Monthly Archives: April 2019

Going round in circles waving things.

Saturday saw something unusual at the railway, and I don’t mean the trains running on time.

We had a Morris Dancing event along the line at the stations. The fact that neither of the two teams we had were Morris dancers was neither here nor there.

In the Morning we had Pig Dyke Molly who are Molly Dancers.

Their web site can be found HERE

Here are a few pictures of them in action.

 

They were followed in the afternoon by Cross Key Clog, who are clog dancers.

Their website can be found HERE

Here are some pictures of them in action.

Now I am sure some of you will be wondering what this has to do with Heritage Railways, and the answer is more than you think.

We are all working to preserve a heritage, and to show people how things were in the past. Personally I think that it is important to do so. We spend so much time looking forward these days that perhaps we should pause and look back to where we have been in the past. After all it’s the past that shapes our future.

All of us at the station enjoyed the day, it was nice to see things happening down the line rather than being concentrated at Wansford, something to remember for future events perhaps?

Please have a look at the web sites linked above for the two teams, they are keen people and deserve support.

Next weekend over Easter sees a two day Dr Who event at the railway, with a Tardis at Orton Mere, I wonder if I can send a few volunteers off to other dimensions? We shall see….

Mixed traction, the manly purse and a bit of fish food.

Now I can tell already your interest has been roused by the mere title of the blog. So let us commence with the excitement of the weekend just gone.

Last weekend was a mixed traction weekend with both diesel and steam locomotives running. Now I know from past experience that we would not be rushed off our feet at Orton Mere but none the less we had an enjoyable weekend with the quality of the visitors making up for the quantity.

We also had a first with the Sentinel locomotive hauling passengers to Orton Mere on the local service for the first time in fifteen years as far as I can remember. Here it is running round at the station.

It certainly provoked a bit of interest, which is always nice.

Up the Fletton loop we had the TASC machine carrying interested passengers, not as popular as brake van rides but never the less enjoyed by all who made the trip up the loop. A single shot of it arriving from one of the trips back at platform 1.

The line up at Orton Mere for the weekend was completed by the Class 14, the Peak and 92 Squadron. No blog post would be complete without a picture of each of them.

As you can see we did not have wall to wall sunshine, in fact it was a bit on the cool side. But that’s normal for the time of year and it would be out of character to have wall to wall sunshine and a bit of heat, we are just not used to it at the station!

Now I know you are all waiting for the bit of the post that covers the Manly purse, well wait no longer…..

Our health & safety chap came into the station with his two dogs and proceeded to prove he could pay for anything that Arkwright could try and sell him. Out came his money container, we all expected a wallet with H&S No Entry on the side, but instead we got this.

We were all so shocked I forgot to sell him anything, oh the shame!!

But we have made a note in the book for his next visit.

There is I gather no truth in the rumour that the beads are actually badges of honour for not buying anything.

Now to finish off this tale of a weekend full of trains and surprises we turn our attention to the fish food. One of my regulars asked if I had any garden fish, when I said no he said that was a shame as he had some spare fish food if I had got some. Now I am sure a few of you will think this is unusual, but it is not so. One the years regulars will pop in with items to give us from boxes of tea bags to plant food for the plastic hanging baskets outside (Don’t ask!)

Next Saturday sees Morris Dancers at the station, and I should warn in advance if you plan to visit with the hope of seeing me prancing round with bells on my legs and waving either a hanky or a pigs bladder on a stick you will be disappointed!!

 

And it was such a normal weekend.

Last weekend was nothing special, it was an average late March weekend at Orton Mere.

Then, on Sunday afternoon something changed it totally.

As per normal I was out on the platform for the arrival of the service into Peterborough.

Whilst having a few words with the TTI and handing over some bits a lady got off the train smiling. Now I know it’s a tad unfair but I am always wary of smiling staff that get off the train if for no other reason than they are normally bringing me work!

Anyway this lady came up to me and said that she had heard so much about me that she just had to get off and say hello.
I did ask if what she had heard was good or bad and she replied it was all very good, so she had to get off, meet me in person and say hello.

I was quite lost for words as she hopped back on the train before I could get her for a platform ticket.

Now I have been on the railway around 15 years and in that time I have always tried to be nice to people and treat them as I would like to be treated. I may not always achieve it but I always try to do it.

So this happening was especially nice, and as I said to Sue just afterwards it really made my weekend. Now I won’t give the name of the lady concerned as she may get people queueing up to tell her bad bits about me, not that they would be correct of course.

So if the lady concerned is reading this then thanks very much your kind comments quite made the weekend if not the month.