I've got a spreadsheet where I keep track of my station visits. I started this when I moved onto collecting Northern stations. When I was doing Merseyrail, people would say to me, "how many have you got left to do?", and I'd reply "dunno". I'd just been crossing them off the map, not keeping count. It made me sound a bit dopey, so when I moved onto the much larger Northern map, I introduced a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets make everything fun.
Anyway, after my visits to Thirsk and Malton the other week, I came back and added them to my spreadsheet and pressed return. And this happened:
The end is nigh. There is just one open, currently served by trains station left for me to visit. (I've not included Low Moor, Ilkeston or Warrington West, for the simple reason that you can't get a train to them and nobody really knows when you will be able to).
It's the end of the line. I know exactly what that last station is; have known for a long time. I decided to make this station the finale a long time ago. I'm not going to say which one it is, but I will say it's already been on this blog. I've been there before. I just never, for some reason, did a proper blog post about it, and I didn't do a snap of my big face in front of its sign.
So there you are: one to go. I don't know when I'm going there because, obviously, I don't really want to go there. When I go to that station it's all over and done with. The end. But consider this notice: it's all coming to a close.