June Coffee Pot 13 years old. Coffee and donuts for the Yank's, sweet ice tea and grits for the Rebs.

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Posted by V8Vega on Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:04 PM

Happy birthday Sir James.

We went from moderate temperatures to very hot overnight. Sure glad I have air conditioning now, it’s so nice. My old cooler never was really adequate in hot weather. Mon. 105 Tue. 106 Wed. 106.

I had a bad cold last April and a hernia developed the doctor says its from coughing and being old.

It really doesn't hurt anything, just looks bad, and of course no one sees it. Doctor says I could get it operated on and they put in a mesh to keep my insides where they belong.

The reason I am typing now is I just say a ad from a law firm on TV where they will take your case if you have had this operation and now have chronic pain and there was a list of other problems.

 

The idea of a operation always was frightening and after seeing that I guess that would really be a last resort.

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Posted by Banks on Monday, June 19, 2017 4:07 AM

Hello there,

not much activity here lately. That's what lead to my "  Where is everyone ". 

Chief. ..that looks like quite the addition. Skimming more off of Roseyville to pay for it?

Dozing off gonna post this before I lose it.

 

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Monday, June 19, 2017 7:40 AM

 

Good Morning from currently beautiful Southern Ohio,

 

I rained quite a bit yesterday and last night and it is to rain more later today but for right now it is nice outside.

 

We still do not have internet at the new house, hence I can’t start the Sunday Photo Fun or any other internet access.  Getting a little aggravated at this company or more specifically with the local work control. 

 

We moved the chicken coop and chickens to the new house over the weekend.  Gabriel was a big help.  So now all the critters, rabbits, chickens, dogs and kids are moved.  The Honey Do list is being worked between unloading boxes.  A new storm door to the kitchen was on the agenda yesterday after Masses.  We’ll just keep plugging at it.  I want to get the essential jobs done so I can start thinking about the new layout since I have a spare bedroom that is the train room.

 

Rich – I agree that parents should just stay out of the coaches and umpire’s and referee’s business in youth sports.  Sure there are some that are better than others but for the most part they are volunteers and are giving of their time.  Sometimes we tend to forget that it is just a game and odds are none of the kids will be making a living at the sport they play as kids.

 

Break over, time to get to work.

 

May God bless

 

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Monday, June 19, 2017 8:57 AM

Morning.  83 degrees and 79% humidity.  WOW.  T'storms foreccasted this afternoon and evening.  Busy day.  County Commisioners' and Mayors' Assoc.  Home late tonight.

Had great time at the Muslim service.  Learned more about the Muslim faith.  Had Christians, Jews and Muslims at the service.  Couldn't eat dinner until 8:30 EDT.  Official sunset.  This is the month of Ramadan.  Fast from sunup to sunset.

Banks, how do you think I pay for everything. SurpriseWink

Hope all OK.

Later. 

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Posted by lion88roar on Monday, June 19, 2017 1:01 PM

Afternoon fellas

It has been a while since I posted. Been very busy, and only getting worse.

Last month my parents came for a visit and my mother brought me quite the surprise. Back in 1947 my grandfather purchased an American Flyer trainset to celebrate my Mom's 1st Christmas. It is in exceptional condition (at least it was 15+ years ago), still need to unwrap it, take some pictures, and then I would like to have it serviced. Not sure where to take it as the LTS recently changed hands and I'm not familiar with the new owner or the fellas that work there... we'll see.

Got news on Friday that TheQ may have to go to Biberach, Germany in August to do a training. If she goes it will be very hard for me to not go, just not sure what to do with the kids because I just can't see them enjoying it at their age... we'll see. TheQ wants to go to Zurich, Switzerland since it is only 2.5 hours away... me I want to go to Garmisch, Berchtesgarden, Salzburg and spend a day in Munich. Just not sure we will have enough time to do it all.

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Monday, June 19, 2017 2:51 PM

 

Brent,

 

Welcome to the world of two rail!  The Post war AF are not that hard to service yourself.  As always there will be lots of help here on the forum to help.  Get the number of the engine as that will help.  If it is a smoker don’t run it till you soak the smoke wick with smoke fluid.  The drive wheels don’t roll by hand.  You can rotate the armature.  More than likely the reverse unit will stick and if not worn a cleaning and adjusting of the fingers usually do the trick.  The train has a wonderful history.

 

Jim

 

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Posted by SPMan on Monday, June 19, 2017 3:28 PM

Good afternoon all, the story here is hot weather.  Triple digits or near it for the rest of the week.  Brush fires in some places but not near us. Father's day was good and my kids took me out two days in a row.  First place was a local place called the North Woods Inn for steak.  Place has fake snow on the roof and is built like a log house.  Sunday we went out for Chinese food in a Chinese community and shared the meal with my DIL's family.  Had everything including lobster.  Stayed up late last night so I got up late today.  It's already afternoon and I just finished breakfast a while ago.  Neighbor brought me some home cooked Mexican food last night and saved me from cooking.  It was good.  Getting ready to face the day now.  Talk later,

Ray

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Posted by KRM on Monday, June 19, 2017 7:52 PM

Sturgeon-Phish

Welcome to the world of two rail! 

Jim

Jim My 1936 AF is three rail, when did they go to the 2 rail S gauge system?

This morning I went out back to cut up a tree that fell on one of the trails the other day when we had 75 MPH winds and swallowed a f@$#!&g bug that decided to look in my mouth UGH!. Puked twice and still feel like it is in there. Dead Been all day. Black Eye

 

 

 

 

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Posted by 8ntruck on Monday, June 19, 2017 9:43 PM

Busy lately.

I don't remember who mentioned they had sailed a Gurmman canoe with a sail rig.  I agree, I got the impression that when I finally get it right, it will be a lively thing to sail.

By the way, has anybody seen any of the America's Cup races?  Amazing things - sail powered catamarans tunning on hydrafoils.  They run with both hulls out of the water.  The announcer mentioned that they were running a little over 30 knots in a 13 knot breeze!

Worked on the G scale elevated loop in the freight house.  Have the track places and hooked up some temporary power to make a test run.  My package from Digi-Key got here today, so I can get the proper wiring installed this week.  Still need to make the loop about 2 1/2" longer over the length of the room - the ties are hanging off of the shelf on the sections of the loop across the width of the room.

We've got a kid's program coming up at the museum this weekend.  In preperation for that, we got the tables for the Thomas the Train layout painted 'grass green'.  We will have the elevated layout running, the Thomas layout, and a layout running some postwar equipment.  I'll try to work the 164 log shed I just picked up into the set up.

Someone else mentioned an interfaith service they had attended.  One of the more memorable experiences we've had was having a Passover dinner with a Jewish family.

Ome of the items I ordered from Digi-Key was some bridge rectifiers.  I didn't read the spec sheet very well.  Turns out they are surface mount items that are about 1/8" by 1/8".  No way I'll be able to work with them for what I want to do.  Back to the catalog to find something bigger.

About all for now.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Monday, June 19, 2017 9:50 PM

Good evening all,

Good weather, but had some rain.  Visit with financial adviser went well.  Dental check showed no cavities and better insurance coverage.  Got oil changed on Encore.  Spent rest of day getting paperwork squared away again.  Back to work on Tuesday.  Found out I did fairly well in the 5K.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:12 AM

 

Good Morning from beautiful 72°F Southern Ohio,

 

Suppose to be in the high 80’s today.  The morning has been beautiful.  Last night I finished putting in the clothes line for my bride, finished the storm door installation and replaced a toilet flapper valve.  We saw two bucks and two does while I was mixing the concrete setting the clothes line post.

 

My supervisor just “asked” me to return to the 12 hour shift from the 10 hour shift I asked to work while moving.  Bleh.  By the time I get home at 7:30 pm it is hard to do much in the evenings.Zzz

 

My bride is going to light up the Spectrum internet provider today.  Of all the transition to do’s this has been the most frustrating.

What is with the page numbering?  It seems the last page gets lost?Bang Head

 

Kev - I cannot remember off the top of my head but I believe the total transition for American Flyer from three rail to two rail was right after WWII.  Prior to WWII they were three rail like Marx and Lionel.  For a short period of time both were offered.  Some of the early two rail still had the brass buttons in the center of the frames.  (Greg) North West Flyer is more knowledgeable and hopefully will chime in.

 

Got to go

 

May God bless

 

Jim

 

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Posted by rtraincollector on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:25 AM

Sturgeon-Phish

What is with the page numbering?  It seems the last page gets lost?Bang Head

May God bless

 

Jim 

Jim that is just a small part of we have been complaining about this latest forum up-grade. 

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Posted by lion88roar on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:46 AM

Sturgeon-Phish

 

Brent,

 

Welcome to the world of two rail!  The Post war AF are not that hard to service yourself.  As always there will be lots of help here on the forum to help.  Get the number of the engine as that will help.  If it is a smoker don’t run it till you soak the smoke wick with smoke fluid.  The drive wheels don’t roll by hand.  You can rotate the armature.  More than likely the reverse unit will stick and if not worn a cleaning and adjusting of the fingers usually do the trick.  The train has a wonderful history.

Jim



That's part of the problem. This is one of very few items I have that connect me back to my grand father, therefore I do not want to do anything to it that could render it useless. I will try to get to it this weekend, probably unwrap everything, setup a small loop and power it up. See how it runs and maybe go from there.

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 3:22 PM

Good afternoon,

80 with rain this afternoon, Glad I cut the grass yesterday.

Just spent 3 hours setting up on-line accounts for the medicare gap crap. BCBS, Plan F,  Metlife, Dental, &  Humana, Drugs. More log-ins and passwords. Sick of it all. Bang Head

Time for a cold one. Beer Wink

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Posted by Banks on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:42 PM

Hello there,

checking in this evening from Indian River Inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park. Wierd looking sky a bit ago.

Looked like something from Star Trek.

Arrived here Sunday evening after a long day. Had to call AAA after stopping to eat. About an hour and a half after the call and a smack on the starter with a big hammer I hit the road looking for a new starter and some tools to change it. By the time we got to the campground the AC had died. While changing the starter I found a leak in the line to the rear AC. I'm going to fill it and head for home Saturday morning. I'll be looking for a permanent repair as soon as we get home.

88.....congrats on the Flyer set that will be something to cherish.

Phish.......glad the move went well. How many days a week while on the 12 hours?

Fife was thinking of you while crossing the bay bridge. Yatchet in the water yet?? How bout some new layout photos or maybe a thread with progress? ?

Grandson's team moved to the 3rd round of playoffs this evening 11to5.

Bugs are eating us. Goin to the camper and bed soon.

 

Prayers for those in need

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Posted by V8Vega on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:57 PM

Hot over 100, it’s 120 in Las Vegas and Phoenix I hear.

My Border Collie Cooper age 11 ½ started favoring his left leg about a month ago. At first it was only once in awhile and got worse till today I took him to the Vet.

The vet checked him all out and eliminated different things that might be wrong and gave him  xrays and blood test and couldn't really find anything wrong.

So that’s good news a friend earlier in the morning said it could be a bad back and there isn’t much you can do and I might have to put him down. That really had me worried so I am grateful that he hopefully will be OK.

 

I got a prescription for pain pills and he is not to do strenuous exercise.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:04 PM

Good evening all,

Busy day at work, but all caught up.  Nice walk at noon.  Picking up granddaughter after her ballet class went well and will improve.  Watched Izombie tonight.  Another excellent episode.   I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by dbaker48 on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:42 PM

Good Evening all,

Dennis, Hope the situation with your dog improves quickly!

Banks, Sounds like you had a rough week-end, hope it gets better soon.

We went on a short vacation the past couple of weeks.  We went up to Durango and rode the Durango Silverton RR, then down to New Mexico and rode the Cumbres & Toltec RR.  What fantastic scenery! Not to mention the fantastic equipment.

Got home just before the heat, as close as we are to the beach our temps have only been in the upper 80's.  Going to get the pool cover off and stay cool.

Take care guys and stay healthy.

 

 

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Posted by fifedog on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:02 AM

Mornin' boys.  Cloudy and 72 along the Patterson Creek cut-off.  Plumber just left.  Had a couple leaks around the circulator, and Fifey don't mess with pvc.  Gonna pay folks a visit after while.  Did finish another section of benchwork yesterday.  Still have an eleven foot stretch with return loop to go.  Didn't realize AF used a 36 inch curvature...

Banks - Yatchett still up on the stands.  Gotta put some pics on spf eventually.  Still kinda working track plan out, but won't even come near to being as complex as the past layout.  Remember, this layout is being built to suit my collection of Lionel Generals, so my level is always nearby.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:19 AM

Hey, yo, Happy Wednesday....

Just hanging in there, tired, this 2 job thing is killer...

88 - nice on the Flyer, I have a UP 832 that was left over from repair at the train store, spent $50 to get it back up.  I have not tried it since it's return, but I do have 1.....I MAY splurge for some track an cars at another time.  I need to get the train attic done first, I think.

Fife, I think my layout will be 1 dimentional, no hills or mountains, just the old foam mountains from my layout as a kid and the trains will run behind them.  More like around my area of Jersey hilly but not mountainous.  And no ELs!!

Gotta get back, check y'all later

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Posted by sir james I on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:36 AM

Sun and 70s. Very pleasant weather but they say rain tomorrow so I cut the grass this morning.

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Posted by jonadel on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 3:56 PM

dbaker48
We went on a short vacation the past couple of weeks.  We went up to Durango and rode the Durango Silverton RR, then down to New Mexico and rode the Cumbres & Toltec RR.  What fantastic scenery! Not to mention the fantastic equipment.

Don -- we did those two train trips about 8 years ago and enjoyed both of them immensely.  Do they still do the lunch stop in the middle of no where on the C-T?  As I recall the lunch was amazing plus they let anyone climb up into the cab during the lunch break.  The D-S is also awesome, a little more "touristy" but still worth the price of the ticket. I think south west Colorado is one of our favorite places to visit, in fact we will be out there again this fall and have plans to travel into Utah to Arches and Canyon Lands national parks.  We love road trips and our hope this fall is to catch the Aspens as they turn.

Jon

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:52 PM

Could not log in this AM?????

Hot and muggy is the word for today, Got to get a replacement QC fitting for the JD.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:03 PM

Good afternoon all,

Too tired to post last night.  We tied our match 3-3 last night.  Lucky to do that.  Will pick up granddaughter again tonight.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:13 PM

 

Evening all from overcast Southern Ohio,

 

Still unboxing and going up to the previous abode and packing up more.  I’ve not even started moving the train boxes.  That will be a few loads.  The internet guys were at the new house today so maybe we’ll get our internet working at home.  If not it will be Monday before I can check back in.

 

 The twins come home from church camp tomorrow.  I’ve missed them.  In addition to being great company, they are great help with the moving process.  Saturday the twins and their sister will be going on vacation with the other grandparents to the beach for a week. 

 

4-H meat chicks are coming in the mail Friday.  We’ll set up the warmer tub this evening.  The fancy rabbits should be kindling within the next few days.  We’ll see.  We never re-bred the New Zealands after loosing the litters to the cold.  Maybe when things settle down some we’ll beed them for meat, not for the fair.

 

Kev- I too could not sign in this morning.  Then this evening it opened and I was logged in.

 

Have a great evening and may God bless

 

Jim

 

 

 

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:41 PM

Good evening all,

Quiet day at work.  Warm weather for walk.  Did very little tonight.  Suppose to rain all day tomorrow.  I hope everyone has a good day. 

Keep on training,

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Posted by V8Vega on Friday, June 23, 2017 8:52 AM

There is a used car dealer near me unusual in thet he sold only Camaros. 5 to 20 years old and most he had painted and the looked good. Looks sell. He was here when I moved here 27 years ago and now it looks like he is out of buisness.

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Posted by dougdagrump on Friday, June 23, 2017 11:54 AM

Mornin' All.

Just a quick drive-by while I am still somewhat lucid. Doc gave me a new med earlier in the week and the side effects are rough. Can't walk around the house w/o running into walls or furniture not to mention falling asleep all the time. Needless to say driving is a big nono ! The BetterHalf is still back east working on getting her sister's and b-i-l's estates squared away, her b-i-l woould be in real deep doodoo w/o her help. Everyone out this way has been sworn to secrecy about the things I am dealing with, she has more than enough on her plate as it is and doesn't need anymore added to it. Besides it won't be much longer before she's home again.

Been close to a month since I have been to the museum. Seems like forever ago.

Feel a nap coming on.

Later all.

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Posted by sir james I on Friday, June 23, 2017 12:31 PM

Grump I hope your medical situation improves soon. Does the doc know about the side affects you are dealing with?

S.J.

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Posted by Banks on Friday, June 23, 2017 9:52 PM

Hello there. ..

.noTGIF this week. Heading home in the AM.

Glad we hadn't left the camper this AM when the flush valve on the toilet split and started spraying water. 1 1/2 hrs and a trip to the RV. Store fixed that.

Turns out that 3rd round is the championship round for grandsons baseball team.Bad weather moved the game to Sunday PM so Mrs and I will get to see it after the hill climb. Best get to sleep.

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