The tale of a beginner, or You Want me to What?
(Sound file from Doc's Mogul)
Hello, My name is Bobby. This is the story of my first (and so far only) chance to run
a Live Steam locomotive. I had been interested in trains for quite awhile so when one of
my friends happened to mention that he belonged to a club where they actually got to ride
the models nothing was going to keep me away. Since I don't drive Paul gave me a lift to
the track on one of the private run days. The folks there were quite friendly and took
pains (or perhaps I was one) to explain what everything on the engines did. There were
several engines running, both steam, diesel and electric and I rode them all.
We started with Doc walking along side after giving me a run down on the controls. I must admit that I was so excited that I did not notice at what point Doc had stopped walking and started jogging to keep up as I headed out on the main line. After cresting a hill and starting down the other side I heard Doc calling "Bobby, Stop the train, I'm 65 years old and can't keep this up for long." I thought I was in trouble, the man lets me run his engine and I almost give him a heart attack. I was all set to turn the controls over to him but he sat down in the first car and said lets go. Thinking I had been going too fast I took it slow, as we started the back straight away Doc told me to "open her up" so I gave the engine full throttle, soon we were flying at ninety, (well it felt like ninety, probably ten) with cinders hitting me in the face as the engine roared down the track.
As we came back to the station Doc let me solo again until we were back in the yard. With the sounds, smells and cinders still filling my senses I thanked Doc for letting me get a taste of running one of these engines. Now if I can just talk someone into letting me try something a bit larger (hint, hint)