QUOTE(Chime @ Apr 16 2012, 09:25 AM)
QUOTE(lottie @ Apr 16 2012, 09:23 AM)
I was just thinking I could get my clarinet case into a wheelie case
I couldn't possibly carry a viola, clarinet and overnight bag all together.
If I put my viola on my back I'd have to carry my rucksack in one hand....
My viola is a BIGGISH thing!
Maybe I should just post
my nightie and toothbrush to the hotel
I have no idea what the rail services in the UK are like, so apologies if this suggestion is useless!
But here in Switzerland, you can pay a small fee to have your luggage transported by the railway company. It's 8chfs (about 5 pounds) per bag up to 20kgs. You leave in the bag the day before, you need to show your train ticket and they give you a receipt. They will transport it to whatever station you are going to, you just go to that stations luggage office hand over the receipt and collect the luggage.
I use it when I go skiing to transport the skis and boots, they fit in one bag but are heavy and awkward to carry. It leaves me free to just have my luggage to transport on train the day I travel, as most resorts involve at least one train change. I can then go to the station the day after I arrive to collect the skis and head to the slopes!
If they do that kind of thing with UK rail, you could maybe send on your little wheelie bag leaving you free to concentrate on the instruments?
This sort of thing doesn't exist in the UK. You are allowed to take up to 3 items onto trains here (including no more than 2 large items), none can be more than 1m height/width and you must be able to carry them all yourself. The following is taken from the regulations:
Customers may take up to three items of personal luggage free of charge, this includes two large items (such as suitcases or rucksacks) and one item of smaller hand luggage (such as a briefcase). Full details of the free allowances are available at stations.
Excess luggage and certain more bulky items (such as skis) may be carried, subject to available space, at an extra charge
Accompanied animals and articles for which charges are payable
Each additional item of personal luggage above the free allowance.
Each seat occupied by luggage, container or other articles when the seat is needed for passenger use.
Each cat, dog or small animal exceeding the free allowance.
Each article exceeding one metre in any dimension that can be carried by one person.
Articles and Animals not carried
Articles exceeding one metre in any dimension that cannot be carried by the passenger concerned. This includes canoes, hang-gliders, sail/surf boards, large furniture and any large musical instrument that cannot be carried without assistance.
Motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters and motorised cycles.
Livestock (for example, pigs. sheep and goats).
Any animal or article which, in the opinion of the train company staff, is causing or is likely to cause inconvenience to passengers due to its size or behaviour. On train staff are authorised to have items such as these removed from the train.