Fair enough. For some reason I always think of the County whenever someone says West MidlandsWhich is in the West Midlands region. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Midlands_(region)
That's showbiz for ya... you're correct. My guess, the photo was taken during the day when no Virgin services call at LTV, but the photographer wanted him with a train.I wonder why he'd be despatching from LTV high level (as the 323 shows), I thought the guard did that.
IIRC, he only dispatches the morning up Virgin services, once the last one has gone he's finished for the day. I'm quite sure the evening down Virgin services are self dispatch.Of course it must be pretty dull to work a station when high level gets 2tph (as the terminus of the XCity line) and the low level gets 4tph