It was predicted to be a glorious summer’s day, one of many in the recent heat wave that we’ve been having, so I booked in a whole day for capturing what could possibly be the last raft of recordings for the project (boo!).
It was early and still a little bit cool when I arrived at Rayne Station, which last saw paying passengers on 3rd March 1952, but has now been restored and houses a cafe. The Flitch Way, which runs on the old railway route between Braintree and Bishops Stortford, is popular with cyclists, joggers and dog walkers, but this morning there were only a few people passing by, and rather quietly it must be said. Many people were on their way to work, driving along New Road which you can see from the platform, which, together with the aeroplanes taking off from Stansted every few minutes, make engines of some kind or other the most dominant feature of the recording.