It also comes in tins!!!

What’s this I hear you say…. A posting on a non-running day!!!

Well the blog has suddenly been getting a lot of comments, shame they are not from humans, I have been receiving the electronic version of this!!!!


It is annoying me no end and I may well turn comments off. When I updated yesterday the update had a comment 15 seconds after I put it live, now I know you all await my postings with the expectations of a pauper in a workhouse, but to get spammed in 15 seconds surprised me.

So there you have it, old Arkwright will now have to have a sale of electronic processed meat in cans!!!

Granville fetch a cloth, we have a sign to write.

Just an average day

Well today was just an average day, the normal Sunday locals made an appearance and it stayed dry!

Not as busy as we would have liked I must admit but at least the park opened the parking area which helped.

Sue my wife was with me today and the highlight of the day was having some home made Victoria Sandwich cake she had made both with lunch and morning/afternoon coffee, made with real butter it was superb. Definitely the highlight of the day.

Harry did a bit of harvesting in the allotment and we now have some superb potatoes and red onions, had some of the onion with tea and really excellent.

So that’s it, no irritating customers, no dramas just an average day!!

As Terry Thomas would say “What a shower”

Well a mixed day today, just like being on a beach, it arrived in waves.

First train was late and the rest got even later through the day which is never a good omen!

Good start with a sweaty runner wanting a water bottle filled, without a please in sight, seemed miffed when I said we sold bottled water, if only he had said please I would have filled it for him, they never learn that manners matter.

Ticket sales in dribs and drabs through the day, and four really nice people in staying at the local hotel, it was a pleasure to chat and exchange banter with them even though they did not travel.

Then it rained, well it was bound to happen as it was the Picnic in the park day at Ferry Meadows. A long heavy shower and four people came in to shelter and they bought some refreshments so all was well with the world.

Late end to the day with the last train over 30 minutes late into the city, we started on a timetable and finished on a calendar as we say.

Same service to morrow and as we are swapping locos between steam and diesel at Wansford with no allowed time in the timetable I am sure we will end up as late as today, oh well it will be something to look forward to!

if you go down to the woods today

Nice day on the railway today, I had a meeting with the general manager scheduled for midday so took the first train from Ferry Meadows to Peterborough and then back to Wansford arriving just in time. Even managed to get a sausage roll down my neck before we went up to mission control.

Then after an excellent productive meeting I took the second service back to Peterborough to have a word with the staff there then back to Ferry meadows to have a natter with Neville and Robert before walking to the bus stop to get the bus home.

It made a change to see the railway from the passenger perspective and have a natter also with some of the passengers.

All in all a very productive day.

There is always one

Well due to the Thomas big weekend we were busy again today, and all was going well, then a passenger and his family failed to get on the train to Peterborough, the fact they were going to end up at Wansford and the train was coming back in 25 minutes was neither here nor there. Anyway they stood there as I signalled I was finished with platform duties to the guard who in turn signalled the driver and off they started. The passenger had watched this happen and then moaned at me when the train went without them. When I tried to explain that although unfortunate it was not the end of the world and they would still get to Wansford at exactly the same time he got abusive and uttered the magic “F” word, so I informed him I was not in the mood to be swore at and he uttered it again. I informed him I was not there to be sworn at and that I would no longer continue the conversation.

Needless to say he got on the train to Wansford when it came back from Peterborough. Now I am not paid to be sworn at, for that matter I am not paid and if it was not for the fact the child was obviously looking forward to seeing Thomas then they would not have travelled, at least not by train.

People like this amaze me surely they are out for a day out and to enjoy themselves, things like this occasionally happen and they are easily sorted, but not if you swear, do that then Arkwright loses interest.

Other than that it was busy and we had some nice passengers, trains almost on time and Jason who was helping Sue and myself was walking round in a daze muttering he had never seen the car park and platform so busy! Certainly it made the day go quicker.

Mention must also be made of Paul who was doing his first solo as a signalman at Orton Mere, he did well but needs to be educated in the art of spending money at the station!! But the lad will learn.

Running Tuesday to Friday next week but I am otherwise committed so will not be opening until next Saturday. Though I have a meeting with the great and the good at mission control on Wednesday, and all will be revealed when appropriate!

Right a busy week ahead work wise before we play trains again next weekend.

What an excellent day

Today was one of those days where everything just fell into place.

We were busy, we had nice customers and it did not rain, what more could you ask for.

Had a really good day ticket wise and the shop performed as expected.

If the second day of the Thomas big weekend goes as well tomorrow I will be a happy chappie.

Nothing really outstanding and not one daft question it was bliss.

A day out

The wife and I ran Ferry meadows station today, I had almost forgotten when it was like to run a station with passengers in the week!

Nice day overall with mainly passengers who were staying on the local caravan site. Really nice people, chatty and nice to have a natter with.

Super weather first thing as well.

IMG00010-20100728-0945 This shot was taken first thing before first service, apart from some short periods of cloud it was a really nice day.

Back to Orton Mere on Saturday for a busy weekend.

Rain, trying not to get excited and Ice cream

Well today was amazing, we saw less than 6 customers all day and the highlight was the ice cream delivery.

Rain showers did not help but the Mere was like a grave.

Paddy with me today so time did not drag, but we really need to get some business generated down at the station, trouble is there is no passing trade to generate it from!!

Oh well Ferry meadows tomorrow.

Visitors, diesel sniffers and late arrivals

Well there we were today at the station nice and early for the arrival of a Class 66 for the day, but we got an added bonus in the shape of two class 73’s as well. Here are a few pictures of them at OM on arrival.

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They duly went on their way to Wansford.

But before this at the early hour of 9am I had the first idiot of the day. Couple arrived on the platform and the chap asked me the time of the first train to Peterborough, 11.10 was the answer. Is there nothing before that asked the man, no I replied if there was then the 11.10 would not be the first one. His wife giggled and he looked confused and they went on their merry way never to be seen again.

Day started quiet with no tickets for the first service sold, the more we went through the day the more it improved with all things considered good figures for the shop and ticket sales.

Now the second service was pulled by the double headed combination of the two Class 73 locos, here they are arriving at Orton Mere.


The third service was pulled by the Class 66.

But between the second and third services we had one of the breed of diesel sniffers arrive at the station, moaning that Wansford were unable to tell him that the 73’s were running hauling a service train and therefore he had not been able to travel behind them. Blimey you thought his world had ended. Now two things irritate me more than anything and that’s loud and rude and he was both, he was an excellent example of why some staff flatly refuse to do diesel galas he deserved to have the rough end of a pineapple shoved where the sun fails to shine. Heaven knows how he thought moaning at me would help, perhaps he thought that if pressed I could magic a couple of class 73 locos complete with coaches out of my rear end so he could have a trip. He could not have been more unhappy if his arse had caught fire in the middle of a drought. I gather he had also been to PNV for a moan as well. If he had bleated on anymore he could have been a woman!!  He reminded me of the pleasures that lie ahead on our diesel galas this year.

A few were about to see them taken off the back end of the last service to town and go back down the Fletton loop.

Special mention must be given to Sue from PNV who helped me for the day, she is a good worker and helped greatly in the day passing on the whole very well. If she could only master Arkwrights till then she would be away, but a female volunteer and a male till is always going to be a tricky combination to crack!!

Now looking forward to the joys of Tuesday when the little ankle snappers are on the first week of the summer holiday, should be interesting as the Valium supplies have yet to arrive.

Back to talking about toilets and possession of two deadly weapons.

Well this morning something unexpected happened. The barrier to the car park was opened for the day, this meant of course that the customers had no need to comment about the barrier and discussion reverted back to the subject of toilets!

Sally & Nigel with me today for what can best be described a quiet but steady day. Nigel nipped into town to pick up a new mobile phone, and was like a dog with two trees when he got it charged still kept him quiet!

Had a photographer taking pictures of a group of chaps and a young lady, all bought ice creams so that was some much needed money in the till and took a few pictures on the platform, she was certainly a well built young lady and the first instinct when she turned round quickly was to duck!!

Nice to see quite a few regulars in as well, if only we could train a few to be more regular and spend a bit more I would be a happy man.

Customers and passengers reacted well to the diesel service and nobody who planned to travel decided not to when it was explained why we had diesel running.

Having a run on Peterborough returns at the moment, I believe it’s due to a shortage of money, as it give an option to take a child for a journey on the train, admittedly a small one but to do so at a low cost. I think we shall see more of this happening in the near future.

Tomorrow is more of the same so lets hope for some more nice weather.