Azuma in Scotland: No 800104 undertook a ‘dry run’ from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and back on 20 October, as a practice for services to the Granite City that were due to start in November. The train ran to the planned service timings: this is the stop at Inverkeithing. Ian Lothian

Milan to Glasgow – by train. This odyssey, made easier by a couple of overnight stops, presented an opportunity to take in the south western Alps by TGV and the Tweedsmuir Hills by Pendolino. After a minor mix up in Milan – I had forgotten the Paris train goes from Garibaldi station, not Centrale – we left 15 down, thanks to a late incoming service and a drama involving a luggage thief, who lifted a case off the train but was chased down the platform and apprehended.

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