Over the Xmas break I headed to Western Victoria, and was lucky enough to be at Cobden for a run day.
It is an excellent set up, beautifully laid out through some lovely gardens and landscapes. Certainly a great setting
On arrival we found the the Cobden guys a bit short staffed, and with a tree down over the line and a crowd growing rapidly the group was under a bit of pressure. So my family (all volunteers is various community groups) offered to pitch in and give a hand. Whilst my son and I shifted the tree, my mum and dad (both in their 60's) manned the ticket box and helped out around the station. I also jumped in the guards van a few times to help out, having being a guard at Castledare many times.
Whilst our help was greatly appreciated by most of the members there, unfortunately one member made it very clear our assistance was neither appreciated or wanted, which really put a dampener on the day. It certainly didn't make me want to become a member of the association, had I lived closer. It is a real shame people like that undo so much great work done by the rest of the Cobden guys.
Anyway, here's a few photos from the day