Well, what year it’s been so far. I’m hard put to think of another in recent memory that’s been as tumultuous, both socially and politically. Not only have we had the Brexit vote, we’ve had a change in political leadership and watched as both Labour and UKIP are tearing themselves apart. UKIP I don’t mind – I’d be glad to see the back of them. Labour are more important as they’re meant to be providing the real opposition to our rebranded Tory government, instead it looks increasingly like Corbyn will win the leadership vote to take the party forward into electoral oblivion.

At least we had the Olympics to cheer us up momentarily as Britain did very well in the medal tables. That gave the media chance to distract us from the slew of less than brilliant economic news. Despite the fact there’s so much going on I’ve had little time to blog about any of it. Instead I’ve been concentrating on my work and getting some of the thousands of old rail and travel slides I have sitting in albums scanned and available through my website. Even this is having to take a back seat now. August is always a busy month and much of it has been spent touring the country in my role as a Judge for the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) annual awards. Along with my fellow judge from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) we’ve been visiting stations across the country to assess the entries for the ‘It’s your station’ category. As if that wasn’t enough, as soon as the visits were complete I began another marathon – this time for RAIL magazine. Every two years I’m tasked with travelling the network for a week, looking at the good, bad (and even ugly) sides to the UKs railways. In the 12 years I’ve been doing this series I’ve visited most corners of the UK, but this year was a little different. I travelled from one end of the country to the other by taking a meandering route from Penzance to Wick. You’ll be able to read the full story in RAIL later this month.

September isn’t exactly a quiet month. I’ve a series of events & awards ceremonies to attend, including the ACoRP awards in Southport and the National Rail awards as well as the massive Innotrans trade fair in Berlin, Germany. I’m determined to fit in some more blogging in between, so watch this space