferry ports.

Edit to add:. Went from Temple Meads to London and on to Brussels by Eurostar.  This was before my local Redland Station had a useable enough service to be able to start and finish from there.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2023, 14:03:14 »

And, stretching the 'international' ever so slightly........... Pinhoe to Fort William and back several times.

That's a British "slightly", right?  Cheesy Grin. I suppose the clue in the question was the reference to "Great Britain" in one of the potential answers.

I could add Melksham to Swansea loads of times ... and there are those who consider you're in a different last west of St Budeaux.
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2023, 22:58:00 »

Remember "Persil Tickets" ?  A promotion from the 1980s that gave 2 for 1 travel (IIRC (if I recall/remember/read correctly)) and included Amsterdam and a couple of other overseas destinations in addition to domestic travel.
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2023, 10:17:15 »

...as we had an ATB (the BIG ticket) printer installed for issuing Eurostar tickets but even we stopped in 1999.

Was that the one that was known as 'Tribute'?  I remember them - great big things and very slow (compared with APTIS (All Purpose Ticket Issuing System)) and they didn't last long!

Tribute was a ticketing issuing system to which you could attach various printers including the ATB for Eurostar & continental tickets, but it was also the standard system for various TOCs (Train Operating Company) for issuing domestic tickets.
After we ditched continental bookings and the ATB, we carried on using Tribute until it got replaced by Star. This happened after Wessex Trains disappeared as its successor, FGW (First Great Western), replaced it with Fujistu's STAR system.

** ATB = Automated Ticket Boarding or Automated Ticket & Boarding Pass.    I was never sure which!
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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2023, 11:45:41 »


And, stretching the 'international' ever so slightly........... Pinhoe to Fort William and back several times.
Several return trips either Falmouth or Penzance to Wick in days gone by (via Paddington).
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2023, 11:56:29 »

I claim Severn Tunnel Junction to Filton Abbey Wood.  Grin
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