Nice to see some good publicity for the railway.
Here we are just after 7am on a Thursday. Sue is somewhere on the bus between home and Hampton via the city centre and I am sat in the office looking out at a rapidly disappearing mist (It’s all excitement here!!).
In search of knowledge or entertainment I resorted to putting on the radio. It’s one of those DAB ones that offers lot’s of stations, most of which are not worth listening to. Quick scan across the pre-sets and on all of them I hear the morning news, and without exception all are depressing.
As those who know me will confirm I am not a morning person, in fact I can be a grumpy old sod, well I want cheering up first thing in the morning not made to think that the highlight of the day could be more junk mail from Saga.
The remit of the BBC used to be to educate and to entertain, well all I can hear are people who have opinions on everything and knowledge on nothing prattling away.
As humans we now communicate by more means than ever before, we have email, the internet and SMS messaging to name but three, so why do radio presenters when they spout forth their verbal information seem so bloody boring!!!
Right that’s the radio off, I think I will sit here for ten minutes and drink a coffee whilst contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and all that. In reality I will just sit wondering as it’s bin collection day how much of the rubbish will yet again end up on the floor, if dustmen, sorry must be PC correct, refuse disposal collection agents can’t give a toss about their job what hope is there for everybody else!!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week sees the autumn diesel gala at the railway.
I must admit I am not happy to be missing this event as certainly it ranks as one of the busiest of the year on all three days.
Remember if your visiting by car both Orton Mere and Wansford have free parking, at Ferry Meadows and the City Centre station you have to pay as it’s in pay car parks which the railway does not own.
The timetable as it stands at the time of writing this can be found HERE though it would be wise to check with the railway before travelling to confirm any changes if you want to travel behind any specific locomotive.
If you are just coming to photograph and not travel, please reconsider. The railway relies on the income from events like this and the easiest way to get between stations to take pictures is by train!
If everybody just took pictures and looked at the trains without travelling then there would be no income and that means in the end no trains.
Have a great time if your visiting at the weekend and I hope the weather is good.
Management decision this evening.
I have changed the layout and theme of the blog.
As in future it will cover subjects across the railway rather than just round the station, I thought a change was in order.
Not 100% happy with the header picture so will have a dig through the files ands see what else I have got suitable.
It’s all excitement!
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Houston we have lift off… Though as this blog is about working on a railway I suppose I should put Euston we have lift off.
The project, or to be precise the marketing feedback project is almost sorted and we will all being well giving it a run out on some of the half term weekday services.
Then we can fine tune how we are going to compile the gathered information etc
So hopefully we will see some of you on those services, I must say it will be nice to be back at the railway.
Just received the following as a spam comment on the blog.
If anybody can decode then please let me know what the hell they are on about.
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By the way it was in reply to the posting which had the golf humour in.
- "So did you see which train crashed into which train first?" — A talk radio interviewer, questioning a 15-year old eyewitness to a head-on train collision. The answer he gave was, "No, they both ran into each other at the same time."
Came across the above on a web site, found it amusing.
As they say simple things please simple minds before anybody thinks of it!
Nothing to do with railways but it amused me
Here is an actual sign posted at a golf club in Scotland:
1. BACK STRAIGHT, KNEES BENT, FEET SHOULDER WIDTH APART.
2. FORM A LOOSE GRIP.
3. KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!
4. AVOID A QUICK BACK SWING.
5. STAY OUT OF THE WATER.
6. TRY NOT TO HIT ANYONE.
7. IF YOU ARE TAKING TOO LONG, LET OTHERS GO AHEAD OF YOU
8. DON’T STAND DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF OTHERS.
9. QUIET PLEASE…WHILE OTHERS ARE PREPARING.
10. DON’T TAKE EXTRA STROKES.
WELL DONE.. NOW, FLUSH THE URINAL, GO OUTSIDE, AND TEE OFF.
Well judging from comments on Facebook and in emails I have been sent I missed a super steam gala at the railway this weekend.
Still there you are, I hope I might be able to attend one of the days at the diesel gala providing I am mobile enough.
The railway in common with many other such places has a knack of often being able to put itself down and that’s a shame because we do some super special events, the galas and the Santa trains being good examples.
So I hope that the momentum of the steam gala will carry the working members forward to a great diesel gala and then the Santa trains.
We are a popular attraction for visitors to the city and long may that continue. Certainly the city centre is not the draw it was it looks exactly the same as any other town or city across the country and is only worth visiting if you want to eat or buy a mobile phone and that’s a shame. To draw visitors you have to be different to other places. You have to offer good customer service and give good value for money.
I can’t wait to get back to the railway in January and starting my new project, all being well that will be the first train on new years day.
Hopefully I will see you on it!!!