In all the excitement of taking money today I forgot to mention the excitement yesterday.
Although not a running day I went and opened the building for the S&T crew, they are changing the signalling for trains entering the Fletton Loop.
Here are two of the crack team of three having a break from the strain of work.
Please note that Keith on the left is drinking from a flask cup.
I am sure this is to avoid having to part with money into Arkwright’s till. But fear not we have now worked out a scale of charges for the corkage charge on food and drink items bought from home for consumption at the station. Though he did redeem himself later on when he purchased something
This signal work has meant that a new diagram has been drawn for the signalling at Orton Mere. Here is a picture of the second of the intrepid duo pictured above clutching it before it was mounted into the signal box again.
It is as you can see a work of art and will no doubt at some stage in the future become a collectors item amongst that rare breed of collector that wants to add to their collection of large frames filled with glass!
If you click on either of the images you will see a larger version, I am sure that knowledge will make your day and your cursor will fly to the left at great speed!!
Note also in the background of the second image you can see the third member of the gang of three in a strange position facing the signal box, rumour has it he was looking for a penny he dropped but this at the time of writing can’t be proved.
Now joking apart the S&T crew are like the Civils I featured a few blog entries ago some of the often un-noticed volunteers on the railway who turn out often in all weathers to do work and maintenance that is essential to the safe running of the railway.
This being the case it was no problem to open up so they could sit down for lunch in the cold and also use the staff toilet, especially as it now has a lock on it that needs to have 50p inserted to open it, not only I should add to open it to go in but also on the other side to get out again! I forecast this will be a nice little money earner for the railway. I love the concept that we give working members free tea but charge them to get rid of it!