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I seem to remember reading somewhere, possibly on this group (but now
of course I can't find it), that within zones 1-6 there was no such
thing as first class, i.e. if you had a travelcard you could sit in
first class carriages on NR services up to the boundary of the zones on
your travelcard.

I'm assuming this is no longer the case, as the announcer on my regular
morning train from Waterloo to Feltham is always very emphatic that
passengers sitting in the first class area must have a valid first
class ticket.

Was it ever the case, or have I completely made this up in my mind?

Patrick


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Jack Taylor wrote:

I'm assuming this is no longer the case, as the announcer on my
regular morning train from Waterloo to Feltham is always very
emphatic that passengers sitting in the first class area must have a
valid first class ticket.


Was it ever the case, or have I completely made this up in my mind?


You're possibly getting confused with the fact that SWT have often used
stock with first class accommodation on the Windsor lines on services
advertised as standard class only and it *may* (at the discretion of the
guard - although always, in practise, on class 450s by means of a PIS
message) be declassified on some services.


I'm reminded of some of the rows on Epsom to Waterloo services a decade ago
when the occasional slam door train was put on, complete with first class
compartments that weren't used on the standard only stock that was
otherwised for all services out of Epsom. Often passengers would crowd into
the first class compartments and ticket inspectors would shrug their
shoulders. Things could get messy when trains were taken out of service at
Wimbledon and everyone then piled onto the slam door trains that otherwise
ran fast on the Surbiton (?) line.


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Jack Taylor wrote:

wrote:
I seem to remember reading somewhere, possibly on this group (but now
of course I can't find it), that within zones 1-6 there was no such
thing as first class, i.e. if you had a travelcard you could sit in
first class carriages on NR services up to the boundary of the zones
on your travelcard.


Not true.


I'm assuming this is no longer the case, as the announcer on my
regular morning train from Waterloo to Feltham is always very
emphatic that passengers sitting in the first class area must have a
valid first class ticket.

Was it ever the case, or have I completely made this up in my mind?


You're possibly getting confused with the fact that SWT have often used
stock with first class accommodation on the Windsor lines on services
advertised as standard class only and it *may* (at the discretion of the
guard - although always, in practise, on class 450s by means of a PIS
message) be declassified on some services.


I've read about this in the past on the uk.railway ng. It is apparently
OK to travel in so-called "declassified" first class accomodation *if*
the train is advertised as standard class only - the definition of it
being advertised seems a bit murky - it seems it can either be in
advertised in the timetable or on posters at stations.

It also sounds possible that you'll be be berated for doing this by a
guard or inspector who doesn't understand that first class has been
declassified for that particular service.

Courtesy of the Google Groups archive you can read a couple of posts
from 2004 concerning this, they are both from the same thread so you
can read around the issue a bit more there as well. Watch for the
screen-wrap on these long URLs...

Stevie D's post:
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/uk....501bb643d60293

Martin WY's post:
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/uk....27751ecebbcc7b

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Jack Taylor wrote:
wrote:
I seem to remember reading somewhere, possibly on this group (but now
of course I can't find it), that within zones 1-6 there was no such
thing as first class, i.e. if you had a travelcard you could sit in
first class carriages on NR services up to the boundary of the zones
on your travelcard.


Not true.


I'm assuming this is no longer the case, as the announcer on my
regular morning train from Waterloo to Feltham is always very
emphatic that passengers sitting in the first class area must have a
valid first class ticket.

Was it ever the case, or have I completely made this up in my mind?


You're possibly getting confused with the fact that SWT have often used
stock with first class accommodation on the Windsor lines on services
advertised as standard class only and it *may* (at the discretion of the
guard - although always, in practise, on class 450s by means of a PIS
message) be declassified on some services.



People are still a bit squeamish about using first class on the 450s,
even though there wouldn't be such a thing as first class on some whole
routes they run on at the moment, let alone services. So it's often
emptier. But when I get an empty train, I prefer the standard class
because the window alignment is actually better than in first class
(that is, it's bad in first class). Also, in first class, the plug
sockets stop me resting my foot on the heater.

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MIG wrote:
Jack Taylor wrote:

You're possibly getting confused with the fact that SWT have often
used stock with first class accommodation on the Windsor lines on
services advertised as standard class only and it *may* (at the
discretion of the guard - although always, in practise, on class
450s by means of a PIS message) be declassified on some services.


I assume you meant some *other* services, since if the Windsor services
are advertised as standard class only, then surely the guard has no
discretion. Stopping services on the Hounslow loop are all advertised
as standard class only, and run with 450s, but I've never heard an
announcement about the firsts being declassified (if that's what you
mean by a "PIS message").

People are still a bit squeamish about using first class on the
450s, even though there wouldn't be such a thing as first class on
some whole routes they run on at the moment, let alone services.


Not surprising, since there's no guidance on the subject. If you get on
a Waterloo train at Feltham, the firsts may or may not be declassified
depending where it's come from.
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In article .com,
(Neil Williams) wrote:

First Day Travelcard (on TOCs that do one)


First Capital Connect?

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Richard J. wrote:
MIG wrote:
Jack Taylor wrote:

You're possibly getting confused with the fact that SWT have often
used stock with first class accommodation on the Windsor lines on
services advertised as standard class only and it *may* (at the
discretion of the guard - although always, in practise, on class
450s by means of a PIS message) be declassified on some services.


I assume you meant some *other* services, since if the Windsor services
are advertised as standard class only, then surely the guard has no
discretion. Stopping services on the Hounslow loop are all advertised
as standard class only, and run with 450s, but I've never heard an
announcement about the firsts being declassified (if that's what you
mean by a "PIS message").




I haven't heard it lately, but this (as made clear to me a few threads
ago) was announced by the voice mysteriously saying "One", while the
display said something like "All seats on this service are
declassified."

Neither of these quite give the message "anyone can sit in the first
class section".

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