Monthly Archives: May 2018

The sun shone and they all stayed at home.

Well we knew that Saturday would be quiet, after all we had two cup finals and the royal wedding.

Actually it was dead, all we were missing was tumbleweed rolling down the platform.

The railway chose to run a diesel service on Saturday and that was a wise decision.

Here are a couple of shots of the class 31 that hauled all the services.

As you can see from the images it was a lovely day weather wise, but most people seemed glued to their televisions.

So that brings us to Sunday, another super day weather wise with wall to wall sunshine. So what could possibly go wrong..

Ah well, the first service ran OK with steam, here is a picture of the loco arriving at my station from City Centre.

It must be said at this point that Sunday was not that busy, it was not dead but certainly it was not as busy as I would have expected.

After first service arrived at Wansford we were told that it had failed, and the hunt was on for a diesel driver. The hunt and subsequent trek in for the driver meant that second service was cancelled and the last two services were hauled by a class 14. Here it is arriving hauling third service from the City Centre.

So ended an eventful but quiet weekend.

It has been said many times that there should always be a standby crew and locomotive available on all running days, there arguments for and against this.

But my thoughts are that we would have had a few unhappy visitors if it had been a busy weekend. having said that of course hindsight is a tremendous facility.

This coming weekend is yet another of our British bank holidays, so three days of services. We are prepared, the ice cream is in and so are the cold drinks. Who will take a bet on it being wet and cold?

See I told you so!!

See I told you so!!  I said last posting it would rain on the steam punk weekend, and I was correct when it tipped it down on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Overall the weekend itself was very pleasant, some nice visitors in and the train was busy.

No real highlights that stand out except for a certain member of the civils who popped in for a natter on Sunday and when he left he got as far as the gate off the platform before he remembered he had got his bike with him, he looked slightly sheepish as he returned for it. But don’t worry Trevor your secret embarrassing moment is safe with us we won’t let on who it was Honest!

We are now heading towards the middle part of the year and the busiest period for the railway, so let’s hope we have no rain on running days, no failures amongst the locomotives, but perhaps that’s hoping for just a little too much.


Another Bank Holiday

Now when you think of a bank holiday weekend you think of cold winds and driving rain. In other words dismal conditions.

Well the bank holiday we have just had bucked the expected trend and gave us three days of wall to wall sunshine.

On the Saturday & Monday we ran scheduled services up the Fletton Branch and on Sunday we had a Paddington Bear day at Wansford.

Considering when the weekend was originally planned we were going to have Tornado & Mayflower hauling services, and we actually had neither and instead ran 92 Squadron & the Swedish railcar, plus for one trip on Monday a class 14 diesel we had a really busy holiday weekend.

Here are a few pictures of the services showing the locomotives that ran over the three days, please don’t go into too much of a shock with the clear blue skies, they are not normal!!

Rosemary got two days working on the garden as well, so that was a bonus for her. The shop was busy and we sold tickets.

A few hiccups over the weekend, but nothing that’s not solvable by better communication across the railway. But we  only learn from mistakes and problems we don’t learn from a smooth successful hassle free weekend.

This coming weekend is a Steam Punk Weekend, you watch it rain!!!