April 6th, 2008
|04:14 pm - In Which It Is Discovered That Coal Dust Is Difficult To Remove|
Okay, so I haven't posted in god-knows-how-long, but I thought I'd do it now because I actually have something to write about. :)
Oh, on the health front, I've had an intestine infection, been on and off for the last couple of weeks. Augmentin is rapidly putting paid to that, which is good. I think I may have said this before, but anyway.
So, to the subject up there (*points to title*). It begins with me going to the MOTAT Military Weekend, wombling around the vehicles and chatting to the re-enactors and soldiers (including Reuben and one of his mates, with the nickname of 'Nightie' :P ) and so on and generally having a ball. I then went over to the rail-shed, intent on getting a squiz at the trains, because, y'know, they were there.
I chatted to one of the guys for a while, and (after a ride in the cab of the train), he told me that you could volunteer with the Rail Section. Naturally, I leapt at the chance. So, last Wednesday, I went along.
It was excellent, all-in-all. I was fully expecting to get dirty, and boy, did I ever! I cleaned out the firebox and smokebox on the Y-Class, and polished it up with a mix of oil and kerosene. I came out black as can be, but grinning fit to burst (which, it was remarked, looked very odd, teeth very white in a soot-stained face). I then helped with rolling the wheels under the latest train that's being restored, and then attaching them. Went home feeling very satisfied with myself.
Only when I got home did I discover exactly how 'sticky' coal dust is. It took the best part of twenty minutes in the shower, with heavy-duty soap and exfoliating scrubs and pumice to get most of it out - and even then there were still some stubborn sections that refused to shift! Barrier cream and overalls shall be purchased for next time.
Current Mood: happy
Yay, steam trains are so cool :) ws it a 4-6-2 or the 4-4-0?
I know what you mean about the coal dust, i was on the foot plate of that train at another motat military day and was acting as fireman. I also got to drive the glenbrooke railway engine as well :) and boy did i get covered.
*hugs* welcome to real steam power.
Definitely! It think it was a 4-6-2; I'm still not entirely familiar with the naming system yet. :)
I was only on the footplate for a couple of trips, but I was quite coaled up; good thing I was wearing dark colours! You got to drive one of the Glenbrooke engines? Lucky you! I'm going to see if they'll let me learn to drive the engines.
the naming system is easy its based on the number of wheels front bogey/main drive/rear bogey of the engine, so a 4-6-2 has for at front, six drive wheels and a two wheel rear bogey on the engine not including the tender (if any) :) hope that makes sense?
Ah, yes, it does. I just wikipedia'ed it, too! :)
And hehe, previous experience always helps in talking them into letting you play. :D
yeah i got to drive, but then as you can see i do know the language of steam train enthusiasts, kinda helped my grand dad worked at the stockton darlington yards in the experimental yard. I got to ride the high speed passenger trains now in use in the UK, three years before the were officially put into service :)
and thats how i got to drive the train, we chatted he invited me up to the foot plate and i talked them into letting me have a go.
Dear lordie me, that sounds like fun.
Hell, I'd bring my own overalls to get to muck around with a train...
(Also, hi! The Ominious Blue Triangle has found you via Nefarious Machinations Of The Interwebs.*)
*Okay, okay, I asked someone. But shush - it's more fun to say it with dramatas and flair...
*waves* Hi thar! (Scott said that you'd asked :D )
And hey, if you wanna, come along to one of our steam days, we're running again soon. Will post when. :)
I adore steam, and have done so all my life. (One of the favourite books of my childhood was a book of steamtrains... I really need to brush up on my lingo...)
Logistics may be an issue, but sure, it'll be good to know. :)