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May 26th, 2008 (07:47 pm)

When did thetrainline.com become evil?

Damn you thetrainline.com! Who am I going to buy my rail tickets from now?

Edit: NXEC seem to have a low evil rating at the moment... (and seem to allow booking on non NXEC services, which is nice). I have to wonder if teh evil is just hiding somewhere out of sight.


Posted by: Behind Blue Eyes (chiv)
Posted at: May 26th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)

The guy who set it up has always been a bit of a geezer.
He started out by buying up large numbers of tickets on popular routes in advance, taking full advantage of the discount. He and his associates would then sell them on to commuters, usually on the platform or the train one carriage ahead of the conductor, at just below the going rate. Sort of the railway ticket tout.

Believe it or not, you can get most routes cheaper direct from one of the railway companies websites, with a bit of shopping around.

Posted by: Confused (confuseddave)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)

I've done a comparison a couple of times now, and it looks like I can get exactly the same deals from NXEC as I can from thetrainline, even on routes that NXEC doesn't run - plus, the frontend is much nicer to use, much easier to search by fare, and the payment options are 95% less evil than thetrainline.

My current journey - Manchester to Dundee - has three changes, all on different companies, and costs £19, which is nearly the same as a single to Falkirk. Unique example perhaps, but you're not always cheaper to go to the original rail company. (In fact, none of these are NXEC, and I get the same fare through them. :)

That and the fact that I like having a single place I can go to get tickets.

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