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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:59 PM

Do they have duckpins in MN or is it an east coast thing?

 Weather is damp and cool today, but we are close to the river and the Chesapeake Bay. 
The ESU group moved to Groups.io.  I was a member of the Yahoo group, but Yahoo ruined what they had and is now going to dump groups altogether.  I joined a couple days ago and so far the daily digest is just one thread.  Convenient and it all makes sense.

I was also able to research installing a decoder in the two motor Bachmann 44 tonner.  I thought I had an extra micro decoder but either I didn't or it is MIA.

 Top of the page.  For dinner we are having left over pizza and a Bogle 2016 Essential Red.  Let it breathe and it's a pretty good red wine.  A glass of Bogle for the diner.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 5:00 PM

CNCharlie

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. 

CN Charlie

 

 

I didn't get home too long ago but I did check out this site.

There's a lot of information here.  Thanks CharlieYes  and I will pass the information on to my brother.

 

 

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Posted by howmus on Sunday, January 5, 2020 5:08 PM

Evenin' Folks!

SeeYou190
I laugh at all the people in heavy coats up North... why??? Fot the 30 seconds most of them actually spend outside???

30 seconds??????????  Hey -10° F is camping weather as far as I'm concerned!  Used to love primitive (tent) winter camping with the Scout Troop.  You had better have some heavy outerwear if you want to survive!!! Wink

And yes, I know just how nasty a bit of frostbite can be.  Still, I tend to like winter!  Here in the Finger Lakes we have 4 seasons...  Almost Winter, Winter, still Winter, and Road construction.  Usually easier to get around driving in Winter...  LOL

Not everyone likes it though...

Have a good one!  I'm hoping we get some nice snow soon that will stick on the ground for a while!  A certain Lady Friend of mine and I are planning to take a nice Sleigh Ride in the snow together if the weather ever co-operates!  Although snuggling together on her couch in front of the Gas Fireplace and watching a movie on TV is fun too!!! WhistlingSmile, Wink & Grin  28

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 5:21 PM

SeeYou190

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.

 

-Kevin

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Wow 45° is a tropical Heatwave where I live.  I'm down to a t-shirt an hour after I start moving.

Sometimes the heat from the sun on the asphalt shingles on a roof hold the Heat and it's like a space heater.  I break a sweat.

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:21 PM

BigDaddy

Do they have duckpins in MN or is it an east coast thing?

 

 

 

Probably an East coast thing.  I never heard of that up here.

It gets so cold in the north sometimes these large facilities have a heating problem and the AMF systems freeze up.

The good bowling alleys import cute little monkeys from Australia to reset the Pins after each frame.

Us kids can be a little unsportsmanlike at times.  Usually we Bowl again before all the monkeys get out of the way.

If you hit a monkey or two it's worth more points than the pins.  I knocked over 9 today and I WonLaugh

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:31 PM

Track fiddler
The good bowling alleys import cute little monkeys from Australia to reset the Pins after each frame.

PINBOYS!  I forgot they even existed.

I doubt Vinnie would like me asking about your Australian monkeys, because I have an overactive imagination.  The only time I saw Pinboys was in 1957-58 in Myrtle Beach SC

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:32 PM

 Eveing Diners!

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk half a dog treat.

 Train News! Big Smile The Mighty PRR I1sa is sitting on my track again! Ran it last night and it makes Chuffing sounds again. Thumbs Up But, for some reason BLI resat the decoder to default and turned the darn smoke unit back on! Hmm Darn thing started smokeing after a few feet and I killed the power fast! Don't want the clean up again.

 Today I rewrote the decoder CV's using my old saved CV's from Decoder Pro, easy peasy right? Whistling Well it now sets on the track like a lump of coal? Some what surprised but not schocked. I have had problems before with long address?

 What I find real strange was what they repaired? I sent the Mighty PRR I1sa maily because it stopped chuffing. I all so requested new traction tire (from smoke fluid contamination) and new tender tether wiring because I screwed it up trying to fix the chuff sensor my self.

 1 Replaced traction tires. Check.

 2 New tether wiring. Check.

 3 New Boiler Shell? Confused Why, nothing wrong with it when I sent it?

 4 Not a word about replacing the Chuff sensor? Confused

 Oh well, is chuffs again so I am happy.

 Later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof!

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:35 PM

mbinsewi
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?" 

On the subject of scaffolding:

I know if I was on this job as an Ironworker I'd probably be spending most of my day going back to the ground to look for my spud wrench I dropped — again.

"Sorry 'bout the hole in your hat, mister."

One of my favorite photos of the era:

https://www.shorpy.com/node/23488?size=_original#caption

"Harness? We don't need no silly harness!"

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:42 PM

Track fiddler
The good bowling alleys import cute little monkeys from Australia to reset the Pins after each frame.

That´s a good one, even more so as this species is not common to the "terra australiensis". Maybe a well trained koala could do the job?

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:58 PM

With all due respect Ulrich.  This isn't rocket science, just humor and I would never mow over a koala bearSmile, Wink & Grin

I don't think Bear would appreciate thatLaugh   After all,  the fancy Diner Car guys did keep him away from my cakeLaugh

 

 

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Posted by joe323 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:09 PM

Hello from the forgotten borough of Staten Island.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:56 PM

The day I decided to skip football and go do something else.

From what I heard the Vikings Saints game was quite the game today.

Saints Fan John I am sorry for your loss.  I know you watched this game today.

My Judy was born and raised in New Orleans.  You can take the girl out of the South but you can't take the South out of the girl.  She still has a heart for the Saints.

Because she lives here she is for the Vikes now.

From what I heard,  I missed a heck of a game at Sea Sir.

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:14 PM

It was a good game, TF!  The losses don't bother me tooooo much, I was at the dome during the 70s and 80s when a loss was not only common, but expected.

And, yes, a lot of Saints fans actually brought grocery bags and put them over their head during the games.  The Ain'ts.

Does Judy still miss the New Orleans food?

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:19 PM

Track fiddler
I don't think Bear would appreciate that

I don´t know - he´s from New Zealand. They might have kiwis to do that job.

Happy times!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:20 PM

Oh yeah!

She brings me everywhere up here to do expensive lunches to compare with her southern food.

Her new thing is the beignets.

She found a place that has them identical to this place in the French Quarter where she remembers them.

We will be going back there a time or twoLaugh

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:30 PM

joe323

Hello from the forgotten borough of Staten Island.

 

 

Good to hear from you.  Staten Island is the only borough of NYC that I've never visited.

Since the Diner is in NYC this month, you may be able to give us some good infomation.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:42 PM

I had to post this.

This was breakfast on Friday.

Mine is the Eggs Benedict in front, hers is the Huevoes Rancheros.   

She loves Southern Food.  And she likes to go to places that have chefs that know how to make it.

She will not go anywhere that does not have Presentation.

Mind you I'm a lucky man as she always pays for it.

 

 

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Posted by joe323 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:52 PM

York1

 Your welcome I have popped into the diner from time to time for coffee. 

Anyway the Staten Island Railway bisects the Island lengthwise operates like the NYC subway though technically speaking it is a separate entity.

 
joe323

Hello from the forgotten borough of Staten Island.

 

 

 

 

Good to hear from you.  Staten Island is the only borough of NYC that I've never visited.

Since the Diner is in NYC this month, you may be able to give us some good infomation.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:11 PM

Tinplate Toddler

 

 
Track fiddler
I don't think Bear would appreciate that

 

I don´t know - he´s from New Zealand. They might have kiwis to do that job.

 

 

SmileUlrich,..... You are good people.

 

 

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:36 PM

Look out guys - I'm gonna sing....

(To the tune of Travis Tritt's Drift off to Dream)

As I sit here surrounded, by nurses and lights, alone in my hospital gown. I've been here forever, or since Saturday night, I just don't know when I'll leave. I know I will beat this pneumonia soon, and this song will help me get through. 

(Chorus)

I like watching the local, freight roll on by, it brings a smile to my face, to hear that whistle blow. Someday soon I'll be free, to chase them cross town, and all of the way, to the end of the line. I'll feel the power, and rumblin ground, as they go rolling on by. Then I'll head home with the biggest, smile you've ever seen, and drift off to dream peacefully.

(2nd verse)

It may travel a hundred, or more miles away. Or it may stop just down the street. But there'll be that powerful rumblely feel, that I'll recognize right away. It may take hours, or it may take days, until I'm as free as a bird.

(Chorus) I like watching the local, freight roll on by, it brings a smile to my face, to hear that whistle blow. Someday soon I'll be free, to chase them cross town, and all of the way, to the end of the line. I'll feel the power, and rumblin ground, as they go rolling on by. Then I'll head home with the biggest, smile you've ever seen, and drift off to dream peacefully.

(Instrumental Lead)

I'll feel the power, and rumblin ground, as they go rolling on by. Then I'll head home with the biggest, smile you've ever seen, and drift off to dream peacefully.

(Outro to end)

Yep. I'm currently in the hospital, battling pneumonia in my right lung, on top of the asthma, well this is no fun. And I better stop rhyming, lest you feel I need the looney bin, but it might just be, from all the medicine.

Okay, okay. Stop throwing things. I'm done. Honestly. Vinnie, put Mr. Louie back away, no more rhymes. Railroad modelers honor.

Yep, I've got pneumonia in my right lung, and am on two powerful IV antibiotics, and the current IV could qualify as torture in some places. It feels like they are injecting boiling water into my veins, from my fingertips clear up to the middle of my upper arm.

Hopefully I don't need too much more of these ones.

At least my room has a view of the short lines tracks. Too bad they don't run today....

Gang, let's keep the New York fun rolling! I'm enjoying the tour!

Ricky W.

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2: It's for having fun and enjoyment.

3: Any objections, consult above rules.

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:54 PM

ricktrains4824
Yep, I've got pneumonia in my right lung, and am on two powerful IV antibiotics, and the current IV could qualify as torture in some places.

Whoa!  Hope you get over this quickly.  Do they say how long you will have to stay?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:01 PM

Ricky

I'm with ya

I liked your song and you will be just fine

You have the power of every one here working on your west bank comming forward for you

Everyone on the Forum pulls together for you here and you will be out of there in no time

There's no doubt about it

 

 

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:16 PM

TF, glad you liked. Can you tell I'm bored big time?

Saints fan John - While I was hoping tomorrow, it's not looking well for that. Hopefully after another 36 hours. The breathing treatments make my pulse rise, and the Dr. really dislikes that. But, albuterol is a type of steroid, so...

Another hour of this torture treatment, then my final breathing treatment until 7am. Hopefully I can sleep some, because last night, they never unhooked the IV until 5, because they were also giving me 2 liters of saline solution. 

They then woke me at 7 for a blood sugar test that nobody knew why it was ordered, as there was zero history in me or my family of diabetes.

But when I arrived, not able to take a full breath, I also had a fever of 103, so...... 

EDIT: Corrected typos... dumb smart phone thought it meant what I knew I was saying, but it didn't!

Ricky W.

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:34 PM

Track fiddler
Her new thing is the beignets. She found a place that has them identical to this place in the French Quarter where she remembers them.

I love beignets. My #2 wife used to rave about them from Cafe DuMonde in 'Nawlins. Now I AM hungry!Dinner

The year is 1905 and this is the World's Fair in St. Louis. The Pennsylvania Railroad set up this prototype to show the method of the proposed construction of the six tubes to pass under the East and the North Rivers to access Manhattan through Pennsylvania Station:

 Penn-Station_tubes by Edmund, on Flickr

This is the left side of a stereoscope picture.

A fascinating look. Note the terra-cotta conduit troughs. Mike, you can see the planking from the forms on the upper-right. I wonder if they used real concrete for the display? I suppose so. No expanded foam back then.

Note, too, how many bolts must have been used to secure all these cast iron sections together. I imagine those bolts are still in there a hundred-ten years later. Never heard of any plan to replace them.

Ken, I hope the red Keystone is still out front! Glad you're back in business.

I hope everyone is well tonight Angel

Rick, I hope you get off the repair track and back on the main line, soon!

Regards, Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:40 PM

Hospitals suck Ricky

I remember the last time I was in there when I finally did fall asleep they'd come in and wake me up

I know you'll be fine and get out of there soon

If not just let us know

Some of us will come down there and bust you out

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:17 PM

Ray!

Water skiing with sled dogs!! That's hilarious!! Only in Canada!!LaughLaughLaughLaugh

We are having a wonderful winter! If we have to have winter then we may as well enjoy it! The temperatures have been mostly at or around the freezing mark and Dianne and I have been sitting on the deck enjoying our fireplace almost every day since the Fall. Last night it was snowing gently and it was beautiful. Almost no wind. The deck has a roof in case you were wondering.

We did have a problem on Friday. The outdoor propane fireplace would not light. We had just installed a fresh tank and the gas would not flow. We were quite worried because we had guests coming for the weekend and sitting around the fireplace (consuming all manner of alcoholic beverages of course) was part of the anticipated fun. I called a local fireplace/furnace supplier at 12:30 pm and we had a fire by 4:00 pm! How's that for service?!? Super nice guy! I gave him a $40.00 tip. I know whom I'm going to call the next time the furnace needs to be serviced.

As far as wearing a coat in cold weather, I often don't. I will regularly sit outside in my short sleeved shirt when it is below freezing, often for up to an hour. I don't do it if there is any real wind.

I also don't drive with my winter coat on. I get too hot. Of course I always have my coat, gloves and hat, and the winter survival/emergency kit with me because you can never tell what Mother Nature is going to throw at us next.

'Comfy in the cold' Dave

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, January 6, 2020 5:01 AM

hon30critter
I also don't drive with my winter coat on.

Same here, Dave. Not so much the overheating (Mrs. Pullman makes up for the hot flashes for both of us Whistling) but I simply hate the bulkiness and the constrained feeling with a heavy coat. In the truck with the seat and shoulder belts and the cramped quarters in the vehicles these days really makes it uncomfortable.

I keep cold weather wear with me but seldom use it. A plain, fleece sweatshirt is fine with me.

I often have trouble with these new hand-tighten propane fittings. Sometimes I have to remove them and re-tighten the hand nut a half-dozen times before the gas will flow properly.

That, plus the spiders making nests in the vent holes makes for a real pain!

 High-Line to mill by Edmund, on Flickr

Regards, Ed

Happy Monday, everybody!

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, January 6, 2020 7:18 AM

gmpullman
A fascinating look. Note the terra-cotta conduit troughs. Mike, you can see the planking from the forms on the upper-right. I wonder if they used real concrete for the display? I suppose so. No expanded foam back then.

Looking at the exposed ends, it looks like a lightweight concrete. It was in use back then.  Most mixes used an expanded shale for the aggregate.  The shale would be fired in a kiln first, making it porous. 

I'm sure for the real tunnel liner, regular concrete was used.  That is quite a display! Surprise  The conduit also serves as a walkway for any maintinence work.

The terra cotta had to be a real PITA to lay it in there, and pour around. 

A quiet day around here today.  Everybody getting back into their regular routine, like getting back work!, while I watch out the window. Laugh

Have a great day folks!  I'll be in and out.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, January 6, 2020 7:52 AM

gmpullman

 

 
Track fiddler
Her new thing is the beignets. She found a place that has them identical to this place in the French Quarter where she remembers them.

 

I love beignets. My #2 wife used to rave about them from Cafe DuMonde in 'Nawlins. Now I AM hungry!Dinner

 

 

Good morning.

I fell asleep in the recliner last night.  

That's it Ed.  I asked Judy this morning and it is Cafe Du Monde French Market.  Now she found a place up here called the Cajun Boil where are the Beignets are surprisingly the same.

We haven't been to the Cafe Du Monde since Mardi Gras 2000. 

Can someone please tell me where this last 20 years wentTongue TiedLaugh

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, January 6, 2020 9:11 AM

gmpullman
I often have trouble with these new hand-tighten propane fittings. Sometimes I have to remove them and re-tighten the hand nut a half-dozen times before the gas will flow properly.

Apparently the problem was in the fireplace control itself, We had removed and reconnected the tank several times, and we even tried a different tank, but no cigar (probably a good thing when you are dealing with propane Smile, Wink & GrinLaugh). The service tech removed the gas line from the fireplace valve. Nothing visible in the way of debris or spider bits came out, but when he reconnected the line we had gas.

Dave

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