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Is it bad that I don’t know how to use the trains by myself as a 17-year-old?
I’ve been using the buses fully and know how to use them.
I’ve got my first university interview and I’m gonna be taking the train on my own for the first time.
I hope this will boost my confidence.
Original post by Syed998
Is it bad that I don’t know how to use the trains by myself as a 17-year-old?
I’ve been using the buses fully and know how to use them.
I’ve got my first university interview and I’m gonna be taking the train on my own for the first time.
I hope this will boost my confidence.

There's a first for everything and for everyone.

It's not that different to being on buses in principle. Should I presume you watched videos of these on YouTube? e.g.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xNudKvoNNs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R91eUWUlEgw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i0_1XCySxc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9E-b-8C5iM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsnZxaJhf0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_aVk75OVM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv2F_vseXF8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDX0BJqUC-c
The above are samples of videos from the first page of Google. There are more if you need them, but usually one videos should be enough to get you up to date on what you need to do
shrug They're just busses on rails with set stopping points really. More common to buy your ticket before you travel and a lot of stations have little ticket check points/barriers.
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Original post by StriderHort
shrug They're just busses on rails with set stopping points really. More common to buy your ticket before you travel and a lot of stations have little ticket check points/barriers.

To be clear, the rule is that you must have a valid ticket before entering the train unless there were no working facilities available to purchase tickets at the departure station at the time when the journey began. (See section 18 of the Railway Byelaws at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/railway-byelaws/railway-byelaws for the full details.)
Original post by martin7
To be clear, the rule is that you must have a valid ticket before entering the train unless there were no working facilities available to purchase tickets at the departure station at the time when the journey began. (See section 18 of the Railway Byelaws at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/railway-byelaws/railway-byelaws for the full details.)


I dunno if that's enforced more in England? In Scotland you can buy tickets on the train, you're still heavily encouraged to buy before travel but I've never in my life heard of someone being pulled up specifically for this. (I'd see it as incredibly petty to have someone wearing a ticket machine insist I had to buy a ticket elsewhere before I boarded)
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Original post by StriderHort
I dunno if that's enforced more in England? In Scotland you can buy tickets on the train, you're still heavily encouraged to buy before travel but I've never in my life heard of someone being pulled up specifically for this. (I'd see it as incredibly petty to have someone wearing a ticket machine insist I had to buy a ticket elsewhere before I boarded)

In England and Wales it would be the train operating company taking out a private prosecution. From what I've read private prosecutions are almost impossible to bring in Scotland, so while it's illegal it's almost certainly not going to be prosecuted there.

That said, I've fairly routinely seen tickets sold to passengers on the route I take regularly (in England), even from stations where I believe there is a ticket machine (though perhaps it was out of order at the time).

If you buy a ticket online during the journey, an inspector can see when it was bought; and so you can still get in trouble even if you've paid for your journey but did so after you boarded the train.
Original post by Syed998
Is it bad that I don’t know how to use the trains by myself as a 17-year-old?
I’ve been using the buses fully and know how to use them.
I’ve got my first university interview and I’m gonna be taking the train on my own for the first time.
I hope this will boost my confidence.


Not really unusual or bad I think, but as above they're not really much more complex, other than you buy your ticket online or in the station before getting on the train itself.

Otherwise you just need to get yourself on the correct train and then you're on your way :smile:
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Original post by Syed998
Is it bad that I don’t know how to use the trains by myself as a 17-year-old?
I’ve been using the buses fully and know how to use them.
I’ve got my first university interview and I’m gonna be taking the train on my own for the first time.
I hope this will boost my confidence.

I am sure you will be fine. Just set up a bit early as some the platforms on big stations take a while to get to i a big and busy staion.

Good luck with your interview

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