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*Unless you are joining the train at a minor halt with no hint of ticket office or machine (or at somewhat more major stations, like [[Preston]] or even [[Manchester]] Oxford Road, at night, although even then one must check that the ticket machine is not in use), please buy your ticket before joining the train or else you may have to pay a higher fare or a fine or even face imprisonment. Although prisons may offer free accommodation and catering, a stay in this form of government hospitality may not form an enjoyable part of your holiday.
 
*Unless you are joining the train at a minor halt with no hint of ticket office or machine (or at somewhat more major stations, like [[Preston]] or even [[Manchester]] Oxford Road, at night, although even then one must check that the ticket machine is not in use), please buy your ticket before joining the train or else you may have to pay a higher fare or a fine or even face imprisonment. Although prisons may offer free accommodation and catering, a stay in this form of government hospitality may not form an enjoyable part of your holiday.
  
Before or as you commit to a particular trip, do some '''research''' about the designs of trains and stations you will use.  Look for sources that describe differences in height of the train or its distance from the boarding platform to ensure you can manage your luggage.  Look for where you can store your larger luggage...preferably on the same car as your seat, but it may be in a separate car.  Try to keep smaller pieces and valuables/irreplaceables with you.  Consider ways you can secure large luggage contents and each piece that may be stored out-of-sight, e.g., with color-coded nylon straps connecting zipper-pulls, a cable-lock connecting handles of two or more pieces.
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Before or as you commit to a particular trip, do some research about the designs of trains and stations you will use.  Look for sources that describe differences in height of the train or its distance from the boarding platform to ensure you can manage your luggage.  Look for where you can store your larger luggage...preferably on the same car as your seat, but it may be in a separate car.  Try to keep smaller pieces and valuables/irreplaceables with you.  Consider ways you can secure large luggage contents and each piece that may be stored out-of-sight, e.g., with color-coded nylon straps connecting zipper-pulls, a cable-lock connecting handles of two or more pieces.
  
 
==When to travel==
 
==When to travel==

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