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Posted by Banks on Monday, February 25, 2019 9:51 PM

Hello there, to say it was windy here today is an understatement. Got this pic today asking if it was mine WhistlingWinkEmbarrassed

Flight

Not much else going on other than shopping for new bathroom stuff.

Phish.......never got peeps at Tractor supply. I usually get them from a hatchery

Sleep is calling.

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Posted by 8ntruck on Monday, February 25, 2019 9:53 PM

Weather here has been a roller coaster lately with snow, rain, ice and temperatures ranging from 60 degrees to 12 degrees.

Been busy with the robotics team lately.  The school system canceled several days of school during the last couple of months due to weather - enough days that put the robotics team in a time bind to get the robot built and de-bugged by the stop build date which was last Tuesday.  We got the copmetition robot together and sealed in its impound bag with 20 minutes to spare before the deadline.  Unfortunately, it still has some bugs and not all of the systems are working as smothly as we'd like.  We are working with the practice robot to work through the issues.  This means we will need to update the competition robot during practice time at our first competition next week.

 Buckeye - just remove those troublesome columns and replace them with skyhooks to hold the celing up from the other side.

Nothing newsworthy on the train front, though.

All for now.

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:20 AM

Buckeye - Woof, support columns.  I'm all about encorporating residential "neccessities" into layout designs.  On my last layout, remember I turned the sump-pump return pipe into a smoke stack for the power plant.  Thinking along those lines, (using clock positioning) why not turn the 6 column into a grain silo, creating an industry centered aroung it.  Even paint the top portion in a red/white check patern (ala Purina), and put small LEDs on it so low flying aircraft don't strike it.  The 12 column could become part of an ore dock (I love the W&LE), again providing another industry (perhaps taconite pellets).  I would also be tempted in making this a peninsula, foregoing the thin peninsula at 9.   As for the 6 yard, I would try moving it to the 3 position, giving myself another 5 feet of yard track, and put in some runaround tracks, instead of stub ending. 

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:40 AM

Kev - good catch.  Sorry 'bout that.....yes, anjdevil2 is correct Bang Head

Not much last night, took the Princess to Staples for a new computer for work, $630 later she's set for her Zoom interview.  Much going on in her career, very happy things are rolling right along for her.

Surveyed the layout for a bit last night just getting feel for what's next.  I'm pretty sure the Atlas O is going in place of the inner Fastrack loop.  A trip to Trains and Things next Saturday is on tap.

Not much else.  Check back later ... 

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Posted by V8Vega on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:28 AM

The Coast Starlight hit a tree south of Eugene Oregon and has been stuck for I think I heard 24 hours. They have heat and electricity. I have ridden that route and you are high in the Cascades, waist deep snow, deep forest, no sign of any roads or other civisalation for miles and miles, maybe 50 miles.

Coldest Febuary in 60 years here, I thought so.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:49 AM

Morning.  61 and sunny.  Babysitting Grandpets. 

Later.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:10 PM

Why does Fifedog have the only practical solution? Thumbs Up Bow BeerI was thinking of turning the post in the yard area into a BOW RR tower much like we see at North Platte,NE. 

FYI, In the past I put together a design for a homeowner where we pulled a jack post out of the basement such that he could have a room big enough for a pool table. We welded a piece of plate steel to the bottom flange of the WF support beam to increase the section modulus, Sx, of the beam. Remember σ = M/S  This increased the carrying capacity and kept the vertical deflection in check. On the floor above was a grand piano. There was never a crack in the drywall. 

When I was just a my kiddo junior engineer, I did something similiar for a Monsanto plant near St. Louis. 

Now, you see why I use L-girder construction on my layouts. It strong and does not waste a bunch of wood. The 1x2 flange increases the carrying capacity of the 1x6 by increasing the section modulus. 

The next time I teach a class in strength of materials, you are all invited to register. Next time on Fun with Flags we will discuss the l/r ratios. Laugh

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:19 PM

Fife is GENIOUS!!! Idea Yes

 

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 5:48 PM

Monolithic towers...Hmmm....

Queensgate Yard - Cincinnati OH

Kingsport TN - Clinchfield

"Corn City" - Deshler, OH (throw in the diamond for cool operation)

Gest St Tower - Cincinnati (neat pagoda look)

Why stick to a yard tower?  Why not turn a column into a blast furnace, like the one at Cleveland Flats?  By the time it's surrounded by all the support buildings, cranes, scaffolding, etc you may think it was the greatest obstacle ever.  Think of all the different freight cars that need to be switched in and out.

Could you not turn one of the columns into the Eifel Tower?DunceIdea

Kings Island Amusement Park.  By the time you've placed in rides and lights, the column could be all lit up for night affects.  Those grandkids would love that, I bet. 

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Posted by cheapclassics on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:15 PM

Good evening all,

Good idea, Fifedog!  Good day at work.  Good day for walk.  Watched an Indiana Railroad video on....something.  Not sure if it was Netflix or Amazon Prime.  Don't know, don't care.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by 8ntruck on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:38 PM

FYI, In the past I put together a design for a homeowner where we pulled a jack post out of the basement such that he could have a room big enough for a pool table. We welded a piece of plate steel to the bottom flange of the WF support beam to increase the section modulus, Sx, of the beam. Remember σ = M/S  This increased the carrying capacity and kept the vertical deflection in check. On the floor above was a grand piano. There was never a crack in the drywall. 

Buckeye - so you have removed a column and installed a sky hook sometime in the past to hold the celing up........

Progress on the Ky property we purchased last December.  Got the driveway culvert permit approved and the culvert ordered.  If we are really lucky, it might even get installed yet this week.

All for now.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:33 AM

Morning.  RAIN again. At least not snowing.

Got a Human Services employee retirement.  Longtime DR. so will attend.

Hate to say, Buckeye is right on beams and taking out posts.  We removed a whole load bearing wall where the windows and outer dining room wall was.  Now a walk thru to den.  No sturcture damage.   I have done expansions with beams and sandwiched plywood between two boards and made it stronger.  I do think Fifey's suggestion is better than mine [using a chainsawSurprise].  

Have a good one.

 

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Posted by V8Vega on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:21 AM

This is the 1st Febuary ever that it never reached 70 in downtown LA.

The Coast Starlight that was stuck in the Cascades was there 36 hours. They towed it back and the 183 passengers got a refund and have to find another way to get to LA.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:40 AM

V8Vega

This is the 1st Febuary ever that it never reached 70 in downtown LA.

The Coast Starlight that was stuck in the Cascades was there 36 hours. They towed it back and the 183 passengers got a refund and have to find another way to get to LA.

 
What a black eye for Amtrak! Nothing positive here when it comes to customer service and dependable transportation. 

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Posted by cheapclassics on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:19 PM

Good evening all,

Long day that was much busier than anticipated but ended well.  Weather was ok for walk.  Rested at home.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Banks on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:44 PM

Hello there,

quick check before I crash.

near 40 with sun and a breeze today, snohio is slowly melting. Did some house stuff this AM. Spent a couple of hours this Pm replacing the bathroom faucet. It did not go well.

Night all.

 

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Posted by MartyE on Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:11 AM

Haven't stopped in for a few days. Really just getting through some final details on the latest 53' white box build.  Truck leaves next Tuesday with some of the latest technolgy in the business.

I'm ready for York and a weekend of trains.  Put my Lionel pre-order in.  I had to order the scale Polar Express passenger cars.  They go fast and are hard to find.  Also ordered a couple of engines that I not planned on ordering but put my money where my mouth was about the J and whistle smoke.

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Posted by DJSpanky on Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:19 AM

Mornin' all!

Bit of light snow overnight, barely a quarter inch, just enough to make things messy. Should melt off by midday.

About to kick Corey out the door to catch the bus. Worked out last night, lower body, feeling it already. That's what happens when you get off your workout schedule.

Have a good one!

Spank


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Posted by ChiefEagles on Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:28 AM

Morning.  Home from Human Services Board.  Makes a long day with that early morning meeting.

64 and sunny.

Solution for Amtrak and VA, fire all the heads and start over.  

Later.

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:45 PM

Good afternoon,
Cold again today 28 degrees on the North Bluff above Marseilles but at least no snow! Should be in the 40s this time of year. Bang Head
I swore I was not going to do it again,,,,,,,,,,,but I went ahead and pre-ordered the new Lionel  ET44AC LionChief Plus 2.0 in CSX colors from Charles Ro today for delivery next December (maybe) along with a universal remote. I am still waiting on the BNSF Tier 4 set I ordered February 2nd of last year to show up. Only good thing is you don’t pay till it ships so I got plenty of time to save up for it. And the early pre-order saved $65.00 or so.  Huh?
Picked up most of the tree debris that fell into the yard from the strong winds the other day and had a small bonfire yesterday afternoon. We took a ride in the woods and found two more down trees on the trails that will need to be processed. Will add that to the to-do list.
Best get.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:33 PM

Evening folks!

Been very busy last few days. Holy hoo-ha - it did not get out of the mid 30's today, and way below normal cold for beginning of next week.

Fife - as always, great suggestions - much better than filling the basement with helium and removing the posts.

Still trying to get new eyeglasses. The lens grinders have lost the ability to make anything other than simple reading glasses for Walmart. On the 5th try to get my bifocals right. Picked them up this afternoon for a test run as they put a chip in the right lens fitting them into the new frames. As the chip is not bad we decided I would try them out before reordering. So far so good, maybe we finally got it this time!

Watching a building show where they are steaming some wood to bend it. I tried that years ago using a pvc pipe and a camp stove to generate some steam. Nothing doing. In frustration I threw the wood into the pool. Twenty minutes later bent it no problem. Had to sand it a bit after it dried due to raised grain. Think I would have had to do that even if the steamer had worked.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:09 PM

Good evening all,

Semi-quiet day at work.  Went to see Alita tonight.  Lots of action.  Already setting up for sequel.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Banks on Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:43 PM

Hello there,

30s and breezy again today. 1 to 3 expected overnight . 

Counted 14 deer on the hill just before dark, probably a couple more in the fence row. Unusual to see that many. Usually 3 or 4.

Nephew finally brought his code reader and checked my Tahoe. Original anti theft module is definitely bad. The junk yard one although for the same year isn't compatible with the ECM program. (Wouldn't it be nice to have a set of points and a carburetor) He suggested instead of buying a $150 anti theft module we have the ECM reprogrammed to not need it for $200. That avoids all the issues that  could have fried the anti theft. It's on the way.

Best get to sleep.

 

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:49 PM

 

Good evening from a wet 33°F Southern Ohio,

 

This is the last night shift for this month.  Two months of dayshift before another set of nights.

 

On the way to work there was a large derailment just north of Lucasville and it had all four lanes of the highway blocked for a couple of hours.  No chemical tank cars involved but 10 grain cars derailed.  I heard of the blocked road and detoured around the area to get to work.

 

Depending on the temperatures we may get rain, sleet, snow or any combination.  We’ll see what the night brings.

 

I was toying with what transformer to use on the layout.  I was thinking about a 30B with the cool deadman handles and voltmeters, but I pulled out a 22090 I have and have not used.  I like it.  350 watts, two controllers that work the same direction, and I came to find out that when you take the speed controller to stop, there is still ~ 4 volts that keeps the reverse unit from acting.  If you want to reverse there is a directional switch which takes to track voltage to zero and allows the reverse unit to cycle.  This would operate the two loops and all the accessories with no problem. 

 

Question; Some of the white lettering on the transformer has worn off.  I was thinking of using a white paint pen to restore the white lettering.  Do any of you have an idea?  Maybe a rub on

 

Still cleaning up the AF track and if the weather is crappy this weekend I should get some of the AF track down.  The 3 rail is working without error with the Marx units.

 

Kev - I had Gabriel clean up branches last weekend and now it cannot tell it.  There were a lot of branches in the yard and a few trees up in the hills came down but do not need to be cut up at this time.

 

Banks - Seems like every plumbing job involves at least three trips to the hardware store.

 

Well need to check on some testing the guys are working on.

 

May God bless you and your families

 

Jim

 

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