Monthly Archives: June 2018

Live from the station.

Well here we are doing the blog live from the station on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

On TV is the England football match and in the park is the Race for Life event, two events not likely to do much to increase business. But having said that it’s steady in the shop and a number of people are on the train.

That’s one of the problems of summer there tends to be lots of things for people to do at weekends without going far. That’s ignoring the people who just head for the coast most weekends.

We are running steam this weekend which is good and also the TPO is doing demonstration runs out of the main station at Wansford.

I would guess when I look back at the end of the year this wont have been one of the busiest, but in fairness it wont be one of the quietest either.

Also I think people are getting ready for their holidays in a few weeks and saving the pennies for that.

Having given you my wisdom I will now go back to enjoying the sunshine.

It’s been a bit quiet of late

The last couple of weekends have been a bit on the quiet side.

I can almost hear a few people going into panic mode.

But chatting to people around the city most places have been quiet. Last Sunday my wife went to the heritage festival in the city centre and she commented that it was quieter than previous years. The park staff I have chatted to have also commented that the park has been unusually quiet.

This time of year can be a bit funny, in as much as it’s the middle of the month, not quite payday and people are saving money for their holidays in August.

This weekend sees us running steam so will be interesting to see how busy that makes us.

Watch this space as they say.

The Tuesday After The Weekend Before.

Well here I am late Tuesday afternoon sitting down to write the blog for the weekend just gone.

But what do I say? How do I convey the weekend? What were the highs and the lows?

Well to be honest if I was just going to talk about the above then I might just as well stop here.

Certainly it won’t go down as either one of the busiest or the quietest weekends, and there were really no outstanding bits. It was pretty average.

I could of course compare the money taken with that taken the same weekend in previous years. But that would prove not a lot as takings vary such a lot and often have no bearing on the weather or what’s on at the railway unless it’s a mega big event, and the railway exhibition last weekend certainly does not come into that category, at least at my station.

We can have really dull weekends and be busy and really sunny hot weekends and be relatively quiet. If it’s too cold then people don’t come to visit they stay at home and if it’s too nice they go to the seaside. It is so unpredictable.

On Saturday the wife did comment after looking down towards the level crossing and across the car park that it was remarkably quiet for a summer Saturday, and she was right there was just nobody about, and this is becoming more and more the norm, days we are open when there is nobody about.

We ran diesel on Saturday and that won’t have helped numbers, but having said that on the Saturday with a diesel service somebody complained we had no steam, and on Sunday with a steam service somebody complained we were not running any diesels. You just can’t please some people. I have long been convinced that some people are trained to complain from birth, it’s just in their genes. Social Media seems to be breeding a generation that will complain about anything often in the vain hope they will get a refund or free tickets for another visit. This is often commented on across the internet. People panic they will get a bad review. Personally speaking I am less trusting of places that never get a bad review than those that get the occasional one. Having said that I often look at reviews and my first impression is that the reviews are mostly fake. What do you think?

So where were all the storms then?

Last weekend the weather forecast for around this area showed that we could be in for a bumpy few days. As it turned out we saw no storms at all, not a spot of rain nor a rumble of thunder.

Now without doubt the forecast kept people away, but even so it was a really nice bank holiday customer wise with some really nice people in. Other than that not a lot to say really.

This weekend sees a model railway weekend with model railway layouts Peterborough & Wansford. I hope it will be a nice busy weekend, but we shall see.