Wed 25 August 2010

The tickets were purchased today at Glasgow Central
04:28 Glasgow Central - Preston : Virgin Trains
06:56 Preston - Warrrington Bank Quay (same train service) : Virgin Trains
07:39 Warrington Bank Quay - Crewe : Virgin Trains
10:33 Crewe - Rugby : London Midland
Arriving Rugby at 12:17
14:30 Rugby - Rugeley Trent Valley : London Midland
Arriving Rugeley Trent Valley at 14:43 (break of return journey)
15:43 Rugeley Trent Valley - Crewe : London Midland
17:09 Crewe - Warrington Bank Quay : Virgin Trains
17:27 Warrington Bank Quay - Preston (same train service) : Virgin Trains
18:30 Preston - Glasgow Central : Virgin Trains

The normal return fare, between Glasgow Central and Rugby is £361.00
The break down of tickets is as follows :

Glasgow Central - Preston
A First Class Advance Single £33.50

Preston - Glasgow Central
First Class Advance Single £33.50

Preston - Warrington Bank Quay
First Class Anytime Return £24.50

Warrington Bank Quay - Crewe
First Class Anytime Return £25.10

Crewe - Rugby
Standard Super Off Peak Return £12.00
Note a First Class equivalent is 36.00

The total cost was £128.60, a saving of £232.40 (including First Class between Crewe and Rugby would be a cost of £152.60 with a saving of £208.60)

Travel by private car from home to Glasgow, to arrive no later than 03:45
There are no car parking charges

04:28 Glasgow Central - Warrington Bank Quay
Operated by Virgin Trains
Reservation Coach G Seat 45
I was offered a choice of tea or coffee, cereals, and toast
I declined the cereals and toast and was presented with my own pot of coffee
At 05:50 I pointed out this error to the host and ordered the Great British Breakfast, as there is no chef until Carlisle
I was offered another breakfast shortly after departure from Preston, but I declined this
This service was operated by 390005
This service arrived in Warrington Bank Quay at 07:18

07:39 Warrington Bank Quay - Crewe
Operated by Virgin Trains
Reservation Coach E Seat 13
Seat used Coach E Seat 14
Shortly after departure I was offered tea and breakfast, which I declined
This service was operated by 221109
This service arrives in Crewe at 07:58

10:33 Crewe - Rugby
Operated by London Midland
This service was operated by 350105
This service arrived in Rugby at 12:40

14:03 Rugby - Rugeley Trent Valley
Operated by London Midland
This service was operated by 350130
This service arrived in Rugeley Trent Valley at 14:43

15:43 Rugeley Trent Valley - Crewe
Operated by London Midland
This service was operated by 350110
This service arrived in Crewe at 16:38

17:09 Crewe - Preston
Operated by Virgin Trains
Reservation Coach E Seat 13
Shortly after departure I was offered tea and a snack
This was a Smoked Salmon Salad with a Lemon Cupcake
This service was operated by 221143
This service arrived in Preston at 17:51

18:30 Preston - Glasgow Central
This service departed at 18:45, 15 minutes late
Operated by Virgin Trains
Reservation Coach G Seat 01
Shortly after departure there was an offer of drinks and snacks
I had a tea and selected cola, with a Smoked Salmon Salad
There was a further round of drinks after Carlisle
This service was operated by 390053
This service arrived in Glasgow Central at 20:45

Travel by private car from Glasgow to home