I haven't blogged in a while but this is a show stopper for BlogBS5
Today after about 30 months travelling in my current role on very many a train indeed, I bagged the Flying Banana.
This is the Network Rail
Measurement Train, an ex-service Class 43 that now runs a 13 week programme covering all the rail track in the UK and measuring its safety or need for repair. There is no published schedule so you never know when you'll see it. There is only one . It's long and bright yellow and you can't get on it unless you work for Network Rail.
Since I moved from regular train geek to the sort who collects numbers ( for class 43 only) I have not clocked 43014 The Flying Banana, but today at London Kings cross there it was in splendid yellowness. I was so excited and I had 22 minutes to my connection to take a gander.
There I was along with a discreet group of about eight other blokes equally thrilled. Harmless fun.
What a cracking Monday and out of the house from such a lovely weekend too.