Club 55 is even bigger ….

Posted on October 2nd, 2010, by The Chairman

Club 55 is back for the Autumn.

The scheme now includes all First Group rail operators, as well as Arriva Trains Wales.

Here’s the details courtesy of TPE’s website.

I’ve just used it to go from Mobberley to Porthmadog, the long way round via Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Barmouth. £16 from Mobberley, that’s £15 plus Arriva Trains Wales’ Manchester area Northern £1 add on. Normal price £53.50, so that’s a huge saving. All trains were on time.

Whilst there I travelled on the Welsh Highland Railway from Pont Croesor (4 miles north of Porthmadog), through the Aberglaslyn Pass and all the way to Caernarfon and return. Hauled by coal-fired South African Garrett no. 87, it was an amazing trip.

The offer runs until 30 November, so if you’re 55 or over, what’s stopping you!

Please leave a comment

  1. Old Codger Says:

    What’s stopping me is not being able to buy an add-on from a Mid-Cheshire line station west of Knutsford.

  2. Scheming Lord Knutsford Says:

    Can’t think of a way around that 🙂

  3. Lord Harry of Sodor Says:

    Surely Old Codger has a Senior Railcard which will help reduce his fare either to Manchester or Chester. That coupled with the Club 55 offer still makes it a very good deal.

    Get out and enjoy yourself whilst you still have time. This life isn’t a rehearsal for anything else in the future!

  4. Old Codger Says:

    Indeed I have an old codger’s railcard, but what started me grumbling was when I was cogitating (pun intended) over the information provided by Arriva.

    Their leaflet and website say you can use the Club 55 offer with an “add-on” to visit destinations in certain areas served by other TOCs. That means to me that you can travel to some places not served by Arriva, but not from them. It’s not until you get to the fine print (*Terms and Conditions 3, paragraph 3, dunno what the * is for) that you find you can commence your journey from these places provided you don’t add another add-on on the other end.

    Hooray, I thought. Perhaps I can add-on from my local Northern station. Maybe they have just omitted a bit of the Mid Cheshire Line from their map as some are wont to do.

    But no, it only applies to what Arriva call the Greater Manchester County. In their terms and conditions they define this as bounded by Burscough Bridge, Bromley Cross, Glossop, Littleborough, Greenfield, Poynton and Patricroft. On their map it is something different, extending to Manchester Airport (in a peculiar position), Chassen Road, Bryn, Blackrod, Hadfield, New Mills Central, Disley, Chelford and Knutsford. So, I would not be very confident of getting an add-on at Knutsford if it hadn’t been for Scheming Lord Knutsford suggesting it was possible. How does he like living in Greater Manchester?!!

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