Well that’s Easter out of the way……
Some things rarely change and Easter is one of them. It’s predictable. For a start one or more days will be cold, one or more days will be wet and one or more days will be a combination of the two. With the odd bit of sunshine thrown in to confuse everybody.
This year as in most years Easter was just that. We have just run services over the four days and it was certainly at my station an average Easter. The best day of the lot was today Easter Monday, the weather was the best of the four days and as normal on Easter Monday at the station we did far better in the shop than we did with tickets. Saturday and Sunday were as always the other way round with Good Friday coming in a poor fourth.
Customer wise we had in some really nice people, the nicest people fell into one or both of two bands, and that was they were visiting the area or were foreign. It’s a sad reflection perhaps of the country as a whole that normally the most well mannered people we see are foreign! That’s not saying we don’t get well mannered people from the UK. But it’s a fact that if we are going to get in people who are miserable, ungrateful, moody or in some cases downright ignorant then it’s a fair bet they will be from the UK, it’s also true that the most well mannered children we get in are not locals.
Anyway, Friday saw Paddy with me, Sunday saw Sue my wife with me and Saturday & today there was Susan. Peter was not with us this weekend, he has a chest infection so stayed in the warm. I hope he will be back with us next week if he feels up to it. With volunteer levels as they are I could not operate both days on a weekend without Peter & Susan.
So let’s get back to the visitors. This weekend, especially today saw the non-paying public out in force, and as always they took up space, bought nothing and left us their rubbish. As I have said before if all our visitors did as the non-paying public do then their would be no trains to watch. Some people on the railway who, in my opinion should know better seem to be under the impression that we should pander to the non-paying public. Even though they bring the railway zero income and in some cases actually make us zero or a minus figure profit. It’s all very well saying they may return and spend money but experience over the years has shown me time and time again, that once somebody gets entertainment (For want of a better word,) or for that matter anything for nothing then they rarely if ever pay for it in the future. I have seen people regularly visit the station, spend nothing, photograph the trains and then disappear without spending a single penny and they have in some cases been doing this for the past nine years. They are not going to change now. They are in many cases Entitlement Whores!
Highlights of the weekend include a nice lady who asked if we did English Tea, and a gentleman from Hungary who although his grasp of English could have been better his manners were superb and it was a pleasure to help him. I know one thing his English was a darn sight better than my Hungarian.
Lowlights, well to be honest even with the non-paying public there were none, we have had better and smoother Easter weekends but we have had quite a few that have been washouts and as dismal as hell.
It was nice to see Rosemary doing the garden today, she keeps the garden area really nice, and puts in a lot of work and her work rate puts a few youngsters to shame as well.
So there we have it, an average Easter at sometimes Sunny Orton Mere.