This year Easter was earlier than normal, that meant there was a good chance of the weather being dismal, damp and cold. The Easter weekend lived up to expectations.
The best day of the four weather wise was Good Friday where we actually saw some sunshine. Not a lot but we have learnt to appreciate the odd blast of sun at Easter over the years.
It will not go down as one of the most successful and busy weekends at the station but it will go down as one of the most varied.
On Friday Ben bought down one of his O Gage models and steamed it on a rolling road, now it did I must say provoke some interest from people passing and some on the train, but it did not encourage many to spend any money. But at least they now know where the station is!
As the weekend went on it became more windy and cold. Here is second service to Wansford on the Saturday. The image shows a rare bit of minor sunshine.
The most entertaining day of the weekend was Monday. Nathan was down from Yorkshire helping me and as normal he was like a Duracell Bunny on speed, though I must say he is not as pink and has no fur. Plus before you ask I have no idea where you stick the batteries.
Ben and a couple of others bought some models down of the Flying Scotsman, it was just a shame it was so quiet. Here is a picture of some of the display.
It was like an anoraks anonymous meeting, why do fans of trains, both model and full size huddle together when talking about trains? It is one of life’s puzzles I suppose. Ben got the largest of those above in steam late afternoon.
But the models were not the highlight of the day. That honour went to a semi submerged white van in the car park.
There we all were sitting having a natter between trains when a man poked his head round the door before coming inside. Whilst I was visually frisking him for signs of a wallet he explained that his van had become stuck in a flooded area at the rear of the car park. Before you ask what prompted him to drive through a flood and in the process become stuck in grass and mud I have no idea!!!!
It did not help that his jeans were wet up to his knees when he stood there asking for help. The keen ones or perhaps that should be the resident nut cases went over to see what further confusion they could cause. Me I just took the easiest option and phoned the rangers for some help. Here are pictures of the van tilted at a nice angle and also the cavalry in the shape of one of the park rangers.
I should point out at this stage that the first ranger was not successful and a second had to bring down a tractor, which succeeded in getting the vehicle out.
News of this event had flashed around social media complete with pictures and videos with the titanic theme in the background.
Despite all the excitement I failed to get any money out of the van driver who learnt the important lesson that vans don’t float very well.
So there you have an average Easter at the station. Never let it be said we have normal weekends, you never know what will happen next.
At the moment I am renting out space at a very good rate to a bag of firewood Nathan forgot to take with him. I hope he has a full piggy bank!!!