We can always tells when there is something unusual coming down the line. It is a bit like the scene in Hitchcock's 'The Birds' - except with trainspotters instead of menacing birds: everything is quiet; each time you look towards the viewing deck you can see a few more figures peering down the track, watching and waiting. They have a common purpose but tend to ignore each other, lost in their own anticipation of the perfect shot. As you can see in this picture, the wait gets too much for some people. Finally, with a toot from the platform back at the station, the train sets off, passes the viewing deck amid the clicks of all the shutters before disappearing into the tunnel and all is quiet again.
This month we saw an Inter-City 125 train heading down towards Pickering. Bizarre seeing this mainline train making its way through Grosmont (pop. 300).
The grapevine on our pergola in the outdoor seating area is doing well this year. Bill has had to install some additional supports for it and it now provides lovely dappled shade for customers enjoying a coffee in the playground.