Monthly Archives: March 2017

The nuts of the round tables

Well at long last we got the replacement tables and chairs at the station, and very nice they look too. Unlike the old ones these are round and wooden with nice wooden chairs.

The old ones look like poor mens picnic benches made for people around 4ft 6in in height.

We are awaiting the confused faces this weekend because the old tables were oblong and the new ones are round.

Now I must admit the old table and chair units had one big advantage, they were ok to sit at but not comfortable enough for people to loiter long. The new ones don’t have that feature.

The station is going up in the world, if we could just get the straw off the floor and unhook the old oil lamps from the ceiling we would see even more of an improvement,

I did think of posting a picture, but I think it’ going to be better if you came and had a look. Should you do so don’t forget your wallet, so you can christen the new seating with a purchase.

Listening to, reading and responding to the feedback.

This morning I received an email, it was from a follower of this blog. In it they asked why don’t I write wit and humour in my blog.

So just for you….

WIT AND HUMOUR.

There we are written especially for you.

Never let it be said I ignore feedback.

Last Saturday was a bit of a challenge with us using a total of three locomotives on the services because of problems.

Mid-afternoon a young man and his girlfriend asked for a word, I was expecting a moan about three different locomotives and the lack of steam.

Instead he said how pleased he was to have travelled behind two class 14 locomotives, as they were his favourite. His girlfriend said to thank the people involved as it had made her boyfriends day, if not his weekend.

It just goes to show that even the problems and overcoming them can make a visitors day special. The couple quite made my weekend.

 

Half a weekend of excitement

Last weekend we only ran a public service on Sunday, shame that the weather was better on Saturday!

Tom decided to brave a Sunday with me rather than the Saturday, I must say he is always up for a bit of adventure.

It was the last day of Sir Keith Park hauling services, here it is with second service to Wansford.

Now Sunday can be summed up by paraphrasing Churchill… Never did so many volunteers pop in and spend so little. Names have been noted in the naughty book of those who did not cross our palms with silver.

We had wind, rain and drizzle to add to the excitement.  Rosemary also turned up to nag me do some work. Tom and Rosemary spent a happy hour and a bit sorting the gardening cupboard and fitting hooks to hang up the gardening bits. Also a hook to hang the broom Rosemary uses, and I don’t mean by that she flies it. Mind you she does sometimes get from one end of the platform to the other quite quickly when it’s in her hand!! Make of that what you will!!

These exploits were interrupted by a few customers and members of the non-paying public

This weekend coming we are running both days so double the excitement. We can’t wait….

Going with the flow.

Well last weekend was excellent, from the perspective of the station it just flowed.

Two nice locomotives bought in the visitors, busiest we have been in February for a long time.

But most importantly it bought in profit for the railway, profit is what keeps us going. We can take any amount of money over a weekend but the important bit is how much is profit.

Profit enables us to do the nice things, to renovate locomotives, to improve the visitor experience etc.

So if your reading this and regularly visit the railway, or for that matter any heritage railway just remember that every penny you spend means the railway makes more profit, and if you’re a freeloader who just takes pictures and maybe uses facilities such as toilets etc. and then spends nothing please remember you are doing nothing to secure the future of that railway. Just think that if every visitor spent nothing then there would be nowhere to visit!!