Travelling by time machine?
I had Sunday off but was asked if I could drive a chartered vintage train. A non-profit society keep a couple of railcars and other rolling stock from the past. From the past by the way? They were in regular service until the early 90’s – I worked, in other words, on a very antique commuter railway. Why not spend a couple of hours doing that? It’s fun, so I accepted it instantly.
Because I took it out of the shed, it was not just a matter of doing “pantograph up and go”. It had to be pre-serviced too. This means that I do a functionality check to see that all important parts, like brakes, suspension, dead man’s device etc are ok and work as they should. I also check that lights are ok and that there are spare fuses etc aboard before we go.
The passengers came and, judging from what I heard through the door, they all had a good time and looked happy when they left the train. Getting this effect from a couple of hours voluntary work isn’t a bad thing.