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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:02 AM

Good morning. Temp 73°, humidity 93%, mostly cloudy, partly cloudy later. High 85°.


First order of business on the layout this morning was to get my rebuilt C420 (Lima, Stewart, Athearn, Life-Like) speed matched with my GP9's. That took about fifteen minutes. Longest part of the process is moving the loco from the program track to the main and vice versa and making the entries for the CV's. Got it done and it no longer tries to leave the GP9's in the dust. I have more 'KEEP OFF!' labels to cut out. These are somewhat larger than the ones I cut out yesterday and there's not as many. Those yesterday are 7/16" by 3/32". These are 9/16" by 2/16". That doesn't seem like much but it's a very visible size difference. Later I'll see if I can get a photo of the two side by side. I have no other plans for today.



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Posted by pascaff* on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:16 AM

   Morning All,

    Currently 48 with an expected high of 70 with a thunder shower or two.

    Opening shift today. One of my daughters is in a community theater play, she gets some type of college credit for it, so I am going to the show after work. Then both daughters and I will go out for something to eat after. Should be a long day. I have this weekend off so not a big deal getting home so late.

    Received my package from Walthers yesterday, so tomorrow I will do some track rearranging, and some benchwork rearranging. If the Switch Tender motors show up today, that would be great, but probably not until Monday.

    Prayers to all in need.

  Paul

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Posted by howmus on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:17 AM

Mornin' everyone!

Another fine day here in the Finger Lakes Region of NYS!  Currently 56°F outside with a high of 67°F predicted for later today.  It is also going to be partly much of the day.  Party what?  Who knows.  Right now it is partly sunny, but earlier it was partly cloudy....

Zoe, can I get a refill on the dark roast coffee please?  Thank you.

One of the members of the R&GV RR Museum found an old photo of our LV C-254 Caboose at the Fallen Flags site.  I hope to be working on board her this Sunday for opening day out at the Museum.

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/frt/el-C254bba.jpg

I have a long list of items that HAVE to get done today, so I can't hang around here much.  Have a great day!

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Posted by galaxy on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:32 AM

Hiss, snarl, hiss hiss @ lilacs!!!

I do fine wiht allergies until the {hisss snarl} Lilacs in the dooryard bloom! THEN I am in for trouble, and so is MOH who is already miserable  with the tree pollen.

listening to the Merrie Monarch KANE Hula dances {men's hula class}.Boy I tell you these guys can move in ways I am not sure I could when i was young and flexible. Of course they do it all thier lives. and practice makes perfect. Pele {the goddess of Hawaii and volcanoes} is/would be proud!

MOH still wnats to learn hula..haven't heard form the studio in Ithaca. WIll have to call.

WeLl I have ophone calls to make, errrands to run adn such after MOH leaves for work...

JOB Front- MOH got the letter of offer last night for a new job,,,the one MOH wated to begin with!!! SO HOO-RAY! BUT mOH still has to be fingerprint/background searched first hence one ohone call to make appointement for next week for MOH to do so. SO Prayers continue....Thank YOU!!

well, best get at it, MOH gets nasty if I don't spend avaialble tiem before MOH leaves for work {MOH misses me while there Isn't that lovely?}

Geeked

 

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:35 AM

Well why put off til later what can be done now. Below are samples of the labels I was talking about in my earlier post. On the right are two samples of those that I cut out yesterday and on the left are two samples of those I'm cutting out today. They don't seem to be so small until you compare to the Kadee coupler box cover on the left.



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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:35 AM

Good morning, all.

Graduation weekend is upon us.  Our daughter Annie gets her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of New England tomorrow.  We will be driving up this afternoon.  And yes, she has a job, although it's not a high-paying one.  We're a bit concerned about her living plans, as she expects to rent a place with her still-jobless boyfriend.  We've told her we're not going to pick up his rent.  But, she's an adult now and will have to make her own decisions.  She's done OK so far.

As it turns out, I missed the cutoff for this week's Walthers shipment to my LHS, so that stuff will have to wait.  I'll be away anyway, so another week won't matter.  I've learned a lot from this hobby, and patience is certainly part of that.

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Posted by Burlington Northern #24 on Friday, May 17, 2013 10:14 AM

Guten Morgen, it's payday and hopefully I get enough I can order my birthday present an N scale version of SP&S #750. they only have the hourglass version left, and only a couple of them too. then I have to get some MTL heavyweight cars and some Kato Smoothsides to repaint and decal with locomotive decals.

 

Can a fella get some C636's, C424's, and some C425's produced in N? 

Now modeling the North Bank road! SP&S all the Way!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, May 17, 2013 10:21 AM

Wow, Mr. B! ....... A big congratulations to your daughter Annie. I'm certain that accomplsihment was the result of years of very hard work.

Galaxy ..... Sounds lke good news for Mrs. Galxy. I doubt the background check stuff will be a problem.

Ray ..... You said the museum opens Sunday. Sounds like a fun kind of volunteer work.

Paul ... Enjoy the time with your dughters. A theatre play sounds good.

Jeff....... Sundown Shops and the Spray Can Rembrant are certainly busy, and I like the reults with the F-units in the photo.

Barry ..... Cleaning the lost cause? ... Perhaps I should not ask what that is.

Todd .... Yes, that is odd if you have nothing to say.

Jake ... Sound like your day is not starting well.

Bill T .... Thnaks for the coffee!

Gary .... I like the photo of the SP&S E7.

How about some new '48 Ford pickups?

 

GARRY

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Friday, May 17, 2013 10:50 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
Jeff....... Sundown Shops and the Spray Can Rembrant are certainly busy, and I like the reults with the F-units in the photo.

Thanks for the compliment. Busy isn't the word for it. The crew have done met themselves coming and going! That F unit is one of the Frankenstein trio.

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Posted by Burlington Northern #24 on Friday, May 17, 2013 12:26 PM

Thanks Garry!

yeah #750 was the only Big EMD locomotive to grace the SP&S roster, I think. 

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Posted by AmanaMedic on Friday, May 17, 2013 12:37 PM

Gooooood afternoon everybody,

I see somebody (JP maybe?) got the new Walthers fire department buildings. Turns out, the prototype for the station and shop is in Des Moines. *Useless trivial trivia tid-bit of the day*

THAT Editor update: THAT has been in Jamaica for the past week or so. Whoever subbed in the paper putting together dept. laid-out two of the best danged sports pages I've seen in my almost five years on-staff. Maybe she'll take a hint and continue what they started. I get to meet Sliced Bread next week, THAT Editor called-off facetime for today, said she thought she had a conflict. I resisted the urge to say I've often thought she was conflicted... I'm sure I'm in for a little butt chewing, I used a source she doesn't like, for petty political reasons. But, the piece I quoted him in, his opinion was as valid as anybody else in the County, AND he even advocated for an idea by a guy on the opposite side of the poly-tick spectrum from himself. THAT oughta count for something. But, we shall see what we see when we see it.

Thanks again to all who complimented me on the CNW geep! GARRY, I think, commented on the rough track in a photo, THAT was in the ex-Rock Island "North Yard" in Cedar cRapids. CNW put the bucks into the East-West mainline, didn't worry so much about a yard THAT was primarily a staging area for local industries. IF my plans actually w**k, I'll have to finger-out a way to replicate THAT wavy up and down trackage. Any ideers on how to do THAT and still have the trains stay on the track?

VINCENT: Yes sir, those BN geeps in the MP-15 picture belonged to the Iowa Northern. 

Have a great rest of the day and an even better weekend. Thoughts and prayers continue for all in need.

Chris (in Iowa)  

Here's a CNW grain train just east of Clarence, Iowa in the spring of '88. The Westbound main was still jointed rail, it wasn't until sometime in the early '90s THAT a massive Continuous Welded Rail project was completed. They did the Eastbound first due to the heavier traffic (coal trains). The Westbound had more empties. Two 4500-series GP-9s and a pair of 4600-series GP38-2s were the power on this one.

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Posted by Lehigh Valley 2089 on Friday, May 17, 2013 2:20 PM

Good afternoon.

Real tired right now. Hope to be feeling good soon.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad, the Route of the Black Diamond Express, John Wilkes and Maple Leaf.

-Jake, modeling the Barclay, Towanda & Susquehanna.

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Friday, May 17, 2013 2:23 PM

I dropped one of my F7 Frankenstein locos this morning. Busted the body into three pieces, knocked some drive parts out and broke a couple of solder joints! Put the drive back together and test ran it. Everything seems to work fine. The body however is beyond all hope. Looked on Ebay and found a used Athearn F7A body (UP) that'll make a suitable replacement after the Sundown shops have painted it into the L&A scheme. There goes $11 from the grocery fund. Oh well. It should be here Wednesday. I was going to put the Frankenstein F unit trio in service today but that'll have to wait unless I put on a Bachmann FT-A body.

I got the large 'KEEP OFF!' labels cut out and put into an old pill bottle. That's what I keep my small model railroad parts in. Old pill bottles. Seems like a good use for them.

In other news I spotted a brown recluse spider crawling across the top of my night stand. The TV users manual came in handy for once and the spider was no more than a greasy smear on the table top!

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Posted by Burlington Northern #24 on Friday, May 17, 2013 4:24 PM

Hey gang, well my check was terrible. so to counter that I'm selling my Kato Amtrak set and Bachmann led ATSF heavyweight set, they don't really fit in the era/area I'm modeling respectively. 

here's a funny picture courtesy of lolz trains

Can a fella get some C636's, C424's, and some C425's produced in N? 

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Posted by kbkchooch on Friday, May 17, 2013 5:25 PM

Hiya gang! Cowboy

Flo dear, just a cool drink,,,got any lemonade??

Been bizzy bizzy bizzy all week! But the chores are done, house is clean, and out of town family guests are arriving soon. Sunday son#4 graduates from college. He'll work all summer here, then in the fall it's 2 years of post graduate work in China! Oh and yes,,,Dad will be getting a Bachmann QJ shipped home! Big Smile

But tomorrow, I go to Pittsburg with 4 other friends for a run session on another layout! Wink  Hey,,,I gotta do what a train nuts gotta do!!Laugh

Hope everyone is doing fine, and I keep watchin my mailbox for a certain German ballot to fill out!Wink

L8ter y'all!

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Posted by saronaterry on Friday, May 17, 2013 5:54 PM

Good Friday evening, Diners!

60f and cloudy.

Wednesday was a great day! Daughter called, #1 grandson was accepted into a prestigeous(sp) gifted and talented St. Paul school for next year.Pretty cool! Then, FB'd with PFC Son. He is in Kyrgistan. His flights out of sandbox were delayed. He leaves Kyrgistan monday early am and will be CONUS at Ft. Bliss that afternoon. Said he'd call when boots on the ground, or soon as possible.

VERY happy Dad here!Big Smile

That's all for now. Thanks to all of you for your good thoughts and prayers. They DO work.

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Posted by saronaterry on Friday, May 17, 2013 5:56 PM

TOOOOPPPP!!! Have at it, everyone!Laugh

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Posted by galaxy on Friday, May 17, 2013 5:57 PM

Well

listening to Hawai'i Aloha {the official anthem of Hawai'i}

I got 3 packages in the mail today... 

1} 2 Hawaiian shirts two kinds, but yet matching, one for MOH and one for me,

2} some other items of clothing I ordered and can't mention

3} A Bachmann EZ Command for MOH's N scale stuff..going DCC now.MOH sees the benefits form my HO scale use of the B EZC so wants one too....someone was kind enough to pass one on...

4} and one big bill to pay...for stuff ordered..in installments of course...

laundered the new clothes after trial fits, both MOH's and mine fit, good thing. I had to order one size up as my regular size came and lo, and behold, too small! will pass those onto train nut friend...he will enjoy them. will re-order for me.decided I will only order the cotton shirts now as the rayons are much "prettier", but also fraught with problems..the cotton ones are lightweight cotton and well made and won't have the problems the rayons do{coming apart}

Made a bunch of appts for MOH for next week..should make one for myself..my right shoulder is KILLING me.And the mouse doesn't help.

 

so dinner was turkey thighs will freeze leftovers to make "bird salad" as MOh calls it, or "Bird soup". MOH doens't like much bird, but loves Beef, so I said we have had a LTO of beef lately {been getting it at very nice discounts} so had it a LOT. Have to have my favorite in there somewhere..

well, soon for bed early morning for MOh tomorrow so early to bed.

Special thoughts and prayers for them that need them...

Geeked

 

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Posted by Burlington Northern #24 on Friday, May 17, 2013 6:03 PM

YAY! That's good news Terry, How about a round of root beer floats on me? 

*hands debit card*

mmmmmmmm root beer floats! 

Can a fella get some C636's, C424's, and some C425's produced in N? 

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Posted by Burlington Northern #24 on Friday, May 17, 2013 8:08 PM

Nice shot Garry!

the BN would hold it's engines on the road longer than the FRA allowed but I don't think they got that bad. except with F & E units.

Can a fella get some C636's, C424's, and some C425's produced in N? 

Now modeling the North Bank road! SP&S all the Way!

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Posted by last mountain & eastern hogger on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:14 PM

Whistling

Hi Gang,

Chloe, when time permits would you draw me a double RBF, please and thanks.

We had a good trip from Home to Springfield (3 days, no pressure ) then went to Memphis for 3 days as we had not been there before. Took in all the Elvis stuff, Graceland etc. and several of their more famous BBQ joints, then back to Springfield as today was my Son's Convocation for his Masters in Psychology. Very impressive Ceremony and a great and funny Speaker.  Steak BBQ tonight with C on C and sweet potato fries.

Doesn't look like I'll get to visit with Cape Jim or Garry and that is sad to me, I was hoping to work that in but now we have a week booked in Branson for all four of us.

Terry, glad to hear that your Son is homeward bound from that sand pit. Hope you have a great reunion soon.

Garry, glad your holiday went well and you are back home safe and sound.

Jeff, I can sympathize with you as one of the last things I did before leaving home was to have placed something on the layout that shouldn't have been there and knock an A-B set of orange (WP) FT-7s to the concrete along with about four freight cars.  Lots of damage, sure hope it is all repairable. I really hate it when steps get broken off. I have not come up with a great way of replacing them to my satisfaction.

Well my Son is firing up the fire-pit, so I should go out there for a while, but will hit the hay soon as I have had to many late nights and early mornings this last week. This next week will be much more laid back.

Glad to hear Ulrich more upbeat and I hope he finds success in his new en devour.

There is some great work being done by you guys, by the way has anyone heard from Sue lately?  Sure hope she and Larry are well.

J.R.,  Hope that pile up wasn't on your door step. Sure some awful things happening lately.

Prayers and Blessings to all in need.

Keep smiling Gang it sure looks good on ya.      Smile, Wink & Grin Big Smile Wink

Johnboy out..............................for now.... and soon like a light

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Posted by Packer on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:24 PM

Evening guys

been busy working on things. I got my "freebie" module frame attached to some "freebie" 3/4" plywood. I say freebie because I found them both when going for walks. I sanded it down, now the fun part can begin. What do I put on it? It's an odd size, something like 42.5" by 29.75" (I had measured it, but forgot what it was) I was thinking of using what I have for track, having a double-track main parallel a stream and a road, with a branchline going off to the side and over the stream on the trestle I'm scratchbuilding. I kind of want to have the road between the stream and the tracks and have powerlines between the tracks and the road. Part of me is wondering if I could stick an N-scale layout on it.

I also finished my 20th thrall coal gondola. I wound up plucking the ladders off of one of my NP ones. As far as I can tell, NP never had a 50' thrall high-side gondola (normally used for coal) and the numbering MDC used was for woodchip hoppers (I've been saving a bunch of sawdust for loading it and my 3 BN ones and 1 GN one). So I have 21 Thrall 4000s (I got an athearn RTR one of the bay), 13 PS 4000s, and 16 3-bay hoppers (MDC). I'll eventually get some exactrail FMC 4000s for the mix to replace the MDC 3-bays (actual car, but I doubt they were used in unit train service like the PS/FMC/Thrall/etc. 4000s)

Garry, the only use of plywood I can recall by the BN was as grain doors in 40' boxcars on some branchlines; in the 80s. I suppose having a piece of plywood covering the bottom of the door opening was a lot cheaper then the metal ones.

Terry, like the shirt (fellow cheesehead) sucks your son's return to the states got delayed.3

Misterbeasley, Congrats to your daughter on graduating college. Although her situation with her BF sounds like the situations lots of girls my age get themselves into. I have a non-high-paying job, but have a degree. I just can't find anything as everyone wants 5-10 years experience.

Vincent

Wants: 1. high-quality, sound equipped, SD40-2s, C636s, C30-7s, and F-units in BN. As for ones that don't cost an arm and a leg, that's out of the question....

2. An end to the limited-production and other crap that makes models harder to get and more expensive.

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Posted by blownout cylinder on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:24 PM

Gerry:  'The Lost Cause' is our so-called 2 car garage. Filled with....stuff.Tongue Tied

Good Evening

We found a whole pile of dullness for our viewing pleasure here..no partly was involved...

Also, Lost Cause won round one...still more stuff than there was before...sigh....so, on to round two tomorrow.....sigh....

As well we will have our Saturday afternoon operating session..and see who shows up....

Have a good'un....

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Friday, May 17, 2013 9:45 PM

A couple of shots taken on the move while Ray Johnson 'rides the nose' of the lead GP40.





Time for me to call it a night. See y'all tomorrow.

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Posted by cudaken on Friday, May 17, 2013 11:04 PM

 Evening Folks

 Flo, Beer Pleases

 I hate my job, well That Covers Work Front Updates.

 Jim I have sent you a PM. Best way for anyone here to get in touch with me is by PM, I seldom check my E Mails.

 Vince's How much for the coal car?

 Train Front With the new lot of engines coming I need to figure out why my Digitrax DB 150 shuts down form thermal over load while only running 6 to 8 engines.

 See you all Saturday, I am OFF! Cool

  Ken

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Posted by galaxy on Saturday, May 18, 2013 3:20 AM

Morning coffee in the diner {grumble grumble}

GOOD SATURDAY MORNING!!!

Today is Saturday, May 18th, 2013!!!

I will light the prayer candles at 9 AM for those in need...

Make it a Great day!!

Geeked

 

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Posted by wetidlerjr on Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:42 AM

"Good Morning!" from Tipton IN

5/18/13

Mischief

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Saturday, May 18, 2013 6:18 AM

Good morning. It's 73° with 94% humidity. It'll be cloudy with a high of 88°.


Last night I spent about an hour putting 'KEEP OFF!' labels on the three Bachmann GP40's. The Atlas GP40 was done over a year ago. I had to redo a couple of the labels because the water in the glue made the ink run. Overall they look pretty good. They must be effective as Ray Johnson isn't on any of the units this morning. Being the son of the towns owner he gets away with a lot. He's also the foreman of the Sundown shops, so he figures if he wants to take a ride on one of the locos then he's taking a ride. Who's gonna be stupid enough to tell him he can't?. The owner of the locos. That's who.

Nothing going on today, that I know of that is. Who knows what other parties might have planned for my day? I figure it's a good day to watch TV and play with trains.



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Posted by ONR FAN on Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:06 AM

JimRCGMO

 

ONR Fan - Welcome to the Diner (but then again, maybe I was just out and MIA myself when you stopped by before), and have a beverage on me, please. Tell us/me a bit about your MRR layout/plans/ dreams (time era, scale, etc. - I take it you may be NOTB in Sunny Canada, eh? Cool If you haven't been peeking in the window earlier (it's not unusual for people to peek in the windows before stopping in to say howdy), Galaxy can fill you in about the place. (Oh, and thanks for reminding me that it's about time to see about updating my glasses...Geeked)

Blessings and prayers,

Jim in Cape G.

Hi Jim, thanks for the welcome.   My layout is based on the transition era and is a work in progress.  It is 16 by 28 and is still a plywood central, lol.   A couple friends, my son and I have been working on it for the last few months and it is really coming together quickly.   The benchwork is done, most of the trackwork is done and the wiring.   There is one section my buddy Dave isn't happy with so we are going to fix that up on Monday and then start doing some scenery.   It's Digitrax DCC controlled.   I do live in Canada, a small town named Millbrook in Ontario.  

Dave

 

 

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