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    Looking to travel all the way from Durham - Penzance (9 hour direct ) They mention they've rolled WiFi out to most/all of their long-distance trains, free in 1st-class, but I wondered if it actually works.

    It's something like £90 each way STD, £230 each way 1st but if I could get a sensible amount of work done I could effectively pay off the ticket. I don't think I'd get much work done in cattle-class, and I would rather work in 1st than sit about in STD.

    No free booze though on XC... outrageous.

    Any recent travellers on their long-distance trains care to comment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Looking to travel all the way from Durham - Penzance (9 hour direct ) They mention they've rolled WiFi out to most/all of their long-distance trains, free in 1st-class, but I wondered if it actually works.

    It's something like £90 each way STD, £230 each way 1st but if I could get a sensible amount of work done I could effectively pay off the ticket. I don't think I'd get much work done in cattle-class, and I would rather work in 1st than sit about in STD.

    No free booze though on XC... outrageous.

    Any recent travellers on their long-distance trains care to comment?
    Caught one last Saturday. It advertised wifi on the window (cattle class) but my phone didn't pick it up.

    I think others have suggested sitting near first...

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Looking to travel all the way from Durham - Penzance (9 hour direct ) They mention they've rolled WiFi out to most/all of their long-distance trains, free in 1st-class, but I wondered if it actually works.

    It's something like £90 each way STD, £230 each way 1st but if I could get a sensible amount of work done I could effectively pay off the ticket. I don't think I'd get much work done in cattle-class, and I would rather work in 1st than sit about in STD.

    No free booze though on XC... outrageous.

    Any recent travellers on their long-distance trains care to comment?
    Did Birmingham to Newcastle recently. Client paying standard class. Had a table to work on and not that busy. Paid for wifi. It wasn't great. Very patchy coverage, just as I had with my mobile broadband. Bring a box of wine and you should be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Looking to travel all the way from Durham - Penzance (9 hour direct ) They mention they've rolled WiFi out to most/all of their long-distance trains, free in 1st-class, but I wondered if it actually works.

    It's something like £90 each way STD, £230 each way 1st but if I could get a sensible amount of work done I could effectively pay off the ticket. I don't think I'd get much work done in cattle-class, and I would rather work in 1st than sit about in STD.

    No free booze though on XC... outrageous.

    Any recent travellers on their long-distance trains care to comment?
    What's the price of a return? I thought that was much cheaper than 2 one way tickets.

    I use the wi-fi on FGW every morning.

    It's free in 1st class but since don't have a 1st class ticket, I stand in the inter-carriage area between 1st and second performing a balancing act with lappy in one hand and venti latte in t'other, bumping into my fellow passengers and spilling a lot of coffee as I go

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    I'm wanting WiFi for work use, and it's a 9-hour trip, so I think I probably would have to simply travel 1st. I normally work via RDP into client's local machine but my suspicion is this will be totally unworkable.

    I'll probably have to make sure I have some work stored locally if I want to get billable hours out of it!
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    I connected to it, but was put off when I realised how expensive it was.

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    Has the flight from Durham Tees to Newquay stopped?

    Also wouldn't a 3g mifi wireless hotspot be cheaper (and more reliable).
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    I was delighted about the price of the trains on my last visit to the UK, which was last week actually. An excellent anti-pleb system. Just make the whole system so damn expensive that filthy oiks can't afford it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    I'm wanting WiFi for work use, and it's a 9-hour trip, so I think I probably would have to simply travel 1st. I normally work via RDP into client's local machine but my suspicion is this will be totally unworkable.

    I'll probably have to make sure I have some work stored locally if I want to get billable hours out of it!
    have done this on the virgin west coast and it works just fine - no exp of xcountry but the concept is sound

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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    Has the flight from Durham Tees to Newquay stopped?
    Not sure but will check.

    edit: best laugh I've had all day http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/mm...mber-2012.html
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