And so we have had snow, the kind of snow that is light and fluffy and the individual snowflakes are clearly visible, and the kind that can get blown around in enormous drifts if it is windy. And it has been windy too. So we have had huge snowdrifts that have piled up and made routes unpassable – roads and railways have been closed down until the snow is cleared, which then got blown around again. So for two days parts of the country have been at a standstill.
And here at the railway the effect has been to cause a lot of work to clear the snow from the tracks and the trackpoints so that we could run the weekend service.
And at the stations the snow needed to be cleared from the platforms and the walking routes. A lot of shovelling and gritting and de-icer spraying. And a lot of effort by our brilliant team of volunteers – totally mad but we love it. Well, we must do?
At Bridgnorth the small rostered platform team worked hard from early morning to get the train and its loco and the platform all in a place to keep visitors warm and safe. Our colleagues in the Loco and PWay helped, and while inevitably we had a modest number of passengers, they were welcomed and warm and comfortable.
Sunday morning saw the loco on the train two hours before departure time to get the ‘central heating’ warming the carriages standing at the re-cleared platform (after a further flurry of snowfall overnight).
This was thanks to further team effort clearing the points and the signalling-qualified stationmaster opening the box before normal roster time (hence the duty signalman not yet arrived) to get the loco into position.
Cracking work by our great team of volunteers in the different departments. We must be mad but we must love it?