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Jeffrey´s Trackside Diner February 2020 - This Month in Kentucky

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:17 AM

Think too much when you're trying to get to sleep MikeTongue Tied  I've had that problem for years,  especially when I'm doing a model and I'm really into it. 

I'm laying there and I can't shut my mind off because I'm thinking about what I'm going to do on it tomorrow.

I lose sleep but at least I don't even have to think the next day when I'm working on it.  It's like I have a complete set of directions embedded in my headLaugh

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:26 AM

I know exactly what you mean TF.

Thanks Gary, we are in Kentucky! for a few more days anyway.

Enough of my ailments.  They are nothing compared to what others have to deal with.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:44 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
 

 

 

 

Thanks for hosting the Diner this month Garry.  It's appreciated here.

I always did like the drab locomotives with a splash of color.  They're a little more Sinister in appearance.

I enjoy watching the long Coal Drags with the center locomotive and the pusher a couple times a year driving across the plainsYes

I didn't understand the configuration of a center locomotive and a pusher until it was explained to me by one of my railroad club members.

Before it was explained I wondered why not just put all the locomotives up front.  After it was explained to me it was just perfect common sense.  The knuckles behind all the engines in front would have all the bearing weight of the whole train and would fail from extreme stress, ... Well Duh.  I did feel rather silly after it was explained.

Common sense never was my strong suit. Sometimes things make no sense to me when the answers too simpleWhistling

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:07 AM

Good Saturday morning.  It's going to be in the upper 40s today.  Summer is here.

Still trying to finish a building on the layout.  It has taken over a month, and I'm tired of it.

We have a lot of people on here with health issues.  I hope each of you can overcome the problems.

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:39 AM

Hey John, the picture you posted earlier with the train crossing the bridge, is that on your layout?  I sure would like to see more.

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:04 AM

mbinsewi
Hey John, the picture you posted earlier with the train crossing the bridge, is that on your layout?  I sure would like to see more.

 

Thanks!  I live in a pretty isolated area, and I don't get the chance to show the layout to anyone, so I appreciate someone's comments.

I retired three years ago, and started the layout two years ago.  I didn't know anything about it, so it's been a steep learning curve.  My wife gave me a corner of a small bedroom, so I decided on N Scale.  Thanks.

 

The bridge went in first, and I broke a top girder setting it in place over the dry river:

 

The mountain was added using 2" foam:

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:09 AM

What did you use to glue the foam?  How did you contour it and avoid a mountain of foam dust?

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:12 AM

Nice John!  No need to be shy with pictures in here!  There's even a thread in the General Discussion forum for showing off what you have, working on, or completed.

I haven't taken any in a while, so my contributions get kind of old! Laugh

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Posted by CNCharlie on Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:04 PM

Good Morning,

A nice warm, sunny day here. We are expected to get to 35F! 

Rob, I was really sorry to hear your health news and hope that you have a great outcome. I always enjoyed hearing about your critters and farm. 

Seems like many here have sleep problems. My wife is in that category too. She often doesn't get to sleep until 4 a.m. and then sleeps in late. Lucky we are retired. I have rarely had that problem. Head hits pillow-asleep in about 5 minutes or less. Even when I was working I rarely lost sleep and I had a high stress job. 

Well I took in my K5a to the local brass expert. I hope he can do something with it . If successful I will get him to put a motor decoder into it. I also took in my PK2 0-8-0 to sell. I only run it when i think, Gee I really should, not because I want to. Not sure why. 

Nothing planned for today. I might go for a walk as it so nice out but then again perhaps not as the streets will be very dirty, wet and slushy. Hopefully they will dry up a little in the next few days.

John, nice work on your layout! I have a N scale layout built on a door. It is fully sceniced and runs fine but I rarely run it. I run the HO layout mostly. I built the N layout as at one time we where planning on moving to the west coast so such a layout would fit into a condo bedroom and be relatively easy to transport. I intended on putting a panel over it so it was like the filling of a sandwich. It is quite light. I doubt we will move now. 

Well time for more coffee and see what those rascal squirrels are up to in the back yard. We have one that likes to sun himself on a tree branch when it is nice out. His name is Basil and he lives in our garage. 

CN Charlie

 

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Posted by Cederstrand on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:54 PM

Large fruit bowl with some yogurt please.

CN Charlie, I already set a pair of large special feed requirement issues down the road to friends of mine, a horse rescue. They will give them the care I cannot provide at this point in time. 

Further measuring to do for the load of wood which I may pick up tomorrow. Can't drive on the meds so going to find out how Patti does handling the old farm truck.Big Smile

Take it easy all.

Cheers! Cowboy Rob

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 2:22 PM

BigDaddy
What did you use to glue the foam?  How did you contour it and avoid a mountain of foam dust?

Henry, I used caulk to glue the foam (the tube said safe for foam), and I used a serrated kitchen knife, and a surfoam shaper to smooth it out.  A shop vac was my best friend that day.

I then covered the surface with a very thin layer of Sculptamold.

I said I have learned a lot.  A big thing I learned was after a derailment in the tunnel.  I couldn't reach everything.  I cut foam off the back side so that I could reach in.  I also learned that I need to paint the inside of the tunnel.  I can see the pink when the train's headlight hits the tunnel sides.

 

 

Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement!  I live about 1,200 miles from the nearest neighbor, so my wife and dog are the only ones who ever see the layout.  They don't say much.  I appreciate your kind comments.

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Posted by CNCharlie on Saturday, February 22, 2020 2:24 PM

Good Afternoon(again),

Wow, is it ever warm out! I was outside with my coat undone and no gloves. There isn't any wind and if it gets much warmer I won't need a coat. After all 40F is shirtsleeve weather for us. 

Got an e-mail from the fellow fixing my K5a. He has it all done! Turns out there was a lot wrong with it. So much for the running claims of the seller. He fixed it for $65 and will put in a decoder for a total of $110. That is a bargain considering he took apart the entire drive train, side rods, bearings, etc.  Sure glad I took it in. I'm a happy camper. I might consider another brass loco with this fellow available for repairs. He has 40 years experience doing this sort of thing. 

Not doing much, just drinking coffee. 

CN Charlie

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, February 22, 2020 5:35 PM

Hello, Folks

 

hon30critter
Does anyone know if this is a regular event? The video was done in 2014.

That was "Streamliners at Spencer"

https://www.american-rails.com/spencer.html

It was pretty well covered by the railroad press at the time. I believe they did one more round after 2014 but the logistics of it all made it difficult to repeat.

http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/the-norfolk-southern-story/heritage-locomotives.html

N-S did a photo op of all their "Heritage" locos on July 4 of 2012 and maybe that was the inspiration for the Streamliner event.

https://www.nctrans.org/Streamliners-At-Spencer--May-29---June-1,-2014.aspx

EMD E and F cab units were always my favorites, even over the ever-popular Alco PAs.

I was fortunate enough to be around when they were still in abundance. The Union Pacific sure knew how to do 'em up right!

 UP_960-1980 by Edmund, on Flickr

I'll never forget being in North Platte, Nebraska one evening in 1966, when three UP trains, City of You Name It, came in to be re-shuffeled. Each train had three to five bright, spotless E8 or E9s on them. An amazing sight. Being an easterner I was used to the dirty, black Penn-Central units.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I also hope those dealing with hardship can find some relief soon.

Angel

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, February 22, 2020 6:58 PM

John that tunnel scene on your layout looks sweet.  Nice job! 

I like itYes

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:17 PM

CNCharlie
A nice warm, sunny day here. We are expected to get to 35F!

It was 42 degrees when I woke up this morning. Brrrrrrrrr! This is the coldest it has been all season.

Then by 4:00, it was 75 degrees outside!

I guess Winter only lasted half a day this year. I almost missed it!

BigDaddy
Figuring out how to pack buildings is going to be a bigger challenge.

Henry, here is how I deal with packing buildings for moving or storage. This will not work so well for shipping through the mail.

This is the beautiful and fragile building that Track Fiddler sent to me.

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First I put the building into a big food storage grade zipper bag. This is a 6 mil thick three gallon bag that I bought from Grainger just for packing buildings

 

Then put the bag/building into a box with a layer of packing peanuts underneath.

 

After the building is in place, fill the rest of the box with loose peanuts.

 

Then tape it shut and label the box.

 

Only put one building in each box.

The bag is important to keep the peanuts from latching onto the building.

I prefer the peanuts from U-Haul that are biodegradable. They are a little form-fitting and seem to lock the building in place pretty well. They are only about $5.00 per bag, much less than at Office Depot for the same thing.

I have about a dozen archived HO scale buildings in storage boxes like this that I have salvaged from estate layouts or been given by friends.

I hope this helps.

-Kevin

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 SeeYou190 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:40 PM

mbinsewi
Kevin, what particular W&N brushes do you use? Is there a set that would be good to have? or individual brushes? I'm looking at a Blick web site, looking at what they have.

Mike, my "set" consists of the "pointed round" sizes 000, 00, and 0. Then also the "miniature" sizes 1, 2, and 3.

My absolute favorite, and most used, is the 00 pointed round. This is like the Passche Model H of my bristle brushes. This is the one I use for 90% of my figure painting.

Have you seen the movie Tin Cup? The protagonist throws all his clubs away except the 7 iron, then plays the entire game with that one club to win a bet.

I feel that was about the W&N 00 pointed round. It is my 7-iron.

-Kevin

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Posted by Harrison on Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:00 AM

SeeYou190

 

 
CNCharlie
A nice warm, sunny day here. We are expected to get to 35F!

It was 42 degrees when I woke up this morning. Brrrrrrrrr! This is the coldest it has been all season.

Then by 4:00, it was 75 degrees outside!

I guess Winter only lasted half a day this year. I almost missed it! 

It's gonna be 43 today, terrible skiing, and much too warm to wear a coat. 

Harrison

Homeschooler living In upstate NY a.k.a Northern NY.

Modeling the D&H in 1978.

Route of the famous "Montreal Limited"

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:21 AM

Kevin, I have a son-in-law who is also a gamer; goes to board game meetings, has game night at his house once a week, etc.

He also paints figures and game pieces.  I don't think his are as professionally done as yours are.

My "detail" painting is limited to the house walls.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:47 AM

Kevin, thanks for the brush info.  I'm going to order some.  My brush selection is a hodge podge collections from who know's where.  Laugh  Wal-Mart, craft stores, hobby shops, collected through the years.

I'm going to get a coupled of nice sets, and keep them as they should be.  Clean and protected.

TF did a great job on the structure, I think I read earlier it was a Cambell kit?  Never tried one, but those kits are not in my time period, although they look great!

Nice day again here in SE WI.  Back to the low 50's, upper 40's. gives me a chance to get out side stuff cleaned up, although it's far from spring!  We will get a return of winter, guaranteed!

I'm getting rid of snow piles that I let build up on the back patio.  I ALWAYS make sure the grill is ready, anytime, so that area is clear!  Laugh  When I start a snow shoveling dig-out and removal, It starts at the back door, access to the grill, and trash cans. Laugh

John, it's great to see your layout pictures.  I'll have to scroll back, I think you posted a picture of a station.  You have shown us some of your structures, and for working in N scale, it's amazing!

Breakfast time!  Sunday mornings, she does it up good!  Dinner  Hold me good till dinner!  well,  almost.....Smile, Wink & Grin

Later,

Mike.

PS.  News flash, wife is making our favorite dip for hors d'Oeuvres, beer cheese dip.  It's great with anything you can dip, from pretzels, to veggies.

AND I just read it's totally a Kentucky thing!  Who knew! Surprise

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Posted by howmus on Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:19 AM

Mornin' Folks!

mbinsewi
Nice day again here in SE WI. Back to the low 50's, upper 40's. gives me a chance to get out side stuff cleaned up, although it's far from spring! We will get a return of winter, guaranteed! I'm getting rid of snow piles that I let build up on the back patio. I ALWAYS make sure the grill is ready, anytime, so that area is clear! Laugh When I start a snow shoveling dig-out and removal, It starts at the back door, access to the grill, and trash cans.

Going to a train show in Sorrycuse, NY today.....  Usually a very good one.  Went to the Movie Theater with a wonderful lady I am dating last night and saw 1917.  Enjoyed it.  Enjoyed the movie too!  We had dinner in a restaurant in Victor, NY that is in an old train station....

Speaking of movies....

I am consistantly running the mile in 14 minutes now without really pushing myself.  Totaling 5.5 miles of running each of 3 days a week. 

Hope all of you are having a great Sunday out there.

73

Ray Seneca Lake, Ontario, and Western R.R. (S.L.O.&W.) in HO

We'll get there sooner or later! 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:36 AM

It's Remember the Alamo Day. 

The Baltimore Sun had a story on the highest paid state employees.  I imagined the college sports coaches made a million dollars.  How about 3 mil basketball, 2.5 football, 1.3 womans basketball and professor and heart surgeon 950K ?

Great idea for packing.  I've been hoarding those peanuts.  Gotta find some big bags.

It was 30 and sunny for a change, this am.  They are calling for 60, but it will never hit 60 because we are too close to the river and bay.

Henry

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Posted by Cederstrand on Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:47 AM

A loaded bagel and scrambled eggs with all the fixings, please. 

Enjoying the pics being shared, both model and full scale. Good stuff.

Healing thoughts for those in need. Have a great day all.

Cheers! Cowboy Rob

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:22 AM

Good Moning.

It is a great morning.  Yesterday that ice pick feeling of pain under my kneecap subsided.  Today just a dull pain but no ice pickSmile

I'm sure glad my mechanic told me about the PRP treatment.  I'm a Believer,  so far so good.

I think I'm going to graduate from the couch and move to the glass table today to do a small scratch project.

I would have loved to go to my Railroad Club this morning,  I haven't been there for a while but I'm not going to push it.

Well,  I'm done with coffee,  time to get on with some modeling.

 

Sending positive thoughts and hope for healing for those in need.

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:27 AM

So, did you get the treatment? The PRP?  If you did, was your regular GP Dr. able to do it? or a orthepedic Dr.?

Just curious. 

That kit you sent Kevin, that was a Cambell kit, right?  You did a great job of putting it together.  I forget, was it HO or N ?

Mike.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:38 AM

Hi Mike.

I had the PRP treatment on Monday.  It was a doctor given to me by referral that has his own practice.  I was lucky to get in when I did due to a cancellation.  He only practices here Monday and Friday.  From what I understood from his receptionist he has a practice in Wisconsin as well.

To clear up your Campbell kit question.  Your answer I posted in the WPF thread this morning.  It's an HO,  I model NSmile

If you go back to past WPF threads you will see what you overlookedSmile, Wink & Grin

If you would like the name of the PRP specialist, just PM me and I will give it to you.

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, February 23, 2020 10:07 AM

PBP it's your blood product, correct?  How long does it take and do they give you the red cells back or sell it on the black market?Devil

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, February 23, 2020 12:36 PM

Track fiddler
If you go back to past WPF threads you will see what you overlooked

Yep, I'll have to go back.  I haven't been in WPF lately with the way PB was working, and I have nothing new to offer.  Projects coming up, though!

I'll check out the PRP around me with my Dr./Dr.'s  The list is growing!  Laugh

Your guy is probably on the West coast of WI.

Thanks!

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, February 23, 2020 6:41 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer and Dirk a whole dog treat. He was a good boy today!

 It was a pretty and warm day here in Maryville IL. High was around 60 degrees and most of the day sunny.

 Set the sort of live trap again. Seems we still have a Attic Bandet up there. I hate killing them, but what can I do but send them to Raccoon Heaven?

 Took Dirk for his walk and sat out with him on the front pourch with Sue afterwards. While we where sitting outside a woman walked by twices with two dogs and a kid on a scooter. He wanted to go off, but I rubbed his ears and made him look at me and he calmed right down! Big Smile

 Took Monday off for my Birthday. Nancy had Jerry call me here at the house around 12:30 PM and Jerry left me a message to call Nancy on her cell phone. Lets see, she is not at the store and it was a pretty day? What could she want?Whistling Nope, did not call her! Yes

 Was going to buy my self a Birthday present but I missed out. Bli I had a A&B PRR Shark Nose set for $219.99 I believe but I hesitated and it was gone the next day. Well like I need a new engine? Whistling

 Credit Score It is up again to 717, that is one of the reason I hesitated. I need to get the debt ratio down. I think it was around 4 years ago I was at 741 but had to have a fences bulit, big car repairs and other stuff. But I am soildly back in the good range so I am happy.

 Later Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof!

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, February 23, 2020 6:49 PM

Ken there is a funny facebook video, where someone who feeds raccoons, opens the door at night and you can see 20 pairs of eyes, plus 4 ready to come in the house.

This will have to do.  Invite them to the door, not the attic.

Raccoons were kept as pets in the south and and even in Baltimore my father had one in the 20's or 30's.  He taught it to use the toilet.

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:40 PM

BigDaddy
Invite them to the door, not the attic.

I'll invite them to neither, thank you very much! That video is disturbing.

After I retired I worked part time for Home Depot in the millwork dept. One of the products we sold was doggy doors. I made it a point to never sell a single doggy door. All I had to do was explain that we were not responsible for any raccoons that walked straight into their houses whenever they wanted to!LaughLaughLaugh

Dave

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