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.