Flying banana: power car No 43013 Mark Carne CBE leads the New Measurement Train past Attenborough Nature Reserve with the 1Q49 09.37 Derby R.T.C. to Derby R.T.C (via Skegness) circuit on 26 October 2018. No 43062 John Armitt was on the rear. Steve Donald

I always look forward to a trip on an HST, but this one is a bit different. Birmingham International is not usually the place you’d find one, and the bright yellow machine emerging from the angry grey skies provokes some surprised looks among passengers on the platform.

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