There a distinctly summery feel about today at the Racecourse – warm, dry and pleasant for travelling (if a little warm for physical activity). So a typical day – one hopes – for the season though a little rain is always welcome (at night, preferably!).
And if the weather was pleasant then so were the conditions – enough passengers to fill the car park but not too many to harass the staff! Lots of spare seats, a nice range of engines to admire and the service running on time (as far as I could tell!). So the crowd of admirers could take their time and get all the photos they wanted talk to the crew, whilst the volunteers basked in reflected glory.
And these included Bob and Ros, Dave T, Steve, Terry, Bill, Andy M, Andy B, Ben, Paul, Mike and Colin. I made no detailed record of their activities but observed the usual range of maintenance and gardening. It is moot point as to whether we are running to stand still as far as the Station is concerned or getting the place – year by year – in better shape. Perhaps it takes someone one looking in from the side-lines to advise on that issue?
Great to see Paul back and making a much more professional job of the grass cutting than his temporary stand in (yours truly!).
Anyway, I can say that there is no let up in keeping the estate ‘in check’ or certainly not at this time of year.
Here’s Andy B illustrating the advantages of the cordless electric strimmer at the side of slope down to Platform 1.
And Ben grinning (possibly with relief) having removed another large hawthorn stump from P1 bank:
Bob and Ros in the distance with their special blend of wild and cultivated flowers on P2.
Looking the other way things are a bit less rosy and I think a sweep of the old station buildings’ bases is required on Monday:
Historically interesting perhaps but one can only do so much with the bases of 1905 urinals!
And finally a departing train ……………
Yours, hoping we can keep up the good work,