Let’s cheer ourselves up with this delightful story from Brett McS:

BBC – Steam train’s snow rescue ‘glory’

Passengers were rescued by a steam locomotive after modern rail services were brought to a halt by the snowy conditions in south-east England.

Trains between Ashford and Dover were suspended on Monday when cold weather disabled the electric rail.

Some commuters at London Victoria faced lengthy delays until Tornado – Britain’s first mainline steam engine in 50 years – offered them a lift.

They were taken home “in style”, said the Darlington-built engine’s owners.

Yaaaay.

[Mark Allatt, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust] added: “If any of the train operators want to modernise their services by using steam trains, I would be happy to give them a quote.”

ninme bursts into wild applause