Read an article in Beano's Hornby Collectors Club magazine yesterday. I'm not really in the demographic, being neither under 10 or over 70, but it was there and was something do to while the kids were eating their tea. The article was, unsurprisingly, a review of a new Hornby train set. Or at least, that's what it purported to be. Half way through it turned into a reminiscence about the APT, the subsequent sale of key bits of technology to Fiat, and the later use of the self-same technology in the current Class 390 electric multiple units. It concluded with the names and running numbers of all 53 units.
Class 390 trains are, of course, Virgin Pendolinos, my favourite train. Going out this morning I travelled on the 390-021 Virgin Dream, and I returned on 390-009 Virgin Queen, discovering in the process that I've turned overnight into a train spotter. A low-grade trains-I-travelled-on Pendolino-only train spotter but, nonetheless, a train spotter.