Semaphores in Scotland: No 170414 passing Errol, about half way between Dundee and Perth, on 9 August 2017. Ian Lothian

Who says rail travel is expensive? I am on my way to Scotland, and the LNER website is quoting me £30 one-way from Tunbridge Wells to Dundee on the 10.00 off the Cross. At that price it is almost worth taking it just for the peak time leg on Southeastern, and chucking the East Coast journey. But I do want to go to Scotland, so I cash in on my good fortune and splash out with a First Class ticket at double the price – £60.

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