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Steam Train Driving Day.
Well what a fantastic time... The first pictures are as Gai's camera started to die, hence the quality of the pictures is not so
good so she had to end up using the SLR. Mum's photos have got a date of 2003 on them, and her memory card got full.. Now why
didn't we think of the camera in our phone ???. Probably because we are used to taking pictures with a camera !!
The day started with me being shown the grease points and then I had to get on with greasing these points. Meanwhile the little engine
was warming up. While doing this Scott was also explaining how things work. Gives you an appreciation for how hard the driver and
fireman have to work. It's not just like getting into a car and turning the key.
Once we were all ready to go it was then time for some shunting and learning to use the controls of the train. Whilst Gai was taking
pictures, mum was sitting on the chair being 'chatted up' by various workers there.
Off to the pub for a huge counter lunch and then back to the station. Let the journey commence. This would take us from Queenscliff to Drysdale
and back. A distance of 32KM. We had water stops along the way to top up the engine and also a stop at the Big Shed - where more engines and
rolling stock are being kept and restored.
Back at Queenscliff it was time to sort out the wagons and carriages for the next day and then time to put the engine to bed. It was a great
experience and one any steam train buff should do if they get the chance. PS - also time for a well earned beer.
A special thanks to all the team where I work for some great fun and wonderful memories.
When I retire I'll have to move near a railway like this so that I have something to do..Now that's a plan !.