Robert Hampton

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30th September 2009

I’ve got something to put in you… it’s a Railcard, Railcard, Railcard
Posted by at 10.38pm | No responses | Trains

On Saturday I travelled to Hillside for the Friends of the 502 Group AGM taking place nearby. It was a happy occasion filled with positive vibes, but for me it was tinged with sadness because it was the last time I would ever use my 16-25 Railcard.


I first bought it when I was about 19 and itching for a ride on the Settle-Carlisle line. I’ve since used it for numerous trips to London, a circular trip round North Wales, the odd sojourn to York, a fabulous week of rail roving, more trips to London and another trip on the Settle-Carlisle line. OK, I’m not that imaginative.

I squeezed every last drop out of it by renewing it the day before my 26th birthday to get an extra year out of it. Still, all good things must come to an end, so it’s time to put this badly faded bit of thermal-printed card in my memory box (note to self: get memory box) and resign myself to paying full fare on the trains from now on. Unless I enrol as a mature student, which is unlikely to happen (I’m not mature, for one thing).

Goodbye old friend, I’ll miss you. Although I certainly won’t miss this dreadful picture of chubby teenaged me:

Young Person's Photocard


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