Monthly Archives: February 2018

Water Water Everywhere, Just Not At The Station.

Well we were scuppered from opening today.

For those who know the station will be aware that the water supply to, and the sewage from the station run via the long closed toilet block in the car park.

Today when the wife and I arrived at the station we found when we tried to turn it on that we had no water.

Phil who does station maintenance turns up and after checking the normal suspects for frozen pipes etc. took a look at the toilet block.

Between Friday evening and Sunday morning (Today) somebody had obtained entry and stolen from the toilet block all the copper pipe.

So until that’s sorted with the council who own the toilet block then the station is closed.

I know there is a lot of what’s known as petty crime these days, but to go into a long closed toilet block and steal the piping is getting in my opinion a bit desperate.

I can open the station minus many things but water is not one of them, so here I am at home on a Sunday afternoon writing this Blog instead of awaiting final service.

Two things will appear on here, one will be updates and two will be me moaning about lack of progress. You are welcome to take bets on what will appear first.

Half a weekend.

This weekend we just opened Saturday.

The reason being that on Sunday morning I rapidly decided I was in official terms “Not fit for Duty.”

Just after Christmas as some of you will know I came down with a dose of something nasty, and to be honest I don’t think I am 100% recovered yet.

As on Saturday we had a dead day with about six people through the doors not counting the staff. I don’t think we missed much today, but having said that I would not have opened even if it had been a gala.

Lots of people I have known over the years have turned up for work when they shouldn’t have done so. It is foolish because in the long run you just feel worse for longer.

Take today for example at 9am I went back to bed and woke just after 1pm. I don’t normally do that just as normally I don’t do ill.

Hopefully I will be much better next weekend, we shall see.

One good thing from yesterday was that I got an excellent shot of the locomotive as it arrived at Orton Mere late. Actually it was the earliest it was late all day!

Here is the picture, taken on my iPhone X, and it shows I think why I don’t bother to carry a normal camera with me these days.

As always click on it for a bigger image.

If you look closely you will see the station mascot standing by the signal box waiting for the train to pass.

Now back to coughing and spluttering. It is not a pastime I really recommend.

Winter weekend.

We opened today and closed after the third of six services.

Darn cold would be an understatement, and we did not have a single customer to buy anything.

So knowing when to quit we called it a day, we will not be open tomorrow.

We should have terrible weather during the coming week, we are ordering the ice cream for the start of the year!!

Short blog because after all there are only so many ways you can describe rain and a biting cold wind.