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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, January 3, 2020 8:52 PM

Have a restful night sleep in the Rack my friend. 

Those restful night sleeps are few and far between but you deserve one tonight and I wish it upon you!

 

Happy birthday Kevin!

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, January 3, 2020 8:58 PM

Track fiddler
After all these years.  I thought I was the only one with a problem like this.

Nope, your not the only one, and either is Ulrich.  But that's not for here.

Hey dude, you got TOP, ante up!  Laugh  I'll have something amber colored please. Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, January 3, 2020 9:05 PM

mbinsewi
Hey dude, you got TOP, ante up! I'll have something amber colored please.

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Me too, my next round is on you!

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-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, January 3, 2020 9:44 PM

We know who the King Canadian is!

He has the Glenfiddich and his name is BRENT.  How about pouring four glasses of that neat Brent, ..... One for Kevin for his Birthhday, so he gets two, one for Mike,  one for myself, Oh What the Heck give me two tooLaugh   Oh and one for Your Self of courseLaugh

Okay this should wrap us up!  We're all good hereYes

 

Thanks

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:52 AM

Good morning.  Sunny but cold this morning.

Happy birthday, Kevin.  In about 15 years you will get to be as mature and wise as me.  Of course, that will be a step down for you!

Years ago I drank Scotch, but gave it up for a while, and I never went back.  I now drink only beer.

Not much going on today.  I'm still working on some wiring in a guest bedroom.  The railroad layout hasn't had much attention lately.

I'm looking for some pictures I took when I was in NYC last, but I can't find them.  They're in a box downstairs somewhere.

I imagine most of you have seen similar videos of Grand Central Station, but I found this one that I really liked:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b4XQUE_u8o

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:19 AM

My aunt has a great story about scotch.  She went drinking with an old boy friend and ended up at his apartment.  The Something About Mary zipper scene occured and at the moment of entrapment the new girlfriend arrived

The three of them all went to the ER.  The ER doc came out to tell the women the liberation was successful and was surprised to find two women there, one of which was his old girl friend too, my aunt.

She will not drink scotch anymore.  I like single malts, but they are an acquired taste for sure.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:38 AM

Good Afternoon!

Thank you, guys, for your words of comfort and condolences! I am sure my Mom has finally found the peace she had been missing nearly all of her life. Her dad died in a motorcycle accident a few days before she ws born, her stepfather was shot by the Russians in 1945 and in 1950 she nearly lost her life while fleeing from imprisonment in communist eastern Germany. Shebhad some really bad experiences in her early life, which made her into the rather harsh, unforgiving person she was. The book of her life has now been closed forever, and in a way I feel relieved. Unfortunately, I now have to deal with my brother, who is much like Mom, maybe even worse. A genuine PITA, with whom I am not on speaking terms. He was my Mom´s caretaker, which meant little care, but taking a lot. I see some ugly time coming up when it gets to sorting the estate.

Well, I will deal with all of that when I come to that.

 

 

Happy times!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:00 AM

BigDaddy
I like single malts, but they are an acquired taste for sure.

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I enjoy a really good scotch about once per year. It took a while to acquire a taste for them, but now I can't stomach the cheap stuff.

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-Kevin

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:09 AM

Hello all!

I spent most of the day yesterday applying for a new passport.  My old one must be around somewhere, but I have looked all over and can't find it.  We are taking a Caribbean cruise in February, so I couldn't wait any longer.

I got to the Post Office, only to be told I needed an original birth certificate or a certified copy.  Besides, it was a little dark the night before when I filled out the forms, and I didn't realize I needed black ink, and not dark blue.  Another trip home.  Fortunately, I had an original birth certificate and a black pen. Then, the web site would not let me make a same day appointment, so I had to call the Post office.  Since they are generally empty anyway, I went later and did the deed.

Ken, I should get a new grill, too.  I have no trouble changing a Weber burner.  The grill that the previous owner left with the house just doesn't get hot enough, so I will get a Weber which is much simpler.  I will get a rotisserie with this one.  I really want spit-broiled Cornish game hens again.

Not a scotch guy myself.  Seriously I would rather have a cold draft craft beer or a nice wine with dinner.

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

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 2:14 PM

gmpullman

 

 
MisterBeasley
There was something about the Automat that screams "The Future" at you,

 

But behind those little glass doors was an army of cooks and food prep people all scurrying to fill the empty slots.

 

 

From a 1963 Mad magazine

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, January 4, 2020 2:23 PM

Laugh  Great post MLC.  The good ole' Mad Magazine.  I think at one time, I had more of those than I did modeling magazines!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 2:40 PM

mbinsewi
The good ole' Mad Magazine.

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I subscribed to Mad all through Middle and High Schools.

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Don Martin was my favorite cartoonist featured in the magazine.

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-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, January 4, 2020 4:44 PM

mbinsewi
Great post MLC.  The good ole' Mad Magazine.  I think at one time, I had more of those than I did modeling magazines!

Agreed!  Glad you found that cartoon, MLC!

Mad Magazine Laugh I couldn't wait to fold the "Mad Fold-In" and see what kind of lunacy was portrayed there Smile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Fold-in

We had a look at Grand Central so let's take a walk about ten blocks south to 33Rd. and see how construction of Pennsylvania Station is progressing in 1908:

 Penn_Station-1908dig by Edmund, on Flickr

See in the distance some of the iron-work is already up for the great concourse. Look at the little donkey pushing the cart with the spur gear on it. One of the steam shovels probably is in need of repair? So much activity!

A little less than two years later we have this view:

 Penn_Station1 by Edmund, on Flickr

I see some Long Island cars in the background. This service was begun a few months before the Hudson (It was called the North River then) tunnels were complete. In total six tubes were laid under the Hudson and East rivers, which are still in use today.

It took engineers a while to figure out why the concrete-lined, cast-iron tunnel sections were moving ever so slightly several times a day. It turned out that the tubes were rising and falling with the tides. The linings were not secured to rock but were laid in the mud of the river bottom.

Here's a look at the mason's artistry:

 Masons-art by Edmund, on Flickr

There are gondolas on the closer track and the LI MU MP54 cars behind:

 LIRR_cars by Edmund, on Flickr

The P54s were originally built beginning in 1906 and were locomotive hauled. When the tunnels opened in 1908 they were converted to outside third rail and reclassed MP54.

I'm not usually afraid of heights but I think I'd have second thoughts to navigating this scaffolding:

 Penn_Scaffold by Edmund, on Flickr

I'll bet some hamsters would sure have fun on it!

Just a wet, cold, nasty weekend here in NE Ohio. Great modeling weather.

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 5:43 PM

gmpullman
Just a wet, cold, nasty weekend here in NE Ohio. Great modeling weather.

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It has been HOT and rainy here all day. I do not like the Summer weather pattern invading the Winter months.

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But... it was a productive day of modeling.

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-Kevin

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, January 4, 2020 5:55 PM

mbinsewi

Laugh  Great post MLC.  The good ole' Mad Magazine.  I think at one time, I had more of those than I did modeling magazines!

Mike.

 

I still do!

When I moved, I tossed all my old train mags, but kept my vintage collection of old Mad Magzines.  I've got one from 1957.

Who remembers 43-man Squamish?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, January 4, 2020 6:05 PM

Horse pucky!

Honestly I thought Mad Magazine was a total waste of my time back then.  It could be I didn't have enough time for nonsense as I was dealing with more bigger fish to fry back then.

My brother went South on me again!  I don't know,  he always seems to get some kind of a bug up his shorts over nothing.

It'll probably be another four years till I see him again. 

What are you going to do though?  I came from a dis-functional family and I'm used to itLaugh   I just don't deal with it anymore,  life is too short.

I have some rather large Band-Aids for this kind of stuff here..... and I know right where they areLaugh   Ice cold on the bottom rack of the refrigeratorLaugh

 

 

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Posted by howmus on Saturday, January 4, 2020 7:15 PM

Evenin' Folks!

Janie, just a decafe for me at the moment....

 Ulrich, so sorry to hear about your mom!  Even though you weren't close it is still difficult.  My Mom was 88 and had broken her hip and fell (in that order....).  Even with major drugs she spent the last 6 weeks of her life in horrible pain.  Her passing was a blessing in many ways, but, still very sad for those of us left behind!

I found and returned a pile of about 50 or so Mad Magazines my son had collected while he was a kid.  I loved them as much as he did....  My Father wouldn't let such "stuff" in the house when I was a kid so I read them at friend's houses instead.  What, me worry?

I will be doing the "Minute for Mission" at both services tomorrow at church, so I will be turning in shortly (Into what I don't know...).  Will have to be at church by about 8am.  That is usually when I am about to hit the shower.  My pastor reminded me several times that it is Minute for Mission and try to keep it that way.  Yep!  I have run on a couple of times over the years I think.  I have timed it and it will take 3 minutes on the nose.  There are people who run on and say little but take 6 to 8 minutes to finish.  She told me 3 minutes would be perfect so I am safe....Laugh

Track fiddler
My brother went South on me again! I don't know, he always seems to get some kind of a bug up his shorts over nothing.

Sounds like my sister.....  She will be very angry when I call her that I didn't call her on Christmas which she doesn't really celebrate or on New Year's Eve.  My answer to her will be that she has a phone too and knows my phone #........  If she wants to talk, I will chat with her, but she can do the calling!

Hope you all have a great night!

30

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, January 4, 2020 7:33 PM

Yes..... the phone does work both ways howmus.

Sometimes I think I'm the only one that knows thisSadTongue TiedIndifferent

 

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:01 AM

Lunchtime!

I just had a nice and tender pork schnitzel, fries and a side dish of lettuce, tomatoes  and Petra´s renowned balsamico & sweet mustard dressing - yummy.

It´s a grey day, wet & windy, but too warm for the season. Temperatures are expected to risenin the next days. I don´t mind it, I am not in for that slippery cold stuff called snow.

Mad magazine - my favourite in my student years! Don Martin was hilarious. Of course, my parents didn´t think much of it, but it was very popular over here as well. The first Herman edition was published in 1967, the final one in the early 1990s. It was restarted in the late 1990s, but never reached the popularity it once had. December 2018 it finally disappeared from the news stands.

Another black giant to leave the rails! British Rail class 9F 2-10-0 no. 92212 was retired by the end of the year, as her boiler ticket expired on December 31st. She is up for a general overhaul, but it is doubtful, that she will roam British metals any time soon, as financing the work is not yet secured.

Some footage of her final runs:

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:42 AM

Good morning.  Cold but clear here.  It's supposed to get into the 40s today.  I'll take that for January. 

Reading about family backgrounds, I'm so blessed to have grown up in a somewhat normal family.  My mother got Alzheimers in her 80s and did not know anyone or anything at the end.  Her death was also a blessing.

 

The largest single building project in the United States is going on over the west side railyard in NYC.  The yard is where the traincars that bring people into Manhattan in the morning are stored until the evening rush hour.

A large group of skyscrapers is being built over the the railyard.

 

The railyard before construction:

 

The railyard during construction:

 

Time for church.  Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:17 AM

Finally, I am getting a good day. It is in the mid fifties right now with a high around 70, and there is no humidity. There is no rain in the forecast for today.

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I hope everybody is safe and happy.

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-Kevin

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:22 AM

gmpullman
I'm not usually afraid of heights but I think I'd have second thoughts to navigating this scaffolding:

That scaffolding is just crazy!  Reminds of some of the stuff we had to deal with, on the job.  I think back on it sometimes and shutter, "I really did that?" Laugh

Thanks Ed.

Quiet day here in SE WI.  It is going to get windy.  Good day to take down Christmas 2019.

I found this while heading to my YT site:

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:17 AM

Good morning.

Cool and damp here in Minnesota. 

Yesterday was the first day since my holiday break I did'nt have somewhere to go or someone to see.  That outlaw boredom feeling.

I sure was happy when my daughter called me a little bit ago.  It looks like we're going bowling today.  I haven't been bowling for, I'm sure over a year.  Sounds like a lot of fun and I'm happyBig Smile

 

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Sunday, January 5, 2020 1:14 PM

Good Afternoon,

A warm day here with a temp of about 30F. The streets are very messy,wet and dirty and that describes most cars here. Mine certainly is so as soon as it gets colder I will be heading for the car wash.

We went down to visit our friends near Thief River Falls. Had a nice visit but they are both having a few health issues. I picked up the engine I purchased and had sent there. It is far nicer than the seller described. They said there were some small chips in the paint but I could only find one and it is on the back side of a handrail so isn't very visible so those chips must be microscopic. It is real real beauty. As I've probably said several times before, it is a CNR K5a Hudson.  An added bonus occured when we went through customs on the way home and although I declared it the agent waved us through so no tax!!! We were only down there 24 hours and I was well over the limit for such a short stay. We normally need 48 hours to get a higher exemption. 

TF, if you do a google search on DW&P engine roster, there is a site that lists all the locos they used and if you click on an engine number there are photos for that engine. I think you might mix GT engines with DW&P as they did exchange locos at one point. Save doing a paint job. 

Well time to get going and do a few errands. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 1:26 PM

CNCharlie
A warm day here with a temp of about 30F.

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Sir, you need a relocation if you are actually thinking 30 degrees is WARM?

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Around here, 30 degrees is only theoretical.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 1:36 PM

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by howmus on Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:17 PM

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Posted by CNCharlie on Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:22 PM

Kevin,

My parents used to have a condo in St. Petersburg. I remember visiting them once when the temp was about 50F and some locals were dressed in parkas. I thought it was nice shirt sleeve weather having just come from the cold. It is all relative to what you are used to. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:18 PM

howmus

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LaughLaugh

This is Rich!

I'm sure if any one of us looked up Canadian in the Webster's Dictionary there would be a picture like this as the definition.

I busted a gut,  It brought back memories.  Anyone that lives in the North has to get a little creative when it's nice outside.

I remember in the very early spring when there was a healthy amount of water on top of the ice, we would put on wetsuits and water ski behind snowmobiles.  The tow rope was long enough so you didn't catch the rooster tail. 

I remember one time my friend Brent cut so hard he fipped the snowmobile on its side.  It's funny how we would laugh at things like that when we were young and stupidLaugh

We always seemed to know how to have fun back then.  Maybe later I could describe our game of snowmobile football we used to play.  I think you would have had to be there for that one thoughLaugh

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:46 PM

CNCharlie
My parents used to have a condo in St. Petersburg. I remember visiting them once when the temp was about 50F and some locals were dressed in parkas.

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I live a lot further South than Saint Petersburg, and have lived here since 1981. We could not dress like that at 50 degrees, because none of the stores sell coats, jackets, or other such nonsense.

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We close the schools at 45 degrees down here... because none of our children have coats. I don't even own a long sleeve shirt except for the dress white ones that I wear with my suits.

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When I go North, I have the opposite experience. I have found no need for a coat or long sleeves. I just need to get from my heated hotel, to a heated car, to a heated conference room.

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I laugh at all the people in heavy coats up North... why??? Fot the 30 seconds most of them actually spend outside??? It is crazy behaviour.

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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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