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Jeffrey's Trackside Diner, October 2017 - Any and All are Welcome, All Aboard!

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Posted by FRRYKid on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:09 AM

Early morning all! Flo (or whoever's handy), could I get my normal late night snack of Breaded mushrooms and blue cheese dressing? Thank you so much.

Hobby Front: Getting there on a few projects and looking forward to getting more parts later this week.

Finally got the SD40-2 handrails unglued from the shell. Someone was not very good at gluing. The handrails will see the stripper bath to get the old paint off and probably the shell will as well to the clean the glue and other gunk off. I finally got a drive and that should be here later this week.

Another vacation ordered project is done.

This is one of three Bachmann excursion cars that were ordered while I was on vacation. The only change I made from the original was to paint the roofs NP Dark Green from the black that was stock.

As for the later in the week things: the Walthers order is due Thursday (more parts for the 40-2, plows for my GP20s, and a few other things) and I should also get a couple of bottles of paint and another boxcar tommorow. Ironically one bottle of the paint will be needed for the boxcar. It is a Tyco car that I will need to body mount some couplers (Talgos) and change the door. The car number is an actual model but the door isn't right for the prototype. Seems like I finish one project and come up with two more.

Non-railroad: Working on a wedding gift for a cousin that is getting married which is somewhat delaying railroad projects.

Edit: I guess I have the top of the page. Foods on me.

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Posted by Sir Madog on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:11 AM

Good Morning!

This is going to be a wet day, but I don´t care, as there are no outdoor activities scheduled for the day! Trains are running again - after 4 days! Must have been a disaster for those using the trains to commute to work. Each trains holds a sufficient amount of people to fill 10 buses, but only 1 was commissioned to act as a substitute. From what I here, quite a lot of folks got stranded in Hamburg and had to stay overnight in old sleeping cars. Must have been fun for them!

Back to our tour throughout Switzerland! Today, we take an MGB train from Brig to Zermatt.

Again, the following video shows the trip the other way around - from Zermatt to Brig.

Upon arrival, we won´t waste any time looking around town, as Zermatt is way past the idyllic little Swiss village it used to be before mass tourism hit it in the 1960s and 1970s. We therefore will just take a short walk to the Gornergrat Railway station and take the train up to the Gornergrat ridge, which will render the best of all panoramic views in Switzerland!

Enjoy!

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:54 AM

Good morning diners

Ulrich do these big storms come out of the North Sea?

My cold is not as fast moving as I hoped. cough cough cough

I have 2 cousins who live in Napa, one runs the family winery.  For are foreign diners there are 14 wildfires burning in California. The later cousin is visiting NYC so he is safe but doesn't know if the winery is still standing.  In that part of the country wineries are one right next to another.  A couple of the wineries that have burned are just a few doors down.

 

 

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Posted by Sir Madog on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:20 AM

BigDaddy
Ulrich do these big storms come out of the North Sea?

The prevailing direction is southwesterly winds, but sometimes we get a stiff "norreaster" blowing about us, coming from the North Sea. Storm "Xavier" was one of those, and also the remains of your last hurricane...

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:56 AM

Good morning ..... 

Regarding PM's. I just noticed MLC replied on August 30 to my PM of August 23. 

Ray .... I did not receive your PM. 

Ulrich .. I'm falling behind watching the videos, but keep posting them. I'll catch up later. 

FRRY ... Interesting looking car. 

Henry .... The CA fires look terrible. I hope your cousins will be okay. 

Yestarday, we were busy all afternoon which included going to Murray, KY. Today will be busier because we will go to Nashville, TN. We will return late in evening. 

I did run some trains last evening. It was a very good sanity break. 

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Posted by howmus on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:36 AM

Mornin' everyone!

Zoe, I'll have a bowl of Organic Granola and a pot of Seneca Lake Blend Dark Raost Coffee to keep my R&GV RR Mug full for a while....

Hmmmm, Garry, I resent the PM and noticed that both of the ones I sent you don't list you as being part of the conversation?????  I started it by going to your profile and clicked on "start Conversation....."  I dunno?  How about you sending a PM to me and then I can reply?  Looks like something is not working right at the site.

The sun is trying to shine here in the Finger Lakes region of NYS this morning.  Maybe this afternoon I can mow some lawn after I get home from my sister's house.  I have just about roughed in the slides for the presentation, and went through the presentation as it now stands and it is too long, I think.  So I will finish oputting in some photos that I haven't added yet, and then start cutting stuff.

Best get showered, shaved, and get to w*rk!  Later....

73

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:07 PM

My scans are in and there are no surprises lurking in my head or neck.  The doc said "I think I will just leave you alone"

Haven't heard from one cousin, but  I'm sure if the worst happened I would know.  The winery has survived, maybe not some of the vineyards.

 

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:49 PM

 Hello, anyone?

 Flo, are you awake? Would you give me a Beer please and if any of the guys show give them one as well.

 Yes Flo my store was as dead as the dinner. Had my one and only customer come it at 5:50 PM and was out the door by 5:59 PM but she did buy a Queen Box spring for $140.00.

 Yep Flo I have been looking for partime work my self, sure not much out there is there? Guess I could try being a security guard pays $10.50 a hour! Just what I want to grow up to be, a rent a cop! Sigh

 Later Flo

 Ken

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:13 PM

Henry:

Good news from the doctor!

I hope your cousins come through the fire without too many losses.

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:27 PM

Well, I've stepped in it now! I got elected as the Vice President of the Barrie Allandale Railroad Modellers on Tuesday night, and my buddy Henk is now the President. We didn't care who had which position so we let the club choose. I had won the competition for the new layout plan so everyone agreed that Henk should have the top position. Suits me fine.

It would be more accurate to say that we were acclaimed since nobody ran against us, but it was still nice to see that everyone present voted in favour of us taking on the roles.

Henk and I outlined about 15 different things that we want to work on for the club. The most important one is getting a proper handle on our February show and sale. We have been in a situation where there wasn't any back-up plans for the important responsibilities. If somebody got sick we would be left scrambling to figure out what needed to be done.

The other things include better recruiting of new members, better record keeping and communication, improving our website...I won't bore you with all the details.

One thing our new President noted was that the atmosphere in the club has improved significantly since we got our new club house and started construction of the new layout. When we were in the old place the morale wasn't all that good.

So, wish me luck. Hopefully I can live up to peoples' expectations.

BTW, we got the frame for the second benchwork section assembled tonight! Whoopie!!Thumbs UpBig Smile

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Posted by Sir Madog on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:46 AM

Good Morning!

Another grey and wet day, but predictions for next week look promising. We have another election coming up on Sunday, this time being state elections.

We are leaving Zermatt on an early train to Brig again. We will change trains there and head to the Swiss capital of Berne via the old Loetschberg route. Following the opening of the new Loetschberg base tunnel, this route has been deprived of nearly all traffic with only a few local trains remaining. It is a beautiful route, offering many a spectacular view. If you chose a seat on the left side of the train, you may catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn as well as thze Mont Blanc, the highest European mountain! We will also pass over the famous Bietschtal viaduct, the Faller model of which having found a home on many a US-themed layout!

Today, we also have a bonus program, showing a 1913 film of the inaugurational train.

We will arrive in Berne in time for lunch and I recommend to have that in one of the cosy "tea rooms", which remind us of the first to discover the charme of Switzerland being the British.

Following lunch, we will take a nostalgic streetcar tour of Berne!

Enjoy!

hon30critter
I got elected as the Vice President of the Barrie Allandale Railroad Modellers on Tuesday night

Congratulation on the new "job", Dave!

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:37 AM

Sir Madog
Congratulation on the new "job", Dave! Add Quote to

Thank you Ulrich.

I'll have to get used to being asked a lot of questions. As soon as the formal business meeting ended I was approached by a couple of members who were asking for advice. One was to do with the resurection of our neglected website. I had approached this member about taking on the website and he stepped right up to the task. He is not an experienced website developer but he has a close friend who is. He was asking me for direction! Me who knows exactly nothing about website development! I said I'd review the existing website and do my best to make constructive suggestions.Tongue Tied

I can't remember what the other question was but the person asking seemed to be satisfied with my on the spot answer. I'll have to get better at making notes.

Like I said, I'm deep in it now! I just hope it doesn't go over my head!

Cheers everyone!!

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:50 AM
Gidday Chloe, the lemonades are on me!! Who’d have thought, an august personage such as a VP in the Diner!!!!BowBow
 
Actually Dave, I had a quick look at your Clubs website, and thought that things looked OK to me. Three younger looking members as well!!
 
This is, thankfully, just a flying visit, w#*k has been very busy, and I’ve been dropping in just before my bed time to quickly see what’s what, but Ulrich has hooked me twice with his paddle steamer videos!!!
 
The lines on those CGN paddle steamers are marvellous, beautiful looking craft, not that the Italian “Piemonte” was an ugly duckling either!
 
I guess it was because I have fond memories travelling on the “TSS Earnslaw” while she was still working as part of the New Zealand Railways, that I’m drawn to such things. Thanks, Ulrich, for posting those two videos in particular, they were well worth the time spent viewing them.
 
And while she looks far more utilitarian than the Swiss boats, and as I don’t wish to deviate from our Swiss visit, here’s a quick video of the “Earnslaw”.
 
 
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them.

Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:55 AM

Good morning .... 

Ray ...... I just tried a PM to you . Last year, Steven kindly helped me with the PM's so mine will work. 

Dave ..... It is good to hear the news about your club. Congrats on winning the election. 

Ulrich ... I'm still behind with the videos. I hope to catch up. 

Cheers 

 

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:56 AM

Mornin' from the dark and gloomy Finger Lakes Region.....

Zoe, I'll have a bowl of Non GMO, Organic, granola cereal this morning with skim milk and some blueberries, please.  Oh, a pot of Seneca Lake Blend Dark Raost Coffee would fit the bill too.  Thank you Ma'am!

OK...  Garry, I replied to your PM.  Hope it comes through.

Talked for a while with the gentleman who lives over across the street from me.  He is a modeler of Boats mostly.  He also had 4 cats in his house.  One of his cats all of a sudden couldn't move his back legs!  He started to go beserk when he found he couldn't walk...  Pulled himself across the floor and managed to open a cupboard door in the kitchen and crawled in there where he had a hiding place.  Came back out a few minutes later and found several other of his hiding places all the time puilling himself around with the front legs and dragging his back legs.  He was terrified that he couldn't walk evidently and was crying the whole time.  He got a friend from up the street to drive him to Rochester with the cat to a major emergency pet hospital (this happened on Monday).  Vet at the hospital identified the problem as a major blood clot that affected the ability of the cat to move its hind quarters.  The vet said it can be treated but most with the condition never regain the use of the legs...  It was also going to cost the guy $850 to treat and house the cat for one week...  He (with the approval and advise of the vet) decided to have the cat put down.  Pretty much the best thing, but I feel sad for the gent.  He rescued the cat as a stray several years ago and they think the cat was around 12 or so years old.  Not that old......  My kitties are 16.5 years old now.  I hope they both have several years left......

Got the presentation pretty much roughed in last night.  Went to bed near midnight though.  Will start to edit and rehearse the presentation today between several other items needing to be attended to.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:06 AM

Ray .... I received the message. .... and replied .... Whistling

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Posted by FRRYKid on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:50 AM

Morning All!

Hobby Front:  Just looking at my project pile and it is not getting any smaller. An SD45 (parts should be here tomorrow), a box car (New door being watched and will be purchased later. I will also need to get a new set of trucks for them as well.), and the SD40-2 (Shell needs to be hit with some more debonder as there are still globs of CA on it. Also need to find the handrail that I mislaid when I stripped the paint off. Should be in the area but I will need to look closer next week.), and the drop end gon. (Need to stain some skewers to have them represent part of a load that I am building. Hopefully Monday.)

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:07 AM

Congratulations Dave! 

Now that you're an officer, when trash needs to be emptied at the club you get to choose the can with the clean handles.

Good luck.

Robert 

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Posted by alexstan on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:17 AM

Checking in from down under. Hoping all are safe and well in California.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:54 PM

Dave, I had a quick look at your Clubs website, and thought that things looked OK to me.

There are several things that are missing or not up to date. One glaring example is that we don't have our February 2018 show and sale on the website. Bad.

We also don't have the members' section running. We want to post motions which have passed, and club rules/bylaws for the members to reference easily.

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Posted by cudaken on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:32 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, Ed, Gary, Inch, Galaxy (where has he been lately anyway) Jan, Brent, Mr President Jim and I will have a Beer please.

 Work Front, Owner Marv Heart Valve Replacment. Been told Marvin is doing well and is out of the ICU. Far from being out of the woods and have been told he will be down and out for 3 months.

 Looking for a second job front. Seen a few jobs I be intrested in but will be a reach for me in some ways. Like being "Up Beat, Interested In New Technology I still used XP Pro and have a flip phone! Laugh". But I am a good listner and have a good sales back ground so what the heck!

 Jim Hope you like being the President and Good Luck!

 Later, Ken

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:50 PM

ROBERT PETRICK
Now that you're an officer, when trash needs to be emptied at the club you get to choose the can with the clean handles.

Funny that. One of the weaknesses that the majority of our club members seem to suffer from is an unwillingness to deal with the simple little details that contribute to the well being and neatness of the clubhouse. For example, it took four weeks for the paint cans and equipment to be cleaned up after painting the walls. They literally sat in the middle of the floor for the whole time, and they only got cleaned up when I asked for some help to do it.Bang Head I guess I should have spoken up earlier.

Last week I sorted out the recycling bin and brought all the stuff home to put out with my garbage. The bin was overflowing but everyone seemed to have been waiting for someone else to do the job. Admittedly, again, I should have done it myself earlier. Next week I will deal with the real garbage can. That's going to cost me three bucks to put out a second bag at my curb. OH well! That's what I get for showing some initiative!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaugh

At some point in the future I will raise these issues at a business meeting and I'm sure several people will step up to the plate to help maintain the place.

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Posted by FRRYKid on Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:43 AM

Evening all! Flo (or whoever's handy), could I get my standard late night snack of breadded mushrooms and blue cheese dressing and some raspberry iced tea? Thank you so much.

Hobby Front:  Got the order from Walther's. Got all the pieces I ordered and I have them sorted out to where they need to go. The pallets need to be stained before they go out to the layout. (Got a bottle of Polly Scale acrylic wash in Pine that I have used in many applications.) The regular plows for the 20s will be green. The passenger plows, I think, go green. (I haven't looked at those units in so long, I can't remember if the sills are green or black.) I might wait to paint the plows as I still need to build a filler panel to inset into the hole in the sill as the shells had the talgo truck mounted couplers. (I haven't figured out how to fill the rear ends yet.) Also got the headlight for the SD45 and the styrene to repair the mounts for the SD40-2. As previously mentioned, lots of projects.

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Posted by Sir Madog on Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:50 AM

Good Morning!

The day starts with a smile, which means the sun´s out!

Today is a day off from our tour through Switzerland. Fell free to explore the beautiful city on your own! Public transport is excellent, so you won´t have a problem getting around!

Here are some impressions of what you will see!

Have a nice time!

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:34 AM

Dave surely the 80:20 rule is known in Canada?  20% of the people do 80% of the work.  It's not just work, it's complaining, paying taxes, drinking. 

Your club actually sounds like one I would readily join.

Rainy day yesterday today and tomorrow in the mid Atlantic coast.  The weathercasters are so geared into getting everyone worked up, they keep telling us about hurricane Oscar that is headed toward Africa.

Train front: I found a bag of unpainted people and a couple painted ones.  I need a seated woman or man, and have one of each, both painted and missing various limbs.  I don't know if my eyes are up to painting right now.

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:06 AM

Good morning ... 

Dave .... It sounds like some club members need to be reminded it is important for everybody to do their share of the work. 

Henry ... I agree the 80/20 rule appies to many situations. There are so many slackers who allow others to do things. 

FRRY ... It sounds like  a big box of stuff arrived from Walthers. 

Ulrich .... Thanks for the videos. 

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Posted by cudaken on Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:24 PM

 Eveing Flo

 Yep I will have a Beer and if anyone shows up I am buying.

 Deep in the dump's again. Weather here is Goomy, no sun showing and todays high was 58 deegres.

 Later, Ken

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Posted by cats think well of me on Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:44 PM

Hello fellow diners,

I'll take avacado toast, with eggs on top, and coffee with creamer on the side please.

I recently applied for a promotion in my organization. It's a 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday position where I'd be helping to manage a short-term, transitional housing program inside the organization I work for. I'm just waiting to see when I'll even get interviewed. I know I will, and see where things go from there. 

I've been taking a long break from model railroading. I've not completed a model in like 3-months. Nor painted anything. I ran a train for the first time since early summer tonight on my club's layout. A Reading T1 powered mixed freight train I've been building up since the winter. I'm keeping the collection in good shape and storing things in carrying cases to protect my pieces from damage, I.E dust, cats, and extremes in temperature. In my experience, I'll always return off and on to model railroading. 

My hopes and prayers to all who need them. 

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:30 AM

cats think well of me
I've been taking a long break from model railroading.

I've taken a break from my own modelling too, but I am really busy with the club, and enjoying it.

My biggest problem with my own modelling is that I have allowed my workbench to fill up to the point where there is no space left to work. That's just pure laziness on my part, but every time I sit down to clean up the mess I seem to lose steam. I think what I'm going to do is get a few big Rubbermaid tubs and put all the stuff in them that I know I won't be working on for a while. Maybe once there is some clear space in front of me the juices will start flowing again.

Cheers!!

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Posted by FRRYKid on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:42 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q

FRRY ... It sounds like  a big box of stuff arrived from Walthers. 

Not really. Just a lot of small detail parts. The biggest things in the box were the new model cradle and a package of 14" styrene strips. Most of rest were all small detail parts: Nine plows, one headlight, and one package of 60 pallets. (HO scale pallets aren't very big.) I also got a couple of tubes of model cement. (Given that I don't have an LHS, I decided to put the cement on as well.)

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