It’s not, really. I just wanted to tell you about it.
There are things in life you never think you will get the chance to do – things that don’t even cross your MIND as something you could conceivably do. And so, when you find yourself in the cab of a JA 1275, the second largest steam locomotive ever to drive on NZ track, and the driver shuffles aside and says “your turn”, you don’t think, your mind goes blank. You simply slide into the seat, put both hands on the reverse lever (you need them), pull the whistle, and before you know it, several hundred tons of train is entirely under your command.
To say it is the coolest thing I’ve ever done belittles all the other amazing things I’ve been able to experience, but it stands out as one of life’s “moments of win”. I drove a steam locomotive.
If I can drive a steam locomotive, I can do anything.