I think there is only one rule. Do something every day and declare victory. Mind, you it doesn't have to be a whole project. You can declare victory after merely starting a project. You can decide washing the car or mowing the lawn or going to the dentist sufficient for victory on reflection at the end of the day.
So, that's the rule. There are also guidelines. One is to devalue delayed gratification and start to do more of those things you were delaying all these years. A lot of that is travelling - check my other blog posts to find out where and how!
But, for me, it also means getting more involved with the local model railroad scene and upping my railfanning game a bit. I have guidelines that fit underneath the "no more delayed gratification" guideline. They are:
The Steam Guideline states: "Always go see that mainline steam excursion." There may not be a next time."
The Local Guideline states: "Always bring your camera on errands near or crossing tracks. Always expect a train."
The Heritage Guideline state: "Involve your family. Honor your past. Past it on."
The Modeling Guideline states: "Build, operate, socialize."
How has that worked out? Pretty well. Here's the results for....
Mainline Steam guideline in full effect, here. The Big Boy. First run. To celebrate the 150th Golden Spike anniversary. A big engine and a big deal. I'm there.
|Warming up and scouting a day ahead at Granger WY|
|Westbound UP scoots under I-80|
|Eastbound, same location|
|The Big Boy deserves side views!|
The Big Boy had the afternoon and next day off. A good day to scout and railfan the area.
|Westbound out of Evanston|
|Heading down into Echo Canyon|
|Castle Rock area|
|Heading down the grade|
|I-80 squeezing into Echo Canyon with the UP|
|From the I-80 rest stop|
|Exiting Echo Canyon|
|Westbound at Morgan along I-84|
|Grinding up hill on the "new" alignment at Castle Rock|
Visiting the Big Boy in Evanston
Finally, underway toward Ogden on a rainy, cold cloudy day.
|At the bottom of Echo Canyon|
|Westbound out of Morgan|
|Got ahead of the train because it stopped in Echo and Morgan. Here, just west of Morgan.|
May 9th, the UP was having their Golden Spike celebration in Ogden. I took the FrontRunner commuter train into Ogden.
|A UP freight wandered by while I was waiting for my train.|
|Southbound FrontRunner. The single level cars are ex-NJ DOT purchased Comets originally operated by Erie-Lackawanna|
|Me and a few friends in Ogden|
|Ed Dickens at the throttle|
|The classic pose, only with oil can instead of champagne.|
|Just another day on the UP|
May 10th was sold out at Promontory Summit, so we went on the 11th. They performed a reenactment of the original Golden Spike ceremony.
|Leland Stanford displaying one of the four spikes|
After Utah and Wyoming, a trip to NJ and another day with dad at Ridley Park.
Going to Philadelphia for lunch. Hop on the Atlantic City Line at Atco, ride to 30th St. Eat lunch. Head back. Easy and fun and doable for dad.
|Amtrak ACS 64 on track one|
|Always magnificent 30th Street|
|Off to AC|