Hello all, I am a train driver in Germany, who actually grew up in the UK, although have never really paid much attention to the UK system and what it's all about. Recently, however, I have taken a much larger interest in the British side of things, and while I would like to improve my knowledge by researching and being a member of this forum, I also understand that there seems to be a fair bit of interest in the system I know here. So I am happy to answer any questions you may have, dispel rumours or explain things you might not have understood from browsing the web, etc. It can even be questions about me. I won't go into too much detail on the personal questions, but don't worry too much so long as it doesn't break the rules - I'll just answer the parts I'm comfortable with . It might be worth noting that as of now I do have very little knowledge of the UK rail system - including industry terms, so bear with me if you need to explain a term to me. It's likely I know the German version, and they just don't directly translate, or maybe there isn't even a german version as it doesn't exist in the system I know.