Ahead of the NHL steam extravaganza on 20 March, who's been following Michael Portillo on the railways of Britain? Answer: Various irate ticket inspectors. ("Your advance ticket is not for this service; please purchase a standard open single at £520.")
He's following George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook in cream chinos on weekday nights. The Tuesday night episode featured public parks in Derby and a visit to the home of Burton Bridge Bitter, a regular guest beer at the Marquis Wellington... so I'm told.