Post Covid FNC

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by trains 500 » 20 Oct 2020, 09:53

with a new tube line bus route may even change who knows yet we'll have to wait and see??

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by cycysputnik » 20 Oct 2020, 11:34

I've done it twice, starting at Heathrow T5 and finishing at Chesham. I can confirm it feels like a really long journey getting back down to Heathrow (Tube to Wembley park, Night tube to Green Park, Then to Hounslow West)
Staying at the Heathrow Central travelodge did me well the 2 times i've done it. The parking is a little steep price wise.
For my 3rd attempt I want to do a Chesham start. I'd recommend before you do really make sure you have your 'A' route planned, and also have a 'B' route, just in case. Make sure you know what stations have toilets and what stations have places you can easily get food on. Obviously make sure you have food and drink with you, although there's nothing better than having something hot around 3PM when you've been awake for 12 hours
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by trains 500 » 20 Oct 2020, 12:00

i would never finish in the top west corner

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by jrparkin » 20 Oct 2020, 16:12

Where does everybody put their Travelcard. I'm putting mine in a top shirt pocket (with a button so it doesn't fall out) so it's easily accessible
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by trains 500 » 20 Oct 2020, 17:12

zipped trouser/shorts pocket

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by al » 20 Oct 2020, 19:26

jrparkin wrote:
20 Oct 2020, 16:12
Where does everybody put their Travelcard. I'm putting mine in a top shirt pocket (with a button so it doesn't fall out) so it's easily accessible
I also do this. I find running with the pass in my shorts pocket distracting and also it is much harder to get out from there unless the pocket is shallow, in which case it is too easy for it to fall out!
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by RJSRdg » 20 Oct 2020, 21:40

jrparkin wrote:
20 Oct 2020, 16:12
Where does everybody put their Travelcard. I'm putting mine in a top shirt pocket (with a button so it doesn't fall out) so it's easily accessible
Good idea - hadn't thought of that! At first I kept mine in the driving license part of my wallet, which is both slow to access and with hindsight not particularly safe. I also managed to lose my wallet during one R15! After that, I started keeping it in my mobile phone pouch (until I lost my phone and pouch) and the only pouches I've been able to buy since then have magnetic catches which render the ticket unusable....
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by trains 500 » 20 Oct 2020, 22:13

i dont use at travelcard full stop. i use an oyster for one reason. a paper ticket its fiddly to insert and takes what could be valuable to seconds to be retrieved. with an oyster you put it on machine and runimmediatley with travelcard u have to wait for it to come back out and you could miss a train

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by A Challenge » 21 Oct 2020, 01:45

trains 500 wrote:
20 Oct 2020, 22:13
i dont use at travelcard full stop. i use an oyster for one reason. a paper ticket its fiddly to insert and takes what could be valuable to seconds to be retrieved. with an oyster you put it on machine and runimmediatley with travelcard u have to wait for it to come back out and you could miss a train
The problem you have then is maximum journey times - you may have to go and tap out and back in to avoid a penalty fare, which is more likely to miss you a train I'd think.
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by Steeevooo » 21 Oct 2020, 09:32

A Challenge wrote:
21 Oct 2020, 01:45
trains 500 wrote:
20 Oct 2020, 22:13
i dont use at travelcard full stop. i use an oyster for one reason. a paper ticket its fiddly to insert and takes what could be valuable to seconds to be retrieved. with an oyster you put it on machine and runimmediatley with travelcard u have to wait for it to come back out and you could miss a train
The problem you have then is maximum journey times - you may have to go and tap out and back in to avoid a penalty fare, which is more likely to miss you a train I'd think.
That depends on whether you have a seasonal ticket loaded onto your Oyster or whether you are using PAYG

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by RJSRdg » 21 Oct 2020, 11:04

As I travel in from outside the Oyster Zone, it's simpler and cheaper for me to use the Travelcard (at least for the mini Challenges), rather than buy a ticket to Paddington and then use an Oyster.

Were I to do an FNC, I'd probably start at Chesham and catch the RailAir bus home (assuming I completed) so an Oyster might be more of a possibility there.
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by trains 500 » 21 Oct 2020, 12:18

in your going for record the money cost of a time out wouldnt matter
and in case of time out i would always have a spare second oyster with you
i would be PAYG
(my opinion)

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by jrparkin » 21 Oct 2020, 20:12

Done my first pass at writing down Carriage positions, I will double check it later to see if I have them correct.

Next up - although I don't know when that will be - will be planning my recce's. Top of the list will be visiting Baker Street and Victoria and doing a couple of the tricky foot transfers like West Ruislip to Ickenham
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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by trains 500 » 21 Oct 2020, 20:24

baker street isnt too bad (in my opinion) but victoria is one of the worst
if your door positions have come from station master some data is incorrect especially E&Castle bakerloo

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Re: Post Covid FNC

Post by jrparkin » 21 Oct 2020, 20:55

Yes I'm using Station Master. Although if I'm just looking for a completion I don't need to worry too much do I?
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