Monthly Archives: May 2019

That’s another one out of the way.

Well that’s another bank holiday out of the way.

Certainly not a busy one shop wise but ticket sales were not too bad.

All three days should have been the visiting Tank engine pulling the main service and the Swedish railcar running in-between. But of course that, as often happens was not what happened.

Saturday started with the Tank engine failing. This meant that the first railcar service was cancelled and the railcar ran as the first main service. When it got to Orton Mere it was snugger than the back row of the railways AGM! Then we got back to normal running with the main service being hauled by a class 14 diesel.

No complaints from any visitors, at least not to me, the nearest we got was a chap who walked in and just asked steam or diesel? When I replied diesel he stuck his nose in the air and sniffed loudly whilst turning and walking out. Not a please or thank you in sight. Why is it that some people think it’s the end of the world if we don’t run a steam service? I mean manners cost nothing, but these days they are often sadly lacking, and it’s normally from middle aged visitors rather than youngsters.

Anyway we got half way back to normal on Sunday with 92 SQDN replacing the Tank engine. So at least we ran something that chugged rather than spluttered.

Monday saw us fully back to normal with the Tank engine sorted and back in service. Here it is arriving at Orton Mere on its way back to Wansford.

As always click on the small image above to display a full sized version, and by that I mean a full sized picture not a full sized locomotive!

So how was it overall, well I suppose average would be a good description overall. Certainly we were not rushed on any of the days. Most of those travelling, certainly over 75% were visiting the area and not local. The locals either stayed at home or have nipped off on a weeks holiday.

Those sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed that I made scant mention of the railcar. I must admit that except for the first snug service on Saturday most if not all the other trips showed it more empty than full. We shall see how it does on future similar weekends.

This coming weekend sees a model railway show at Wansford, so we will see how that goes.

Wot no blog!!!

I know, I know there have been no posts for a couple of weeks, the reason is that there has really been nothing to say.

There are only so many ways you can say that things are average. What is interesting is that nobody has commented to me on the lack of postings!!!

Yesterday saw the annual Thomas big adventure, and all those on board seemed to be enjoying themselves, not may people at the station to see it pass in either direction which was a shame.

Here is a picture of the little blue engine on it’s way back to Wansford.

I am giving some thought to pointing this blog in another direction so as they say watch this space!

Easter a week late!

In my last post I commented that a great Easter weekend could have been so different if the weather had been what we normally get for Easter.

Well, last weekend the Easter weather arrived a week late!! it was a damp, windy cold weekend, that’s all that can be really said about it, we were quiet both days, there was just nobody about. We had a seance at midday on both days to make contact with the living and failed miserably.

Even the fact that Thomas was pulling the TPO bought a few visitors to the station, it was still all in all a disappointing weekend. But there we go as I often say if we did not have the poor weekends we would not appreciate the good ones. This coming weekend sees another bank holiday with a Wallace and Gromit day on Saturday. So we will see how that goes….