Monthly Archives: August 2018

A Bank Holiday of Three Halves.

Last weekend was the last bank holiday of the summer.

It was at the station most enjoyable, the weather varied over the three days, but then again bank holidays would not be the same without some rain.

We had the Swedish railcar running on the Fletton Branch for the three days with steam pulling the main services on Saturday and Sunday. Monday main services were hauled by a diesel.

Really nice visitors were the norm on all three days, lots of visitors to the area and not that many locals.

Comment of the weekend was from an old man who sat observing the Swedish railcar and remarked…. With all that smoke out of it are you sure it isn’t steam? I must admit I chuckled at that.

It was nice to see visitors returning to the station after the quiet hot couple of months we have had.

Here are a couple of pictures, one of the steam loco on it’s last weekend with us and the other of the Swedish railcar.


If you go down to the Mere today, (Yesterday actually) You’re sure of a big surprise.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first day of a two day teddy bears picnic event.

I can’t remember when we last run a major event midweek, and certainly not during the school summer holidays. So I will admit I was interested more than normal as to how it would go.

Actually I really enjoyed the day, the train was well over 50% full on the first run of the day, and it was nice to see so many families travelling.

The weather was in our favour, with nice sunshine, as can be seen from this picture of the train heading back towards Wansford.

Station wise we had some nice visitors, except perhaps for one family who seemed unable to control their children who were, to put it mildly loud and badly behaved with no control shown by either parent.

Thankfully the train was about on time so peace soon descended on the station.

I look forward to more midweek events during other holiday periods.

It was a bit quiet.

Last weekend was similar to previous weeks in that it was hot and quiet.

Very few people about, certainly seeing very few of the regulars.

Perhaps they have gone to ground, who knows? Certainly they are not spending money with me.

Nice to see the Peak running at the weekend.

Here to brighten up the post are a couple of pictures.

This wekend we have rain forecast, we shall see… Can’t get too excited just yet..

But what happens at other times?

Now I am sure that like me regular readers will have grown a little tired reading about the activities of the previous weekend.

There are only so many weeks you can comment on the weather, lack of steam and the heat before it gets a bit boring, and if it’s boring writing about it then heaven knows what it’s doing to you lot reading it.

So this week we will cover something different. We will cover the extra curricular activities of the locals.

Locals will vouch for the fact that we have some strange people visit Orton Mere Station after we have shut, not that we don’t have strange people visit when we are open, but the two groups should not be mixed together.

For as long as I can remember the station has been the haunt of bored locals looking for a bit of recreation after dark, and by recreation I don’t mean a quick game of cards or Monopoly. I would guess over the years that it’s not only ideas that have been conceived at the station.

The rest of Peterborough have bus shelters, the Orton locals have the station benches. But at least it explains why the preservative coating on the benches wears out quite quickly.

It was once said that if the place of conception had to be put on birth certificates then the local registrars office would have a rubber stamp for Orton Mere Station.

Now I know that you’re all thinking that this has nothing to do with working on the station, well you would be wrong, actually some of the evening visitors find they have a need for a PTS, but in their case it’s the Pregnancy Testing Service.

Some of you no doubt are thinking, how can we let this happen? Well if you fancy trying to stop it then feel free to pop down on a Saturday or Sunday evening, you may even be surprised but I will put in a guess that you will also perhaps be educated.

These activities do occasionally provide entertainment and even work for the staff. Normally they don’t leave rubbish about but occasionally we will come across half empty lager cans and bits of foil paper, but surprisingly in fourteen years we have never come across the contents of the foil paper left on the platform. I have memories of poor Jason having to nip onto the track to recover a set of women clothes strewn across the track, and the puzzled look on his face when he held up a thong. For a minute I did wonder if he would ask why they had bought a sling shot with them.

Perhaps if we ever do another 1940’s weekend we could set up seating on platform 2 looking towards platform 1 and say we are recreating a revue bar or perhaps the Windmill.

Now that’s a thought, we could charge an fee, that would be I hasten to add for those on platform 2 not those on platform 1

Anybody know where I can get decent seating from for free?