On the first leg of a journey from Vancouver to Toronto by train, Fabien, the man in charge of looking after the welfare of passengers on board, was sitting strumming his guitar. He played a few songs and talked about his job.
Amy is an ambulance driver in Bristol, I talked to her about her job on the way to Aviemore in Scotland on the Caledonian sleeper train. If you book the sleeper three months in advance you can get fares for as little as £20 one way.
Some of us work in jobs that are not always our only passion. The head of Radiation Dosimetry at the Bristol Royal Infirmary plays the mandolin. I had a conversation with him about it. I still don't know what Radiation Dosimetry is.
While in Manchester for a conference I stayed in Leeds. It's not too far from Manchester and there's a train that goes between the two before 11pm. I met an estate agent from Huddersfield on the Saturday night. He wanted me to keep him awake.
I met two Aussies on a train one night. They'd been to Bath and to Venice recently and were using London as a base while they explores Europe and beyond. One was a nursing student and the other was a special ed teacher.
In the evening from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, a Dutch guy who has been catering at a corporate event strikes up a conversation on the train with me. He's temping but used to be the general manager of a restaurant in Wimbledon.
On the Underground train to Heathrow, I talk to a comedian about the time he and his friend Dave Hill did a set at Sing Sing Penitentiary just North of New York. This is part of the Conversations on the Train series and part two of my conversations with Carl.
Carl was kind enough to let me ride out to Heathrow with him the morning after a show in London. I'd been to see him and Dave Hill doing a comedy tour of the National Gallery. We talked about many things, including the time he interviewed Kurt Vonnegut.