I will admit at the outset that I expected a quiet weekend, heaven knows why I thought that as on Saturday I had Susan and Rosemary to boss me and on Sunday I had Sue my wife to do more of the same, but there we are that’s what I expected. On Saturday Rosemary said she wished she was my Aunt, I was quite moved until she said that if she was she could then nag me properly.
As it turned out it was an interesting weekend.
Let’s start with Saturday……
Now we had wall to wall sunshine and the scene was set for hopefully a good day, in the end business wise it just scraped average but there were a few highlights.
City of Peterborough 73050 was back in service for the first time this year and was due to haul the service train. Now just in case you have forgotten what it looks like here is a picture of it arriving first service back to Wansford.
It certainly came back into service with a bang as on the way between me and Wansford some ash caused a lineside fire, the fire brigade being called out and a change to the scheduled service. This second service was diesel hauled whilst the steam loco was checked.
But it hauled the last two services OK, and during a phone call to me from the General Manager she uttered the immortal words “It’s OK now it will pull ALL of the services for the rest of the weekend.” OH dear that was tempting fate…
Now lets cover Sunday.
Again this morning we had wall to wall sunshine, we also had the Wimbledon Tennis, Waddington Airshow and the German F1 Grand Prix to contend with, little did we know that we would have as much unexpected drama as they did at Wimbledon and also at the Grand Prix.
Now remember those fateful words uttered by the General Manager yesterday….”It’s OK now it will pull ALL of the services for the rest of the weekend.”Keep that phrase in your head……
Well, before first service City of Peterborough was derailed at Wansford, this caused the first service to Peterborough to be cancelled whilst they made every effort to get it back into service.
In the end the railway went with plan “B” which caused the service to be covered by the Swedish Railcar, but at least for the three services it ran it was on time.
Now as it’s a single unit, we knew it was likely to be a little snug in there.
Here are a couple of shots of it arriving on the second service of the day, which was actually I suppose the first service really as the original first one was cancelled. If you can follow that well done, you’re keeping up.
At least it was different and gave the few people wandering about in the heat something different to look at.
We managed to get on all those that wanted to travel and field endless questions about what it was.
I did not sell tickets, I left that to the ticket chap on the train as because of it’s size I could not guarantee we we would be able to get people on when it arrived on each service.
Shop wise we had an excellent day and the wife would not believe what we had done, I am not sure if she thought a couple of fivers were up to no good at the back of the till draw and breeding bank notes, but wisely I kept quiet. After 27 years I have learnt that is normally the best option.
So to sum up, we had a fire, a derailment, a snug train and wall to wall sunshine, I am left hoping that only the wall to wall sunshine will be repeated!!!