I’m currently en-route to Derby and ‘enjoying’ kicking my heels in a very gloomy Manchester in between trains. Even my camera is squinting in this light..

That said, I’m looking to an interesting and entertaining evening at the Rail Forum East Midlands dinner which is a precursor to tomorrows annual conference which is held at Derby cricket ground.

Needless to say, there will be lots to talk about after yesterdays spending review and release of the Hendy report into Network Rails investment plans. The doom and gloom that some were predicting for the rail industry has failed to materialise. Instead, the future is looking rather rosy…

No doubt I’ll have time to do a bit of tweeting in between taking the pictures tomorrow, so feel free to follow proceedings at @PaulBigland1