David paints a picture of his enduring love of railways and his early days of volunteering on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. He then slips back into his clericals to describe the last few weeks of his full-time ministry as a Priest in the Church of England. This gives him the opportunity to comment on certain aspects of the Established Church and in some cases to make some fairly trenchant remarks. Finally he returns to his beloved trains with some dreams of possibilities in his retirement. The journey goes down a branch line, since now that he is retired, the signalman has swung the points off the main line and he is approaching the buffers.