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Posted by cudaken on Monday, June 29, 2020 9:58 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please in a PRR frosted mug and Dirk a antacid, he blew chucks tonight.

 Ed I loved the PRR Mug! I would love one, but I would never use it.

 Bought a new weed wacker. This one is a Ryobi 40 volt brushless trimer that is 5'"7" tall. I have dated woman shorter than 5'7" tall and my back never hurt while I was leaning over them! Whistling I hope this one helps my back, rear yard is out of control.

 My Rib feels like it is 95% healed. I can just barely feel a little something that is not painful at all. If I did not know I had broke the rib I would not think a thing about it.

 Ulrich I sure hope you find your forever home.

 Later Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof.

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Posted by GMTRacing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:31 AM

Good Morning All,

    I'll have a regular and a blueberry jelly donut please Zoe. I've been out as last Tuesday I had to sub for one of my guys and go to SVRA at Mid Ohio. Just as the two guys were getting in the truck, he got a call his dad had gone to hospital. By chance I was already packed and no one else was really available on such short notice so off we went, stopped by the house to pick up my bag and got half way by around 10pm. The weekend went well - only one driver and two cars so easy duty. Though the intermittent rains missed our track sessions it was still a chore checking the cars between sessions in the rain. Because we only brought the tag trailer we only had a couple of popup awnings so not as snug and dry as normal.

   Got back yesterday and haven't been in the basement yet so no layout stuff to report. 

   The FM Erie built has a close relative in the FM C-Liner. It was used by the New Haven for passenger service into New York Grand Central and used a two axel front truck and a three axel rear to spread the load enough to be legal in the Park Ave tunnel and approaches which were and are weight restricted. I have two of the Trueline Trains examples one with the original shell and one with the later version which is more accurate. This is the second example which also has DCC and sound. The first I need to send for service but need to find someone to look at it. My meager electronic skills can't get it to move though it powers up and makes sounds. Here is my working C-Liner at my favorite part of the layout approaching the bridge. Of course I removed the hill to the right so I could have better access and just a little more room for structures. 

 005 by J.R. Mitchell, on Flickr

    Glad to hear you have a new and probably more practical direction Ulrich. 

    Good to hear Ken is on the mend though I haven't gone back through posts to see how Dirk is doing. 

   Hang in there Kevin. It's a stressful time and you don't want to cause schisms that mess up relationships like my family went through.

   Hope the rest of you are doing well or at least are on the mend. 

   At Mid Ohio, we had 400 cars turn out and a lot of spectators. We had to wear masks and social distance plus have our temps taken on entry each morning. Food we did for ourselves at lunch and dinner at the place we normally frequent (KC's) where we trust them to sanitize and be careful. The dodgy part was the spectators who rarely had masks and were in groups wandering through the paddock. Off putting but we tried to maintain some distance and we were after all outdoors so the risk was lower than in enclosed spaces. The hotel was allright as well with enough stuff in the rooms when we checked in to carry us through the stay without the usual maid service. At least neither of us are messy. Right now it's a different world out there. 
     Catch y'all later.   Ciao, J.R.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:43 AM

Don't forget the Icelanders, many ( ?? are there many Icelanders anywhere, even in Iceland?) of whom settled on the shores of Lake Winnipeg (where much of the commercially available "Walleye" is fished, but we call it Pickerel). I immigrated into Canada from the UK, many, many moons past, and first lived in Winnipeg. I recall visiting Minnesota and then being able to impress my friends and relatives back in the UK with my tale of wading across the mighty Mississippi which Minnesotans think nothing of. 

I had a teacher of Icelandic descent who decided to spice up geography lessons with "foods from around the World" brought in by the multitude of ethnic sources represented by an ordinary Winnipeg classroom of the 60's. I still recall eating the raw cured lamb he himself brought to class. A bit like prosciutto but with vinegar as well as salt. Most kids refused to eat raw meat but I was (and remain) adventurous when free food is made available to me. 

My memories of the few teenaged years I lived in  Winterpeg very fondly, despite the breathtakingly cold winters, shared of course by Minnesota and the Dakotas. My very first view of a hump yard which I had not seen in my childhood of trainspotting from the bridge in Battle, Sussex. I had thought the sequential banging of rigid buffered link bar  coupled goods wagons loud enough but no comparison to a hump yard building consists all day  Magic  

Then we moved out West from the Canadian railroad heartland of Winnipeg to the massive gateway to the Pacifuc Ocean beginning at Alyth. At that time there were massive stockyards adjacent to the railyard, a brewery, a malting facility (still there I believe) and very little oil by rail. Unit trains were just getting going.  Then of course there were the rails through the Rockies....but I guess in June we're still stuck out on the bald prairie where a unit train from Calgary could pretty much just coast down to Winnipeg.....

 

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:58 AM

One of my first purchases has been a Proto 1000 C Liner I thought was just an F7.   In CPR Tuscan red and grey. Same tooling by Lifelike as trueline used in Canada. I have two more "on order" with my local hobby shop if they can make them run. DC only and they power up but won't move. If you figure out how to get yours to run please post the solution. I want to run a C liner ABA MU as they did on the Kettle Valley Subdivision out of the Nelson BC shop that kept those FM engines running for far longer than any other RR.  Our planned engine yard will be sort of loosely based on those old Nelson shops, now sadly demolished and gone. There's a MRR layout plan loosely based on the KVR and the January ?? 2020 MRR Layout planning magazine has a truly lovely evocation of those shops done in N scale which inspires us every time we re-read it. 

After the C liner serendipitous error on my part I read up on FM and went back to buy two Spectrum 16-44 freight locos. And try to buy the other C liners. It's been a slippery slope since then I can tell you.  I Doeksen's little softcover Kettle Valley Railway book which, at pages 30 and 31, attempts to list every motive power unit ever run on the KVR. I've been buying examples of each one......

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:38 AM

Good Afternoon!

Temperatures dropped to a low of 15°C today, which actually feels quite cold.

GMTRacing
Glad to hear you have a new and probably more practical direction Ulrich.

It´ll be a challenge to find a suizable apartment, though. Most of the jouses do not have an elevator, so we are restricted to 1st floor or second floor apartments, which are kind of rare. Climbing up a few flight of stairs makes my back yelling unsults at me, so we need a place with an elevator. We will see.

Here is another short video showing the town.

I talked to my aunt yesterday, who was born there in 1938 and stayed there until 1957, when she headed west into freedom. After the war, Görlitz had a population of over 100k, now its down to 55k. There has never been any really big business, other than a manufacturer of railroad cars, now belonging to Bombardier. The famous "Flying Hamburger" highspeed Diesel rail car was built there in 1932.

These fine rail cars with their speed exceeding 100mph covered the distance between Hamburg and Berlin in 143 minutes - today highspeed trains do that in 112 minutes. The cost to achieve 30 minutes savings in traveling time - just short of 10 billion $! Was it worth it?

Under communist rules, the works supplied bi-level passenger cars to the railways of the eastern block countries. Bombardier took up the legacy and is still the main source for this type of railroad equipment. In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the number of employees was cut down by two thirds and many people in Görlitz moved away seeking employment in the west. The city is now populated by retirees -just like us.

Happy times!

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Posted by CNCharlie on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:50 AM

Good Morning,

Another hot one here today. Humidex of 104F. Guess I'll stay indoors as I don't like that much heat.

J.R. I too love 5 axle C Liners. CNR had a few of them and I managed to find a used TLT version last winter. It didn't run well so I took off the shell and then had to dissmantle the trucks to get at the gear towers. Doing that requires undoing the truck frames which are plastic and snap together. If you break the tab, you then have a nice display unit as no parts are available. Anyway using the exploded diagram for a guide I got the trucks apart, cleaned and lubed. After doing so it runs really well. I wonder if the grease has hardened and seized up the gears on yours. Mine would barely move when I got it. I don't have sound and just put in a motor decoder as I couldn't find a sound decoder with the correct profile.  I only paid $85 for the engine so I think it was a good buy. 

I'm sitting by the front door as my new loco is out for delivery. Not sure if I'll try to run it as it has never been run and it is 28 years old. I may just take it to the local brass guru for a clean and lube. 

Must be getting hot out as the A/C just cut in. 

CN Charlie

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 11:26 AM

My morning walk this morning was hot.  Cutting the grass this morning was hot.  I'm walking our neighbor's dog this afternoon, and I know it will be hot.

We've got a big move across the ocean tomorrow.  I've never been to England, Scotland, or Wales.  I'm looking forward to it.  I'm also looking forward to that big full English breakfast tomorrow morning.  I hope the waitresses are prepared.

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:26 PM

Life like geeps where prone to gear cracking.  The last Ebay GP i bought, the gears were fine but the drive shaft would not turn in the bearing because of harden grease. Neither repair is hard 

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:31 PM

BigDaddy
The last Ebay GP i bought, the gears were fine but the drive shaft would not turn in the bearing because of harden grease.

 Proto_gear-3 by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Been there Whistling

I hope everyone is well —

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by GMTRacing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:49 PM

Thanks to all for the advice on the TLT FM C-Liner (gotta love all those initials). I will find my paperwork and carefully disassemble once I clear the decks from the latest scenic endeavour. I also have an older Bachman 2-8-0 with similar needs and without a decoder so the timing is good.

Cheers, J.R.

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Posted by Lazers on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:53 PM

York1

My morning walk this morning was hot.  Cutting the grass this morning was hot.  I'm walking our neighbor's dog this afternoon, and I know it will be hot.

We've got a big move across the ocean tomorrow.  I've never been to England, Scotland, or Wales.  I'm looking forward to it.  I'm also looking forward to that big full English breakfast tomorrow morning.  I hope the waitresses are prepared.

  

Hi John, Welcome to the UK and I hope you enjoy your visit. I notice from your post that you are enjoying warm, hot temperatures?

When you arrive, you may realise why I am always moaning about the weather (along with other things) For the last two weeks, we have had our GCH on, for at least an hour daily, trying to keep the house warm. Looking on the bright side, conditions are set to improve from Sunday 5th on, so fingers crossed. The Breakfasts are one of the things we always look forward to, sets you up for the day. Paul

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:10 PM

Thanks, Paul.  It will be fun to see.  I don't know where you live, but my father loved Scotland when he was there during WWII.

I don't mind the heat.  I do like the weather in the Great Plains better than where I came from -- New Orleans.  I like the change.  What we are having right now -- day after day, week after week, of hot, humid days with no letup, gets a little tiring.

I know that in about six months, I will be freezing and wishing for hot, humid weather again.

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Posted by Lazers on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:34 PM

Hi John, We live very close to the Royal Border Bridge on the East Coast Main Line, that crosses the R. Tweed

Visiting Scotland, east and west coasts are some of our favouite destinations, albeit the west coast has the most islands.

As well as GP38's, I am a mega fan of Willys MB 38's. Did your father ever get to drive one, whilst he was stationed in Scotland? Just curious, I have liked them ever since I was old enough to distinguish one vehicle from another, and were I ever to be offered a Ferrari or a Jeep - I know which one I would accept, preferably a radio Jeep. Paul

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:46 PM

After crossing the channel into France and then into Germany, my father experienced many things that, I think, he wanted to forget, so he very seldom told us about his six years in the army.

His last three days in the hospital before he died, I actually heard several things from him that I hadn't heard before.

My daughters and families were in the UK last year.  They spent several weeks seeing quite a bit, and they loved it.  My wife and I should have gone with them, but we had some other things come up.

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Posted by Lazers on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:21 PM

Hi John, We owe people like your father so much. Have a safe journey and a good holiday, both of you. It's 23:17 in the UK, so I'm calling a day. Paul

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:32 PM

Paul, I hope I didn't mislead you.  I'm only coming to the UK in the cyberworld as the diner starts there tomorrow morning.  I wish I was actually traveling there.

Thanks for the discussion.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:39 PM

That Bachmann is a Spectrum?  It has a belt drive to the main driver gear. The power pickups are the suspect area for poor running. Bachmann changed the pickup design for other similar models like the 2-10-2. 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:12 PM

York1
I'm only coming to the UK in the cyberworld

You fooled me.  I was going to ask how you were planning on sneaking in?  I thought we were banned from Europe.

Took my mom to the doctor.  She kept taking her mask off or pulling it below her nose.  She has no idea what is going on with Covid.

Mr B one of my OR nurse friends, in Seaford went on a Facebook rant about Delaware restaurants allowing people to refill their cups, not wiping down tables and the staff not changing gloves, just using hand sanitizer on them.

Plebes starting arriving at the Naval Academy today.  Once upon a time, I wanted to go there.  Their arrival is now spread out over 4 days and they have to arrive with a Plebe haircut. 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:56 PM

BigDaddy
You fooled me.  I was going to ask how you were planning on sneaking in?  I thought we were banned from Europe.

Banned from Canada too. This is the border right by my place, the road on the right is in Canada, the one on the left is in the U.S. Coming home today it was crawling with border patrol people catching Americans sneaking in for healthcare thinking it is free. Not so if you are not a resident. WE NEED A WALL!Laugh

The real issue is so many of them were showing symptoms of covid 19, I felt bad for the officers. The border was to be reopened on July 21, but the Government said no way is that going to happen. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:01 PM

I need to know what to do in Northern Ohio tomorrow.

I am leaving Toledo in the morning and heading east towards Cleveland.

It looks like the Mad River and NKP Museum is closed. Is it worth dropping by anyway? Are there outdoor displays I can see even though the museum is not operating?

In Cleveland it looks like Depot Train And Hobby and Al's Trains And Hobbies are the two hobby shops to see in the Cleveland area. Am I missing anything along the way?

Thanks for your help.

I will post more about today later.

-Kevin

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:20 PM

Kevin, never been there myself but

http://railfanlocations.weebly.com/berea-oh.html

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:45 PM

SeeYou190
I am leaving Toledo in the morning and heading east towards Cleveland.

I was going to suggest the Mather Museum but it will remain closed through 2020 Sad

Are you going to continue any farther east than Cleveland proper? I live about 35 mi. east of the Cuyahoga River. Got a place to stay? The Caboose is open (but not air conditioned Embarrassed) still, it is cool here in the evenings.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:54 PM

gmpullman
Are you going to continue any farther east than Cleveland proper? I live about 35 mi. east of the Cuyahoga River

Ed, I love the invite, and I will certainly take you up on it when I come back through in October, but I have been around way too many people the past four days.

After I get back home I am quarantining myself for 15 days, and I am avoiding any social visits for right now. If I gave anyone the crud I would feel terrible.

I look forward to seeing you in October if then invitation is still valid.

-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:08 PM

 

I finished up with everything I am going to do up here in Ohio this morning. I met with probably 40 people the past few days, and no one was taking social distancing, hand washing, or basic concern very seriously. I had my mask on the entire time, but I have heard that if you are the only one wearing one it is not nearly as effective as if everyone wears them.

I was actually asked to remove my mask "out of respect" at one point where about 20 people were gathered. I just removed myself from the group. I am going to be so angry if I became infected.

After all this was over, I immediately took off to get away. I decided to go to the Waterloo Recreation area in Michigan.

I drove to the woods, and found out I hate the woods. It was hot, the bugs were everywhere, biting flies made a meal of my legs, and I have poison ivy rash on my right calf.

I did hike about 4 or 5 miles on a trail around one of the lakes.

Then I retreated to the town of Blissfield, Michigan.

The Blissfield Model Railroad Club was closed to visitors, no surprise there.

I went to Steve's Trains and shopped a bit.

I ate a take-out dinner from a place called Beckey's Kountry Kitchen, which claimed to have "Southern Style" fried chicken. Not sure what part of the South they got their recipe from, but it would not pass for Fried Chicken in Mississippi! It was good, but not a taste of home.

I am going to take a week to ten days to get home. I need to decompress and relax a bit. I will try to see as many parks and sites where people are not around as I can. I think I will drive through West Virginia and down the Atlantic Coast.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:21 PM

SeeYou190
I look forward to seeing you in October if then invitation is still valid.

You're certainly welcome in October, Kevin. I appreciate your precaution to the exposure to the virus. I hope you enjoy your visit to NE Ohio.

If there is anything you need as you pass through don't hesitate to contact me.

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:24 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, if there is any unpaid tabs I will pay them, I missed the fact I was on the top of this page. Dunce

 All so give the gang and I a Beer and Dirk his dog treat.

 It has been a Lightning and Storm day all day! Umbrella Reports say we had around 3" of rain and have more coming. Great, guess I will be testing my broken rib Sunday cutting grass. Sigh

 RJ Dirk seemed to feel better tonight when I got home, his tail was going a mile a minute. Sat out with him a while. He enjoyes is Daddy Time outside.

 Later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof!

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Posted by GMTRacing on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:11 AM

Good Morning All,

   Wow, 7 hours since Ken was in! In the old days I was used to always seeing the diner on the top of the forum.  I'll have a regular and some bacon and eggs over medium with rye toast please Zoe. 63F and a very low ceiling this morning. Almost low enough to be ground fog.

   Kevin - that is awful. I felt the same at the track over the weekend. No masks and outright beligerence. Sign of the times I suppose. Here in staid New England it is not such an issue I suppose because this area was hit so hard at the beginning.

  I think the Bachman problem is the wipers or however the current is transmitted. Posibly a remnant of taking a decade between operations of it. 

   Did start on the scenic bit of the transition on the back wall. No bushes or trees yet but a start. When I get further along I may need to retouch the actual painted backround to get a better tie in with the colors in the foreground. We shall see.

  transition 1 by J.R. Mitchell, on Flickr

Ken - glad Dirk Pip is recovering. My large dog Bristol is now limping from what they think is a sprained ligament. If she doesn't make some progress by next week it's off to another vet for a second opinion. 

   Lots to do this morning so I best get after it.   Ciao, J.R.

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