Steam running record

Captain Flack

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I have 3 steam engines, two in boats and 1 in Roundhouse. Is it advisable to keep a record of steaming time, and if so how do you do it? On paper or computer?
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Paul M

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I don't personally, as theres lot of factors that can affect the steaming time. But I know that there are folks who do.
 

phils2um

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My thought is that it would be good for keeping track of routine maintenance if nothing else. (pun not intentional) It's easy enough to set up a simple spreadsheet.
 

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
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I have 2 records on the go, one is a standard sized 13x8 cm Record Card that records when the battery is charged with running time added as and when. Second is a running record of running days in a book, this records date visitors etc and running time for each loco which then gets transferred to the record card. With the space available I could record Boiler Testing dates as well. You can see that I do not do much live steam running these days, Xmas last year cancelled due to CV19 would have been the most recent unless we had some snow. Must do a self boiler test this spring and record that. I have similar cards for my Battery Powered locomotives.
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tac foley

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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.
 

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
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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.
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.