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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, September 2, 2019 1:28 AM

Tinplate Toddler
You can´t be serious, can you?

Hey, at least TF didn't wind up in Saipan Whistling

I appreciate the kudos from everyone for opening the Diner. My pleasure.

Time to batten down the hatches, Kevin. Good Luck and God Speed—

 New_Haven by Edmund, on Flickr

Cheers, Ed

Happy Labor Day to all. 

TOP Of The PAGE! Leave your tab at the door and I'll cover the bill Smile

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 1:37 AM

Buenos Dias, Companeros y Aficionados de los Trenes miniaturismo!

Just a quick visit for a bagel and coffee. It´s the beginning of a new month and I have to run a few errands, mainly some banking business, mailing a letter and cleaning the inside of the car. It has cooled off to a comfortable level, with a definitive scent of Autumn in the air - just the way I like it!

TF - I had my share of travelling not only throughout Europe, but around the world. There are still a few places I´d like to see (again), but I am happy with having a rather secluded, but peaceful life, which we hopefully will have one day in Denmark.

Spain had a number of interesting narrow gauge lines, but most of them are gone now. Here is a video paying tribute to the good old dys!

Enjoy and hasta luego!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Harrison on Monday, September 2, 2019 6:55 AM

Tinplate Toddler

TF - as a European, our world bigger only in terms of number of countries. I a day´s travel I can drive from Germany to The Netherlands, and on to Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republik and back to Germany. I even may add Liechtenstein to that list. For that trip, I need a basic knowledge of German, Dutch, French and Czech and have to deal with 3 different currencies. Before the Euro, it would have been 7 different currencies.  Life is a little more complicated over here.

 

If I drove a day's travel, I would probibly still be in the northeast, unless I went north, I would hit the boarder in 30 minutes, and only get to Montreal that day.(due to bridge construction)Stick out tongue

Harrison

Homeschooler living In upstate NY a.k.a Northern NY.

Modeling the D&H in 1978.

Route of the famous "Montreal Limited"

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:00 AM

Buenas Tardes, Amigos!

Carajillo por todos mis amigos, por favor!

Let´s have a look at model railroading in Spain! There is one manufacturer of Spanish model trains. Electrotren was founded in 1951 and started out as a manufacturer of O gauge trains. In 1954, Electrotren began producing HO scale trains, first under a license from Marklin, later on as 2-rail DC. In 2004, Hornby bought Electrotren, which now offers high quality models of mainly Spanish trains, albeit not really a big range of products.

They have an interesting looking Mikado and a a couple of 0-6-0 tank engines.

Furthermore, they offer some rather odd looking electrics.

Last, but not least, the famous "Talgo" train

... and the corresponding Diesel locomotive for it.

I am sure there are quite a few aficionados de los trenes in Spain, but I never crossed paths with one of them.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:36 AM

Greeting from Calgary.  Our cab driver didn’t know about the Pride parade and couldn’t figure out how to get us to our hotel 

walked the last 4 blocks

Very clean city compared to the US and safe

Food truck selling Asian food chicken skin and salted fried chicken skin

Ice tea was sweet only.  Thought that was a Southern thing

It chilly up here 

Henry

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Posted by Water Level Route on Monday, September 2, 2019 10:35 AM

I can't believe you guys did this to me!  Spain!  Seriously?!  Now I'm going to have to open some sort of photo share account so I can post pics.  Not only have I been there to visit family (exchange student), but we made it to the railroad museum in Madrid to boot!  I think I have pictures of half the stuff Ulrich posted.  Egads, another thing on the "To do" list....

Seriously though, it is a neat country but HOT in the summer.  Wonderful people.  Warm and welcoming.  Some of the food was very good, some, not so much.  That's probably true of just about everywhere though.  I'll try to find time later this week to set up an account to share some pics.

Cheers!

Mike

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Posted by BNSF UP and others modeler on Monday, September 2, 2019 10:51 AM

Buenos dias, mis otros compañeros! Como estaís?

Today's traditional breakfast item:

Image result for Café con leche.

This is not just any coffee my friends. This strong coffee with frothy hot milk. Since the Spanish do not usually indulge in a heavy breakfast, we will stick with these:

Image result for common spanish breakfast

Today's railroad item is our last highspeed train for this month's diner (from me at least).

Image result for talgo s102

Someone already beat me to it in mentioning this train, but I'll type a few tidbits anyway. Its called a talgo s102 and I have to say it looks rather ugly, at the very least. I therefore dub it "duckbill express."  This is the slightly older cousin of yesterday's train. It was intruduced in 2005 with the boast of being able to achieve 217 MPH. According to my research, it can handle 318 passengers. If you compare all of this to yesterday's train, you can see why the other one is definitely better. From what I can tell, this unit was the result of a joint effort between Bombadier and Talgo (like the concorde concept).

And because this IS a MRR forum, we definitely need some of that to start our week. Enjoy this cab ride on a Spanish MRR.

I'm beginning to realize that Windows 10 and sound decoders have a lot in common. There are so many things you have to change in order to get them to work the way you want.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 10:53 AM

Water Level Route
Some of the food was very good, some, not so much

My late uncle, who was among the first Germans to tour Spain after WW II, always said, that one of the main dishes in Spain, Paella, consists of what tide has brought in the night before, served on rice. To be honest, I am not into that stuff, but there are lots of other nice things to eat in Spain, like the famous Pata Negra ham, or Manchego cheese. I am especially fond of the fresh tomatoes and other vegetables. My favourite place is "Casa Paco"  on the Plaza Puerta Cerrada, 11 in Madrid, one of the best places in the world for steaks, but only if the torero was lucky to get the bull and not vice versa.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by York1 on Monday, September 2, 2019 11:13 AM

Good morning on Labor Day.  Probably one of my favorite holidays -- not because it's Labor Day, but because each year we had started school about 2 or 3 weeks before, and Labor Day was a great day off to catch your breath.

I'm a little jealous of those of you with fond car memories from your youth.  I don't have any of those.  I drove my parents family car through high school, did without a car in college, and finally bought a $900 Toyota when I started work.  I sold that Toyota 5 years later for $15 to a guy who wanted the seats.

Our dream cars were a Chevelle or GTO.  To have a Barracuda, Mustang, or Road Runner were too above us to even dream about.

 

The only thing in Spain I'd really like to see is some of the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona.  It always reminded me of melted wax.

 

 

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Monday, September 2, 2019 12:04 PM

Good Morning,

Henry, you are experiencing normal weather for Calgary at this time of year. It is supposed to be in high '60s and sunny in Vancouver this week which is normal for there right now. Iced tea in Canada means the sweet version, often with a little lemon. If you order tea in a restaurant you will get the hot version as it is far more popular than cold. 

Hope MTS can figure out what is happening with the phone/internet line. It goes out completely at times and then is fine. I can't see how it could be a wire as it would be the same all the time if the connection was broken somewhere. 

Well time for lunch. 

CN Charlie

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, September 2, 2019 4:00 PM

This is just a worthless "Meaningless Milestone Accomplished" post.

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This is number 5,000 in my post count!

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-Kevin

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, September 2, 2019 7:43 PM

Howdy. 

We had a short visit with family in southern Ohio.  Now we are with family In Michigan. 

I see the Diner is in Spain.  Nice.  my wife and I have been to Spain. 

Harrison ... Happy Birthday.    Happy B-Day

My birthday is tomorrow, Septimber 3. Our anniversary is September 5. 

Cheers 

GARRY

HEARTLAND DIVISION, CB&Q RR

EVERYWHERE LOST; WE HUSTLE OUR CABOOSE FOR YOU

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:06 PM

It´s already September 3rd over here, so

Garry and Harrison!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:39 PM

Happy birthday GarryHappy B-Day

Happy birthday HarrisonHappy B-Day

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:46 PM

I went to a car show today in Hugo.

The picture of the caboose was most important on the way back.

 

I parked near it,....I figured why not kill two birds with one stone.  The Caboose and the MachYes

 

TF

 

I'll stop by for some Spanish rice with you guys laterSmile

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Posted by cudaken on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:52 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please.

 Harrison (I hope) Happy B-Day Getting old sucks.

 York I still have a car I had in High School, 1968 Road Runner that Mom and Dad bought when I was 12 years old.

 Life with Dirk Pip the American Eskimo. Yes I am a Clive Clusser fan and Pip by it self sounded to feminine to me! Drik Pip sounds good to him and I, wife hates it so it is a win win. Laugh

 Funny Dirk Pip story. He would not eat the food the rescue sent home with him. He would eat the food that Sparike left behind but not his? People food, well Yes and because Sparkie could not anything besides is speical food we gave in a little to Dirk Pip.

 So tonight I trick him. I acted like I was eating his food. Held it up to my mouth made yum, yum sounds then offred it to him and he ate it! After about 5 times I gave him the bowl and he cleaned it out! Big Smile All so no more people food! Yea we knew we should not have but Sparkie could not even have dog treats with his stomach problems.

 Later, none smoking Ken

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 2, 2019 9:43 PM

I wasn't in Spain but here's my ship captain from a few weekends ago in Duluth.

We tip everyone, even the ship Captain and we don't take no for an answer.

 

TF

 

And do you see that sparkling face on my Judy, ....... I do,  I'm a lucky man.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, September 2, 2019 9:46 PM

SeeYou190
This is just a worthless "Meaningless Milestone Accomplished" post. . This is number 5,000 in my post count! .

Kevin,

Congratulations! Five thousand posts in 2 1/2 years is nothing to sneeze at! I'm at 9900 posts in 13 years and I thought I was talkative!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughBig Smile

If we don't post, the forums die, and I wouldn't want that to happen. I look forward to reading the forums every day! My thanks to Model Railroader for hosting them!

Cheers!!

Dave

I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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Posted by last mountain & eastern hogger on Monday, September 2, 2019 11:15 PM

Happy Birthday and Anniversary Garry & Mrs.

Happy Birthday Harrison, Glad to have you aboard the Diner.

Ulrich always Glad when you are around.

Ken,  Good for you taking a Rescue, and may you have a good long enjoyable ride with him. I know he will be treated well.

Prayers and Blessings for all those on the Eastern Seaboard, keep your rubber boots on and dry and your Tilley hats pulled down. Hoping for the best for you all.

BTW., Track Fiddler, are you and the Captain holding hands behind your wife's back. ???       Yust Yocking...

Dave, you are a big talker with 9900 posts in 13 years, I'm only at just shy of 2200 in those same 13 years

No news here right now, other than medical appointments.

Johnboy out, and heading for the streacher for a few ZZZzzzsss..

from Saskatchewan, in the Great White North.. 

We have met the enemy,  and he is us............ (Pogo)

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:26 AM

last mountain & eastern hogger
Dave, you are a big talker with 9900 posts in 13 years, I'm only at just shy of 2200 in those same 13 years

Ya, I'm trying to learn when to shut my mouth. When I first started to post I considered myself to be a font of information! It took being corrected for more than a few gaffes for me to realize that I need to restrict my offerings of advice to only those situations where I was certain that I knew what I was talking about. I'm not sure that I have fully learned that lesson yet!Embarrassed

Zip it!Dave

I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 3:17 AM

Happy B-Day Harrison and Garry. Happy B-Day

"One difference between pessimists and optimists is that while pessimists are more often right, optimists have far more fun."

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 4:59 AM

Birthday and Anniversary Wishes to Garry! Cake  Yes

Happy Birthday to you as well, Harrison! Happy B-Day

Jimmy, I got the books packaged and ready to be picked up by USPS. Sent you a PM with the tracking number. Hope they get to you OK and I hope you enjoy reading them. Books are a great pleasure.


cudaken
 Life with Dirk Pip the American Eskimo.

Ken, it has been a while since I read Clive Cussler. Isn't his name Dirk Pitt? When I hear Dirk Pip I think of Pippy Longstockings Pirate

https://www.goodreads.com/series/40653-dirk-pitt

 

Last night in the Diner:

 Nighthawks_by_Edward_Hopper_1942 by Edmund, on Flickr

I believe Mr. Otte will be pleased that we were all very well behaved in the Diner this weekend. Maybe he will grace us with a generous and tasty breakfast Dinner

Cheers, Ed

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 5:14 AM

Tiempo para almorzar!

Flo, una hamburguesa con papas fritas, por favor! Y tráeme una cerveza!

Let´s go on a short trip to the Balearic Island of Mallorca and ride the 3ft. gauge train from Palma de Mallorca to Soler!

The line was electrified in 1911 by Siemens and still runs the electric rail cars from trthat time!

I can´t believe I missed his fantastic train ride when I spent a vacation there!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Erie1951 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:20 AM

Congrats on 5,000 posts, Kevin, and keep 'em coming! Thumbs Up

Happy Birthday and a Happy Anniversary to you and your wife, Garry, and Happy Birthday to you, Harrison! Happy B-Day

Russ

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:35 AM

Track fiddler
I figured why not kill two birds with one stone. The Caboose and the Mach

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TF: Your red Mustang brings back memories. My buddy Joey had one just like it when we were in High School, 35 years ago! I am so old.

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hon30critter
Congratulations! Five thousand posts in 2 1/2 years is nothing to sneeze at! I'm at 9900 posts in 13 years and I thought I was talkative!

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I am actually pretty quiet in here. Back on the WARSEER Wargaming Forum I would average 20-30 posts a day. I used to run tournaments for Warhammer, Flames Of War, and Johnny Reb. I was considered a pretty good source of rules intepretations (most of the time). And as a multiple award-winning figure painter, I had a lot to say about that too.

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I have calmed down a lot in here.

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hon30critter
When I first started to post I considered myself to be a font of information! It took being corrected for more than a few gaffes for me to realize that I need to restrict my offerings of advice to only those situations where I was certain that I knew what I was talking about.

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Boy-Oh-Boy, me too. When I joined this forum I had been a scale model railroader for 35 years, worked in a hobby shop (Aardvark's Model Trains in Nashville), had a railroad design/construction company, built five home layouts, and two club layouts. I have modeled in both HO and N scale. I operated on lots of layouts in three states, helped build a 4-4-2 live steam locmotive, and restored a FM speeder.

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I thought I was an expert.

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Nope, I learned quick I don't know squat, and when it comes to modelling, I am a hack at best.

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gmpullman
I believe Mr. Otte will be pleased that we were all very well behaved in the Diner this weekend. Maybe he will grace us with a generous and tasty breakfast

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I hope so!

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Erie1951
Congrats on 5,000 posts, Kevin, and keep 'em coming!

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Thank you, I intend to. I hope I don't bore anyone too much.

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-Kevin

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 8:16 AM

Wow congratulations Kevin on 5000 posts!

I haven’t really been on the forums much in the past two months, but we’re I am school has started again and that means a more regular schedule. Somehow this equals more time on the forums, even if I have less free time it seems... not qui sure how that works!

hon30critter

Ya, I'm trying to learn when to shut my mouth. When I first started to post I considered myself to be a font of information! It took being corrected for more than a few gaffes for me to realize that I need to restrict my offerings of advice to only those situations where I was certain that I knew what I was talking about. I'm not sure that I have fully learned that lesson yet!Embarrassed

I think I too learmed the same lesson as Dave. I feel like I did have to learn that you can post on every thread! Initiatlly I posted everywhere and found sometimes my posts lacked value and contained inaccuracies. Now I try to give some though before I post as to think if the post contains some value. At the same time however I do think we do need to post some less helpful comments to help keep the forums alive and give others with more nowledge somewhere to start.

As a quick update in the past few weeks I’ve added some boards to the 4x8 board I use as a train table to keep it from warping. I am somewhat excited as this will eventually allow me to add more feeder wires to improve the operation of my layout.

Spain is an interesting place to put the Diner! I don’t much about Spain but I do know it’s the origin of the Amtrak Cascades Talgo trains! I do really like those corridor trains!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:46 AM

SeeYou190
Your red Mustang brings back memories. My buddy Joey had one just like it when we were in High School, 35 years ago! I am so old.

 

Kevin, high school 35 years ago and you're old?  Just wait.  I just got invited to our high school's 50th.  Now that's old!

 

Ed, Hopper's my favorite artist, and the diner in "Nighthawks" is my favorite of all his paintings.  I have seen only a few of his works in museums, but his style and his subjects all appeal to me for some reason.

 

Ulrich, I envy you with all of your travels.  You have seen many places I will see only in pictures.

 

Congratulations on all the milestones:  Harrison-birthday, Garry-birthday, anniversary, Kevin-computer posts, Ken-new dog.

 

I don't have any milestones to report.  Another great day of retirement and working on the railroad.  I have to cut the grass, but I'm practicing not complaining about it.  I love cutting grass, I love cutting grass, I love cutting grass... it's not working yet.

Have a great day, everyone!

 

 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:04 AM

hon30critter
We haven't seen the Ospreys that nest just north of us for a couple of weeks. The nesting platform is right beside the highway, and we travel that route frequently, so I think they have 'flown the coup'.

 

If Ospreys you want to see, you cannot beat the coast line around Camp LeJeune!

  

ROARING !!!

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:27 AM

York1
Ulrich, I envy you with all of your travels. You have seen many places I will see only in pictures.

Most of my travelling was done on business with very little time to get a taste of the land. Hotels are hotels, airports are airports - regardless of where they are. Only the food varies - and only slightly, if you eat in the "renowned" places.

Nothing to be envious about.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:48 AM

SeeYou190

 

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TF: Your red Mustang brings back memories. My buddy Joey had one just like it when we were in High School, 35 years ago! I am so old.

 

 

Kevin.  I remember my friend Joe in high school 37 years ago,  where did the time go?  He had a black 70  440 Cuda with a 6 pack on it.  I thought that car was almost too powerful back then if there is such a thing.  

Joe let me drive it once,  it felt dangerous,  almost a bit too scary to enjoyLaugh  Fun though.

 

TF

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