The plan worked! Trains 1 and 2 were both on time and even had working WiFi so I could keep abreast of the luggage abuse on our Facebook thread. There was just enough time in Edinburgh to grab an iconic Capital city photo between trains.
On my second train, wallowing in first class luxury and complimentary wine I sat opposite a man from Munich who was doing the UK on a two week rail pass. He was most concerned that he might not be able to visit York Minster because of some kind of Synod event and seemed a bit surprised that i was not aware of this event.
The Swinton Hotel is not the smartest place I have ever stayed at but it sufficed for a night and is very handy for Kings Cross and St Pancras. Mick arrived promptly and we had a couple of beers before our curry. On the way back to base we checked out the Betjeman.