Well today was the pines express day on the railway, and we did not get off to a good start.
Firstly on arriving at Ferry Meadows we could not open the door, shame nobody had told us the lock had been replaced! A good example of poor communications.It did not help either that it was raining!
But we got in eventually and opened for business, but things did not look good with the weather. But the gods were with us and it got better and drier as the day went on.
One of the locomotives in operation was the J94 which is a super little engine here is a picture of it double heading with the 4F which was one of the others in steam.
Highlight of the day was the non-stop pines express run from City centre to Yarwell. You can see a video of it passing through Ferry meadows by clicking this link Pines Express Video It was a choice between a picture or a video of the event and I opted for a video.
Takings were not bad but would have been better with a brighter start., Young Nathan who helped the wife and myself arrived a little on the damp side as you can see here.
But he was still cheerful despite the look on his face when the picture was taken! He enjoyed himself as well which is a bonus as special events can be a thankless task sometimes.
Being at a different station is always enjoyable as each station has a different type of passenger, Ferry meadows relies for most of it’s business on the local caravan club site, and generally they are on holiday and looking to enjoy themselves and it’s always a bonus when they get off the train smiling and say they enjoyed the journey, it is one of the reasons why I enjoy working at a station.
Back to my own station next Saturday when we have 3 days of services so looking forward to that.
All in all a really enjoyable but tiring day.