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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:04 PM

TOP OF THE PAGE at 11:00 PM. I think it is time for everyone to break open a cold one on my tab.

I am finally back home, safe and sound.

The pictures from the trip are on my computer, and I will work on posting the best ones in the upcoming days.

Here is a farm in Ohio that almost looks like a model:

-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 Track fiddler on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:30 PM

Nice farm Kevin, Welcome Home

I can almost Imagine the country fresh air there just by looking at the photo and I'll take you up on that cold one.  That does look like it would be a fun model to build. 

My brother used to be a professional photographer before he changed careers.  He used to take photos of old barns and farmhouses and had some kind of lens technique he used that made them look like miniature models.  They were very popular at his photo shows and he sold quite a few of them back in the day.

I'll look forward to seeing your pictures you took on your road trip and I'm going to see if my brother can email me some of those unique pictures of his I'll post.  

 

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:51 PM

Good Morning!

Just saying hello! I got bumped out of the forum and could not log in back via Firefox. I still can´t, so I tried Edge, which seems to work. I am not using Edge, so I will stay away until that´s being sorted out.

Happy times!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:35 AM

This is a very unremarkable photograph of a corn field in Michigan.

What amazed me about this scene was how corn when it is at this height, looks almost exctly like sugar cane. The terrain is also almost completely flat.

If I did not know I took this picture in Michigan, I would believe it was of a sugar cane field in South Florida. It is incredible how two scenes over 1,000 miles apart can look so much like duplicates.

-Kevin

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Posted by "JaBear" on Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:04 AM

Young Bloke by Bear, on Flickr

A fine looking bunch!!Smile

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Posted by "JaBear" on Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:14 AM

Seeing we're in the UK, something for the Lion.

Tiger by Bear, on Flickr

 

Tiger1 by Bear, on Flickr

Tiger2 by Bear, on Flickr

Smile

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:59 AM

Good morning

Rolled out of the rack at 5:30 this morning to have an early coffee and watch the sunrise.

Storms last night,  some of them pretty wicked,  there was a tornado in Fergus Falls that did some pretty serious damage.

Had a half day work yesterday, today it is elective, don't feel like it.  I think I'm going to work on my bridge today.

 

Have a great day all.

 

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:45 AM

Good Afternoon!

I finally made it into the forum, after fiddling arounf with my browsing history, clearing the cache and other things one actually should do frequently.

The weather is just dreadful! We are at 55F and drizzling rain. This is July - three weeks into summer!

Today, we visit the counties of Shropshire and Worcestershire ion our tour with the Severn Valley Rlwy. a preservation line that owes its existence to Dr. Beeching´s axe.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:45 AM

The farm pictures remind me of a view of the container port at Napier in NZ. Because NZ is such a small country but operates fully independently, like an old Greek City State in fact, it needs the same infrastructure as a large country but only very small versions. It even uses narrow gauge but using full sized equipment. 

At Napier there happens to be a viewpoint in a quiet residential neighbourhood from which you can look down on this container port from a very great height. 

The impression is very much of a model. Now the really attractive features of this prototype include a deep water harbour, very small, a rail connection and a truck connection plus a really HO scale suitable container handling and small storage yard. It's also quite beautiful in that typical NZ workaday fashion. From the great height everything looks tidy and clean!  Makes you wonder about weathering everything when prototypes actually look quite clean from scale viewing distances....

 

The UK connection? Well, I'm born in the UK but my Grandmother was a Kiwi. If you ever visit NZ you'll understand why a post about NZ is appropriate to a UK themed thread. I mean they even serve you afternoon tea and, until quite recently, good coffee was unobtainable anywhere in NZ, just like home. 

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Posted by wetidlerjr on Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:02 AM

Just stopped by to say "hello!".Geeked

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Posted by howmus on Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:33 AM

Mornin' Bill!

Good to see you...

I too have been locked out for the last day or so. I even changed my password and sent a yet to be answered email to Kalmbach Trains.com, etc.  Ulrich gave me the secret.  Went back and cleared the cashe and it came back.  Forget tricks like that I guess.

OK, got to go get my morning 1.6mile run in...

Later!

73

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Posted by Water Level Route on Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:01 AM

 

Good morning all.  Sign in issues here too.  I'm borrowing Track Fiddler's disguise to get in right now.  Got a pretty good scare from my dog this morning.  He got up about 5 am and was acting bizarre.  Disoriented, acting confused (if that makes sense), panting heavily, drooling, and occasionally stiffening/stretching out almost as if in pain.  Was on the phone trying to get ahold of the vet when he finally came to enough to get up and he headed outside.  Got out into the yard and vomitted, went #1 & #2, milled about for a minute, and came back inside like nothing was wrong.  The wife was convinced he was having a heart attack.  I thought he was having a reaction to something.  Maybe he was just sick to his stomach?  Never did get the vet on the phone.  Grumpy  He's about 8 years old and attached to my hip when I'm home.  Thought we were losing him.  Not ready for that.  Otis by Michael, on Flickr" alt="" />

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:31 AM

Howdy ..... I finally logged in. .... A pain, but here I am.

Thanks again for all the comments of grandkids visiting. 

Bear ..... LOL at your Bear Toon ..... I am em-bear-essed . 

Kevin .... You said you visited this lake as a kid in the 1970's. The lake would have been very new at the time. The dam on the Cumberland River was completed in 1966 which created Lake Barkley. With 90 square miles, it is a large man-made lake. ..... I agree much of Southeast Michigan is flat. We lived in Ann Arbor, MI prior to moving to Kentucky. 

Bill T ....... Glad to see you. I miss seeing the historic photos you used to post. 

Michael / Water Level Route .... I hope your dog is okay now. Nice looking dog.

I had a dome car photo to post in the Show Me thread, but could not log in and post it. Now, it has another topic. 

Everybody: ..... Have a good day. 

 

 

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:44 AM

Track fiddler

Nice farm Kevin, Welcome Home

I can almost Imagine the country fresh air there just by looking at the photo and I'll take you up on that cold one.  That does look like it would be a fun model to build. 

My brother used to be a professional photographer before he changed careers.  He used to take photos of old barns and farmhouses and had some kind of lens technique he used that made them look like miniature models.  They were very popular at his photo shows and he sold quite a few of them back in the day.

I'll look forward to seeing your pictures you took on your road trip and I'm going to see if my brother can email me some of those unique pictures of his I'll post.  

 

 

TF

 

 

TF your brother used a Tilt-Shift lens to make that look like models

really neat to see things shot with tilt-shift.  

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:16 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
ou said you visited this lake as a kid in the 1970's. The lake would have been very new at the time. The dam on the Cumberland River was completed in 1966 which created Lake Barkley. With 90 square miles, it is a large man-made lake.

I do not have any crystal clear memories of the lake. I do remember my uncle talking about how it was the longest/skinniest man made lake in the world. My memories from my youth might not be all that clear, but I do remember having a lot of fun there when I was young.

My Uncle moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, and that fun ended too soon.

Kentucky Trainpark: This museum has a beautiful old depot and a restored E unit.

I found it interesting that the EMD data plate described the locomotive as an 0-6-6-0 instead of an A1A-A1A.

There is also a model train layout inside.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:17 AM

MLC

Thanks for the feedback.  Your comment actually did ring a bell in my head.  My brother is usually extremely busy during the week but I always talk to him on the weekends.  I'm looking forward to discussing the tilt shift lens with him.

For the record, I don't know if you guys remember a while back,  the discussion of his rope hair dread locks.  I didn't see him much back then and always wondered if that was a wig.  I guess that really was his own hair.  He had it cut off carefully and saved it when he decided to get his act together.

He used to be quite the skateboarder so it all makes sense.  He was a dude back thenPirateLaugh  It's kind of funny,  I guess he still puts it on sometimes when he's feeling a little WankyLaugh

 

Mike

I hope your dogs okay.  I've always been a dog man and looked at your dog's picture.  I like him,  How could you not like that happy face?  I hope he's okay,  Maybe he was just sick to his stomach.  Sometimes my Nellie used to act like that and she'd go outside and eat some grass and throw up.  Then she was just fine,  I hope it's just something like that.

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:31 AM

Post-hog

 

Man Kevin

In past photos you have always come across as this Burly Guy that someone would think twice about messing with.  But I must admit you look like a little kid standing in front of that F7 thoughSmile, Wink & GrinLaugh

 

Thanks for the pics

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:12 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
I had a dome car photo to post in the Show Me thread, but could not log in and post it. Now, it has another topic. 

Garry: I just fixed it for you!

Big Smile

-Kevin

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:16 AM

Good morning.

We have a bad storm about midnight last night.  Several weeks ago we had a storm with wind gusts to over 80 mph.  That took care of a lot of weak or old trees.  Last night, the winds were around 60 mph, and some more trees suffered.  I've spent the morning cleaning the yard and made two trips to the landfill.  I'm going to start on the backyard after I cool off a bit.

My brother-in-law has a large boat at Lake Cumberland (I'm pretty sure that's the name of the lake, but I could be wrong).  He lives in Bowling Green, but he spends weekends on the boat, kind of like if it was a cabin.  I guess that's why it's called a cabin cruiser.

A few more minutes inside, then back out into the heat and humidity.  The chainsaw is getting a good workout.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:21 AM

York1
The chainsaw is getting a good workout.

I looked at my Royal Ponciana this morning, and it looks like a big shaggy dog! I will be trimming it down this afternoon.

Going to need to break out my chainsaw... I hope it starts.

-Kevin

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:35 AM

I don't know what I did to log on, but it worked this time.  Being on a cheap tablet, my usual bag of tricks is unavailable.

There's a low pressure area offshore and the media are making it sound like a big deal.  It's not, but they never let even a mediocre crisis go to waste.

Hey, I just noticed that the annoying bottom-of-the-screen popups are gone.  If that's permanent, thank you.

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

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:52 PM

Good afternoon

I tried to beat the heat this morning when I went out around 11 to organize my truck and trailer.  I dumped all the buckets and totes of product and hardware all over the parking lot.  I organized everything so I can put the stuff to use, now that I know where everything is.  I had a contractor bag almost full I threw in the dumpster, good riddance.  I didn't beat the heat but at least I got that done.

I've been drying out in the air conditioning and resting my aching back that bent over about 300 times.  For the last hour I've been surfing through eBay.  I told Kevin a few days ago he was creating a monster when I found out there are cars there.

Why did I have to find this!  The 1972 Gran Torino. These cars are a combination of muscle and luxury.  A cruiser for comfort.  She's going for 14,900, so they might consider 12 13. 

I'm seriously contemplating it.  One of my top three all-time favorite Muscle Machines.  My second-favorite is the 1970 Cuda but those were way too expensive.  I'll probably come to my senses as this is not like buying a CN  N scale F7Laugh

 

That don't confront the fact that I want another big toy thoughWhistling

 

 

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Posted by howmus on Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:14 PM

MisterBeasley
I don't know what I did to log on, but it worked this time.

Afternoon Folks!

I sent an email to Customer Service at Kalmbach about the problem and got this back. "We are currently working to apply a fix to our sites.  In the meantime, please delete cookies from within your internet Browser.  You will then be able to log into the sites with your existing email and browser."  I earlier deleted the cache and the cookies and that is how I got back online here this morning.

Just thought I would pass this on to you folks....

73

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:42 PM

Track fiddler
I'm seriously contemplating it.  One of my top three all-time favorite Muscle Machines.  My second-favorite is the 1970 Cuda but those were way too expensive.

 

TF and Kevin, you've got me thinking about high school cars.  I knew a kid who had one of these in blue.  It was parked in our high school parking lot, and everyone who saw it thought the same thing:  "I wish that was mine."  I remember he had a string of beer pop tabs hanging from the rear seat coat hanger.  The ultimate in cool.

 

 

I did not own a car until I graduated from college.  While that sounds unusual, back then quite a few kids I knew in college did not own cars.  We wanted to, but our money went to tuition and beer.

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:15 PM

First cars?

Ya' can't beat a Beetle!

 IMG_0005 by Edmund, on Flickr

I didn't have any beer tabs in the back seat but I did carry a few quarts of SAE 30W and one of those push-in spouts. Whistling 1966 was the year the VW jumped in horsepower from 40 to FIFTY hp!

My next car was a 1963 Coupe deVille! ($200) Really stepping up in the world!

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:21 PM

York1
TF and Kevin, you've got me thinking about high school cars. 

My high school car was an MGB. Not exactly what you would call a muscle car! However, my older brother Richard had several friends who did drive some serious power. One had a Road Runner, another had an Olds 442 but my favourite was a 58 Chevy that was a total sleeper. To the uninitiated, it looked totally stock, even the hub caps. However, if you looked at it from behind you might notice that the rear tires were huge! I have no idea what size they were but I do know that the rear wheel wells had been widened considerably to accommodate them.

Before I got into Hondas several decades ago, I took my mostly crapped out cars to a shop that specialized in servicing drag racers. Why they tolerated my presence mystifies me, but it was sure an interesting place to visit! I used to kid the owner, Ed Shram, about what his test drives were like. They certainly didn't consist of a trip around the block. Half of the stuff wasn't street legal.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:26 PM

Vauxhall Victor with three on the tree. British barfing green on light beige. Mm good. Probably 56 bhp, 0-60 in about a week. Learned to heel and toe shift that car, no synchro on first, from the factory, and hardly any on second, from previous owners. You never forget your first. In this case forgive neither. 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:49 PM

My first car was a Renault R 6. I got after I graduated from German high school, but our friendship didn´t last very long, hardly a year. The whole thing was just a rust bucket, which started to fall apart, so it had to go to the scrapper.

Then I got this one:

A 1971 VW 1302L with the infamous, gas guzzling 1300cc 44HP engine, that liked to blow a gasket on the third cylinder. Kept it for quite some time.

Happy times!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:55 PM

Howdy 

First cars ..... My first was a 55 Chevy station wagon my parents gave me which had been the family vehicle for a number of years. ....

...... I saved my money and purchsed a 1962 Impala convertible which looked very much like this '61 model on my layout. White with red interior. 

Kevin ..... Thanks for the favor in the Show Me thread. 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:21 PM

In high school, my afterschool job was delivering prescriptions for a pharmacy.

The pharmacy had two VW beetles for us to drive for the deliveries.  I learned to drive in that car.  It was colder than heck in the winter.

Whatever anyone thought of that car, it had one thing going for it -- in first gear it could beat any other car off the line.  For the first 15-20 feet, it was the fastest car I drove.

York1 John       

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