All set for Sunday

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“City of Peterborough” gets an airing this Sunday pulling passenger services, it’s also being used for a driver experience day on Saturday as well.

I have Susan from PNVR helping me this week, hopefully the weather gods will be kind and we will be busy.

The trouble is you can never be sure until the day. Still we will no doubt muddle along as usual, might even have time for a couple of pictures.

I keep trying to find time to have a good sort out at the station, but never seem to have a few hours free to get stuck in, we will have to try and find a day free in the next couple of weeks, hopefully before the diesel gala.

WE WAS BRUNG UP PROPER !

I know this has nothing to do with heritage railways but this is oh so true!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s !
First, we survived being born to mothers who drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer..
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle…
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, or Subway.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video/DVD  films,  no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
And if YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore

Another cold day

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Today was another cold day, quiet as well which was surprising as we had some nice sunshine for most of the time we were open. Nice frost first thing though.

Lots of requests for the new timetables which we are still awaiting delivery of, but all were pointed in the direction of the railway web site and seemed happy.

Paddy provided cover with me today and as always he was in happy mode. I still don’t know how he does it!!

We just managed to get above freezing today and I never cease to be amazed at the number of men walking round in shorts or cut off trousers and trainers with no socks. The like the cold more than I do!! Saw one chap with his wife wrapped against he elements and he was in shorts and a t-shirt, I was lost for words.

Caught the last train to Ferry tonight so I could get the bus home, had a chat with Neville and Robert which rounded the day off nicely, always like a chat with them both, and I still miss working with them which I did during my first year on the railway.

Turned out cold again

Well another cold day at Orton Mere, though I am pleased to say not as cold as it has been.

A few people about and enough tickets sold to make it worth opening.

The wife and I retreated to the kitchen area each time we had no customers to huddle round the urn and two fan heaters. Having said that we had three requests for ice cream!!

Trains were almost on time and Matt the guard was his normal cheery self, I must remember to ask him how he is always so damn happy!! We certainly seem busier running a steam service in January rather than the DMU that we have run in the past.

S&T were down as well doing some signal work so nice to have a chat to them as well. Even had the sunshine try and make an appearance a few times.

Must have a big tidy up when I have a free day, the place is looking a tad untidy but no point in washing the floor in the current weather it would never dry.

Now a busy week ahead work wise and next Sunday to look forward to when I have Paddy with me again.

Porn on a Friday

Now now don’t get to excited, we have not had another topless model at the station.

I got notifications this morning that there were comments on blog entries to be checked before publication, actually they were five!!!

All linked to porn sites, This could be as hard work to keep out junk as it is getting rid of junk when runing forums.

Oh well back to dozing looking for inspiration for a new picture web site layout, plus must build up the excitement level for Sunday, the forecast is dull and cold!! Now where is my collection of unread books to take with me to the station?

Well that was not a bad day

Amazing the sun shone today, still darn cold but at least we had the sun!!

Highlight of the day was a chap first thing who drove his car right down the path to the public toilet entrance before getting out, would have been a challenge for anybody else to have got in the building with him parked there, heaven knows why he wanted to be so close in an otherwise empty car park.

Sold a few tickets and we had a regular trickle of visitors asking questions, and surprise surprise not a stupid question amongst them.

Nice to see Nigel and Sally who visited and confirmed a few dates for the ROTA. Even had a visit from Peter and Susan from PNVR.

Paddy was his normal self I am pleased to say, and the time passed quickly. Train was slightly late on all services but it would be strange if it actually ran on time!!!

All in all a good day….

All set for Sunday

Well I am pleased to say the snow has gone and all being well we will be open on Sunday.

Have Paddy with me this week and he will liven the place up, always happy, he makes me quite exhausted sometimes. He will arrive on his bike, his face glowing like the the red light on traffic lights, muttering the imortal words.. “Morning Arkwright!!”

The 4F will be providing the pulling power for the Mk1’s so all should be well with the world visitor wise. We just need to get people in and exercising their wallets.

I still need to get the doors onto the platform stripped and painted but it has not been the weather for such activities but hopefully that will get done soon, it’s a matter of finding a free day when the weather is right.

Weather permitting I will walk down to the station, I certainly need the exercise, and will have the camera with me so may get a few decent pictures.

Should you be passing Orton Mere on Sunday please pop in and have a chat. But bring some money with you!!!

Three Stations will be Closed 10th January 2010

I have taken the decision this morning to close OM, FM & PNVR tomorrow due to health and safety concerns. Wansford station and the Chairman have been informed.

The paths and roads around the stations are covered with sheet ice and are lethal and my first concern must be my station staff and their safety.

Unless we have major snow over night (Some more is forecast) then no doubt the trains will run but the stations will be unmanned.

Last Sunday at OM we did not get above -1c in the building and we can’t work in conditions like that.

Now I must admit I do feel guilty making that decision when no doubt the train crew will be there getting the locomotive ready for service at some early hour.

But my concern is the safety of my staff and that must take priority over manning the stations.

Old Arkwright

Blimey that was cold

Well just done a day at Orton Mere and it was one of the coldest I can remember, not exactly busy with only about 8 hot drinks done. Sue my wife helped me today and had to be surgically removed from the fan heater if a customer came in!! She was quite rightly not in the best of moods by the end of the day.


The 4F provided the steam power today, here is a shot of it arriving from City Centre on the second service of the day.

Towards the end of the day when it was getting dusk it was really cold, and there were people out and about with small children who looked as though they would rather be at home watching a cartoon. Instead they were sitting or standing shivering whilst their parents told them they would enjoy looking at the steam train, the look they were giving their parents suggested otherwise.

Some of the normal look but buy nothing brigade out as well, they have the ability to scatter if there is any danger somebody is going to talk to them.

Best part of the day was getting home into the warm, if we are going to do serious winter opening then we have got to look at proper heating and insulation in the stations.

Train seemed quiet on all services, we certainly did not do a ticket. Money wise a waste of time opening.

Now off to defrost!!!

Last day of the year

Well today is the last day of 2009 and I single manned Orton Mere.

Gawd it was cold, and not exactly lively, we had two passengers who paid on the train and four lookers and that was it.

Thankfully lots of sorting to be done so no time to be bored. Even then I closed after the second service. We are not opening the station building on New Years day, if it’s as in previous new years days then it will be quiet at the station.

Looking at the few people passing I am tempted to ask those with dogs why they regard a bag of dog crap as a trophy, they walk along swing them in the air as though they are about to hurl them for their dogs to catch. Most strange!!