T Minus 264 Hours

Good day Guys and Gals!

Yup, it’s just 264 Hours left until I am officially appointed as a Trainee Train Driver, or 11 days, lol! I’ve received my first email as a Driver, a Test Email from the Traffic Manager, hehe!

While we’re waiting for the time to pass, I thought I’d tell you how it all started – my passion for trains of course! 🙂 If you too share the passion, I would love to hear your story!

I always wanted to be a Train Driver, nothing and no one has ever been able to change my mind. I’m pretty sure I was born infected with the Railway Bug – not sure how, since no one in my family works on or for the Railways and none of them likes or loves Trains either. In fact, until the age of 13, I always thought I was the ONLY one in the world that loves trains.

It was probably due to the fact that, once annually, we could utilize my father’s Free Pass to take the train – my favourite, The Trans Karoo – to visit our extended family in Cape Town. I remember how in October I already packed my bags for December – naturally full of toys!

My Uncle bought me my first ‘Train Book’ in 1996, a model magazine, on the day we were returning to Jo’burg after one of our annual vacations to the Cape. Every month from then on I asked my father to get me a Railway Magazine – prototype or model – from CNA.

One day I took a copy of ‘Trains’ magazine to school and another boy and later mate of mine said that his father had the exact same magazine. I was dumbfounded that there WERE indeed others that liked trains like myself. From there on, I finally had a friend that could share my passion and not look at me like a freak – it was great! His Grandfather owned a Live Steam Miniature train and I would often go with them to meets in the park and even ran it a few times. This served to solidify my passion.

In my next blog post, I will cover how and where I got my Railway experience from a young age.

Keep well until next time!

P.S. – I would love to hear your story if you have one!

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