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Jeffrey´s Track Side Diner - October, 2019 - This Month Visiting New Zealand

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:56 AM

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Did N&W 611 really haul freight trains? With her streamlining, she looks more like a fast passenger engine to me!

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When I toured the museum in Roanoke they said that in the end of her career, 611 was used for freight service as a back-up piece of motive power.

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I am sure the N&W fans in here can provide much more detail.

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TOP OF THE PAGE on a Thursday Morning in Florida!

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Lets all have a tall glass of cold milk to start the day.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:12 AM

SeeYou190
Lets all have a tall glass of cold milk to start the day.

Quoting Shakespeare, Macbeth:"Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o' th' Milke of humane kindnesse."

Happy times!

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Posted by Steven Otte on Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:38 AM

If we're going to have a Florida breakfast, let's have a Florida breakfast! Cranberry-orange pancakes and a big glass of OJ! 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:51 AM

Good morning ..... 

I'll have coffee and ......... well well well .....hmmmmm .....

Thanks, Steve O. for the scrumptious goody........... 

Also, thanks to Ulrich for a yummy apple goody.

Ricky ...... It sounds like you attended a great train show, and purchased some good items. 

Bear ..... Thanks for sharing pictures of NZ and Kiwi Rail. 

Ed ...... I see a kitty cat in the wood pile. ...... The UP train photo is awesome.  .... We have a book, Dinner in the Diner, with lots of old Railroad dining car recipes. We had to revise the quantities downward because we don't normally want enough to serve 50 or so people. LOL 

Kevin ..... Regarding 611, it was apparently like other passeneger locomotives. Railroads would demote older passenger locomotives to freight service before retiring them. That also was the case with diesel passenger locomotives. 

 

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Here is a picture taken in Heartland... 

 

 

Happy Model Railroading 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:18 AM

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Here is a picture taken in Heartland...   

Great looking part of your layout, Garry.

 

Good morning.  No milk or Florida breakfast for me this morning!  Get me bacon, eggs, and coffee.  For dessert, add some hashbrowns and sausage.

It's raining this morning, so I had to walk in the college field house.  It's nice to have the field house, but I get tired of walking indoors in circles on the 200 meter track.  It's much more interesting to walk the trail along the creek in the morning.

Right now it's 43°, and that is our high temperature for the day.  It will be falling quickly in about an hour.  Fall is here.  I got some firewood in the house, and I can't wait for the smell of the fireplace, sitting in my rocker next to the fire, and drinking coffee. 

I have been looking at pictures of restaurants to see if I can find one to build.  I'm looking forward to it.  I have scratchbuilt most of the structures on the layout, but one thing I bought each time are the windows.  I think I'll try making the windows this time and see how they come out.  N Scale windows may make me say things I shouldn't.

Each time the forum has problems, I go into withdrawal.

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:22 AM

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Railroads would demote older passenger locomotives to freight service before retiring them.

That´s something which never happened in my country. Those thoroughbred passenger steamers would have done a bad job on freight trains. OTOH, freight engines could be seen in branchline passenger service until the very end of steam.

In Britain, it was also common to relegate passenger steam engines to freight duty. It must have been a heartbreaking sight to see a once proud Gresley A4 streamlined Pacific in a rather derelict state, pulling a freight train.

Happy times!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:32 AM

Here are pasenger diesels in freight service prior to retirement. This train has six E5 units still geared for passenger speeds. Traction motors are being burned out as they slowly haul a freight train in Colorado. Soon afterwards, they were traded in to EMD for SD40's. 

 

 

 

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:54 AM

Ed: MSG is a suspected trigger for migraines. If I eat anything with MSG in it, 45 minutes later my head feels like it is going to explode.

Ulrich: The Apfelpfannkuchen looks amazing. I will bet it tastes even better.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:57 AM

I had to ask the conductor what these decals on NYCT equipment were for...

 

Apparently it was the subway's contribution to gay pride week.

 

ROAR

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

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Posted by CNCharlie on Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:02 AM

Good Morning,

We are getting a Colorado low here which means wind and the white stuff. A little early for that. We are expecting 2-5" today, tonight and again tomorrow. Mixed in with rain at times as the temp is just above freezing. I bet Lion's paws are freezing. 

In Canada passenger steam was used for freight at the end of steam. I have pictures and video of Royal Hudsons hauling freight. CN tended to build dual duty locos so their vast fleet of Northerns were built to be used in either passenger or freight use but unlike other roads they used steam on passenger trains right to the end. 

Nothing on the agenda for today. Perhaps I'll run a train or two, drink coffee and ignore the stuff falling from the sky. 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:14 AM

Broadway 137th Street: Waiting for a train.

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

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:21 AM

It would be interesting to see a picture of Lion in his native habitat underground NYC.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:20 AM

York1

It would be interesting to see a picture of Lion in his native habitat underground NYC.

 

 

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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 BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:34 AM

Thde Times Square Shuttle...

The platform will be lengthened and the curve removed. They will be removing the veiw seen below, replacing it with a wall.

 ROARING!!!

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

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:43 AM

 

The LION recorded this for the sound track rather than for the video.

 

Time it to findout how long it takes a 500' train to pass a given point.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:42 PM

Turned on the boob tube to watch Nascar racing news and they  had a 2 hour live, championship "I-Race"  It's a video game, I suppose the racers are in simulators around the country.  They said one of the Nascar drivers, Austin Dillon, owns an I-Racing team.  That must be easier on the pocketbook than real racing cars.

It looked reasonable realistic, so you have to be impressed by the technology of both the visual presentation and the reaction of the cars.  Then they show you a 'in car camera" of a teenager with headphones sitting in a chair and turning a steering wheel.  They had regular Nascar announcers, Steve Latarte and Parker Klingerman announcing the race.

A 17 yo kid just won $40,000.  I didn't find the excitement of the announcers contagious.  It must be a sport for the cell phone generation.

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:52 PM

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. . .A 17 yo kid just won $40,000. I didn't find the excitement of the announcers contagious. It must be a sport for the cell phone generation.

It is a very lucrative profession for the top-tier "gamers." Richest Pro Gamers in the World

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:39 PM

It was nice to see the Lion finally posting his New York Subway vacation stuff while he was in New York...... I've never been on a subway, they are interesting.

 

 

TF

 

 

I'll be in North Dakota before the end of the month and I'll buy you a Rare Prime Rib Lion...... You can count on that.

 

 

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Posted by cudaken on Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:41 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo give the gang and I a Beer and Dirk Pip a Blue Buffalo Health Bar treat. He loves his Buffalo treats!

 Computer Problems. Turns out the Modem I rent from Spectrum is so old they stopped supporting it. After 3 hours talking to 3 driffrent Tecks on two diffrent days I said "Could it be because of the age of the Modem?" Exchanged it yesterday and got on line. Sorry I did not post yesterday.

 Yesterday besides getting back on line I cut down a good sizes limb from the frontyard. Been something I have been wanting to do all summer. Hung over the Wifes car and dripped sap on it.

 Dirk Pip the new Money Pitt. When we got Dirk he had one Wellness Visit paid for by Partners For Pets. He had been shaking is head a lot but there Vet said it was just a little ear wax. Told there Vet he chews on his feet a lot, we where told it was just a nervous thing and not to worry?

 Nope they where wrong. Took Dirk to our vet today as a work in Patient and we had to be patinet! Took 1.5 hours to be seen? But time seem to past quickly with Pip being there and he was a good dog. Turns out he does have a Ear Infection and foot infections from him chewing on them. He is now on a Meds for his ears and a antibiotics for his ears and feet. I did say Oh S with 3 letters when I was told the bill was $110.50. I was thinking say $75.00? But he is worth evey penny.

 Later None Smoking Ken

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:17 PM

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Turns out the Modem I rent from Spectrum is so old they stopped supporting it.

Sounds familiar, Ken Whistling

The modem is the first place I look when I have "connectivity" problems. Mine has several status LEDs for power, DSL, network activity and wi-fi status. Sometimes a reset is necessary. 

Good to have you back!

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:00 PM

Dianne and I went for a fall colour tour on Thursday. The colours in central Ontario are at their peak right now. We decided to head up to Gravenhurst and then take the Muskoka Beach Road to Bracebridge. That road is one of the nicest drives in the area. Almost totally tree lined, twisty and nice and slow. The colours were spectacular.

Unfortunately we had a little incident along the way. We stopped to admire the view at a beach just north of Gravenhurst and Dianne decided to take the opportunity to use the public washroom. Right in front of the door to the ladies washroom there was a dip in the sidewalk where the sidewalk had been lowered to form a wheel chair ramp. Dianne didn't see the depression and proceeded to lose her balance as her foot settled into it. The result was that she did a header right into the sidewalk. That required three stitches in her forehead and she has multiple scrapes, bruises and sprained muscles.

She is okay now. We are watching her for any strange behaviour or symptoms just in case she has a brain injury but the ER doctor said that would be unlikely. We had to cut the trip short, but if she is feeling up to it tomorrow we will retrace our steps (not hers specificallySmile, Wink & GrinLaugh) and finish the tour.

We are both glad that nothing more serious happened.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, October 11, 2019 2:29 AM
Gidday Chloe, a soothing drink for Dianne, Dave probably needs one as well, please, good to hear that she is OK, though!
 
New Zealand earns the bulk of it’s living from exporting agricultural products, and at its peak in 1982, there was 22 sheep per person, which has dropped to currently 5.6 per person, mainly because sheep and beef farms having been converted to dairy farms.
I was bought up on a sheep and beef farm and a lamb leg roast, with all the trimmings on Sundays was the done thing.  (Actually, we mainly ate hogget, which is a sheep aged between 1 and 2 years, taster than lamb but not a tough as mutton, not that mutton necessarily is tough.)
So, dig in everyone.
 
Leg o lamb by Bear, on Flickr
 
I was recently given a cardboard postal tube which contains large prints of early New Zealand Railways locomotives. This one was reasonably easy to identify.
New Zealand Railway UB 331, 4-6-0, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, build no: 18578/01, in service from 11-6-1901 until March 1955. Having been buried, along with classmate 330, in a railway embankment as river protection, enough has been recovered that future restoration to operational status is possible.
 
UB331 by Bear, on Flickr
 
And while I’m on the topic of US built locomotives in New Zealand, here’s the only Mallet in the country, the former Taupo Totara Timber Co. No 7, a 2-4-4-2 built by ALCO, and shipped here in 1913.
 
 
“Farming is a profession of hope.” -Brian Brett.
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to all that need them.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Friday, October 11, 2019 4:49 AM

I do actually find the subway fascinating, and seeiibg the guts hidden away is pretty upsetting  to me.

Good to see you back, modems are a wonderful machine.....when they work. 

Glad she's okay Dave. Head injuries are never fun. I actually ended up tripping over a ground throw at the East broad top once. Wasnt looking where i was backing up and, i ended up on my rear. Embarassed but fine. 

Nascar irracing isnt terrible, it was a better race than Dover was- and thats even with one of my guys winning it. My guys are Blaney,Larson. So it was a conflicting day for me. Let's just hope Ryan Blaney can pull off the upset at Talladega this weekend. 

  My dcc system came in on weds, and it runs like a champ. 20 mins to set up and im good to go.  Of course, now ei have to drop feeders and run a bus line. I also need to remove a cinderblock out of a wall, a weight baring wall i think.  So it'll have to be braced. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, October 11, 2019 6:16 AM

Good morning I'll have a black coffee please.

I get an early day off today as I will finish my basement framing job this morning.  I call it soffit city.  There was ductwork everywhere to bury.

I am sometimes reminded of the importance of safety in the workplace down to every last tool.  I left my Wonderbar in the walk path, slipped on it and came down hard sideways on the tip of it on my knee.  I'm feeling that this morningCrying.

 

The subway photos sure are interesting.  Must be a big part of your life if you live in New York and don't want to be stuck in traffic.  Honestly I would'nt have any desire to go down there though.  I would imagine there's a few gaps in security in a big city like New York.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 11, 2019 6:17 AM

Track fiddler
I've never been on a subway, they are interesting.

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I love visiting New York City and riding the subways everywhere.

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The public transportation system in New York is simply incredible.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, October 11, 2019 6:55 AM

SeeYou190

 

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I love visiting New York City and riding the subways everywhere.

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The public transportation system in New York is simply incredible.

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-Kevin

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I would imagine the times you are there is usually for business and you have to get somewhere in a timely manner. 

Have you ever seen anything creepy or uncomfortable down there?  Maybe living in the country most of my life, I have an untrue picture painted in my mind.

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Friday, October 11, 2019 8:27 AM

Good Afternoon!

What a day! All grey and wet! One of these days when you ask yourself why you did get up in the morning when it is better to just stay in bed.

Dave - I am glad that Dianne´s accident ended without any really worrying injuries. Here is to a speedy recovery!

Speaking od subways - I have had the pleasure of riding the subways of New York, Paris, London. Madrid, Hamburg and Berlin. The one system I was most fascinated by was the Paris "Metro". One thing the various systems have in common, is the smell, but only on dry days. When it rains, the London Underground smells like - well, I´d say a wet dog! At no place I ever encountered anything creepy or scaring, although there are sometimes strange people to be found "down under".

In quite a few cities, the subways are an integrated part of the streetcar network - not a bad idea.

Well, back to New Zealand! Today´s video takes a look at the final days of steam in New Zealand. Enjoy this 1967 footage "Kb Country"!

 

Happy times!

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Posted by York1 on Friday, October 11, 2019 8:47 AM

Good morning, everyone.  Cold, windy, and a few snow flakes over night.

 

The NYC subways are amazing.  First, I rode them in the early 1970s.  They were dirty, smelly, covered with graffiti, and the stations were no better.

Now, it is a completely different story.  The trains are clean, no smell, no graffiti, and safe.  The stations are well kept and safe.

I've never felt unsafe or concerned.  NYC has other issues, but the city itself is so much cleaner, safer, and better than it used to be in the 1970s.  I understand they are now one of the safest cities in the world.

 

JaBear, you are one of the few people I have known from NZ.  We have a man in our small town who is from there.  Even though he has been here for many years, he still has an NZ accent.

On a trip through northern Canada and Alaska some years ago, I met a couple who were from New Zealand.  They had started a sausage-making business there, made it successful, sold it, and they moved to Switzerland.  They were now continual travelers, on their 4th consecutive time around the world.  As I said a while back, I have always wanted to visit NZ, but at my stage in life, I know it won't happen.  My vacations are now to visit grandchildren.  From pictures I can see it is a beautiful country -- you must be proud of it.

Glad to hear your wife is not seriously hurt, Dave.  It could have been much worse.

Track Fiddler, same for you.  Glad you weren't hurt worse.  I've done the same thing in my shed, tripping over something that I should not have placed in the way.  Of course, I'm getting to the age now when I trip on a completely level clear surface.

Ken, I think you're probably not the only one with modem problems.  My wireless is needing to be reset pretty often right now.  I think it's time for a new one.

Hope everyone has a good day.

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Friday, October 11, 2019 9:30 AM

Anxiously awaiting the arrival of grandkid #8. This is my youngest daughter's first and the little guy is a week late. I told my daughter it must be a momma's boy.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 11, 2019 10:03 AM

Track fiddler
I would imagine the times you are there is usually for business and you have to get somewhere in a timely manner. 

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I have never been to New York for business.

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I usually go for three days/two nights and stay in Manhattan somewhere on the number 1 line. 

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Yes, the subways are full of creepy and uncomfortable sights! I have never felt like I was in danger ever in New York City. It is good for three days, I can imagine any longer than that and it would begin to get on my nerves.

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I need to go again soon.

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-Kevin

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