This past week has been unusual if only in as much as we opened on the Wednesday.
Wednesday saw the short term visit of the Royal Scotsman train, this is if I remember rightly it’s fourth or fifth yearly visit.
Anyway, it arrived very early Wednesday morning and departed again just after 9.30am.
Here is a picture of the front of the leading locomotive as it arrived at my station on it’s departure from the railway.
As you can see it was a nice sunny start to the day, unfortunately that did not continue. By the time of the scheduled public service it had clouded over, here is a picture of the scheduled service arriving, what a difference a few clouds make to a picture.
Business wise it was not bad but nothing exceptional, week days can be like that, one Wednesday can be excellent and the next week you can take nothing at all.
After the excitement of Wednesday the weekend was eagerly awaited. We ran mixed traction with first and third service being diesel and second and fourth being steam. This can be looked at two ways, you can for example say that the service will appeal to both steam and diesel fans or you can say with good certainty that somebody will come in and moan one of the diesel hauled services is not steam. This moaning is normally done by one of my non-paying visitors, you know those who visit on a regular basis, take photographs but never buy anything. Next time you visit any heritage railway you look out for them, you can’t miss them they are normally standing between you and what you want to look at. If you are a paying visitor you’re more likely to encounter them.
Saturday saw the station descended on by both the civil’s and S&T. I am sorry to report that there was no competition by either group to outspend the other in the shop, but you can’t have everything. Mind you there is something pleasing to stand in the shade drinking a cold drink whilst they work away in the sun rapidly getting a gloss finish in the heat. The less they spend the more pleasing this work is to watch.
One thing unusual thing this weekend is that Keith of the S&T group sent me some pictures showing the results of their work on Saturday, now call me cynical but I do wonder if it is to gain points for showing work in progress and completed. If so they have been successful. Though it should be noted that they did need the help of the civil’s to achieve their goal for the day. Of course it could have just been Keith playing with his new phone.
Anyway, here are the pictures showing the work that was done on a signal post.
Both Saturday and Sunday were hot, humid and tiring. It was, due to the weather one of the quietest weekends I can remember in July over the last ten years running the station.
Anybody with any sense stayed at home in the shade and got out the BBQ and the booze. It was not a weekend for being out and about. Saturday was the hottest day but Sunday was the most humid. However, there were many entries from the people who did venture out for the most stupid summer attire competition. Why do people dress in stupid bright and totally unsuitable clothes for both their age and stature when the sun comes out?
Saturday Harry was back for another day of excitement and thrills, it was just a shame the excitement and thrills that may have happened did not happen on the railway.
Sunday gave me the company of Peter and his daughter Susan. We all agreed that the humidity made the day tiring.
Mention must also be made of Rosemary who did two full days gardening on both Wednesday and Sunday. For her age she puts the rest of us to shame!!
So what did we learn and confirm from the three days, for a start we learnt that the ability of people to dress like idiots in the sun is alive and well, we learnt that people will moan about what locomotive is running irrespective of wether it’s diesel or steam. We confirmed that great weather does not mean great business. Finally we also confirmed that the train can actually run as near as makes no difference on time three days in a row.
So there you have it, this posting is being written just after a long thunder storm and it’s raining, thankfully the humidity is much better because of it.