I think it is fair to say that today will not go down in the history of the station as a super busy one.
First thing we had the civils arrive for a day of action on the Fletton loop, here is a picture of one of the crack team awaiting the starters gun.
As you can see he was like a coiled spring awaiting release, he staggered into action as the civils train arrived with the rest of the railways crack track team.
As always they were using a class 14 diesel shown above about to do a bit of shunting prior to the start of the hard work. Once the excitement was over the station staff comprising of myself and Paddy, who was my side kick for the day awaited the first service.
Looking on the bright side at least it was steam and here it is arriving. The fact that this is a picture of it doing second service and not the first is neither here nor there.
We had a slow stream of passengers, the fact that the first ones of the day had got lost looking for the city centre station mattered not a jot as we relieved them of ticket money.
I took a couple of magazines and Paddy a book so we had something to read in between the short bursts of excitement. Plus between us we came up with various theories as the road to the Mere now has double yellow lines along it. The way things are going what with the new double lines, the car park barrier and footpath bollard, not of course forgetting the shut toilets, the best way to get to the station will shortly be by bike towing a commode and a roll of bog paper. then doing a limbo dance under the barrier.
Just looked at the forecast for tomorrow, it will be cold and bright, lets hope it brings a few people out to discover how darn hard it is now to park and that then come and spend money.
Nathan is with me tomorrow and no doubt he will be zooming round like a terrier on steroids!!!