Was it really necessary to delay a trainload of people for want of the second wiper? When Mallard managed 126 miles per hour at Little Bytham, fbb does not remember seeing windscreen wipers on the A4 streak.
The fbb train was routed via Trent Junction and the Erewash Valley. Using Google Maps, fbb will attempt to show the revised route.
Approaching from Derby (centre left) you pass through Long Eaton Station ...
It was built on what would now be called a greenfield site, in the south-east corner of Derbyshire. It was described in one Midland Railway publication as "the junction for everywhere".
It changed little in its 106 years of existence, and even to its last day, December 31, 1967, was lit by gas lamps, never having had electricity. It was built in the Midland Gothic style, and poet laureate John Betjeman was one of those who deplored its demolition. Over each platform there was an impressive array of 27 glass canopy sections.
It had a complicated arrangement of loops, so trains with the same destination standing on adjacent platforms could be facing in opposite directions.
This rather unassuming gate is where the line turned sharp right to reach the station.
At least one other feature of the diversion attracted fbb's interested gaze; but that's for tomorrow's blog.
But a surreal happening happened as your chubby old codger staggered down Dixon Lane to book in at Travelodge Sheffield Central.
Who said anything about an uneventful journey?