22 April 2009: Read the exchanges following the Bishop of Carlisle's Question on the Government's plans to develop a high-speed rail line from London to the north-west and Scotland.

Lord Adonis: "The highlight of my week was meeting my noble friend on the Swanage railway, where, for the first time in my life, I was on the footplate of a steam engine. That was immensely exciting for me but I think is a common occurrence for my noble friend."

The photograph is of Lord Adonis with Jim Knight MP and myself.

See also Lord Adonis' Rail Trip Blog