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Posted by CapnCrunch on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 9:50 PM

Thanks for posting the 1908 GCT construction photo Ed.  The enlarged view was really spectacular.  Somebody should model it. :-)

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:50 PM

Harrison: Great railfanning pictures from around New York. I hope to see lots of sharing this month from the New Yorkers in here.

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Hope everybody is safe and warm... I'm not. It is way too cold in Atlanta right now. I need to get back to the South where it is warm.

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-Kevin

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Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:08 PM

mbinsewi
I love old photos like that.

I do too, Mike Yes

Here's another, from what I can tell this would be looking south and this is the west elevation of the concourse around Vanderbilt & 43rd.

 GCT_1908-W by Edmund, on Flickr

There is some formwork at the left, mostly on the second level. Lots of activity. That second level clearly shows one of the passenger platforms still formed in with the diagonal bracing. GCT had two levels of platforms and the upper one was mainly used for the long-distance trains.

This is about as close as I can get to a contemporary look:

 GCT_Vanderbilt-43rd by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:16 PM

Sorry about this guys... I know the diner has not been in Georgia for a couple of months, but I still am here, and I enjoy sharing my travels.

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I was stuck in Georgia for the New Year's holiday. On Monday and Tuesday I had year-end meetings in Atlanta. On Thursday and Friday I need to complete the final inspections on my new Atlanta facility.

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So... what to do today? As usual, I hopped in the rental car and drove to places I have never been before.

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I started at the new Ian Henderson's Antique Mall in Milledgeville, Georgia. This is the new location since they moved from Monroe. It is not as nice a location, but they have a Lindy's booth that I had not picked through before. I found a half dozen undecorated train cars here.

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Then I headed to Gray, Georgia, where I had never been before. What a fantastic little town. I had a good burger for lunch at a local bar & grille called the "Pickle Barrel". 

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Gray also provided good examples of three of my favorite subjects to photograph, Train Depots, County Courthouses, and Churches.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:23 PM

Me three and I'm hitting the rack.

It was a perfect day.  I will be taking my daughter to her job in the morning and heading home.

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:29 PM

Track fiddler
Me three and I'm hitting the rack.

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Me as well. I need to get up at 6:00 AM, so I am looking at only about five hours of sleep.

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Everyone take care.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:51 PM

I especially liked how my daughter captured the steam videos for me.

I had the Durango & Silverton Freight in Winter and the  Flying Scotsman comes home for crying out loud.

I guess my daughter must listen to me and I'm proud to be her Father.

 

 

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Posted by Harrison on Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:46 AM

Tinplate Toddler

 

 
CNCharlie
New York is a place I have only visited once and that was in May, 1992. We went there primarily to hear Jose Carreras sing at Carnegie Hall. Saw some sites too, but nothing RR related.

 

Make that twice for me - in the same month and year. I also saw Carreras at Carnegie Hall and we may have met without knowing it. I must admit I was quite impressed with the Big Apple, but not always in a positive manner. The driver of the limmo who picked me up at the airport had quite a time to circumnavigate the truck-sized potholes in the road and I was not really particularly fond of the trash storm hitting my face. I liked my stroll through Greenwich Village, the ride with the subway and seeing a flying airplane actually below me when being at the top of the Empire State building. My highlight was talking to Carreras after his concert, though. I was with a well known record label in those days and we tried to win him for a recording with us.

 

Although I have lived in NY all my life, and been as far south as Tarrytown, I have never been into the city. Sad I have been to Montreal, Detroit, and Buffalo, and maybe this year I'll get to go.

Harrison

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Route of the famous "Montreal Limited"

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:54 AM

Good morning.  It's not real cold, but still not warm enough to walk outside, so I spent my time at the fieldhouse.

My wife and I have a tradition of seeing a movie on New Year's Day.  When our daughters were young, this usually meant a Disney animated movie.  Yesterday, my wife wanted to see "Knives Out".  I enjoyed it.  If you're looking for a fun mystery movie that is not gory or dark, I recommend it.

 

cudaken
My daughter is in the Hospital with Pneumonia. In strange way it is good news to me. Reason is the hosptial that has her think's it is cuse of the mysterious back and side pain she has had.

Praying she does better and can come home quickly.

 

SeeYou190
Gray also provided good examples of three of my favorite subjects to photograph, Train Depots, County Courthouses, and Churches.

Your pictures are great.  I think you're inspiring me to start looking in my area for some places to photograph.  Pictures I have taken in the past just don't have an artist's view like you get.

 

Have a good day everyone.

John       

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, January 2, 2020 10:12 AM

Since we are in the city od Noo 'ork

The 'ome stomping grounds of the LION some pictures shall appear. These were taken when I was on vacation in September

 

 

ROAR

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 11:12 AM

Good Evening!

Aside from a couple of imbecils setting off some firecrackers, it´s been a quiet day. Did the usual beginning of the month bank run, so we are all set for this month in money terms.

I still wonder how a sky lantern can crack through 3" thick safety glass and set the ape place on fire. I know the place quite well and there isn´t even an opening in the roof through a skay lantern could have drifted. I have a hunch that we are being told a nasty bit of fake news to disguise the real reason behind this zoo fire. Amaizingly, two chimps survived the blaze - a true New Year´s miracle!

Ken - Angel for your daughter´s speedy recovery!

As I have posted in the New Year´s resolution thread, 2020 will mark the year of my exit from the hobby. There are a number of reason´s behind that move. Number one reason is that my dexterity is impaired to a degree it´s too much of a strain to do any fine work, let a lone work with any sharp, pointed or hot objects or tools. Number 2 reason is we need every penny for the planned move to Denmark, where we will have to buy a new (used) car, as we cannot afford the Danish vehicle tax imposed on our current car if we import it. Number 3 reason is most likely again the lack of space for a layout. Last but not least I am starting to lose my interest in model railroading as I just can´t do the things I´d like to do. I will most likely donate my current Marklin layout to a person which will keep it as it is and not dismantle it. Locos and rolling stock will be sold through the usual channels. A few things I will keep, as there are too many fond memories attached to them.

Time will tell.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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

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Posted by CNCharlie on Thursday, January 2, 2020 11:22 AM

Good Morning,

Ulrich, yes we probably were at  the same Carreras concert. My wife has met him several times as she was involved with at group that did fund raising for his leukemia foundation. She was instumental in getting him to Winnipeg where he recieved a humanitarian award for his leukemia work. At the dinner for that event we sat with his personal manager. He was quite a character. 

I have been selling off a lot of my N scale stuff and will likely just leave it with a few locos and some rolling stock. The layout is in the furnace room so it isn't in the way and it has very little value so I will just leave it as is once I have sold off the last of the steam locos and a little rolling stock. 

TF, I know you model the DW&P. Do you model the green scheme or the later red, black and white? I have one DW&P RS11 that is in the green scheme. It is the smoothest running N scale loco I have owned. 

Well, we have to get out and do a few errands so see you later.

CN Charlie

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 11:57 AM

Tinplate Toddler
2020 will mark the year of my exit from the hobby.

 

While I understand your reasons, I hope this doesn't mean your exit from the forums, too.  I always look forward to your posts, and I hope you can continue that much.

John       

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:18 PM

CNCharlie - one of the highlights of my life (aside of marrying Petra and having our son) was attending the 1990 concert of Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti in Rome in the Terme di Caracalla. Pavarotti´s "Nessun Dorma" and "Torna a  Surriento" still send chivers down my spine whenever I listen to the recording. I also had the pleasure of meeting Pavarotti, who was an exceptional, slightly eccentric but amiable character. Personally, I think he surpassed Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli.

York1
I always look forward to your posts, and I hope you can continue that much.

John - that´s very kind of you! I think I´ll stick around as  long as possible, even if I won´t have to contribute much in terms of model railroading.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:42 PM

CNCharlie

TF, I know you model the DW&P. Do you model the green scheme or the later red, black and white? I have one DW&P RS11 that is in the green scheme. It is the smoothest running N scale loco I have owned. 

CN Charlie

 

 

The bloody nosed red and blue is the ones my brother and I seem to remember seeing out the school bus window back in the day Charlie. 

Our small northern wilderness school was kindergarten through 12th grade under one roof.

These are hard to find.  I found another 3606 and bought it for my Bro. for Christmas.  He was delighted.

This is also my most smooth running Loco as well Charlie.  It creeps so slow it takes to long to count the ties it's passing.

I remember the green ones as well but have'nt found any.  Post one if you canWink

I do believe when they went to the red and blue scheme they switched from DW&P to just DWP and added delivered with pride underneath.

 

Thanks

 

 

TF

 

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:13 PM

Something for laughs (a good laugh a day keeps the doctor away!).

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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

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Posted by Steven Otte on Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:49 PM

Happy New Year! I know I may be a day late, but I was busy yesterday catching up on sleep. Smile 

There are a lot of traditions around the world for what foods supposedly bring good luck for the new year. Mine used to be roast pork and sauerkraut, that is, until I married a woman who doesn't like sauerkraut. Despite her being at least 50% German blood. She always says "I'm a terrible German."

So instead the wife and I often follow the Japanese tradition of eating soba noodles. Or at least I did. Bring the wife into a Japanese restaurant and she'll go for the sushi every time. 

Another popular New Year's good-luck dish, especially in the American South and Southwest. is black-eyed peas. Give me some of that with cornbread. Mm-mm.

What do you eat to bring good luck on New Year's Day?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:05 PM

Tinplate Toddler

Something for laughs (a good laugh a day keeps the doctor away!).

 

Laugh

I'm like a parrot.  I remember all the words to all those old shows and all the words to all the goofy commercials of the 70s and 80s.

It's time to play the music it's time to light the lights it's time to get things started on The Muppet Show tonight.

It's time to put on makeup it's time to dress up right why don't you get things started on the most sensational celebrational inspirational Muffetational.... this is what we call our Muffet Show.

 

LaughLaugh I can't believe they give us a balcony to sit and watch this crap. You got that right, I'd be happy sitting back stage with the garbage.  Yep.... that would be just fine with meLaughLaugh

 

 

TF

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:05 PM

Eating in New York, I go for something Italian,  some New York Style pizza and certainly a pastrami sandwich on rye with Swiss cheese and deli mustard.

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

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, January 2, 2020 4:13 PM

Steven Otte
What do you eat to bring good luck on New Year's Day?

 

WILDEBEEST

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 4:18 PM

You know..... All these years driving by The Old Mill ruins in Dundas,  I never stopped to pay her a visit.

Today I did.  That beautiful 1800's Riverstone cannot be duplicated,  old barn weatherwood can't either. 

It just goes to show,  old is earned over the years.  Sometimes time doesn't take away..... It adds.

When I stood and pondered these ruins I wondered about the good people that used to live and work here to support their families back then. 

Just as the Old Mill is still standing today, a comforting feeling came over me that the people that used to gather here are still standing strong somewhere today.

Spirits don't go away, they just stand stronger.

When I saw her foundation still standing strong in a river that had been flowing underneath her for well over a hundred years, this site confirmed that thought.  The roof is gone, some of the walls are gone but the foundation still stands strong.

You can't read this,  my camera is'nt that good.  I thought the pictures of how she used to look and the Old Harley looking guys were cool.

The Town is extremely small.  You blink and you miss it.  Here's the Old City Hall that still exists and in service today. 

It certainly had It's share of facelifts and probably was completely rebuilt at some point but I think I still see some of the old brick.

I just thought you guys might enjoy what I saw this morning just as much as I did.  After 25 years I finally stopped to take a look.

 

 

TF

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:41 PM

 

From Forty Feet below to the heights of the EL:

The last days of the Third Avenue EL

 

 3rd_AVE_EL2 by Edmund, on Flickr

Welcome to New York!

On my first visit to NYC we ate at Jack Dempsey's place on Broadway near Times Square. The Menassa Mauler came around and chatted with the patrons. He shook my hand. Yes, sir, he had a grip!

 Jack_Dempseys_Broadway_Restaurant by Edmund, on Flickr

 

 

Ken, I hope your daughter is doing better today Angel


         Cheers, Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:43 PM

Post hog Post hog.

When it rains it pours.  Just when I thought I took enough time off. 

Don Laughlins Riverside Resort just called and I got a free trip at the end of January. 

Get out of Winter for a free trip to the cozy 75 degree temperature in the desert climate....... I'm In!

Looks like Judy and I have something to look forward to again.  I don't know...... but one of us must be doing something right!   Ya think?

 

I'm Ecstatic! CoolYeah

 

 

TF

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:47 PM

Steven Otte
Another popular New Year's good-luck dish, especially in the American South and Southwest. is black-eyed peas. Give me some of that with cornbread. Mm-mm. What do you eat to bring good luck on New Year's Day?

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Down here it is Collard Greend mixed with the Black Eyed Peas to make "Dollars and Cents", the greens are of course the dollars, and the peas the cents.

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I had a big bowl yesterday.

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-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:48 PM

CapnCrunch
Thanks for posting the 1908 GCT construction photo Ed.

Glad you liked it. Do we have a new face here in the diner, Cap'n?

Welcome  Ed

 

P.S.

 

Henry's Camel at Times Square COLORIZED:

https://www.shorpy.com/node/11409?size=_original#caption

I remember seeing the Chock Full 'O Nuts coffee mug steaming away.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, January 2, 2020 7:43 PM

CNCharlie

Here is some of my Brothers stuff.  I'm sure you will recognize all of it.  Of course you will,  you're CNCharlie for crying out loud!Smile, Wink & Grin

All owned by Canadian National of course as you know.  GT and VT have the same blue and red color scheme.  So do the black ones.

It's my brother's thoughts that he will airbrush the GT stuff and make it into DWP because DWP is so hard to find.  He has found all the decals for this.

The two black ones were custom painted by a Canadian that he bought through eBay.  He did pay a bit for shipping from what I understand.

I don't think he has any of the green loco's either.  He sure has a lot of coupler kits to change out thoughLaugh

I will tell that young buck to make an appointment with the eye doctor before he attempts any of thisLaughWhistling   

I own some conversion kits and the tools I special ordered to do this as well.   

Like I said..... I own them but I haven't done it........yetTongue TiedSad  Laugh

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, January 2, 2020 7:56 PM

The Automat.  Hadn't thought about that in 50 years.  At 12 years old I thought the food was awful

Henry

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:41 PM

BigDaddy
At 12 years old I thought the food was awful

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I think you were correct. That stuff was terrible.

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I remember the Reitz Student Union at the University Of Florida still had something similar in the 1970s when I was about 10 years old.

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-Kevin

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, January 2, 2020 10:16 PM

There was something about the Automat that screams "The Future" at you, but seriously, the food was terrible.  This was fast food before there was McDonald's.

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

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Posted by CapnCrunch on Thursday, January 2, 2020 10:28 PM

Thanks for the welcome Ed.  I am indeed a new face at the diner and will post a more formal self-introduction with a separate thread soon.

Tim

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