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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, August 16, 2019 6:10 PM

We can fix this Lion.  I have an awesome set of tools and I want to see that box car door straight againSmile

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, August 16, 2019 7:20 PM

Heartland Division CB&Q
Kevin .... Good of you to take time from your full schedule to visit the Diner.

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This is aggravating me. I hate not being the principle in charge of a project. It seems like I spent 4-5 hours each day yesterday and today waiting for other people to make the obvious decisions.

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This has given me ample time to visit the diner.

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More of the same tomorrow.

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Thank goodness next week I will be presenting in the training room.

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-Kevin

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Posted by GMTRacing on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:53 PM

Good Evening All,

    Thanks for the coffee and donuts Steve. Much appreciated especially the virtual ones. Fewer calories. 

    Left w..k early and took a nap this afternoon. I feel much better now. Spent time on the layout tonight painting foam on the risers and finishing ditches. Getting a little done each evening is better than trying to blitz stuff. 

    Kevin - i feel your fustration. One of the things that really turned me off with modern pro racing is the sheer amount of time wasted waiting for the engineering staff to make a decision and put out a job list so the mechs can get to it. I was brought up in different times when we (the mechanics) actually had input as to what was needed. Watching the team stand around until 10 or 11 at night and then be given a 4 hour job list just wound me right up. The engineers then would head off to the hotel while the crew worked. Of course said crew was back on the job at 7am the next morning no matter how late they worked the night before. I also firmly believe this is how many mistakes happen as people get fatigued.

   With the modern prototypes we run now, we frequently employ an engineer but have been careful to get one that is a team player. Ok. Rant overSoapBox. Anyway better luck next week Kevin.

   Another long day coming tomorrow so we'll see you then.   Ciao, J.R.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, August 16, 2019 10:06 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
Heartland Division CB&Q
Kevin .... Good of you to take time from your full schedule to visit the Diner.

 

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This is aggravating me. I hate not being the principle in charge of a project. It seems like I spent 4-5 hours each day yesterday and today waiting for other people to make the obvious decisions.

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This has given me ample time to visit the diner.

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More of the same tomorrow.

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Thank goodness next week I will be presenting in the training room.

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-Kevin

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Kevin .... As once expleined to me. .... "It takes an unusaul mind to make a detailed analysis of the obvious." 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Saturday, August 17, 2019 1:02 AM

Good Morning!

Weekend! Normally, folks love weekends - time to relax, time for the family and time to take care of the house and the yard! Well, I don´t like weekends, but for a different reason. Weekends are the noisiest time in the place where I live. Kids visiting their fathers, little feet stomping up and down the stairs all the time, yelling, screaming all day long. No respect for the elderly, no consideration for their need of peace and quiet! Yes, I am turning into a grumpy old man! Time to get out here, but I am afraid there will be a further delay. I don´t thing we will be out here much before Summer 2020.

Kevin - I am with you on not being in control of things and having to wait for some nitwit to decide. I have waisted half of my life in waiting for people who must have had mechanical brains not well-lubed!

Railway jobs in Britain - here is a late 1950s educational film by British Transport Films aimed at recruiting young people for British Rail.

Later in the day, we shall be paying a visit to the"other" toy train in the south of England!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:25 AM

Back again!

The Saturday chores are done - dusting the furniture, vacuuming the floors, feeding the washing machine and, finally, the weekend grocery run!

Time to relax! What better way there is to relax with a couple of train videos? Join me in a tour to the "other" toy train, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Rlwy.

First, a little bit of background, told in a late 1970s video.

Part Two shows some interesting footage of war time deployment and well-known celebrities paying a visit to the line.

Last, but not least, a few recent shots taken during the May Gala Event.

Enjoy!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

"You´re never too old for a happy childhood!"

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:32 AM

cudaken

   Hueaven is a better places now. Sparkie has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

May we have a special place on the RIP track for Sparkie?

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:40 AM

Good morning.  Bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, and black coffee.  Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Forget dessert.  Just more coffee.

Won't get much accomplished today.  Have to drive to the city (1½ hours away) to babysit for the youngest two grandchildren.

I imagine it will include riding tricycles, getting Happy Meals at McDonalds, watching a Disney princess movie, reading 4,200 books at bedtime, and falling asleep on the couch.  It's great!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:46 AM

Good morning .... 

Ulrich ... You talked about doing house cleaning. Reading that made me realize you must be feeling good again. Your recent hart surgery must have been successful. If so, I am very happy for you. ..... Thanks for the videos. 

Mr. B ..... Yeah. Ken talk about his beloved Sparkie enough so Sparkie was like a mascot here in the Diner. 

John / York 1 ..... Enjoy your visit with grandkids. 

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Posted by cudaken on Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:16 PM

 Afternoon Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please.

 Had a fair sizes post yesterday that disappeared today?

 We are still grieving over Sparkie. Wife is lossing it, when it was 3:30 PM today she lost it. Crying 3:30 PM was feeding time for Sparkie. I am holding up better today except for when Sue losing it.

 Far as Sparkie on the RIP listing? I would not mind but is it really appropriate?

 Mulch Tip At Lowes if there is a bag of mulch that has a rip in it ask them to bag it in a Recovery Bag. Besides putting in the bag you get it for half price. Same trick works for damaged foam that I used on the layout.

 Time to play in the mulch.

 Later none smoking Ken

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, August 17, 2019 5:03 PM

Afternoon all, it's another perfect day out West. 

The kid and I are going into Vancouver to the WhiteCaps game (soccer) I think we are playing Washington DC today. We have front row, dead centre field tickets so it should be great though our team is terrible this year. This is only the second game we have made this year as there has been so much going on.

BigDaddy
Tongue reduction.  Never heard of that, sounds like something out of Treasure Island. 

Ya, it is a pretty rare occurrence. There were only two surgeons in Vancouver that had done them and both were in the O/R with him. We were worried about his speach being affected but there was no change whatsoever. He is delighted with the results. You never could tell he had this huge tongue unless he stuck it out. 1% of people are born with remnants of fish gills, that is more common than tails and tongues, makes for interesting reading on genetics. It is amazing how many things from humans distant relatives crop up from time to time. I learned a lot going through the process. Researchers took DNA samples from my wife and I when he was a baby, never did hear what came from that. Something about recessive genes that was above my high school pay grade.Laugh

Saw a thing online about flat Earthers so tuned in to watch. The one guy was saying the Earth was flat but Mars was round. When the interviewer ask how he knew that Mars was round the guy said "because they have pictures of it and it is round!" No wonder the world is in the mess it is.Laugh

TF I hope you get to fix the boxcar. I have been watching a series called "PLANESAVERS" on You-Tube, it is quite popular. I think you could start a "TRAINSAVERS" show, that would be cool.

Went out for Greek at our favourite waterfront Greek restaurant on Wednesday night. Watched the sunset over the Pacific and two trains went by on the BNSF line that runs up to Vancouver. The track runs between the restaurant and the ocean. It was a good two train night. 

My wife lost her appetite and I ate her roast lanb as well as my own along with all the wine. Last night we had a crowd in and I had another bottle of red and then some white. I am up six poundsWhistling that will be gone by Tuesday.Laugh Booze is the only thing that puts pounds on me. I'll probably go a couple of weeks before I indulge again, I really don't drink booze that often.PirateLaugh

Kevin and JR, bureaucracy is a fickle thing. I remember I would get asked to mind the store at the airport on weekends or stat holidays. Of course they would also have a Supervisor and a Superintendant just because I was there. Things had to go up the chain of command don't ya know. They were always trying to get me to take a promotion to Superintendent which I had no interest in doing. One day I was talking to the director for Western Canada and ask him why I could make decisions as a Superintendent but not as a front line worker especially when you are trying to promote me to Superintendent, do I know less as a front line guy I asked? The very next time I was asked to mind the store on a stat holiday I was told I was in charge and told to keep Ottawa apprised of anything important. This became policy and the Government saved a bundle by not paying lower management overtime to watch whoever was on do nothing or very little on stat holidays.

Time to shower and head into Vancouver.

All the best to all.

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:49 PM

Brent,

I'm glad your son's surgery went well. He is a great kid! (So's mine if anybody's askingYes).

Dave

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Posted by NWP SWP on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:58 PM

Good evening gentlemen,

Long while since I've been in here, any new faces?

Yes I have been Muy Busy, I'll be reading through the past few pages to get back up to speed.

So basically last Saturday was my first day off in 19 days! Yeah! 65 hours and change last pay period!

I'm now searching for secondary employment once again, I began driving my truck again but I have had to stop due to more issues that have cropped up. I'm car shopping now, looking towards a Ford panther platform car like a Crown Vic, Gran Marquis, Town Car, or Marauder, price is good, mpg is decent, reliable, parts are cheap, and insurance should be cheaper.

The Y, yeah still there, talked to my boss about a raise or a promotion, both were no due to it being up to metro and not her, she said to wait till the end of the year and try for a raise, she is very impressed by my performance so far and said I have a future and will move up just not now.

Ohh so the lovely Sydney is now single, boyfriend dumped her via phone with an excuse equally as poor as his choice of method, I asked if she wanted to grab ice cream as a good will measure, she assumed it was a date, when I clarified that I was being a friend right now, she now knew I was being innocent for the time being, she opened up about what shes going through, I was supportive, she cried a little and I tried to comfort her, thought that I was in the clear, three days later she is "aggravated" with me for "making" her cry at work which is "unprofessional" which not sure why, no one saw her crying except me, and I was nothing but a friend, how is it my fault? I didn't force her to talk about the breakup? I was talking about my own stupidity and she takes off on the whole water works thing, I really don't know what her deal is.

I'll be her friend if she wants but I'm not going to try anymore.

I figured out my problem with dating, I try to dang hard, when theres a girl I'm interested in I get nervous so I try to hard and it scares them off, so now I'm trying to be passive and see what happens.

Listening to some new music lately, half•alive dropped their album "Now, Not Yet" which has a few good songs on it and my new favorite band Red Hearse dropped their album like two days ago, every song on the album is a great tune, give it a listen!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nTnc_enWo1wxdifpIoyxAxBZxEYSLrLbI

Cool thing is they've been using these HO scake figures as their advertising.

Well that's about all to be up to speed with my doings.

Steven

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, August 18, 2019 1:36 AM

Hey Steven,

Glad to see you back in the Diner.

Being a teenager can be tough. You are right to try to be a little more laid back. I wouldn't give up on Sydney just yet. Being dumped is hard to take for her just like anybody else. She may have reacted badly to you, but at least she was open about her feelings. That might be a good sign, or not.

I hope that you maintain your faith in yourself Steven. You are a good person. The right lady will come along.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:55 AM

cudaken
 Far as Sparkie on the RIP listing? I would not mind but is it really appropriate?

Thanks Ken, I saw the other comments before I went to w**K this morning, and have been thinking whether I should actually comment as I didn’t want to go “rubbing salt into a very fresh wound”!! Personally, I don’t think it would be appropriate but then that’s only my opinion.
 
“Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.” Voltaire
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 3:02 AM

Goooood Morning, America!

It´s Sunday! The only day in the week for me to have a hearty breakfast, albeit a virtual one! Make that my usual fare of crisp fried bacon, scrambled eggs, toast, butter and assorted jams and marmelade, a stack of pancakes w/syrup, OJ and, foremost, lots of coffee, Brunhilda, if you please!

It´s a wet day - as usual in this time if the year. In my childhood days, half of the summer school break was wet, and the other half nice. Mid August till 1st week of September was the wet part. The climate hasn´t changed at all. It is not at all warmer in this neck of the woods, despite the few day it was hot this year.

Young Steven - take it from an old man  don´t even try to understand the young lady. Woman have a very different rational, a lot more emotional than us boys. Just relax, don´t push it. She´ll come around if she feels that way. If not, well, other moms have pretty daughters as well!

Steam engines required an enourmous amount of service and maintenance, which finally caused their demise. In the advent of the Diesel locomotives, it became more and more difficult for railroads to recruit the people for the hard and dirty work of servicing steam engines. People preferred "cleaner" jobs and higher pay and so it was no wonder, that steam engines disappeared quite quicly after the Diesels had proven to be not only more economical, but also more reliable. By 1960, steam was mostly gone in the US, but in war-torn Europe, it lasted a little longer. In communist European countries, steam became obsolote as late as the 1980s.

"General Repair" is a video showing the hard work of maintening a steam engine in the glory days of British steam.

Have a happy Sunday!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:12 AM

Goood morning .... 

Looks like a lot of stuff going on with each of you. 

NWPSWP ... Good to see you. 

Brent .... I like the photo of the car ferry. I recall seeing car ferry operations in Detorit. ... Also, you mentioned Greek food, and Detorit has many good Greek restaurants especially in Greektown. 

Ulrich .... Thanks for another good video. 

Everybody ..... Have a good Sunday. 

GARRY

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:38 AM

The forecast is for Air you can wear and possible thundershowers.  Walking Toby around the block worked up a sweat. 

Not to offend anyone, we all love our pets but Toby doesn't post in the forum, he need not be remembered as if he did.

NWP Women: some things in life cannot be understood.

Messed up shooting come MM clearkote on a redecaled loco, too thick.  I was able to wipe it off with some alcohol, but that caused it's own problems.

They are supposedly replacing the Plant City, FL crossing tonight, on you tube.  Right now 3 guys are messing with a crane.  They are loading weights, big metal plates, on the bed of the crane.  https://youtu.be/irzyVmqbV1o

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:07 AM

The counterweights were a lot more to it than I thought.   The flat weights had another semicircular layer of more substantial weights on the outside.  These attach to the back of the crane so the weight is not just on the trailer, it counterbalances the boom.

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:41 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please.

 Wife is keeping it togeather way better today. This is day 3 with out Sparkie. Yesterday she broke down to uncontable crying. Today she found a American Eskimo she thought she wanted.

 There are 3 kinds of a American Eskimo.

 1 Standred 24 to 34 pounds.

 2 Miniature 12 to 18 pounds. Sparkie was a Miniature.

 3 Toy 6 to 10 pounds.

 One she wanted till I ponited out the fine print he is a standred and he weight 32 pounds, Sparkie was 16 pounds when we got him. She got over that idea pretty quick.

 Visit Dwight our next door neighbor at the nurising home today. Mary our neighbor that lost her husband last month was all so there. Joe and Mary lived across the street. We enjoyed visting with them both.

 Ran the Mighty CB&Q F7's tonight. They had been on the RIP track for a few months. One of the ABA consist needed oiling and I was not sure which one. Ran them with out sound and it is the leaded A unit. I will get her oiled after work Monday.

 Later None Smoking Ken

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 7:01 PM

BATMAN
 

 

TF I hope you get to fix the boxcar. I have been watching a series called "PLANESAVERS" on You-Tube, it is quite popular. I think you could start a "TRAINSAVERS" show, that would be cool.

 

 

Brent...... If I could figure out a way to do that,  I would switch gears in a minute.  What kind of fun would that be, restoring some of those Old Wooden Classy Passenger CarsBig SmileYes  

My old tools would have a new purpose and I would walk around with a big smile on my face loving my craft again.

After 35 years of carpentry, starting from basic and developing fine tuned skills over the years.  Putting those skills towards something more rewarding and fun would be really nice.

Well... people have done stranger things when they set their mind to it. 

I would have to find some Millionaire Rail Fans as investors to do something like thatLaugh

 

I'm happy to hear your Kids surgery went wellYes

 

TF

 

 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, August 18, 2019 7:50 PM

NWP SWP
I'm now searching for secondary employment once again, I began driving my truck again but I have had to stop due to more issues that have cropped up.

 

When LION was your age, him was in the US NAVY, Everything was decided for me.

Just do what your were told and they would give you a little spending money. Of course part of our job was dropping bombs on Hanoi.

 

ROARING  (BOOM)

The Route of the Broadway Lion The Largest Subway Layout in North Dakota.

Here there be cats.                                LIONS with CAMERAS

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:10 PM

Well hummm....  Anyone else living in North Dakota interested in a bloody prime ribDinner

Apparently the originator.... Him is not,  they do not have wildebeest thereSad

 

LaughTF

 

Wildebeest in North Dakota...... NotSmile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 9:09 PM

This is a catastrophe.

Or cat as trophy.

Lion...... Here's looking at you Kid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile, Wink & GrinTF

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Posted by NWP SWP on Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:04 PM

TF, the black one below the tiger looks just like my Walt, hes just a little fatter.

 

Ken I am truly sorry for your loss of Sparkie, nothing in the world is like the bond between people and their pets.

As a side note congrats on the not smoking.

Steven

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:22 PM

I had to go look at the black one after the tiger Steven.

When I was posting the pictures I was just rattling them off in between watching the preseason Vikings game that we won. 

I saw that was a cool picture....you have a cool cat.

 

Thumbs UpTF

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:43 PM

NWP SWP

TF, the black one below the tiger looks just like my Walt, hes just a little fatter.

 

 

Who looks a little fatter?  The one I posted or your Walt?

 

TF

 

PS.   If your wife ever asks if she looks fat in whatever she's wearing, the answer is NO!!!

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Posted by NWP SWP on Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:49 PM

My Walt.

 

And naturally that and always tell a woman shes beautiful, learned that the hard way, told a female friend of mine she looked bad because well she was in a bad mood and looked bad, she didn't think that made sense.Laugh

Steven

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:06 PM

You have a lot to learn through the years but you will be okay.

Once you try to make sense of them all... you will not be okayWhistlingLaugh

 

TF

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:38 PM

Good to hear from you Steven.

Nothing's ever wrong with a blast of young fresh air.

TF

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