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Posted by York1 on Monday, October 14, 2019 8:47 AM

Good morning.  Too cold to walk outside this morning, so I hit the college field house again.  Around and around in a 200 meter circle.  Not my favorite thing to do, but the walk always does me good. 

Not much going on today.  My wife still wants to see the Downton Abbey movie.  She never missed an episode, so I will probably take her to that this evening.  Not something I look forward to.  I didn't watch the TV series, and I have no desire to watch the movie.

Have a good day, everyone.

Edit:  I see that for the second time in a row, I'm on top!

My treat this morning.  Start with a Bloody Mary, then a full breakfast.  The best meal of the day.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, October 14, 2019 10:39 AM

Good morning 

York 1 / John .... Thanks for the big breakfast. 

Ken ...  I'm glad you are enjoying Dirk ,  but it is sad his original owners could not keep him.  It must be difficult for a pet to be separated from people who had been taking my care of him. 

Ulrich ... I recall when diesel locomotives were made to look good , and I remember the transition in the 1960's to Second Generation locomotives .  For example EMD F units were replaced with locomotives such as GP40's.  The F's looked better. 

Ray ... I hope you enjoy your date at the concert.

Bear ... The pavlova looks good. 
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Today , we are very concerned about our brother-in-law in Nashville.  He is having surgery tomorrow to replace a heart valve. The operation is expected to be 6 hours. 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Monday, October 14, 2019 11:08 AM

Good Morning,

We had a major storm on Friday and Saturday here. A Colorado low brought heavy wet snow and high winds that knocked out power to thousands and also damaged thousands of trees. The tree damage was worse than normal as many still had their leaves so the heavy wet snow caused limbs to snap. We had an old crabapple tree in our back yard that lost at least half of its limbs. Really sad looking now as it was a beautiful tree. We also had a major 'stalk' of a pyramidal cedar snap off. My wife and I were up most of Friday night knocking snow off of tree limbs with a couple of long poles. We were able to save our pine tree that way and a few large cedar shrubs. I now have a large pile of limbs I had to cut sitting in the middle of the back lawn. All I had to cut was a limbing saw which was slow work on a 4" limb especially as the wood was very wet. We have never had a storm like that in October. 

Today I will start cleaning up the branches piled on the back lawn. It will take a few days. Not sure what to do with them as all the tree services will be busy. I will try to cut and bundle it hoping the city will pick it up on refuse day. 

Just a few miles east of the city they got rain and a few miles west they got twice as much snow. 

Bear, lamb chops with mint sauce was my Father's favourite dish. I like lamb especially a nice roast. My wife can't stand it but her family never ate it. Perhaps it is something you have to grow up with. 

Jimmy, I only had a few girl friends as a young man and met my wife when I was 33 so don't give up hope. I was fussy and a bit shy I suppose. 

Well time to get going. It is only about 35F outside so I won't be going out for very long. Besides we have a hoard of Juncos here that are desperate to get some food after the storm. 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, October 14, 2019 11:08 AM

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Today , we are very concerned about our brother-in-law in Nashville. He is having surgery tomorrow to replace a heart valve. The operation is expected to be 6 hours.

While not a walk in the park, this type of surgery is a routine job. Like with any surgery, there is a risk attached to it, the main one being having to rely on artificial respiration for that long a time. An incorrect monitoring of the oxygen level caused my mother to develop vascular dementia, an illness quite similar to Alzheimer´s. Angel for your BIL´s recovery!

Heartland Division CB&Q
I recall when diesel locomotives were made to look good

Those were the days railroads were run by railroaders and not controllers! Railroads took pride in the looks of their engines, which they don´t do these days. Engines are just a piece of expensive equipment, designed to do the job and nothing else. They are not seen as brand ambassadors, which really is a pity.

Just to see how Diesel engine design evolved from the 1950s to present day in my country...

1950s:

1960/70s:

Today:

While not as ugly as the EMD class 66, the new generation of mainline Diesel locomotives by Bombardier don´t look much different from their electric cousins, which have a rather unprepossessing appearance to my eye.

Happy times!

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Posted by BNSF UP and others modeler on Monday, October 14, 2019 11:32 AM

What are you guys talking about?!?! I LOVE the GE GEVO line and most of the geeps and SD's of today. Modern locomotives look COOL!

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 SeeYou190 on Monday, October 14, 2019 11:36 AM

I woke up in Atlanta this morning and it is in the 50s and raining.

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Almost froze to death I did.

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-Kevin

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, October 14, 2019 2:30 PM

Good afternoon all, it is a sunny 12c on the West Coast. 

I need to hop on the Deere as the monsoons are moving in tonight for a number of days and I want to vapourize the plate size maple leaves that are all over the place.

Did an extra few km on the bike this morning as I really pigged out this weekend with all the good food around, I'll do an off day burn tomorrow just to be sure, maybe a quick 1000 calories.

Charlie, if we leave big branches out at the street the city will come and grind them up for $25.00. Not many people know about the service but I use it all the time. They did charge me $50.00 for this pile though. Still a really good deal.

 

Daughter catches the 0700hrs ferry in the morning and #1 son flies in on Friday for his nine-day break. He writes his mid-term and goes right to the airport as soon as he is done. He speaks French and Spanish fluently and scoots right through security in the multi-lingual line where there is never a wait. Laugh

Father in law bought a new Mercedes SUV and on their first trip upcountry had a muffler off the big truck in front of them hit them. They were doing 130 kph and the damage was extensive. 

Well, best stopped being a deadbeat and get mowing.

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Posted by maxman on Monday, October 14, 2019 2:40 PM

Tinplate Toddler

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like two units going very fast backed into each other.

Or Scotty had a transporter malfunction again.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, October 14, 2019 2:44 PM

maxman
Looks like two units going very fast backed into each other.

Our engines usually have a cab at each end.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, October 14, 2019 7:27 PM
hon30critter
Bear, demand more money and work fewer hours!!

 

"A bit hard, Dave as I while I’m self employed, I am also responsible for keeping staff employed."
 
As far as retirement is concerned, I'm sure you will get there when you are ready. I am so glad to be retired that I can hardly express the words. My job selling installed home improvements for Sears Canada had become a nightmare. One in three customers was getting screwed because of bad terrible workmanship. Management was so incompetent that they made the situations worse.
 
I figured that you have a strong work ethic!
 
The dessert looks wonderful!
 
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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, October 14, 2019 7:42 PM

BATMAN
Dave keep an eye on your wife. My FIL found himself laying on the ground with the dog sitting next to him in a remote part of the local park. He had slipped on some ice and thought he just fell but then realized there was a bunch of snow on him and the dog so figured he knocked himself out cold for quite a while. He went to the Doc and had scans and all was good. A little over a year later he got dizzy all of a sudden and went to the Doc who called an Ambulance and they got him into Vancouver and right on the table to fix a bad brain bleed. Looking at the old scans, there was nothing to indicate the two instances were connected but as they said, they couldn't be 100% sure

That is the scary part about head injuries. They can haunt you for the rest of your life. Dianne is improving slightly. We see the doctor on Thursday to have the stitches removed and to see if there is something else we can do. She is going stir crazy. She hasn't looked at an electronic screen of any sort since the fall last Thursday, and she can't even read the newspaper without getting lightheaded.

Thanks for your concern.

Dave

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, October 14, 2019 8:53 PM

Dave .... Continued prayers for Dianne.

Ulrich ..... Thanks much for your thoughts and prayers regarding our BIL who is having heart surgery tomorrow. 

 

Everybody ........ Have a nice evning. 

GARRY

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:00 PM

I am back home after being up in Flagstaff for the birth of my gransdon. Yesterday morning I held a human that had only been breathing air for 2 1/2 hours. The last time I held a baby that young was when I held his mother over 26 years ago.

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Posted by dredgeboater on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:47 PM

Richard,

Congrats on your promotion to be GrandPa....

It also makes you aware of your own mortality, having been lucky enough to be a GP 3 times...

Enjoy the upgrowing of the little one, it goes way too fast, and before you know they go off to school...

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:48 PM

RideOnRoad
I am back home after being up in Flagstaff for the birth of my gransdon. Yesterday morning I held a human that had only been breathing air for 2 1/2 hours. The last time I held a baby that young was when I held his mother over 26 years ago.

Hey Richard!

Congratulations to you and your daughter and your son-in-law!! I'm sure the experience was incredible!

Dianne and I are still a couple of years away from that stage in our lives. We are looking forward to it.

Dave

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:59 PM

RideOnRoad

I am back home after being up in Flagstaff for the birth of my gransdon. Yesterday morning I held a human that had only been breathing air for 2 1/2 hours. The last time I held a baby that young was when I held his mother over 26 years ago.

 

 

Good news, Richard ! ......... Thanks for sharing it with us. 

GARRY

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Posted by cudaken on Monday, October 14, 2019 10:25 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk has had his treat for the night.

 Richard Congrats on the new Grand Child. All I will ever have are grand dogs.

 Work Front Well the best part was Nancy did not show up! Yes Only had 3 customers in 9 hours. Some Hoilday sale. Thumbs Down

 Off to the VA Hosptial Tuesday. Hmm Have to be there at 11:30 so I have to leave around 10:30.

 After that off to Charter. Seems my TV Modem died in the family room. Have not had TV for 4 days now in there. I miss it while I am eating.

 All so have to buy a new Gas Heater for the Garage / Train room. Mine died last year and I did not like using a Propane Gas Heater. Luckly my Citi Bank Card is giving me no intrest till June 2020 so that helps.

 Trains are running great and Dirk says woolf.

 Later Ken

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:43 AM

Smile

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:03 AM

RideOnRoad

I am back home after being up in Flagstaff for the birth of my gransdon. Yesterday morning I held a human that had only been breathing air for 2 1/2 hours. The last time I held a baby that young was when I held his mother over 26 years ago.

 

 

I bet that was some feeling!

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Posted by GMTRacing on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 8:01 AM

Good Morning All,

    Back in the shop after all the travels/travails. In short order Danville, Va  Richmond, Va (with the wife in her 172 Cessna) Austin, Tx and then Watkins Glen, Ny. We're done now until the second week of November though we do still have a crew in Houston to cover the US Grand Prix weekend support race the first week in November (I don't have to go). 

   Trying to get caught up with a lot of stuff at home and in the shop but if I can find and transfer my NZ pics I have stills of Glenbrook Vintage Railway and the Dunedin Railway as well. The Dunedin station is magnificent and while spending time with the brides to be on the love train the film crew missed some spectacular views as the train wound its' way along the cliffs on the side of the river. The unique thing about the vintage steam in New Zealand is they allow it access to the Kiwi Rail mains so proper excursions are possible. I also have buried somewhere some pics of the very efficient commuter rail that branched from Pukekohe to Auckland and in the southern part of North Island around the capital at Wellington. 

   Hope those of you ailing make full recoveries - diners, loved ones and pets as well - catch you all later.       J.R.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:05 AM

Good Afternoon!

It´s an unusual sunny and warm day today! Very enjoyable!

Our friend down south informed me, that the renovation of the apartment she is selling is progressing nicely, so it will enter the market by the end of the month. The apartment is in a choice location and should sell quickly. This gives us hope that we will be out of here late spring early summer, providing the Danish government has no objections!

How about some New Zealand steam noise?

 

Happy times!

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:57 AM

There are LIONS in Noo Zeeland,  but they seem to be in hiding.

 

ROAR

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Here there be cats.                                LIONS with CAMERAS

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:33 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer and Dirk Blue Buffalo Health Treat.

 Garry I have the feeling I look something like is old Doggie Daddy. He looks at me like I know you, but who are you? Either that or What are you up to? Hmm Either way he has settle in and seems happy.

 VA Health Front. While still a pain in the Caboose it did not go that bad. My Intern Dr Sandeep is learing better bed side maners. Last time I was there he kept saying the samething over and over again. Main thing that dives me nuts about my wife! Bang Head This time he would bring up what he would like me to do and then drop it.

 I am old but not Feeble Minded yet. I understand what he was saying. Last time all he did was make me Angry and I would have walked today if he did it again!

 Later none smoking Ken and Dirk Pip said Woof.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:06 PM

Good evening ...

After 8 hours in the operating room, our Brother-in-Law apparently will be okay.   He needed two heart valves replaced instead of just one as was originally expected.   ... It was a very long day for family members. ... 

 

Ken ... It is very good to hear Dirk is happy being with you. 

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08 PM

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After 8 hours in the operating room, our Brother-in-Law apparently will be okay.

That's good news Garry! Wish him well from all of us on the forums.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:47 AM

Good Morning!

The rain hammering against the windows woke me up early this morning. It´s going to be a wet rest of the week - bah!

Garry - that is good news, indeed! The engine will be good for many more miles now, with a new set of valves and  a new head gasket Smile, Wink & Grin It has to be broken in slowly, though. Will your BIL go into a rehab facility for that? My Mom did.

D&RG #168 has concluded a series of tests and was taken on the road for the first time yesterday! What a beauty!

And, of course, a new video of her!

She´s my favorite!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:39 AM

Howdy .... 

Dave .... Thanks for your thoughtful post. 

Ulrich .... Thanks .... My BIL should be able to go home in a few days. ... D&RG 168 look great. 

 

 

GARRY

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:57 AM

BroadwayLion
There are LIONS in Noo Zeeland,  but they seem to be in hiding.

 

There are lions in my little town, and they are not hiding.  One was just seen about five blocks from my house.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:59 AM

LIONS and TIGERS anf that one is a BEAR, OH MY!

 

ROARING

 

 

Bear claws anyone?

 

 

ROARING

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:33 PM

BroadwayLion
There are LIONS in Noo Zeeland,  but they seem to be in hiding.

Smile

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