Britrail pass and/or ticket purchases?

Is each individual route ticket purchase required in addition to a britrail pass or does the pass cover all costs? I can't find a clear answer to this.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 12, 2012 16:19
    Hi Dee,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs between different cities in the country or countries included on the rail pass. When applicable reservations are supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of regular point-to-point tickets.

    However, trains operating within the United Kingdom generally do not even accept reservations, in which case the rail pass is all you would need to board. On trains in the United Kingdom, reservations are generally only possible on trains that take over 2 hours in duration; however, even then it is not usually necessary to make reservations. In the United Kingdom, it is really only necessary to make reservations on trains that operate between a city in southern England and Scotland (i.e. trains between London and Edinburgh).

    You can book reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Reservable trains in the United Kingdom can be booked within 60 or 75 days of an intended date of departure.

    If a particular train displays when you do a search under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass', then it would be an indicator that you might want to purchase reservations on that train. If a particular train doesn't display from such a search, then it is likely that the train doesn't accept reservations or else reservations are not necessary.
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