It was a strange weekend.

Last weekend was a strange weekend, the trains were quite busy at times but we at the station were about average.

The weather did not help, it was a bit on the cold side and often dull that will have keep the locals away.

Other than that it was a pleasant enough weekend and nice to have one that was not a bank holiday.

Highlights included a chap lamenting on Saturday that we were not running a main diesel service, quite disappointed he was. But you can’t please everybody!

A new face was with us on Sunday, I am not sure how old the rest of him is. Young Matt fancied a day at a station so he came and helped myself and Jason, he seemed to enjoy himself, though the glazed look may just have been shell shock, only time will tell. He has promised to do more days in the future at the station. I have at this stage no idea if they will be days we are open or days we are closed!

This coming weekend is yet another bank holiday and we have a Thomas event as well, so we cold have anything from a brilliant weekend to constant rain and howling winds and every combination in between.

Bank holidays are only predictable in the fact that they are unpredictable. Personally I think we have too many through the year, but perhaps I am just being a miserable old devil. No comments please Rosemary!!

Typical Easter we even had a Tornado.

Well here we are getting back to normal after another exciting four day Easter.

It was about average, people said the weather was cold, they were expecting rain and on Sunday some were lamenting the shops were shut.

One thing will stand out though from the weekend at Orton Mere Station and that was we had some really nice people in, even the chap lamenting we did not have a diesel running. But in all fairness we did have a couple of contenders for idiot of the weekend award, but they were poor entries compared to what we have had in the past.

Some days were better than others from the point of view of timings, we did not feel the need on any day to just wipe the timing board clean and just chalk up GUESS!!! Through one day did come close.

We even contributed a religious moment to the Easter weekend on Monday when we had the none paying public re-enact the parting of the red sea through the platform gate after Tornado had arrived and gone. Some people can be pretty nippy on their feet when they realise there is a chance they may need to spend some money.

The main service on all four days was hauled by 92 Squadron, and a fair number were out each day to photograph it, with one eye on the viewfinder and the other looking out for people who might want them to spend something and contribute to the railway.

Tornado’s arrival on Sunday was viewed by a good number of people, and I would guess that about 50% actually spent some money.

Here are a couple of pictures, one of 92 Squadron and one of Tornado.

You can see it was not the brightest of weekends.

Ah well a Tornado weekend next weekend, so hopefully we will be busy. I am running a book on how many people on the back of Tornado recently doing 100mph on the main line who will ask if it will be repeated on the NVR. Get your bets in now.

That was the weekend that was.

We are just recovering from a three day diesel gala.

I must say it was most enjoyable, we had some really nice visitors, with a few exceptions and also the best weather of the year so far.

As near as makes no difference we ran to time as well which was a bonus.

It wont go down as one of the busiest or most profitable, but certainly from the point of view of Orton Mere it will rank as one of the most enjoyable.

Paddy, Tom and Sue the wife provided cover over the three days and we were steady all three days, shop wise Saturday was the best and ticket wise it was Friday, due in no small part to the trips up the Fletton branch with brake vans hauled by the Deltic.

Signalman cover was Reg on Friday and Keith on Saturday and Sunday who had a crash course on the Saturday in using the new microwave.

Here are a few pictures which if nothing else show the excellent weather.