... The Great Britain III steam tour is to finish it's third day at Preston at 17.10, so you arrive in plenty of time and walk to the end of the platform. There are a couple of others with cameras there ready waiting. So you wait as well, time passes and the platform ends start to fill up, twenty, thirty, over forty others all with cameras and video cameras. And you wait, 17.30, 1745 passes and someone gets on the phone to find out what is happening. Then he shouts "It's still in Crewe" at least one and a quarter hours away. A ripple of disappointment passes through the crowd the some drift away whilst others stay.
So you think "I fancy some sustenance" so decide to go into the city centre, there must be a McDonalds or Burger King, real food. But you have forgotten this is Preston, the city centre is closed, it is after 5.30 after all, so you wander around for half an hour and decide to head back to the station and put your trust in a Virgin Trains coffee. Then you drift back to the end of the platform along with the others and finally there is smoke in the distance. As it approaches people start moving about so a decent shot is well on nigh impossible, but you do your best.
Then to cap it all the train pulls into the worst platform for photography, but again you do your best. so you head home with some pictures in the camera, hoping they will turn out OK. maybe, maybe not but there is always tomorrow when the train leaves Preston at 8.00am and you know you will go through it all again.