cosford on the train

cosford on the train

Postby craig.mason on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 3:51 pm

Has anybody been to cosford airshow on the train just been looking its £45 return from my town to cosford and takes 2 hours 30 mins I am considering it as there are no local daytrips to it this year
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Postby Harvo266 on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 6:18 pm

There's normally a wide range of coach trips that go to Cosford, so have a look there
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Postby Domvickery on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 10:38 pm

I've caught the train before, its a piece of cake, much easier than driving and you can get a ticket that covers entry too
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Postby Pringles on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 11:41 pm

Has anyone on here caught the train to the show from Birmingham International? It will be my first time getting there by train and was wondering if anyone had any experience of that route?
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Postby Domvickery on Wed 06 Jan 2016, 12:10 am

Pringles wrote:Has anyone on here caught the train to the show from Birmingham International? It will be my first time getting there by train and was wondering if anyone had any experience of that route?



I live 2 stops from International, my tip would be to get into new st & jump on the train direct to Cosford from there, saves the faff of swapping at Wolverhampton
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Postby Pringles on Wed 06 Jan 2016, 10:24 am

Domvickery wrote:
Pringles wrote:Has anyone on here caught the train to the show from Birmingham International? It will be my first time getting there by train and was wondering if anyone had any experience of that route?



I live 2 stops from International, my tip would be to get into new st & jump on the train direct to Cosford from there, saves the faff of swapping at Wolverhampton

Many thanks, I may do that instead! :smile:
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Postby iainpeden on Wed 06 Jan 2016, 10:25 am

I have used Woods coaches of Leicester for the last 2 years. Thee is usually a link to coach firms running trips on the airshow website.
The pros are missing the queues getting in and out and a sleep on the way home after an early start; the con is that its a bit of a drive for me to the pickup point.
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Postby LittleRedTrain on Thu 07 Jan 2016, 9:58 am

Used the train last year from Wolverhampton to Cosford (having come up from London the day before an stayed overnight at the Premier Inn), and then from Cosford back to London (changing at Wolverhampton).

It was nice and easy, I got a train that started at Wolverhampton so had no problems getting a seat on the way out, it did get pretty busy but nobody was left behind.
On arrival, walked straight onto the airfield, a small queue to actually get off the platform, no queue for ticket checks and the walk from the station isn't that long, compared to some of the further flung car parks.

On the way back, we had to queue for about 30mins to actually get onto a train, and then stand in a vestibule back to Wolverhampton, but given the number of people involved, I suppose it was to be expected.

The fact that you get a discount on show admission if you buy it combined with a rail ticket is also a nice touch, something that other shows could do with following to reduce pressure on local roads.

Only problem with the show being on a Sunday is that due to early morning engineering works, it's not always possible to get a train from further afield that arrives before the flying display starts.
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Postby Pringles on Thu 07 Jan 2016, 7:08 pm

As I've previously said, I've never travelled to this show by train, so am interested to hear about the:
LittleRedTrain wrote:...discount on show admission if you buy it combined with a rail ticket...

However the website says:
We are currently working with our Local Train Operating Companies to provide a discounted joint train and entrance ticket. Details will appear on our By Train page shortly.

Does anyone here have any idea as to when these tickets become available?
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Postby LittleRedTrain on Fri 08 Jan 2016, 5:06 pm

The ticket price last year was the cost of the train fare, plus, a supplement of £18 for entry to the show, a saving of several quid over the show ticket on its own.
It was only valid if you actually arrived in the showground from the station, so you couldn't change your mind and switch to driving instead.

I'm sure PeterR will provide full details when the ticket becomes available (assuming it happens again this year). I got mine a couple of months in advance, from my local station in London, but I believe they were available up to the day of the show.
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Postby Pringles on Fri 08 Jan 2016, 7:26 pm

Thanks, the website states that train tickets will be on sale soon so I'll look out for that, thanks again everyone for the help and advice! :biggrin:
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Postby PeterR on Mon 11 Jan 2016, 1:19 pm

The joint air show/rail travel tickets will likely go on sale around March/April. When there's more news on this front I will let you know. :smile:
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Postby Pringles on Mon 11 Jan 2016, 5:14 pm

PeterR wrote:The joint air show/rail travel tickets will likely go on sale around March/April. When there's more news on this front I will let you know. :smile:

Thanks Peter :up:
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Postby Pringles on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 9:51 pm

PeterR wrote:The joint air show/rail travel tickets will likely go on sale around March/April. When there's more news on this front I will let you know. :smile:

When are the tickets likely to be available - given the recent additions I'm keen to get sorted!
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Postby PeterR on Tue 12 Apr 2016, 7:30 pm

Pringles wrote:When are the tickets likely to be available - given the recent additions I'm keen to get sorted!


Should now be on sale..! :up:
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Postby Jamie87 on Sun 08 May 2016, 5:26 pm

Is anyone else having trouble purchasing the rail/entry combo ticket from their local stations?

My local station continue to deny such ticket exists and even suggest that no station on my local network will sell them.

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Postby Pringles on Sun 08 May 2016, 7:12 pm

Jamie87 wrote:Is anyone else having trouble purchasing the rail/entry combo ticket from their local stations?

My local station continue to deny such ticket exists and even suggest that no station on my local network will sell them.

Jamie.

For me it took 2 trips to different stations, the first one refused to admit that they exist, the second one required a ten minute argument, 2 phone calls to a different station and another 5 minutes of actual ordering. Just tell them that they exist, and that they are available from all manned stations, it may take several protracted phone calls to head office or something but hopefully the show will be worth it. Pm me if you have any questions and I'll do what I can to help, although it may be a case of trying your luck with who's on the desk and what their IQ is! :facepalm:
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Postby Jamie87 on Sun 08 May 2016, 7:34 pm

Pringles wrote:
Jamie87 wrote:Is anyone else having trouble purchasing the rail/entry combo ticket from their local stations?

My local station continue to deny such ticket exists and even suggest that no station on my local network will sell them.

Jamie.

For me it took 2 trips to different stations, the first one refused to admit that they exist, the second one required a ten minute argument, 2 phone calls to a different station and another 5 minutes of actual ordering. Just tell them that they exist, and that they are available from all manned stations, it may take several protracted phone calls to head office or something but hopefully the show will be worth it. Pm me if you have any questions and I'll do what I can to help, although it may be a case of trying your luck with who's on the desk and what their IQ is! :facepalm:


Thanks for the heads up.

I have asked 3 separate people at my station now. The one today suggested that I don't take the train full stop and just drive. What an ambassador for Merseyrail he was!

I e-mailed the team at Cosford last week and they sent me a response explaining how to sell the ticket so that I could tell the guy at the station. He was having none of it. Told me to message Merseyrails head office.

Not great service at all.
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Postby PeterR on Mon 09 May 2016, 7:31 am

If you're having trouble and are at a train station in normal office hours, give the Air Show Office a ring. We have the retail brief so we can explain to the rail staff how to sell the ticket. They are on the system and can be purchased anywhere, despite what some rail staff are apparently saying...
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Postby nighthawk999 on Mon 09 May 2016, 10:35 am

Pringles wrote:
Jamie87 wrote:Is anyone else having trouble purchasing the rail/entry combo ticket from their local stations?

My local station continue to deny such ticket exists and even suggest that no station on my local network will sell them.

Jamie.

For me it took 2 trips to different stations, the first one refused to admit that they exist, the second one required a ten minute argument, 2 phone calls to a different station and another 5 minutes of actual ordering. Just tell them that they exist, and that they are available from all manned stations, it may take several protracted phone calls to head office or something but hopefully the show will be worth it. Pm me if you have any questions and I'll do what I can to help, although it may be a case of trying your luck with who's on the desk and what their IQ is! :facepalm:

Problems like this coupled with poorly briefed staff,and extortionate costs of rail travel in general,are the very reasons I don't use trains.
The exception being my local Heritage Railway,the Great Central.
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Postby Jamie87 on Sat 21 May 2016, 8:12 am

Tickets Purchased!

It took a call to Merseyrail head office to sort it!

Does anybody know when the train timetables are released?

Many thanks.

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Postby Jay on Wed 24 May 2017, 6:36 pm

Got my ticket, easy enough, just get a standard train ticket to Cosford then ask for a ticket for Cosford airshow. I'm travelling up from near Southampton the day before, staying overnight in Wolverhampton then getting the earliest train to Cosford, this is my first time to Cosford airshow and I am excited! The Skyraider is the main attraction for me, I mainly only go to shows to see types I have not seen before and the Skyraider plus the Whirlwind are new ones for me! Looking forward to the Tornado as well!
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Re: cosford on the train

Postby Jamie87 on Wed 24 May 2017, 8:19 pm

I am glad that you have revived this thread.
Once again Merseyrail are denying that such ticket exists despite me showing them this thread and how I booked my tickets last year.
Anyone else having trouble?
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Re: cosford on the train

Postby alpha586 on Wed 24 May 2017, 10:06 pm

This happens every year!! You would think that they would have it sorted by now!
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