I had it off today….. No, No get your minds out of the gutter. let me put it another way….. I stayed in bed for longer No, No you will take that the wrong way…. In simple terms I had a day off from the railway, now that describes it better. What do you mean you thought the first explanation was more interesting? Honestly tut tut tut!
Anyway today once again Peter & Susan his daughter who should not be confused with Sue who is my wife or as she prefers to call herself my commanding officer offered to run the station. Now I am never one to deter people who are crackers, let’s be honest if I did that I would have no staff!
So one of the conditions of him running the station was that he do a piece for the blog. So here in Peters own words are their experiences of being at the cutting edge of heritage railway station management, or in simple terms the poor souls who spent the day in the cold.
Well here I am recovering from the cold after baby sitting Orton Mere for Robert who had an Easter treat, he had the day off.
I heard he had egg on toast this morning but unfortunately the eggs melted. Susan was with me today and the day flowed, a steady stream of customers, some tickets sold, the big selling point hot drinks. We did manage to sell some ice cream and cold drinks but not a lot. The trains were on time mostly, the guards as usual taking the mickey out of me one even wore a pair of Rabbit ears but I wont go into that. I hope the weather is warmer next time. see you all soon.
As you can see Peter is a man of few words and few sentences, but it’s the thought that counts so I am always told.
It looks as though I missed not a lot, except perhaps a pair of rabbit ears, I suppose the significance of the ears was the Easter bunny theme, still could have been worse she could have dressed as a chicken and laid a chocolate egg on the platform at each station. Now that would have been a sight, it’s not often you see a guard straining themselves, especially crouched down in a cold wind!
So there you have it an exciting action filled day, as for me I spent the day mainly on the computer, so no change there then.
Tomorrow I have Jason with me, so I have started the treatment of Vallium every two hours already in preparation for him being on form bless the lad. The keen ones like Jason make the railway tick and we could not do without them, I just wish he would come with a low battery sometimes when he helps at the station!!!