Tomorrow sees the first of the Santa trains, it does not seem like twelve months since I last said that.
Overall it’s been a frustrating year in many ways, certainly the past year could have been better, the highlight of course was the visit of Flying Scotsman, but in many ways it was overshadowed by the lows. A quiet very hot summer that kept the visitors indoors in the cool rather than out visiting places.
But of course we have no control over what’s gone, we only have control on what’s ahead next year. Hopefully 2019 will be a darn sight better than 2018, but we shall see.
One thing we do each year is loose a few of our regulars and gain a few new ones as the year progresses. This past year we have lost a lot of regulars and as with every year I wonder what has happened to them, have the moved or have they died? in most cases we will never know, although it would be nice to find out. Some have been regulars for years and then they just disappear without a trace.
So we will be back at the station for the winter warmers on 29th December, unless we are under snow or it’s too cold.
Here are a few now to get you thinking back.
This weekend sees the last public services stopping at the station this side of Christmas.
The station will be open both days weather permitting, so if you’re passing please pop in and say hello, you and your wallet will be most welcome.
Here we are on a Saturday afternoon and I am at home.
Normally we would be at the station, but no public services today.
It seems strange to be sitting here and not be at the station, I am at home every day but today feels different!!
I remember when I worked in retail and we did permanent Saturdays, it never felt right when I had a weeks holiday and was at home on the Saturday.
Oh well I wonder if it will feel strange tomorrow not being at the station on a Sunday?
Now the one thing we get lots of at the station are photographers, they come out in all weathers.
Some prefer dull conditions and some sunshine.
Here are a couple of shots of the visiting Jinty last weekend, the dull one was taken on the Saturday and the sunny shot on the Sunday.
Which do you prefer?
Personally I prefer the one in the sunshine, but it’s all down to taste I suppose.
We just have two weekends left to run and then that’s it until after the Santa trains. I will do my thoughts on the year shortly when I get some free time. This retirement lark is hard work I don’t know how I had time to go to work.