Someone at East Coast Trains (I buy my advance tickets through them because they are the only publicly-owned operator) must have been reading my posts about the inability of Virgin Trains to check tickets on the West Coast Main Line.
Hilary and I are going to the Isle of Mull later in the year. Here's what I was sent for a journey for two people plus two bikes from Lancaster to Oban. Admittedly, I've added to the haul by re-booking at Glasgow to save a fortune, but I wonder how many trips they expect me to make with this little lot?*
* Sadly, as they are advance tickets for specific trains it won't matter if they are collected or not.
In case you are wondering, you can buy tickets from any of the train operating companies to travel on any train operator's train. In this case, my tickets from East Coast will be used on Virgin Trains, Trans Pennine Express and Scotrail! Also, although you have to specify a station for collection when buying tickets over the internet, you can actually collect the tickets from a ticket machine at any station that has one. Useful if, for example, you can save money by re-booking en-route but won't have time to collect a pre-booked ticket at the break point. Just collect both tickets from your originating station. ("Not many people know that")