I'm now two-thirds of the way through my 16-week training. It doesn't seem right that I just typed those words.
We're just about ready for Xmas, but before I can think about that too much I have a rules exam to face up to this Friday. I think I'll be ready for it, although revising isn't easy with two young children.
I did another week of front end turns last week. Here's a map of where I went. See if you can see which routes I missed out and which I when on for the first time.
My attempt to travel beyond Morecambe on Tuesday was thwarted by a lack of train crew, for a strangely convoluted operation reason. Only Skipton drivers sign the Leeds - Morecambe route. One of the four daily trains on this route extends to Heysham Port. Skipton drivers do not sign this last few miles; the job is done by Barrow drivers. Barrow drivers do not sign the usual class of train that is provided for this service, so the Skipton driver has to driver the train and the Barrow driver has to conduct the route. In the event, our train was of a different class, one which Barrow drivers do sign. But there was no Barrow driver available, so we terminated at Morecambe and put the passengers for the Isle of Man ferry on a coach.
The only other events of note were driving at 100mph in thick fog (50ft visibility) on Thursday evening between Leeds and Doncaster, and getting over to a very damp Blackpool the following day before returning at rush hour and barely being able to change ends at Bradford Interchange due to the volume of passengers.