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Steam trains yesterday was good fun, well... mostly....

Its the first time i've done it since the whole bronchitis/hospital/now-asthmatic thing... and I *really* wasn't with it at 6am... I managed to forget my overalls and (more importantly/stupidly) my inhaler.... they were still sat on my bed waiting to be picked up when I got back home at the end of the day.. doh!

So, spare overalls were relatively easily located, so that wasn't so much of an issue... 'cept them being bib'n'brace, rather than a boiler suit... i'm not used to wearing a b'n'b... i has a set, oh, 17 years go when i first started going to the railway, but they always annoyed the hell out of me... the braces having a bad habbit of falling of my shoulders and/or strangling me by getting hooked on things.... but apart from getting hooked around the handbrake a few times, the borrowed pair behaved reasonably well!

But the inhaler was less good... although I did manage most of the day before it was an issue, I didn't fire the last two trips cos i just didn't have the breathing for it... i think its probably just the smoke that knacked me up... its supposed to be very sulphurous coal... so the smoke could potentially be quite yucky...

All in all though, it was a good day... although slightly surreal running Easter Bunny trains in the snow...

And even though I'm no where near being even remotely fit, I managed the day (apart from those two not-breathing-well trips, and even then, the 2nd one, I did the couplings, groundframe, etc) and I did a reasonable amount of the disposal too... although all the fine ash that gets kicked up when you're raking through the firebox started to play havoc with my breathing again, just as it was starting to feel reasonably ok again...

The not-used-to-physical-ness is in many ways more apparent today than yesterday... my shoulders ache and my hands and fingers ache, and they get proper-owwie if I grip things... typing this isn't exactly a painless process..... but it does seem that I do still have a reasonable level of physical capability, even if I pay for it afterwards more than I might...

Not sure when I'll be on an engine again... I want to try and get to do it more frequently... apart from anything, I'd like to move up from Passed Cleaner to Passed Fireman, and the only way I'll do that is by more frequent turns... but the whole applying-for-jobs-over-200-miles-from-here thing makes it a bit awkward... I have to know that not only do i have no plans for a certain date, but that my dad also has no plans, so that I know I have someone who can cover my turn if i do get a job and can't get up here...