Last Saturday was a very sad day for the signalmen at Mobberley ‘box.
The signalbox cat which has been around the ‘box longer than any of the signalmen, probably over 20 years, has been suffering with weight loss and more recently was giving rise to concern.
Signalman Eddie had taken “Cat” to Zoe from the adjacent Mobberley Cattery at 1 & 2 Railway Cottages, these cottages built by the railway in the 1860′s. Zoe and Bob helped as best they could and a trip to the vets identified liver failure. There was nothing much that could be done for him.
With some help from the vets, Cat came back to the ‘box for a comfortable last night on Friday. Then on Saturday Zoe and Bob took Eddie and Cat to the vets to say a very humane “goodbye”. Eddie and the other signalmen have ensured he has a comfortable final resting place.
Cat will be greatly missed locally, not just by the signalmen, but also by passing locals, though not by the fieldmice!
Our condolensces go the the signalmen who we know will miss him, especially on those long nights with few trains.