The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted that there was no blog last week, well there is this week so stop moaning!!
We are coming rapidly to the end of the running season at the railway. It all normally winds down at the end of October. But this year we are running a couple of weekends in November with the Swedish Railcar, it will be interesting to see how busy we are.
This year has been a quiet year at Orton Mere, one of the factors has been the parking charges introduced in the main park area. Although the car parking at Orton Mere is free I think many don’t realise that and think that if they have to pay then they may as well pay at the main park where there are facilities.
The other big problem this year has been staffing, with some of the previous regulars either being ill, moving away or not being as committed to the railway for whatever reason we have at times been hard pressed to staff the station at weekends. With no chance of being able to open in the week.
As I have often said in the past I have better things to do than spend a chunk of my week finding staff, contrary to what many may think I do work in the week running my business and I don’t just sit playing with a computer all day!
Over the winter I will be looking at how we can rectify the problem, but it is not one that can be allowed to continue. I can’t staff a station with fresh air, though it must be said that with the pumping station across the carpark the air is not always fresh!
At some stage in the next three months, most likely when we are not running at weekends I will be looking for volunteers to help with a one day major clean of the station, it is starting to look a bit unloved. This will be on a Saturday or a Sunday, this is advanced warning I will be looking for volunteers!
Right a busy week ahead then we will see what next weekend brings!