Nigel's Blog (4) - Volunteering at Tanfield Railway Museum

Sunday 18 February 2018

Nigel's Blog (4) - Volunteering at Tanfield Railway Museum

Sunday 18 February 2018

Nigel was very happy to start volunteer work at the Tanfield Railway Museum as a Sunday volunteer. Nigel was up very early to get there before time to start work at West Tanfield Railway station at 10.00AM

Nigel arranged to go to the Museum on his own without any of the Journey management there. When Nigel arrived the other volunteers had not started setting up the station café.

Nigel helped to get all the equipment out of the security lockup containers before setting up the cafés serving counters and tables. The next task was to set the tables with matching cups, saucers, milk jugs, sugar bowls etc on the same tables. Part of preparing the café Nigel set up the counter with soft drinks and sweets.

Nigel dressed in his stylish apron was ready for work once the café opened. Nigel was busy serving the tables and clearing the tables and preparing them for the next customer. This also included Nigel’s favourite job of washing up.

During the day there were several passenger steam trains arriving and leaving the station. As the trains arrived lots of people came into the café as well as the people who were out for a Sunday walk. We even had a man and women from Siberia visiting the railway on their holidays.

The last passenger train was a little late and the café had a late last minute rush of customers. Nigel agreed to stay longer to help with jobs. After the train left Nigel help to clear all the tables, wash and pack the utensils away. Nigel made a good job of packing all the sweets, crisps, Pepsi etc into the storage containers and carrying them and the heater gas bottles to the lockable security containers ready for next time.

Finally Nigel swept up and made sure the café was clean and then installed all the outside security shutters on all the café windows. The other volunteers were very happy and said Nigel was a great help and happy Nigel had done a lot of additional jobs this week.

As a treat they gave Nigel some homemade cake for his tea when he got home. 

http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk/