Well that’s August Bank Holiday out of the way, and most enjoyable it was too.
Largely all services ran on time and the weather across the three days was shall we say variable!
The main services were hauled by Tornado and a Deltic, so there was something to bring in both the steam and the diesel fans, though certainly at Orton Mere we got the impression that there were more visitors for the Deltic than Tornado.
Saturday was for the station the best of the three days, and by the time the heavy rains arrived the visitors were already with us.
At the time of final service it threw it down with rain, here is a picture of the clouds. Not what we expect in August.
But looking on the bright side at least the rain was warm. One passenger passing on last service commented that the water was good for the station hanging baskets, their face was a gem when I pointed out they were plastic!!
This picture of the front of the Deltic shows we were not exactly bathed in sunshine.
Sunday was a tad better weather wise and at least we had the previous days weather to talk about.
Here are a few pictures from Sunday and Tornado grace of Sue my wife.
As you can see the weather was at least drier!!
Monday was the best of the three days with some really nice sunshine. I even managed to take a picture of the first service with Tornado arriving first service from Wansford.
So overall how did the weekend go I hear you asking…
Well the answer is that it was excellent especially for the railway overall, and successful weekends certainly boost the funds of the railway which is what it’s all about after all.
It was also nice to meet almost a dozen users of Railcam, some were seen clutching their phones looking at the streaming action at both Wansford and Orton Mere. It also meant that we could see when the services left Wansford.
Above is a picture from the Railcam showing the exchange of the staff when the Deltic arrived at Wansford last Thursday from the NYMR. Details of Railcam can be found at www.railcam.uk
Finally my thanks to Sue, Tom, Paddy and Rosemary for helping at the station over the weekend. Plus of course thanks to the many others across the railway for working together to ensure the weekend was a success for the railway.