For any avoidance of doubt, driving a train is not the same as jumping in a car. Drivers have to undertake a considerable amount of training and important route knowledge. If a train is diverted due to whatever reason, then a new driver will have to be put on to drive the train via the diversion as the other driver would not have the route knowledge. From start to “going on your own” can take up to a year.
Was quite envious of Michael Portillo when he had the cab ride in the HS1 on the TV program.
I’m with you Charles, steam train driving is old hat. Now a good old DMU, yes please, hear that diesel engine throb!!