It would be churlish not to mention the 75th anniversary of the LNER's 126mph kettle triumph today.
But only because Sir Nigel was brought up in Derbyshire and served his apprenticeship on the LNWR (therefore, de facto, an LMS man!).
That is all.
UPDATE: This from the late Col H F Stephens...
With speed in mind might I congratulate Lord Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, for his intervention against HS2.
As I proved, the hoi polloi are quite happy travelling very slowly, with chickens, sheep and goats if necessary.
Meanwhile terribly grand people can continue to 'monetise' their time by taking private jets to their terribly important meetings across the globe.
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
This from East Coast...
Train operator East Coast today named a locomotive “Durham Cathedral”, as thousands of visitors flock to the North East to see the Lindisfarne Gospels in the shadow of the iconic Norman cathedral.
The locomotive, number 91114, was unveiled by the Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, accompanied by the Vice Chancellor of Durham University, Professor Chris Higgins, and East Coast’s Managing Director Karen Boswell, on Platform 2 at Newcastle Central Station today
The Durham Cathedral Choir provided musical accompaniment to the ceremony, and also sang for passengers on-board the train’s inaugural journey from Newcastle to Durham. The East Coast Railway Chaplain, the Reverend Stephen Sorby, blessed the newly-named train prior to its inaugural departure for Durham, and on to London King’s Cross.
So whilst the Girl Guides have abandoned God, it would seem that East Coast is still prepared to acknowledge our Christian Heritage.
And a perfect opportunity for members of the erastian national church and the nation's erastian train operator to share the same platform.