One of the privileges of this job is the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see aspects of the working railway that are unknown to the travelling public.

So it was for me on a November evening. Frequent trips to events in London mean I am familiar with an evening ride down the Midland main line to my home in the East Midlands. But this was different – East Midlands Trains’ Driver Strategy Manager Martin Ward kindly offered me the opportunity to ride ‘up front’ and see the journey from the driver’s perspective, and the different challenges presented by a dark autumnal evening.

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