It’s been lovely to have a couple of days at home but these things never last long. Tomorrow I have to be up at silly o’ clock to head over to a school near Wigan to do a job for Network Rail that involves pupils and a “sleb”. After which I meander across to Derby to get ready for the Rail Exec gala at the Roundhouse where I’m booked to go up on stage and award a prize for the Rail Engineer’s photography competition. This will be a novel experience as I’ll be on the other end of a camera for a change!

I’m sure it’ll be a great event and I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and colleagues. The fly in the ointment is that I have to be in London by 09:30 the next morning to do a job for RAIL magazine. Still, I’ll get back home Friday night, which is a bonus.

The ‘good’ news is that the job that would have seen me working trackside out in rural Lincolnshire over the weekend has been cancelled. This means I have the luxury of a weekend at home – albeit one filled with editing, filing etc…

I have to admit, it’s a varied life in this game.