Glorious 1st June!

And it was – a glorious 1st June! Having been a ‘train heavy’ narrative last week, apologies for being a railway light in this blog.


However, continuing our horticultural background theme I noted these fine specimens growing in profusion on the Platform 2 embankment.20190601_104624

Meanwhile, the volunteer numbers were still a little low with various resignations, illnesses, holidays and ‘better offers’!  We managed to muster Dave T, Mary, Maurice, Mike, John and Steve (with Dave G as Station Master again).  And, thankfully, we had a slightly quieter time compared to last week’s roaring success of a Steam Festival. At least in terms of passenger numbers it seemed quieter, although the Wychwood Festival at the Racecourse proper provided a background accompaniment of ‘music’ so that one could hardly hear the tannoy at times. Bah humbug!  At least the tents provided a colourful backdrop beyond the car park fence.20190601_112319

After the usual post-Festival relocation of kit, there was much gardening to be done with lawns cut, beds weeded and plants watered; stock control in our ‘shop’ areas and general maintenance.

And of further interest (to me at least) was the presence of what I believe to be a moth – distinctively red in colour (Cinnabar Moth)


Good at providing ragwort control I understand.

More train related materials next week hopefully.