Another Simon & Garfunkel weekend.

In the last twelve years I have come across some slow weekends, but this one must set a new standard. It was quiet both days, the tumbleweed down the platforms was the only thing missing.

The train ran late both days for most services, the last one on Sunday must have almost set a record for being late, but there we are it is best left at that.

The upside was that we could spend lot’s of time with the few visitors and have a chat, this made the weekend enjoyable from the aspect of actually being able to have decent chats.

We had a couple today waiting for the last train and the husband drove a bus for a living, poor Nathan was like a dog with two trees as they discussed old buses and the like. Me I generally kept out of the way until the chat turned more general.

The weather this weekend was mixed with very heavy showers on Saturday afternoon which did not do much for what little business there was.

There is of course nothing we can do about the lack of passing trade, it’s just one of those things, but it has been noticeable over the last few months how quiet our end of the park is becoming, we can go long periods of time with just nobody coming past, even the foot fall over the foot crossing to the staunch had dropped.

I am looking at ways we can improve business at the station next year from the people who do pass and several ideas are going round in my head and I will give them some thought over the winter months, but certainly we need something to help trade along.

Next week I am not at the station. Friday sees my 28th wedding anniversary plus we have a visitor staying with us as well, now before any of you think of sending my suffering wife a medal please think again as such gifts would only go to her head and make my life a little miserable!!!! However if you feel like sending me a tenner in a plain envelope as an anniversary gift then please feel free to do so.

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  1. Chris

    Mr Arkwright,

    I have spent many a minute using your blog as my window into the NVR as an avid member who moved away from the area a few years ago. These days I only normally get back for Gala’s and family visits.

    Whilst I realise I’ve read this after the event I hope you both had a fantastic aniversary.

    Just referring to your reference of the quieter times at your station, has the railway ever considored a ‘residents pass’. This is a tool I’ve seen on other railways that gives residents in the vicinity a partial discount without having to be a member. A quick way of befriending the neighbours and encouraging them to spend on the railway.

    With having three stations in a fairly build up area I would of thought this idea could work especially well on the NVR.

    Once again, i do hope you both enjoyed your anniversary.


  2. Shamz

    Hi Robert, thank you for stopping by my blog. I’ve been reading your comments on Monica’s blog for a while now and always have a chuckle – quite enjoyable. Your blog is lovely, I wish I could bring my children along to the station…I live in San Francisco, it would be so nice to visit sometime.

  3. Cris Rees

    I am probably being exceedingly thick, but why a ‘Simon & Garfunkle’ weekend?