STEPTOE’S FOR ONE

23rd October 2022.

On the train back from Conisbrough the inspector checked my mobile ticket.

It’s OK to break my journey at Rotherham, yeah ?”.

Well, strictly, NO, it’s not. But you’ll be fine, I expect“. That’s the worst possible answer, isn’t it ? I should have asked Tom Irvin.

My second South Yorkshire micro tick (and it was weird to be back ticking) was in the suburb of North-West Rotherham known as Kimberworth. Expect it under “K” rather than “R” next year to annoy us.

The half hour walk is highly recommended for folk who like being mildly disconcerted by their surroundings but not strictly in fear for their lives (see also : Wolverhampton off the Wednesfield Road).

This is the most attractive looking pub on the route.

No, after YOU.

You get a good view of Milmoor, Rotherham United’s abandoned ground (note New York on bottom right),

before Kimberworth gives a decent run of pubs and views over to Meadowhall.

Steptoe’s is open (tick),

but has a private function (tension) which turns out to be only occupying the left half of the single room. I like that; pubs should be able to host birthdays and bar mitzvahs as well as boozers. I am the only single customer, it seems.

A jolly atmosphere, tinny Motown, high tables, San Miguel and sausage rolls, giggling toddlers, a cool Pennine “Hair of the Dog” (NBSS 3+).

That might sound a mixed bag to you, it was good for me.

Mum called; I took the call outside in the Autumn sun.

I told you Rotherham was lovely.

8 thoughts on “STEPTOE’S FOR ONE

  1. To avoid “break of journey” anxiety you might want to consider the SYConnect+ ticket – all day on the trams and trains (and buses if all else fails!), and valid as far as the likes of Thorne and Denby Dale.

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      1. “Well, strictly, NO, it’s not” might be with not having a proper printed ticket.
        I thought break of journey used to be just for the return but now is for outward as well.

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  2. BoJ is usually OK in both directions.
    https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/46590.aspx says:
    6. Break of journey
    6.1 Break of journey is allowed on the outward and return portions of Off-Peak tickets unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket’s validity code.
    6.2 You may start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station along the route of travel on Off-Peak tickets unless the ticket restriction for the journey you are making does not allow it.
    which amounts to the very useful “it’s OK except when it isn’t”!
    I see no BoJ restriction here: https://www.brfares.com/!faredetail?orig=SHF&dest=CNS&rte=1000&tkt=CDR, so it all looks fine to me.
    You’re right about advance “only valid on this particular train” tickets.

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  3. We have a chum who regularly “breaks his journey ” all over Yorkshire without a problem -think the main problem could be when automated barriers are there,then you have to plead illness or something as a reason for leaving the train.I have never dared do it though !

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    1. Given how many on board toilets are out of action I think that I’d plead comfort break. I’ve never been refused a break of journey at Leeds, where I often stop and have a wait between trains.

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      1. Using the station facilities (toilets, shop, bar, …) should never be deemed to be a break of journey, even if that means going through the barrier.

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  4. https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/46590.aspx says:
    6. Break of journey
    6.1 Break of journey is allowed on the outward and return portions of Off-Peak tickets unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket’s validity code.
    6.2 You may start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station along the route of travel on Off-Peak tickets unless the ticket restriction for the journey you are making does not allow it.
    so it’s definitely allowed, except when it isn’t. Useful, eh?
    I don’t see anything here: https://www.brfares.com/!faredetail?orig=SHF&dest=CNS&rte=1000&tkt=CDR to suggest that BoJ is prohibited for RM’s journey.

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