Dull, bright, dismal & our very own Tornado

Good day today, nice customers and a bit of amusement.

The day got off to a good start with a lady and little boy coming in whilst I was still sorting out.

“11.14 the first train” asked the woman, when I replied in the affirmative  she continued “Oh good my little grandson is so good with time”

Followed by the gem. “I don’t suppose you could get one here earlier so he can see it can you?”. She accepted no with good grace and they went on their way.

After a start like that you just know it will be an amusing day. Plus there was possible excitement ahead later if we were busy enough.

Then we had the station tornado arrive on his bike. Paddy the tornado is always happy, in fact as I have said before he is like a terrier on steroids. In the kitchen area he sings, with a voice that could worry sheep !!

The train arrived with double trouble in the way of Ian and Ian, they say trouble comes in twos. Not often the guard has somebody riding shotgun, I know the area is bad at night, but this was full daylight!

Now first thing in the morning I had lent my city centre keys to Peter who had locked his in the PNVR station building the previous evening when he had gone back for his Elmer Fudd hat. He promised he would send them back down on the first train with the guard. Now I must admit that I forgot about that when the first train back to Wansford arrived. Only to be reminded by a puzzled Neville at Ferry Meadows phoning me asking why the guard had given his son Robert some keys!!!

The guard had got the wrong Robert, so I was finally reunited with the keys on the second trip of the day.

In between this we had dark clouds, Paddy singing and some nice customers, plus a request for Ice Cream. Then to top it all a woman came in not 30 seconds after Paddy & I had decided it was cold in the building saying it was warm inside! Even Paddy was lost for words for about 5 seconds.

The possible excitement mentioned above finally happened, we opened the new tub of coffee, the old stuff being hybrid mixture of two types of Nescafe and a bit of Kenco for good measure, shame I did not make a note of the ratios because we have had several people say how nice it tasted.

In true NVR tradition all services today were late but the last journey of the day to Wansford was a milestone in that it was the earliest it had been late all day, shame nobody wanted to get on. Mind you the platform was well populated with none paying lookers.

The day was rounded off nicely by four requests for timetables whilst I was awaiting the arrival of my transport home, thankfully I had some in my fleece pocket so all went off happy.

Some days just flow and some are a pain from start to finish, I am pleased to say today was the former and most enjoyable.

Saturday excitement

Well a mixed day, not as busy as expected, but better than it could have been.

Had some really nice people in today and they all made the day go quicker despite it being cold and dismal.

Phill helped me today for the first time and seemed to enjoy himself, he trotted off to do the far end of the platform and see a train out without a murmur, so that saved me a few walks.

Got some stock as well so that was good, bit of a mess up with stock being taken off by other stations when it should not have been, but steps will be taken to ensure this does NOT happen again, and if it does then staff will be removed from the ROTA at their station and replaced. I do not run a crèche! I know I said that this blog was not for moans but this incident has really annoyed me and as I say steps will be taken to ensure there is NO repeat.

The Civils team were down today working away, they are part of the railway that’s out in all weathers ensuring that the track is safe. Rarely they get a mention. Pictures of them in action a few years ago can be found here.

It’s amazing how many visitors don’t appreciate what goes on behind the scenes, they seem to think that the maintenance just happens!!

Another operating day tomorrow and Paddy is with me, that should keep me awake in slack times!!

Eyes down for a full house.

No I am not talking about Jayne’s Bingo nights!!

Now that the water problem is sorted we will have all three stations open this weekend, talk about excitement!!!!

Hopefully half term will be busy with paying passengers and customers. Also that the weather will be good, though I am typing this looking out on a dull grey sky.

“City of Peterborough” & the Mk1 coaches so all will be well with the world.

Dull, damp & dismal with intermittent sunny passengers

Well today was a dull old day and at the start we expected to do very little.

As it turned out we had a good day in the shop and with ticket sales.

Nice customers and passengers in as well which made the day most enjoyable. Keith from S&T was playing with the signalling again and we had a few chats whilst he warmed up from time to time with a coffee.

Susan who is normally at PNVR seemed to enjoy herself, though she did look a bit on the cold side towards the end, but when it got to cold some serious Urn hugging helped!!!

Too dull for photographs so did not take the camera out of my pocket.

All set for Sunday


“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 PNV 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.


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 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


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….