Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mid Week Visitors and Bank Holiday again

Now a certain person who will remain nameless, has gone to great pains today to point out that I had mid-week visitors. These were in the day time as opposed to the courting couples we often get during the hours of darkness.

I was even sent two pictures, which I have reposed below to prove that they did more than sneak into the station and put the kettle on.

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Now as you can see it was all excitement, or so I am told, I was at home at the time.

Between then and now we have of course had yet another bank holiday, several are normally close together this time of year and they all have one thing in common. They are normally cold and dismal.

I must admit though this last one was better than most with Saturday actually quite warm, with Sunday and Monday on the cool side. The trains were well populated, especially second service on all three days.

The station was not over busy but we did have some really nice visitors in and a good chat with as many as we could.

One thing a lot of people mentioned was the return of Thomas, for some it’s as important as the second coming. So to get you all prepared for a week this Saturday here are some pictures of the little chap when he was previously in steam.100_0308 100_0312 100_0327

I expect that his first weekend back in steam will be a busy one, as long as nobody does a rain dance!!!

Just running a bear service

Last weekend saw our Teddy Bear express weekend, and it was fun!!!!

Nice to see our younger visitors clutching their stuffed bears and enjoying themselves.

It’s all too easy to just think that we are an museum and educational charity running trains a few days a week.

The general public are as each year goes by expecting more from the places they visit, they are looking for events that will drag their children away from their electronic devices.

The Teddy Bear express did this nicely, hopefully the event will encourage people to revisit the railway either on normal running days to to more of our special events.

This coming weekend is yet another bank holiday, so three days on the trot, as with all weekends this one will be governed by the weather, the forecast is dry but these days that means not a lot. So we will have to wait and see how it goes, but one thing is certain there will be few if any bears travelling this weekend!!

A wet Wednesday morning.

Well here I am sitting in the office beavering away on a wet Wednesday morning.

Still awaiting some figures for last weekend which appears to have been a success, at least from the visitor numbers being thrown about. But of course you can only judge success in the long run by the profit made. Yes there may well be return visitors who will again spend but that’s in the future. It’s the profit last weekend that’s important at the moment. Having said that we did not have a bad weekend overall at my station, and it was nice to see the numbers of people who were on the train. But yet again the locals were largely missing, due in part no doubt to the other events around the area. We are now coming rapidly to the time of year where there are so many choices of activities each weekend that the overall number of visitors to events are spread ever thinner across all the events available.

Anyway enough of that, back to this dismal Wednesday morning. I was planning to open the station today. But something cropped up that I had to sort this morning so I have been unable to open. But, looking out of the window I don’t think I have missed much to be honest.

But it’s a funny thing, in the past I have opened on really nice days and done not a lot. Then I have opened on dismal wet days and busy all the time. You just never know.

The downside is that if we are really unlucky we end up with a couple of mothers buying a coffee each and taking over an hour to drink it whilst a couple of their off springs run riot around the place. The upside is that you can get a few walkers in who spend a bit and are great to chat to and the time just flies. As I say you never know.

So there we have it a wet Wednesday morning! I see from the web that the met office are forecasting a long hot summer, based on their previous predictions over the years now may be a good time to get in a supply of umbrellas at a good price to sell during the monsoon season that’s sure to hit us based on the past accuracy of their predictions.

As a final piece this coming weekend we have the Teddy bear express where children 10 and under, accompanied by a paying adult can travel free if they bring a bear.

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Above is a picture from the last Teddy bear event which shows one of the guards entering into the spirit of the event. For those not sure the guard is the one in the jacket!!

It was a funny weekend. There was a round shiny thing in the sky!

It was a funny weekend.

Yes it was super weather and yes we were busy, but we did have some strange people in, other than the staff of course.

What was noticeable was the non-appearance of many of the regulars, I presume they took one look at the weather and headed for the coast, they obviously thought it was a better option to sit in a very hot car stuck in heavy traffic than sit in the shade in the park.

The vast majority of the visitors we had were really nice both days, there were a few exceptions but then again there always are.

We had the usual crop looking at the sign that said no toilets and then coming and asking us if we had a toilet, why they do this is beyond me. It’s not as though the sign is in joined up writing or anything.

Being hot and sunny we had a good crop of people competing for the I am dressed like an idiot in the hot weather award. One young lady had cut off shorts that were so short that when Rosemary the gardener saw her she almost choked on her bottle of water in shock. What you could see looked similar to two bald men with strange shaped heads hanging upside down!

Now one group we did have a number of were young ladies who although they were not blond they should have been. You know the ones who look at the ice cream prices on the wall and then ask how much the ice creams are. They even surpassed the woman on Saturday afternoon who asked me if the trains were running whilst standing on the platform next to a steam locomotive complete with coaches. I must admit I was very tempted to say there were no trains just to see what she did.

Supposed to rain tomorrow (Tuesday) Oh well it will give us something to moan about again.

Mid week mutterings

It’s a beautiful Thursday morning and I am stuck in the office working, not the best of situations, but not one I can do anything about.

We are forecast to have a hot weekend ahead so hopefully a busy weekend on the trains.

Ah! I hear you say, what about last weekend which was a bank holiday? Well in answer to that the weekend lived up to my expectations at the station overall. But we need a few sunny weekends when we have events on to get the punters into the station. Hopefully this coming one will be the first of them.

The visiting public can be a fickle lot, especially the locals. If it’s too cold they don’t appear and if it’s too nice the all tootle to the seaside for the day, this has been shown time and time again over the last twelve years.

So we await the weekend, with one eye on the sky and one on the till.

Watch this space as they say.