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Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:17 PM

Track fiddler

I would buy 50 pounds of those Vidalia onions any day of the week Kevin.  I think Judy and I could definitely eat 10 lbs and dole out the rest 

 Track Fiddler

 

Walla Walla onions......mmmm

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:58 PM

York1
I'm pretty sure it's the Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota.

Hi John,

I believe you are right. I just sent them a note asking about Lion's well being.

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:57 PM

 

 

hon30critter
Does anyone remember the name of Lion's Abbey?

 

 

I seem to recall it is this one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_Abbey_(North_Dakota)

It seems like LION'S photo hosting sites are down as well.

 

SpaceMouse
Ed, This isn't going to be one of those Elf-on-a-Shelf memes is it?

Maybe not, But —

         How about the cat-in-the-roundhouse?

 Roundhouse_cat_sm by Edmund, on Flickr

 [[edit]]  How did I get to the top? 

Well, everyone is entitled to a "Free Lunch" on me DinnerBig Smile

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:51 PM

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Does anyone remember the name of Lion's Abbey? If I can find it I will send them a note. They may not respond due to privacy issues but at least I can send him a note. Dave

 

I'm pretty sure it's the Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota.

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:47 PM

 Eveing Diners!

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

 Got a lot done today for a change.

 Work in the backyard. Got some saplins cut out, cut the worst part of the yard, picked some limbs and washed the wifes car. If I was 50 years old, easy. But I am not but still glad I got it done.

 Going to get a bid on cutting down some trees. If I can get it done for $1500.00 it is a done deal.

 Dirk will have been with us 1 year this coming Tuesday. Time sure go fast when you get our age. Dirk enjoys the backyard, he thinks it is his private park.

 Maskes I was in a convent store today and there was teenager not wearing a mask yapping with the cashiers. I stood about 10 feet back and waited for her to leave. Finally one of the casiher asked me what I was waiting for? Told her "waiting for her to leave the store, she is not waring a mask. She told her what I said, and she stepped out till I left. After I got in the car, back she goes with no mask. Bang Head

 Later Ken, and Dirk says Let me bite her Daddy, Woof, Woof.

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:31 PM

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I hope brother Elias is safe. His Abbey is closed to the public due to the virus but there is no word on what may be going on.

I just sent a note to Br. Elias's Abbey asking about his well being. They may not respond due to privacy issues but at least they can pass on the message.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 23, 2020 7:57 PM

I would buy 50 pounds of those Vidalia onions any day of the week Kevin.  I think Judy and I could definitely eat 10 lbs and dole out the rest.

I think onions are like turkey and you can't freeze them or it screws them up.  It turns into mush, that's why those seasonal ones are so good fresh!

 

You know,  If Lion could just take a small sneak peek into the Mexican Diner here,  I could see myself getting a little rambunctious and glad that he is hereStick out tongue

 

Lion! ...?   I really do hope you're okay,  I'm starting to get a bit worried here

 

 

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Sunday, August 23, 2020 7:39 PM

gmpullman

 

 CofG_LION by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Ed,

This isn't going to be one of those Elf-on-a-Shelf memes is it?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 5:07 PM

Track fiddler
Can't wait for those seasonal Georgia Vidalia onions!

When I used to travel through Georgia a lot, I would buy the onions right from the farms in Vidalia. 

So good! I would sometimes bring home 50 pounds of them and spread them around to family members.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 23, 2020 4:53 PM

Evening

Nothing better than a good pileated woodpeckerYes  I don't know where Brother Lion is either Ed.  I just know I miss his Roar at the end of everything he says.

Onions onions la la laMusic  Can't wait for those seasonal Georgia Vidalia onions!  Some of the really flat ones you can actually eat like an apple.

We start out with onions, garlic and peppers in anyting we cook over here.  It is cooked first until it's so soft you don't even know it's in there but adds the distinctive flavor.  It's a staple,  Unfortunately were fresh out of jalapeno peppers. 

It's all right.  I have some cayenne for tonight's chicken enchiladas since we're all down here in MexicoDinnerMischief  The trick is to not over-do it

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:59 PM

Finally, a little bit of rain here today. Just a little.

Shout out to LION  —

 

 CofG_LION by Edmund, on Flickr

I have a friend that wants to chase your tail!

Our peach tree has been providing some delicious fruit. I shared some of the bruised ones and "Mr. P" was quite appreciative.

 Pileated_8-20 by Edmund, on Flickr

This is actually one of the "kids", not quite full-grown.

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 7:13 AM

hon30critter
The first new railway bridge to Mexico in more than a century. It is at Brownsville, Texas and it was 15 years in the making. It eliminated 12 street level crossings in the town of Brownsville:

 Years ago a bunch of friends and I crossed the border and spent the day at Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville.  It was a fun day.  I didn't take any pictures, and we weren't especially interested in trains back then.  We were more interested in other things, like how many bars we could get to in one day.

Another Sunday morning.  Weeks seem to be going by quickly.

My wife is content to stay home or visit grandchildren.  I want to go see things and hike some National Park trails.  Maybe it's time that I take another trip by myself.  She is happy to have the house to herself for a while, and I am happy to see things on my bucket list. 

We don't need to rent a storage locker.  We have an entire basement, a garage, and a backyard shed all full.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 23, 2020 6:57 AM

Good morning 

Thanks for the Mexican trains Dave.  We have a domino game that goes by that name, it's kinda fun. 

Looks like you have the same plan getting rid of storage Kevin.  I know I'll be glad to be done with that bill.  

Judy has to work on a Sunday so I might as well.  I have a custom door job to do.  I'm glad the doors are already there because there solid core.  They all I need to be sized as none of the jams are right,  width or height.  I never understood what the prior carpenters were thinking when I run into these.

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, August 23, 2020 1:16 AM

More Mexican railroading pictures:

Quite the curve!

The first new railway bridge to Mexico in more than a century. It is at Brownsville, Texas and it was 15 years in the making. It eliminated 12 street level crossings in the town of Brownsville:

 Here's a big consist! I count six locomotives. Who can identify what they are?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:23 PM

You know

I'm really bummed out that Lion has not been around here anymore 

He Is the most down-to-earth person I know here with his unique sense of humor

I gotta say  Him I like and Him is Missed

 

I just hope Lion returns to us soon

 

Him is Missed-Much

 

 

 

TF

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:07 PM

cudaken
Really like the new Rayboi 40 Volt weed wacker! It is about 5' 7" long so my back does not hurt when I use it. Has good power and battery life is OK. Used it for around 40 minutes and still had 40% Power left.

I love my Ryobi 40 volt lawn tools. I only use the weed wacker motor to drive a pole chainsaw. I also have the 14 inch chainsaw and the bigger leaf blower.

Yes Big Smile

Track fiddler
After the six years we paid for this stuff three times over again,  it all needs to go,  we are almost done. It has been hot and sticky doing it.  The air in the storage facility is still and I am just done, ...almost done.

I have been renting a 5 by 10 storage locker for several years. It was originally used as a $50.00 a month extra closet to store cosplay stuff and other things that we only used once in a while. In Florida we do not have attics or basements, so self storage lockers are like an extension of your house.

Now it is only full of train and wargaming stuff. Once the guest bedroom is floored and painted, it will all go in there, and then the sorting/disposal will begin.

Only a few months of rent are left.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:04 PM

Thanks John.

Makes me feel good to hear you say that because I am just broken getting rid of all my prized stuff.

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:51 PM

TF, it's going to feel good when you finish.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:42 PM

Evening

I may not even relate here and if I missed anything I am sorry.

Judy beat the crap out of me with her three days off for the rest of the week and took me down to storage to deal with everything that I don't want to deal with.

My 7.0 High End Klipsch speaker system is on consignment at a stereo shop at 35% with the 12 inch subwoofer, Onkyo sound processor and the monster system components.  I kept the Denon with some Boston Acoustics, ...Smaller speakers, bigger sound.

The $750 fiber optic Christmas tree may have even slightly bought a tear to my eye too,  we had it for 20 years.  It breathed and twinkled, it was really cool.  But my train layout is in the living room where it used to go, ... PrioritiesIndifferent

The boxes of stuff gets broken down from five boxes to one to keep and the other four gets donated as well.

After the six years we paid for this stuff three times over again,  it all needs to go,  we are almost done.

It has been hot and sticky doing it.  The air in the storage facility is still and I am just done, ...almost done.

 

There is a light at the end of the tunnel!  No more payment for a bunch of unused stuff soonYes

 

 

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Posted by howmus on Saturday, August 22, 2020 5:43 PM

gmpullman
Alcos are known for Turbocharger lag. Until the prime mover gets up to speed the fuel will be very rich and the smoke is enormous. EMD quickly adopted a gear-driven supercharger design that mostly overcame this problem, in simple terms. Two cycle vs. four cycle enters into the equation, too.

Ah...  well yeah.  But out at the Museum we have have a few RS1 Alco's.  They do produce the black sooty smoke while throttling up a bit, but nothing like what those locos were putting out.  May be just different with the antiques we have out there.  I dunno...  We do have an "Alco RS-3m" (Lehigh Valley)  She doesn't produce much smoke at all even during throttling up...  Of course that is our "Hammerhead" Alco hybred which sports an EMD (567B) prime mover...  (grin)  Our most used engine is a GE 80 Tonner.  Uses a lot less fuel to pull our short trains.....  Nice handling and responce so our engineers like the old girl.

Take Care and Be Blessed folks!

73

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, August 22, 2020 5:26 PM

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I noticed that too. I'm guessing that their fuel consumption must be huge. Either that or they are way down on power.

Alcos are known for Turbocharger lag. Until the prime mover gets up to speed the fuel will be very rich and the smoke is enormous.

EMD quickly adopted a gear-driven supercharger design that mostly overcame this problem, in simple terms. Two cycle vs. four cycle enters into the equation, too.

Got time for some "deep" reading?

https://utahrails.net/articles/alco-v-emd.php

Cheers, Ed

 

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Posted by cudaken on Saturday, August 22, 2020 5:23 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 Been MIA for a few days.

 Thursday I felt tired and sleepy. Did not even feel like drink! Beer Boy that is tired!

 Friday I felt some what better. Got a lot of weed wacking done in the back yard. Back of the house now looks like someone lives in it.

 Really like the new Rayboi 40 Volt weed wacker! It is about 5' 7" long so my back does not hurt when I use it. Has good power and battery life is OK. Used it for around 40 minutes and still had 40% Power left.

 Ed are on day or night shift? PRR Shark B unit is driving me nuts! I did a reset to factory default and runs fine on addess 3. Sat it to 2 bite address, 2000 and primary address 3 like the A unit. It now moves, and brakes, moves and brakes?

 You said something about clearing the slots on the Digitrax system, how do I do that?

 Going to sit out with Dirk, so later.

 Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:37 PM

York1
I may try volunteering to take the grandkids somewhere so they stay out of the way, and I don't have to carry anything.

That would be my plan as well.

Good luck, that sounds like a lot more fun than moving.

-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:29 PM

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Couple of those locos in that begining video do need to get in the shop for engine repair looking at the Smoke coming from the stacks.  Glorified Steamers I guess.

I noticed that too. I'm guessing that their fuel consumption must be huge. Either that or they are way down on power.

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:23 PM

Good afternoon, everyone.  It's hot and humid again, so I have been inside most of the day.

I got some layout work done, but not much.

Not much else going on here.  We're making plans to travel to see grandkids.  The youngest daughter and husband have bought a new house, so naturally my wife volunteered me to help move.  Not my favorite thing to do.  I may try volunteering to take the grandkids somewhere so they stay out of the way, and I don't have to carry anything.

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:13 PM

Hello,

Heartland Division CB&Q
Very interesting ! Surprised to see an Alco PA was included. ...

 

Here's an interesting TRAINS story that mentions the ex-Santa-Fe; D&H PAs:

http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/staff/archive/2012/10/10/south-of-the-border-the-railroading-isn-t-much-different.aspx

 

Two of the four PA that went to Mexico after their service on the D&H have returned to the U.S.

No. 18 is being restored as NKP No. 190 by Doyle McCormack. No. 16 was wrecked in Mexico and is being cosmetically restored for display at the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas.

No. 17 and 19 remain on display in Mexico.

Back to hot and stuffy August weather here in NE Ohio. No rain last week and no rain in sight for the coming week Paradise

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:16 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
We are about to begin a very busy week. 2 of our 5 adult children will be here with their spouses and their kids. <SNIP>  Therefore, I will not have much time to particpate here for the week. 

That sounds like a great alternative to train activities for a while.

I hope to seem my daughters again very soon.

Have fun.

-Kevin

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, August 22, 2020 10:12 AM

Good morning .. 

Dave .... I watched the short version of the video. Very interesting ! Surprised to see an Alco PA was included. ... Thank you.

..

We are about to begin a very busy week. 2 of our 5 adult children will be here with their spouses and their kids. This time, it is our son from Tampa area and our daughter from Detorit area. More fun lake activities are planned. We just had the son from Cincinnati area here with his family. 

Therefore, I will not have much time to particpate here for the week. 

Cheers. 

GARRY

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Posted by howmus on Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:47 AM

Mornin' Folks!

Flo, I need another pot of Organic Dark Roast Coffee to keep me awake!

Man Dave!  They were still looping up Form 19's back 12 years ago???  Probably just for an excusion demonstration???  Maybe they still didn't have radios???  LOL  Couple of those locos in that begining video do need to get in the shop for engine repair looking at the Smoke coming from the stacks.  Glorified Steamers I guess. Whistling

We sometimes loop up "orders" out at the RGVM (Museum) for crowds, just to show how it was done.  Usually find a kid to snatch the Form 19.  Has a message to whomever gets it and they can keep the form as a souvenir.

Hope all of you are having a great day and staying safe!

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, August 22, 2020 2:54 AM

Here is another video showing an introduction to a 'recent' railroading video in Mexico. The video is 12 years old:

Here is a link to the whole video if you are interested:

https://www.pentrex.com/DVD-Central-Mexico-Rails-DVD_MEX2-DVD

Salu!

Dave

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