This is I hope a blog with more comments and observations about the two day steam gala we have just had on the railway.
I am now back at home in the office warming up with coffee and chicken salad sandwiches.
Now it’s fair to say this weekend has been cold with temperatures just above zero.
We had two guest locos running this weekend, though due to problems one called “Britannia” was not able to be in service today.
Overall it was a most enjoyable weekend despite some late running and we carried a decent number of passengers as well.
From the point of view of my station we did well in both ticket and shop sales, I lost count of the number of teas, coffees and hot chocolate drinks we sold, we even shifted some ice cream on Saturday as well.
Saturday saw Paddy & Peter with me whist today I had Jason & Sue my wife with me.
The urn went through water like there was no tomorrow and it’s a long time since I saw it filled so much and so often.
We were also running brake van rides up the Fletton loop which the railway recently finally purchased after leasing it for many years, these were popular and lot’s of people wanted a ride up through “Bandit” country to the point where we link onto the main rail network. Laura was the guard on these services and she made sure the fire was burning brightly in the guards van and several passengers commented it was the hottest they had been all day when they got off. Whether that was due to the fire or to Laura I did not ask!!
Here to go with the couple of pictures I posted yesterday are a few taken today, did not have time to take many as the paying public always have first priority on running days as without them there would be no running days.
You will see from the above that it was not shall we say very sunny.
So there you have it, a busy weekend where there was almost as much steam from the station urn as there was from the locomotives.