One place that people rarely think about except when validating or buying tickets is the booking office. Not realising that it houses a crack squad trained to extract money with the least amount of pain.
Here are a few pictures of the booking office.
So there you have it, the hub of the station on running days.
Here we are with services running again on the railway. Granted it may not be as many as we would like to run and we are running with reduced capacity. But we are running!
It’s nice to see visitors back at the railway enjoying themselves.
We have lots of events planned, the most notable being Thomas’ 50th birthday bash at the end of the month. Plus of course the The Steam EnGIN Express on the 24th July. I will be interested to see how the event goes. I feel that it will be popular and hopefully become a regular perhaps yearly event.
This coming Saturday the 12th of June sees the Wansford Miniature Railway Grand Opening. A lot of work has gone into the miniature railway’s construction and it will without doubt be popular.
Locomotives in Steam and on Display
Steam Locomotive Sweet Pea “Holly” Steam Locomotive War Department No 90776 Royal Anglian Regiment Steam Locomotive GWR King “King Edward II” Steam Locomotive GWR Parire No 4588 Steam Locomotive Sweet Pea “Joe” Battery Electric Class 14 No 9520 Battery Electric 08 No 08679 Under Overhaul LNER B1 Roedeer on Display Sweet Pea
For the Opening of the Miniature Railway Train Services are £1 per return trip, tickets purchased on the day from the Miniature Railway
Miniature Freight Train
Miniature Railway Shop with a selection of fund rasing items for sale
Miniature Traction Engines in Steam
Special Celebration First Day Postal Covers
Blue Circle in Steam
Social Distancing is to maintained at all times in line with Government guidelines
The NVR will be running main line Steam services on the day
Refreshments available at Wansford Station.
All attractions subject to availability and Covid restrictions
Please note to travel on the miniature railway you must be in possession of a Platform ticket or Main Travel ticket.
If you’re visiting the railway please give it your support.
So lets look forward to a summer of trains and visitors.
When I joined the railway some sixteen years ago people often commented about the magic of the Nene Valley Railway, and I never quite understood what they were on about.
Today I am sitting here watching families arrive at Wansford Station, and see them showing their young children the view through the gates. I see the children hopping from one foot to another excitedly, looking forward to seeing Thomas and having a trip behind him.
Then I see the adults smiling as well already enjoying their visit and looking forward to what’s ahead.
Looking at that I now understand what people mean when they talk about the magic of the Nene Valley Railway.
Tomorrow sees the recommencement of services on the NVR, hopefully with no more lockdowns ahead.
Services will still be far from what we are used to, we still have social distancing.
Looking at the official railway web site we have lots of special events coming up, please support them. This is still a critical time for the railway.
For those who do visit and travel, you are most welcome, thanks for your support it is appreciated.
The railway has played a very important part in Peterborough’s history and development and it’s fair to say the city would be very different if that first train had not steamed into the city in 1845.
Whilst we can’t fully recreate those days, travelling on the railway does give you the opportunity to travel on part of the first railway route into the city.
If you take some nice photographs during your visit and would like to share them please feel free to send them to me and I would love to include them on the blog. The email address can be found to the right of this posting.