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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, October 21, 2019 3:59 PM

BATMAN

 

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I must have missed some of the footage in the diner while I was sick.  I had to do a recap.  Sometimes you never cease to amaze me with your wilderness pictures Brent.

When we were kids we used to walk down the railroad tracks because it was the shortest way to cut across town.  I know technically you're not supposed to do that but between the three, four of us we did have a half a brain and good hearing.  If a train came you could always step off to the side but kids don't try this at home.

Looking at your picture Brent I don't think walking down the railroad tracks would be such a good idea in the winter time in your neck of the woods.  Yep, a good pair of snowshoes and off to the side would be a much better bet.

What's with the guy in the yellow vest?  Either he has a beer or he's flipping someone offLaugh   Was there a bridge somewhere down the line?  How did you guys get separated like that?  Maybe the fourth guy was on the bridge taking the pictureSmile, Wink & Grin  I see two phone cameras up in the air.  It would be interesting to see the picture from the side. 

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, October 21, 2019 4:59 PM

TF, that photo I believe was taken from atop the West Mount MacDonald tunnel portal. The track going off to the right in the photo is enters the Connaught tunnel a little further on. The Mount MacDonald tunnel is 14.7 km long, the Connaught tunnel is 8km long. The Mount MacDonald tunnel is 300' lower than the Connaught tunnel which is above it.

Mount Macdonald Tunnel RailPicturesNet Photo CP 9679 Canadian Pacific Railway GE AC4400CW

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, October 21, 2019 5:29 PM

I've been so far out in the sticks of SC, deer hunting, not only there was no cell phone or Internet, there was no GPS on my toyota. 

I am a bit late to the spouse discussion.  I'm trying to imagine Br Lion and his pals hanging out in the adult entertainment zone in Baltimore known as The Block.  Maybe in his Navy days, but full Abbey regalia, it's hard to picture.

Prayers to all those and their friends who are hurting. 

My Zostrex shot was expensive ~$200.  The Shingrex was $60 x 2 on Medicare.  Looks like my younger wife payed $159 each.  It hurt like a tetanus shot, but no other side effects. My mother and wife had shingles once, my ex wife twice and my aunt (mother's sister) went blind from it.

Arnold Schwarznegger and I have had aortic valve replacements.  I was going to say it's about time for him to have a second, but he did last year.  His was an unusual case.  They used his pulmonic valve to replace his aortic valve in 1997.  They used an artificial valve to replace the pulmonic, which needed replacement last year.   That option was never discussed when I had mine.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, October 21, 2019 5:59 PM

BATMAN

TF, that photo I believe was taken from atop the West Mount MacDonald tunnel portal. The track going off to the right in the photo is enters the Connaught tunnel a little further on. The Mount MacDonald tunnel is 14.7 km long, the Connaught tunnel is 8km long. The Mount MacDonald tunnel is 300' lower than the Connaught tunnel which is above it.

Mount Macdonald Tunnel RailPicturesNet Photo CP 9679 Canadian Pacific Railway GE AC4400CW

 

Nice..... I didn't think the fourth guy taking the picture was in a helicopter,  I knew he had to be elevated somehow. 

It appears CP left plenty of head clearance for double stackers.  Did they have them back in 1988? ...... I don't know when double stackers first came out .

The retaining wall or wash out retainer on the right surely goes to show you don't have to be completely perfectionistic on all our modeling.  It looks like it suits its purpose and doesn't need to be pretty.

 

Thanks Brent.

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:32 PM

BigDaddy
I've been so far out in the sticks of SC, deer hunting, not only there was no cell phone or Internet, there was no GPS on my toyota. 

In WI., it's bow season.  There are many deer "seasons", bow and crossbow, youth deer hunt, muzzle loaders, hunters with disabilities, regular gun, antlerless holiday hunts, not all are state wide, anyway, I hope your hunt is going, or was, good!

There are many "dead zones" in Northern WI.  We are about 10 miles (as the crow flies) from a Verizon tower, and service, including WI FI, is great, and actually better than down here in very populated SE. WI.

Turkeys have been getting more and more numerous.

My "construction season" on our humble place in the WI. North woods has come to an end with all goals accomplished.  Walls done and painted, and flooring in place, ready for cabinets in the spring.

Now to start "model railroading season"   Trainfest advanced tickets are in hand.  This year it's Nov. 9 & 10. 

I turned on the layout room lights tonight for the first time since late spring.

I have some dusting and cleaning to do.  Surprise  But it's really no surprise.

The first train through the hidden trackage comes out looking like a Holloween Train, haven't done that yet.

Prayers and wishes for good health to all, and to those in need.

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Posted by howmus on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:42 PM

Evenin" Folks!

Janie, I could use a hot cup of decafe (organic, fair traded), please.

mbinsewi
The first train through the hidden trackage comes out looking like a Holloween Train,

You mean something like this?

I need to spend more time down in the train room soon myself!

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:53 PM

howmus
You mean something like this?

Yep Ray, exactly!  This is a shot from last year, I think?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, October 21, 2019 8:19 PM

BigDaddy

 

 

 

 

That's a welcome looking site.  Makes me feel right at home.  I love country roads.  Although I must admit I haven't seen them frequently for quite a while.  

Wild turkeys are getting quite abundant in their population.  I've been seeing them all over in inner city.  The other day I was in West Bloomington crossing the tracks I usually cross and there was about 20 of them on the railroad tracks.

Have you ever ate a wild turkey Henry?  I've ate about every piece of game you can think of but I've never had wild turkey.

How is that stuff?  Is it dark meat?  Is a gamey or are they really good?  I don't know.  I wasn't too fond about pheasant.  I prefer to eat grouse.  I really wonder how wild turkey tastes?

 

Thanks Henry.

 

 

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Posted by maxman on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:21 PM

Track fiddler
I really wonder how wild turkey tastes?

Tastes like whiskey.  Have one on me:

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:25 PM

Howdy ..... 

Sorry I do not have much time for trains and posting here lately . 

We were in Nashville yesterday, and returned home late in the evening. We visited our broither in law in the hopital, and he is doing well following surgery kast week to replace two heart valves. We saw my wife's mother in the nursing hime, and unfortunately her situation is not improving. ..

I hope each of you is doing well. 

Have a good night. 

GARRY

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:31 PM

maxman..... Sup! 

Thanks for your continued contributions.  Nice sketch of the wild turkey.  I couldn't draw that good if I triedWhistling   Did you draw that?   That's really goodYes

 

Smile, Wink & GrinWell, this is one of your nicer posts, isn't it?

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:44 PM

Garry

You are in my thoughts and best wishes.

Facing hardships that involves family is tough.  I have been there too.

Wishing you all the positive energy and Good Karma to help you through this difficult time.

 

 

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Posted by maxman on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:46 PM

Track fiddler
Did you draw that? That's really good

No, copy image/paste from one of the Wild Turkey websites.

 

Track fiddler
Smile, Wink & GrinWell, this is one of your nicer posts, isn't it?

What'ca talkin about, Willis?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, October 21, 2019 10:08 PM

maxman

 

 
Track fiddler
Did you draw that? That's really good

 

No, copy image/paste from one of the Wild Turkey websites.

 

 

 
Track fiddler
Smile, Wink & GrinWell, this is one of your nicer posts, isn't it?

 

What'ca talkin about, Willis?

 

 

Wild turkey whiskey.  I tried that twice since I've been alive and I blew chunks both times.  Not my cup of tea I guess..... Not even.

I still don't know what wild turkey tastes like.  I'm going to go kill one of those birds and find out for my self.

 

What'ca talking about Arnold?

 

 

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Posted by cudaken on Monday, October 21, 2019 10:23 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer Please and Dirk usuall.

 Work Front Sucked Rail Spike. So that is normal. Have to go to the bank for the company because it seems I am the only one that knows how to get change! Angry

 Dirk beat me up tonight. Took for ever to get him to clean out his fire box ashes. I love him, but this is the reason I did not want another dog. Dang Wife, she had to have another dog for me to walk after work!

 Later, Ken getting close to six months with out smoking.

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:27 AM

gmpullman
Well, thanks for listening to me ramble on... I'm glad I went. It was kind of one of those pilgrimages to holy grounds that I had to do before I can consider my life complete. Bittersweet, indeed.

Hi Ed,

I'm glad you were able to go back to see your previous and incredibly interesting workplace. If someone were to offer to take me back to most of my adult work locations I would run away screaming!LaughLaugh

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:31 AM

York1
Very interesting, but the lawsuits are already being filed.

I wonder if this was a case of bad engineering or bad construction? It will be interesting to follow the fallout.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 2:57 AM

Good Morning!

Lots of traffic up in the sky - flocks of geese, herons and cranes heading south. Sometimes they take a stopover in the meadow behind our house. While a nice sight, the noise these little birds emit is deafening!

I don´t feel inclined to visit the places I used to work. The moment you leave, the moment you are forgotten, not even a past memory in most instances. The only place people will remember me (just as a name and not a person) is a factory near Madrid that I had built. There is plaque inserted in the floor of the lobby with my name on it. The people that work there these days are stomping over me every day - not a nice thought.

Petra and I have dentist´s appointments ahead of us. Petra needs a repair job on a tooth which had been recently done, and I am in just for my routine professional cleaning job. Nothing to worry about!

I leave it to the Bear to provide more videos and info on New Zealand now. Howver, I found a quite interesting video on railroading in Colorado, filmed in 1916 by Henry Ford´s cameramen.

Enjoy!

Happy times!

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:26 AM

Not as old as Ulrichs 1916 Colorado video , here's a collection from the late 40s, early 50's, and yes, it has JA footage! Big Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zYbjID-7Lg

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:03 AM

Good morning.  I'll have a black coffee please. 

Well one more day of work and it's off to Mandan North Dakota tomarro to see our new Grandson Xavier.  He was 2 months old yesterday.  We're looking forward to our visit.

Have a good day all.

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:48 AM

Good morning.  Lots of black coffee this morning, please.

Too cold to walk outside this morning, so it was the college field house again.  One good thing -- the college softball team was practicing batting this morning.  The track is elevated, so I could look down at the practice while I walked.  Not as boring.

The cold weather reminds me that I have a lot of projects outdoors that I won't get to, again.  I'm sure that will continue over the next years, and when I am underground at the cemetery, there will still be unfinished projects I "just didn't get around to".  

Tinplate Toddler
I don't feel inclined to visit the places I used to work. The moment you leave, the moment you are forgotten, not even a past memory in most instances.

I kind of feel the same way.  It must be a personal thing, because I have no wish to go to class reunions or alumni gatherings, either.

Have fun with the new grandchild, TF!

Hope everyone has a good day today, whatever you are doing.  

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Posted by BRAKIE on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:49 AM

A kind of update on the layout development..Last night over supper we decided to drop the second main until a better idea comes along..The double track down the straight sections of the dog bone made it look like a 4 track main line.Sigh

As far as turkeys...It's the wrong time of the year to be a turkey.Dinner

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:37 AM

Yeah...  Well swing by Richardton on your way home. Just ask for Br. Elias.

(Free Lunch comes with that offer!)

 

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:38 PM

I was able to make a quick trip to Flagstaff to see my new grandson. It is nice to have a grandchild close enough that the drive up doesn't include a stay in a hotel or getting on an airplane. This little guy is a sweet kid. Nothing quite like the feeling of having a one-week-old baby fall asleep on your chest. I don't think I mentioned that his mother delivered him without and drugs for the pain. She didn't want any drugs delivered to the baby before he was born.

I decided to ride the motorcycle on this trip. I learned a few things on the ride up and back (165 miles each way). First, a lighter bike with a lighter rider gets knocked around pretty good in gusting winds. Second, my bike had an appetite for premium gas. I ran mid-grade on the way up and it was sluggish on the steeper hills. Premium on the way home and it was noticeably more responsive. Third, chaps are amazing when the temperature starts to drop.

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:58 PM

I think I need a golden horseshoe or 4 leaf clover at this point.  That one who was interested in model railroading and possibly dating me, ended up falling for someone between when we talked.  Ugh. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:37 PM

Evening Friends

Kind of slow around here across the board on a Tuesday night. 

My bags are packed and I'm jumping states to North Dakota tomorrow morning.

Lion I pm'ed you,  at least I think I did.  I will be in Mandan North Dakota this weekend and would like to treat you to that Rare Prime Rib dinner at the Roadhouse. 

I don't get there that often and would consider it a privilege to cross pathes.

Give me a shout if you wish..... or a Roar.

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:36 PM

One day at Akron Junction:

 4070_Akron-Jct_8-17-75 by Edmund, on Flickr

The B&O Pittsburgh - Chichago main line is passing above just over the GP-30 there. The 4070 has just arrived from Cleveland, while wying the engine we stop in at the little, three-stall roundhouse for some water, then run-around the train for the return trip.

These were some really fun times Yes

I hope everyone is doing well. We just discovered my sister has died of unknown causes. My wife went to check on her after getting no answer on the phone. Coroner may determine cause. We will try to bring her cat here but that may be a bit too much stress for the cat, trying to adjust to a new home, owner and five other cats...

We shall see.

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:39 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk a Buffalo.

 Shopping for a driffrent computer is hard. 15 years ago I knew what was good and what was bad. Now? Whistling I think I know the max DDR3 can support is 16 of ram gigs. So DDR4 would be better I think with up too 32 gigs of ram. The there is the CPU, boy that is way over my head. Inter I-3, I-4 or what ever.

 Just want to stop by to say I am a live.

 Got to go kill the wife.

 Later Ken

 PS, I am not really going to kill her as far as you know.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:34 AM
Ed, sorry to read about your sister.
 
“Have not heard of that! Is that 3´6" gauge 1/120 scale on 9mm tracks?
 
Gidday Ulrich, as I don’t wish to hijack that thread, I thought I would tell you here, that you are correct. As I said, using Larry’s premise, I would probably have given it a go, but, as my eye sight is no longer 20/20, I may have regretted dealing with N gauge mechanisms, especially as I would have wanted to model NZR steam.
 
Here’s a link…
 
 
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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:57 AM

Good Morning!

Just coffee for me this morning, please! I have to get ready for my dentist´s appointment. Nothing serious or painful, just a regular check-up and professional cleaning, which helps me to keep the remaining chinaware in my mouth.

Thanks, Bear, for the clarification. I agree, tinkering with those small mechanisms is hopeless, once the eyes start to go bad and the hands began to tremble. N scale (or any derivative from that) is fine, as long as you don´t want to open those critters up, scratchbuild or kitbash stuff.

 

Happy times!

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