Shortly we are holding an open day at the main Wansford station.
This is so people can come along, see what we do and perhaps see something of enough interest that they will become a working member. We did this last year and it was very successful.
But it amazes me that several people have asked me if train travel on that day is free? My reply is that if Stagecoach buses were having an open day at their Peterborough Depot bus travel would not be free for the day.
It is I suppose part of the something for nothing syndrome that people seem to want to adopt these days.
A few years ago a couple came into the station, saying they were off to Wansford to join, and therefore they should travel at members rates. I pointed out that they were not members when travelling there and actually until the paperwork went through they would not yet be members on the way back either. In the end they decided not to travel and I presume they never did join and become members.
Over the years I have had people ask if they can have a free “Taster,” as one person called it journey to see if it was worth spending money on, I had a man throw five out of date membership cards on the counter and want members rate. When I asked for his current cards he said “What you have to pay every year?” The cards he threw down were five years or so out of date.
One Wednesday a woman asked if we did discount for bulk ticket sales, I asked how many were travelling, her answer was her and her husband. To top it all they were only going one way into the city centre and that’s just one stop.
The general public never cease to amaze me!!
Today was shall we say a bit on the cold side.
Tom helped me today as he does the majority of Saturdays.
It was quiet, we had flurries of snow, sleet and a bit of rain, the temperature hovered just above zero.
You just know it’s an exciting day when the highlight of it is the civils coming in to eat their lunch. Mind you they were quite tame and one of them got apparent pleasure from slowly eating a banana.
Because it was cold Tom cranked open his wallet and kindly bought us both fish and chips, they were most welcome and helped keep us warm.
Had a couple of photographers on the platform who thought it was fine to move stuff round for what I presume they thought was an artistic photograph, I think my look conveyed my displeasure. Recently photographers have been neck and neck with dog walkers for the title of rudest none spending visitor. All we need is a dog walker with a camera and they would get first prize with very little effort.
Not opening tomorrow (Sunday) the weather forecast is worse than today and being at the station in the cold is no enjoyment, especially when the visitors stay away. The car park was almost empty when we left.
Oh well it will soon be spring and the rain will show signs of getting warmer.
Over the years I have noticed a trend.
If it’s a dismal miserable day, as it was yesterday and we are running a service then invariably the day after, which is today will be wall to wall sunshine.
Yesterday and today ware a good example. Yesterday saw me open with the assistance (I use the term loosely,) of Jason and Tom. It was a dismal cold miserable day and we called it a day after the third service went into the city. There was nobody about except for a few hardy souls taking their children for a walk, and taking a cheap option compared with going anywhere with shops and possibly having to spend money.
There were a number on the Swedish Railcar but it was by no means full. It was the type of day that the sensible stayed at home in the warm.
Still next week sees us back to steam services so hopefully that will drag a few people out to visit. It will be cold as my first ice cream delivery of the year should be arriving.