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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!!!

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!!!