West Croydon ticket machine offers unexpected option

I was rather surprised to find a ticket machine at London Overground’s West Croydon station offering me the option of a ticket valid for travel “By West Anglia Great Northern only” when I was buying ticket to Brighton on 23 February 2014.

Problems:

  1. WAGN ceased to exist at the end of March 2006.
  2. When it did exist, it didn’t go anywhere near Croydon* or Brighton.

As the GN part of WAGN was merged with Thameslink to create the franchise which is currently held by First Capital Connect, I suspect a database somewhere has got confused and output WAGN when it really means FCC.

I would get out more, if I could find the right ticket.

(as to why I was trying to do this: Croydon to Brighton tickets routed FCC only are cheaper than any permitted tickets. And there are usually shorted queues for the ticket machines at West Croydon than at East Croydon.)

* The Croydon in Cambridgeshire doesn’t have a station.