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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:49 PM

Good Evening!

I am in a somewhat blue mood today, so nothing really important to tell. Modern cars are really built to save lives and without seat belts, airbags and those crumple zones I´d guess I wouldn´t be around. I had a couple of quite nasty accidents, the worst one being an offset crash on the motorway while I was doing 125mph. Those days are long past me. I don´t drive faster than 75mph these days.

Edit: Looks as if I am on the top of the new page, so your drinks are on me, whatever poison you like!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 2:17 PM

I'll take a 1/2 head of cabbage a stalk of celery and four cucumbers put through a juicer Ulrich.  I heard those three things are really good for your joints   

 

Thanks for the drink.   TF

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 2:18 PM

Well, I'm back.  The GF and I look a weekend in Northern Virginia to go to an engagement party for the daughter of her friends.  Really?  A 50 guest engagement party, with a rented venue, catered food and wine?  Times have changed, I guess.

We came home with a kitten.  She's a Siamese from rescue, about 3 months old.  She seems very calm for a rescue animal, and adapting well.  The dog is ho-hum about the new cat, but the older cat is going to take a while to get used to this.  We named the new cat, who is mostly white, Snowflake.

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

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:59 PM

I hope Snowflake fits in for you MisterB.  Pets can be interesting sometimes, they all have a mind of their own.

 

I like Bridges

Look at those hundred year old stone piers

Anyone else have a good bridge to share?

 

 

TF

 

 

PS    This Bridge is in the hometown of the Lion.  I go visit her every time I visit my Son.

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 5:00 PM

Track fiddler
My surgeon said next time I come in I'm going to need a new artificial knee and I do not want to go there.

 

I know how you feel, but I want you to know about my wife.  She suffered with her knees for years and finally decided to do something.

She had both knees replaced at the same time.  In about 2 weeks, she was getting around very well, and in about a month, she was actually walking better than she did for years.  That was 7 years ago, and she has never complained once about her knees hurting.

This is just what her story is.  I'm not suggesting that you have the surgery.  You will know if you should or not.  Good luck.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 5:47 PM

Thanks John for your concern and words of encouragement.

The last time I had knee surgery about three years ago I was not out of pain until about 6 months later.  I still wear a compression sock.

The thought of them taking out my bones and throwing them in the garbage and putting a fake knee in really freaks me outIndifferentTongue Tied

I'm kind of a hard-nosed, tough kind of breed all in all.  Not when it comes to this sort of thing though.

 

 

TF

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:09 PM

Track fiddler
Anyone else have a good bridge to share?

How about the Wheeling and Lake Erie at Mingo Junction crossing the Ohio River?

 IMG_2786 by Edmund, on Flickr

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:40 PM

 

Here is a bridge from Garry's layout. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:40 PM

I like it Ed

The bridge has antennas.  Kind of sinister-looking like a creepy bug.  The makeshift wood railing walkway on the side is interesting too.

Might you have a side view? 

It definitely looks like something was changed since the bridge was originally built.

Maybe two tracks I think.

 

 

I like that Bridge     TF

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:51 PM

gmpullman

 

Don't get me wrong here Ed.  Something was driving me nuts about your posting of your Bridge and my recognition of certain similarity.

I'm sure you see the comparison.  I like that bridgeYes

 

 

TF

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:04 PM

moelarrycurly4

 

Here is a bridge from Garry's layout. 

 

 

MLC.     Garry's work always floors me.  You were there too!  

I need to get down there and see Garry.   Nice picture..... I hope he don't mind I copy that one.

 

 

TF

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:17 PM

Yes, TF, the Wheeling was double track through these parts, then like so many others, the second track was ripped up. Some of this route was part of the Pittsburgh & West Virginia railroad.

 IMG_2711 by Edmund, on Flickr

Here you can see part of the original track turned into a stub siding and the main centered in the tunnel to increase clearances:

 Wheeling_Ohio by Edmund, on Flickr

I had to resort to Google for a side view since I was on a train it was tough to ask the engineer to stop for a photo Whistling

 Wheeling_Ohio-br by Edmund, on Flickr

 Wheeling_Ohio-side by Edmund, on Flickr

Thank You!

Best wishes to everyone,

Regards, Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:39 PM

gmpullman

I had to resort to Google for a side view since I was on a train it was tough to ask the engineer to stop for a photo

 

LaughLaugh  I gotcha Ed. 

It isn't like turning around on the highway to go back and take a picture of a caboose and your wife asks you what the hell are you doingLaugh

 

I hope for more bridges here..... this is goodYes

 

 

TF

 

 

I almost forgot to Thank You.  I really appreciated the side view Ed.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:41 PM

Just got a call from a cousin, I haven't talked to in years, telling me his oldest sister 71, has an acute onset of Alzheimers, hallucinating, unable to take care of her dog or finances. 

I spent the summer with her family when I was 10, saw her again when I was 13 and didn't see her again, until another uncle remarried maybe 40 years later.  I was looking forward to seeing her and she was quite cold.  I don't think her sister spoke to her in recent years either, but still sad to hear.

Henry

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:59 PM

gmpullman

 Wheeling_Ohio-br by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Nice.  You can see how she reaches out to span to the next Pier.  I really love bridge architecture.

Thanks for the side view Ed

 

 

TF

 

 

PS    The river was really still the day of the picture I noticed.  Good green water and the reflection is perfect.

 

 

 

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Posted by maxman on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:22 PM

Track fiddler
I hope for more bridges here

 

How about this one:

 

Image result for dental bridgeLaugh

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:40 PM

Can you at least put a laughy face on that sort of thing

In a better word of a song artist

 

No time left for you, on my way to better things, no time left for you, I got myself some wings

The Bridge is in the background as you are and the Steamer is nice

 

 

 

 

TF

Smile, Wink & Grin Kind of like this is kind of nice

 

 

 

 

You're a good man maxman..... I've chatted with you before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by maxman on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:34 PM

Is everyone happy now?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:38 PM

Always have been.  Why else are we alive?  Are you?

 

Happy that is.

 

 

TF

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:55 PM

maxman you're good people  I have talked to you before

Now I would like to state something here 

We've all had a few blurry nights when we wake up the next morning and think... that's not what I wanted to say

Oh well....  we've all been there done that

 

So there you go

 

 

 

Track Fiddler

 

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:34 PM

Evening all, it was a beautiful sunny day today and it was yard work for most of it.

I was taking a pic of my diesel by a bridge when this guy butted into the photo saying something about how his diesel was bigger than my diesel.Grumpy

 

Image result for dental bridge

Bridges are old school, implants are the way to go.

TF, I know a lot of people that have received new joints and to a person are delighted to be pain-free and able to be really active again. They don't throw your old ones in the garbage, they take them home for the dog.

I see Jason has a new video out, that's always good for a chuckle.

My daughter is following in her brothers' footsteps, she applied for the interest-free Government student loan and got $7400.00. She got so many scholarships and grants for working really hard and getting good grades she does not need to use it so she sent it to me to invest for her. She does not have to pay interest on it until six months after she is out of University at which time she will repay the loan and keep whatever she has made by investing it. If she goes to school for ten years and gives me the same amount every year to invest, she should have a real chunk of change.

My other kid is doing the same thing and because he made the Deans list got, even more, grant money for this year so he has well over $20,000.00 invested in his little nest egg.Laugh

The old Arthritis has been killing me lately and my wife reminded me to start taking my vitamin D3 and magnesium to compensate for the shorter days and less sun exposure. That made me feel quite a bit better. With lousy weather/low-pressure systems upon us, the scar tissue in the joints expands and gets inflamed much easier. I am lucky to have her as she looks after me so well.Angel

I have been in a few accidents in my time always as the passenger though. A couple of them were significant crashes and I was fortunate to walk away without a scratch. I would sit in on accident review panels for the federal Government and write up accident reports on occasion, people just don't get the distracted driving thing. British Columbia now has a graduated licensing system and that has gone a long way to reducing the carnage on the roadways. 

All the best to all.

 

Brent

It's not the age honey, it's the mileage.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:34 PM

Good night my friends.

 

 

TF

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11:19 PM

My favourite bridge is the swing bridge at Little Current on the Manitoulin Island.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but if you click on the icon below you will see the first train crossing the bridge.

Here it is in action:

The bridge was built starting in 1912. It still carries vehicular traffic, and when the water is open (not frozen) it operates once every hour.

Dave

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:18 AM

Müngsten Bridge is the highest railway bridge in Germany. The bridge is 107 metres (351 ft) high and spans the valley of the river Wupper, connecting the cities of Remscheid and Solingen.

Originally the bridge was named Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke (Emperor Wilhelm Bridge) to honour Emperor Wilhelm I. After the end of the monarchy the bridge was renamed after the nearby settlement of Müngsten, which no longer exist.

Hack of Germany makes a nice HO scale model of this bridge. The bridge is about 5´3" long and handmade (metal). Not cheap at about $900...

91 days until Christmas - time to think about presents!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by GMTRacing on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:10 AM

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Good Morning All,

   I like bridges too. This is a partially finished Bietschtal Bridge kit in the back and a Central Valley truss bridge flipped upside down in front. 

   A coffee to go and a blueberry frosted donut to go with that please Zoe.

   I am catching up posts but like that most of us are feeling better. I can sympathize with the Arthuritis though. May have to try some of the topical medicine as I don't like the side effects of the scrips and therefore haven't asked for them.

Lion - when we were in the Tonkin Gulf my friend cross-decked to the Chorale See but we all knew it as the Zippo it caught fire so often. I spent a lot of time on Hancock but though it was just about the same age, it was much better and rarely had fires. I got off Saratoga just before it went to port in Singapore and had a big fire there - that after nearly sinking off Naples when one of the prop shaft seals let go while at anchor and minimal crew was on board. The other endearing issue with the Coral Sea is she would drop her propeller whenever she was due to relieve us on station and be anywhere from a week to a month late arriving depending on how deep the water was where the prop dropped off. I think I would have checked the thing before I left the docks but that's just me.

   Got in early today to do an engine change on the Lotus 23 and try to catch up shop jobs too.  Ciao, J.R.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:47 AM

Good morning.

Breakfast is on me.  It's a beautiful Fall morning,  nice and cool out.  I enjoy fall.  My favorite time of the year.  You have to enjoy it while it's here because it goes by so fast.  I think Ulrich said only 91 days till Christmas.

I enjoyed waking up to all the beautiful bridges posted.  I remember when I was a young kid I would stand mesmerized, just sizing them up trying to figure out the structure and how they were built.

Well I'm glad my knee feels better this morning, that's a relief and thanks for the positive support on the subject.  It looks like it's back to that four letter word for me (wxxk), at least I have a nice cool day for it.

Have a great day allSmile, Wink & Grin

 

TF

 

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 8:24 AM

Good morning.  57° degrees.  Perfect outside weather for walking or working.

I'd like bacon, eggs, and black coffee.  Just like every other day.  I never get tired of it.

I'm making a picture frame for a poster I bought on vacation.

Other than that, not much going on today.

Hope everyone enjoys the day, even if you have to wxxk today, TF.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:32 AM

Good morning ...

MLC .... Thanks for posting the phto you took of the Mrs. Hippy River Bridge. 

Thanks to everybody for the kind remarks about my layout. 

JR .... Your side-by-side bridges look fantastic. 

I like seeing all of the photos of prototype bridges here. 

 

I hope everybody is having a good Wednesday. 

GARRY

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:08 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
I like seeing all of the photos of prototype bridges here.

One of my all-time favorites, The Forth Bridge:

 

One of my "Seven Wonders" that I'd like to travel to see someday.

Imagine having one in HO on your layout?

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:58 PM

York1
Most of us here grew up when car safety meant your mother or father put their arm in front of you when the car stopped so that you didn't hit your head on the steel dashboard.

Remember these?

Car Seat

(No, that is not me in the picture.)

Richard

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