Feb 17, 2016 - 2:50 PM
in reply to Arno
<<"Apart from saving time I also like the flexibility to change my trip along the way, rather than sticking to the route of the ticket I purchased in the morning.">>
Although it is not fast, you can stop at an intermediate station and go to the ticket counter to change a routing. They'll need your existing ticket with some poertion of it unused. It used to be that the conductor could do that on the train...not sure if they still have that capability, since the change in 2011 to no longer allow buying tickets on trains. . Do you know?
And, of course, as you know , the ticket you buy for the day may be used for any train along the chosen route, at any time. You are not constrained to a single train at a particular time. You can stop for sightseeing or lunch, then catch the next train on the same route.