As you say Tac, but some of us are keeping record junkies so the recording is in part as much fun as the running. I just wish that I had had the anal record keeping that I have now, particularly when I look back at my 50’s amd 60’s Train Spotting books that are just a load of numbers with very few dates and locations recorded.I really can't be ars- bothered. All my steamers get looked at before, during and after a run, and to be honest, life is just too short to run a 'spread sheet' about a toy train. The only records I keep about the other main pastime that is meant to be fun, and not a chore, is my reloading data for my shooting. The very nature of the game demands that records be kept, especially after effectively losing access to four of the US-made propellant powder brands I used to use simply because the EU decided that they were somehow injurious to health. I had to change twelve loads in six different calibres to stuff that was available here in Europe, and that took a lot of paperwork and load development - AND funds.
For me as my live steam have rechargeable NiCads packs, my records of runs helps to see if they are likely to need a top up before a run. Tye sad thing is it also shiws how little I use my Live Steam some getting a run perhaps only once in 3 years, the best being 2-3 times at most.I’ve just come across this thread and I would like to add my two penny worth.
At the moment I have eight live steam locomotives that can be run on the CFR. I keep no running records for these locomotives, but I do keep records of boiler testing etc. Each locomotive gets a thorough examination whilst it is being prepared for steaming. After a running session the locomotives are examined again before they are put away. Any faults are rectified there and then.