Monthly Archives: May 2010

A little bit of everything

Mixed day today with a bit of everything.

Weather wise we had rain, wind, cloud & sunshine though not at the same time I am pleased to say.

Steady passenger and shop wise and Paddy & I were not exactly rushed.

Without doubt highlight of the day was a 94yr old gentleman and two of his family. They took him to Wansford to see Brian, he was as bright as a button for his age and was a pleasure to talk to he is the nicest passenger we had all year and I am only sorry we did not have longer to talk to him.

Trains ran to time as near as made no difference and we had some really nice passengers and shop customers.

The trains are running all week but I am not open again until Saturday as I have a busy week ahead work wise.

Heading in the right direction.

Well today was better than yesterday, come to think of it anything would be better than yesterday.

Today we had sunshine and a cold wind, but we had something even more important we had passengers.

We also had a puzzle, and the puzzle was this…. When the station is shut but people come through the gate to rest on the platform seating do they leave the gate open? But when we are open why do they insist on keep shutting the gate? Answers on a postcard please….

Jason with me today for the second time and he enjoyed himself with the steady stream of entertainment, whoops make that passengers that came through the door. He has even cracked using the till which is a bonus.

We had a Russian couple who were visiting from Latvia and thankfully the lady’s English was better than my Russian and we managed to get them on the train and also a trip behind Thomas, which was very pleasing. The spoke to Jason when they returned and they had enjoyed themselves which of course is the whole object of it all.

Ticket sales were for a change excellent but the shop could have been better, still we can work on that.

Highlights of the day…

The services were all within a couple of minutes of time which was good.

A few of the regulars ventured out and spent a bit of money.

Tomorrow is Bank Holiday Monday and I have Paddy with me which will add to the day so hopefully the weather will be with us as well.

Time as they say will tell………

Oh look it’s raining

Well what a dismal day.

Closed early as we had no customers, one person in 3 hours does not a rush make as they say.

Let us hope it is better tomorrow.

Shame today Russ came to help, it was not a good day for your first on a station. Must drag him back when we are going to be busier.

A gem from Sunday

Just remembered this gem from Sunday.

How much are the £1.70 Magnum ice creams?

I weep for humanity sometimes!!!

Old Arkwright

Well that was exciting!!

Well that was an exciting day!

Closed on the second train as nobody about, but at least the delivery was early and the train was the earliest it’s been late on a Wednesday for a long time.

Next excitement will be three days at the weekend for the bank holiday.

On my own, by myself, well almost

What a super day, the sun shone, Thomas ran and all was well with the world.

Single manned today but Harry was there doing the garden and kept an eye on the station whilst I sorted the trains.

To say I am shattered is an understatement!

People turned out to see Thomas come through and actually came in and spent money I am pleased to say.

Here are a couple of pictures of Thomas, one tender first on it’s way to Peterborough and one chimney first as he returned to Wansford.

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Nice to see lots of happy passengers on the train. The staff at PNVR did exceptionally well and worked hard, even selling ice cream from the platform.

Now a couple of days away from the railway and out to play trains again on Wednesday.

Curry and ice cream

You just knew it was going to be one of those days when a local barmy individual asks if we sell curry!

To top off his performance he sang about railways as the train arrived, definitely a blog entry! Thankfully he did not disturb us further. Certainly he was not playing with a full deck of cards.

Not as busy as we would have hoped but Ice Cream flew out of the door at a steady rate, if it continues tomorrow I may well sell out, but time will tell.

Trains on time which is always nice though I think many people will have taken one look at the weather and headed for the coast.

Stephen was with me today, I must make a note to see if we can get him surgically removed from his phone, they seemed to be as one.

Stock flowed between the stations and gave the guard a little extra to do, but Russ kept smiling, most likely in the hope of getting a drink, he failed!!!

The staff at PNVR are getting excited ready for the visit of Thomas tomorrow on his annual trip up the line, let’s hope the sun is again shining.

All this modern technology

Old Arkwright has joined twitter!!! just look for OldArkwright

There is so much excitement I can’t contain myself!!!

Better late than never

Well the forecast today was rain, but I am pleased they got it wrong. Dull start but it turned into a really nice afternoon and we had customers!!

Nice to take a bit of money in the shop for a change compared to recently.

Had Jason with me today and he was fine, but blimey he does like talking about trains!! But he will be a good member of staff at the station and most importantly he enjoyed himself and want to put himself down for more dates. Lot’s of people often forget the enjoyment aspect of volunteering, but in my opinion it’s very important.

City of Peterborough ran today and here is a picture of it coming from city centre on it’s first run of the day.


As it was a mixed traction day the other locomotive was the class 40 diesel.

Few days rest now and not open on Wednesday but raring to go next weekend when we have the Thomas big adventure on Sunday.

Muffins on the move

Funny old day when the only thing of note are mobile muffins.

It all started when I sent a carrier bag of muffins to PNV, shame they ended up with a carrier bag containing the guards lunch!! Finally after another round trip they arrived at PNV and the guard was reunited with his lunch.

Other than that a none descript day really, still a cool wind and out of the sunshine cold, as Orton Mere faces away from the sun it is not the warmest place on earth. Still summer is round the corner and at least then the rain will be warmer.

We will see what Sunday brings in the way of excitement but I am not holding my breath. But on the positive side I have Jason with me tomorrow, I have not worked with him before so looking forward to that as he seems a keen chap, watch this space as they say