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Welcome to the October, 2020 Jeffrey's Trackside Diner in Michigan

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:08 PM

Yuk

I must admit I'm not much of a snake fan anymore.

My Grandmother who raised me would throw up from the sight of a snake.

We used to catch them by the bucket loads down by the railroad tracks not far from where I lived.

That was then this is now.  Although once fond of the slithery creatures,  I don't care for them too much anymore.

 

I have become more of a fan of very heavy rectangular steel boxes riding on steel wheels more to my liking lately

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:26 PM

Track fiddler
Yuk I must admit I'm not much of a snake fan anymore.

It is not like Florida did not have enough monsters already. Panthers, Bears, Alligators, Rattlesnakes, etc.

These pythons are just too much. As are the iguanas.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:00 PM

Your state does have quite a lot of Monsters down there Kevin.  Not to mention the Spiders and big bugs.  We would probably have a lot of monsters up here in Minnesota too but by late fall-early winter they all freese! and dieLaugh

 

Actually I know some of those raspy iguana lizards are quite affectionate pets.

I know this because I knew this girl that owned two and they were quite affectionate.

Each of her lizards knew their name and would come to her when she called them.

It was kinda cool.

 

She was kind of weird though and would feed them fruit out of her mouthTongue TiedIndifferent

 

She was a fruitcake but I kinda liked her

Get this!  Her name was Wanda

 

 

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, October 9, 2020 5:25 AM

Pretty neat goings-on up there in Mackinac:

 

Speaking of supply and demand, I went to the John Deere dealer today, cash in hand, to buy an X590 with a 54" mower, a 57" snow blower, cab, weights and tire chains. First thing I noticed when I pulled in was that there were NO green tractors anywhere to be seen around the dealer.

Talked to the salesman and he says, good luck. We haven't had a new tractor in here since April. "Covid, you know?"

Huh?

Today I'm contacting another dealer next county over. Can it be that there are NO John Deere garden tractors to be had?

Well, it was a nice drive and the fall colors are just about to kick in.

Snakes: I can live with the garden-variety snakes we have on the property. One thing I can't figure are the folks that keep rather large reptiles in their homes.

Our neighbors have a pair of, in MY estimation, HUGE yellow constrictors (Paraguayan anacondas). OK so they like snakes, fine, but they just had a newborn baby girl. In my mind, big snakes and tiny babies just don't mix, I don't care HOW careful you are there's a chance that snake would swallow the baby like a chicken! No way, Jose!

I hope everyone is doing OK —

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Posted by Water Level Route on Friday, October 9, 2020 5:56 AM

Good morning everyone.  Brunhilda, a large coffee and an order of cinnamon raisin toast please.  

Mackinac Island is a really neat place.  Main street on Mackinac Island is a state highway.  The only one in the US where motorized vehicles are not allowed.  If you ever have the opportunity to go, make sure to make a stop nearby at one of the best burger joints I've ever been to.  Clyde's drive-in in St. Ignace.  Incredible food.  People happily wait in line for this place.

Their "Big C" burger is triple patty slice of heaven.

Have a good one guys!

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:43 AM

Mornin

I woke up to usually not the case.  After that I was hungry this morning.  I'll will take one of those "Big C" triple Burgers MikeDinner  Thanks!

 

Another gorgeous day in store for us today.  85° is almost too hot for this time of the year but who could complain about that? YesSmile, Wink & Grin

I have my burger patties ready today.  They ain't Triple C's but I think they will Grill up nicely on the shore of Bush Lake over the KingsfordDinner

 

Make it a great day gentlemanWink

 

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:57 AM

gmpullman
Today I'm contacting another dealer next county over. Can it be that there are NO John Deere garden tractors to be had?

My local dealer had three 2 weeks ago, all at the top end $3,600 and up.  They looked on their computer and there was one used one somewhere in the system with 1000 hours on it.  There is one bottom of the line at Home Depot. 

I ended up buying a used cub cadet (30 hours)  from a dealer, it was the only one they had except for those 0 turning radius mowers.

Both dealers said they had a hard time getting tractors.

Facebook Marketplace has more than Craigslist, but most are in horrible shape

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Posted by York1 on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:08 AM

SeeYou190
It is not like Florida did not have enough monsters already. Panthers, Bears, Alligators, Rattlesnakes, etc. These pythons are just too much. As are the iguanas.

You can keep them there.  I hate snakes!  I have never liked them -- I'm not sure why.

 

Water Level Route
Their "Big C" burger is triple patty slice of heaven.

That looks great.  I am a burger lover.  My wife complains that I could eat hamburgers every day and never get enough.

 

We have a 90° forecast today.  Several years ago on this day we had snow flurries.

I really don't like Daylight Savings Time.  I am walking in the complete dark now in the mornings.

 

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:52 AM

I sure cannot understand how anyone could have a snake in a house with a baby.

My wife was so protective of our three babies, I am sure that she would never allow them within a mile of a large snake, much less have one in the house.

The contractor never showed up this week to install the window and door as promised. I left a message with their office as soon as I woke up this morning. Maybe I will hear back.

This is the last component of this project I need a General Contractor to do, the last permit, and the last inspection. Once this is done I can just shoot forward.

All my elation I felt earlier in the week about starting the layout in January has faded into discontent again.

I try to keep a positive attitude. So much has been done so far this year, and under bad circumstances, that I should be thankful.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:58 AM

Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort called again for the third time.

It would be so nice to have normal back.  We want to go on our free trip we get every year twice a year.  But I just can't see risking, rolling the dice to get on a plane to breath the same recycled air that everybody else is breathing to go gamble some more.

We always have a ball down there!  But not this yearCrying  At least we have our Bush Lake BBQ today thoughStick out tongueDinner

 

I'm thinking of switching to T-BonesYes

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 9, 2020 10:12 AM

Track fiddler
It would be so nice to have normal back.  We want to go on our free trip we get every year twice a year.  But I just can't see risking, rolling the dice to get on a plane to breath the same recycled air that everybody else is breathing to go gamble some more.

I received an eMail the the Scale Rails of Southwest Florida train show for March of 2021 has been cancelled.

As far as I know, there was a train show in St. Petersburg last month, and another one for next month int he same area. Other than those I do not think there were any train shows in Florida this year.

I am not going to the one next month. So far we have been completely crud free, and I want to keep it that way.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, October 9, 2020 10:18 AM

SeeYou190

 

So far we have been completely crud free, and I want to keep it that way.

-Kevin

 

Yep!

I don't know whether to say fortunately or unfortunately but that's the way we keep things tooYes

 

 

 

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Posted by tin can on Friday, October 9, 2020 11:59 AM

SeeYou190

 I received an eMail the the Scale Rails of Southwest Florida train show for March of 2021 has been cancelled.

As far as I know, there was a train show in St. Petersburg last month, and another one for next month int he same area. Other than those I do not think there were any train shows in Florida this year.

I am not going to the one next month. So far we have been completely crud free, and I want to keep it that way.

-Kevin

 

 
Wow.  That is a years' worth of cancellations.  I work in higher ed; and our concern is that students will go home over the holidays; mingle with old friends and family, and we will see a new round of new infections in December and January.  I hope that is not the case.  Texas A&M has in effect cancelled their spring break; going from 5 days to 1 day; so students cannot go places, mingle, get infected, and come back.
 
I am ready for all of this to go away.
 
I saw the python story on a news feed.  I hate snakes. The adage the only good snake is a dead snake rings true to me. 
 
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Posted by RideOnRoad on Friday, October 9, 2020 12:59 PM

Speaking of monsters in Florida, it looks like Tom Brady showed his age or the number of times his brain has bounced against his skull last night.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, October 9, 2020 1:19 PM

RideOnRoad
Speaking of monsters in Florida, it looks like Tom Brady showed his age...

I had to Google Tom Brady. Never heard of him Dunce I thought he was from the Brady Bunch TV show?

Guess I've got to get out more often Whistling

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 9, 2020 1:31 PM

RideOnRoad
It looks like Tom Brady showed his age or the number of times his brain has bounced against his skull last night.

I don't know anybody that was happy about Tampa Bay spending all that money to get two has-beens on the roster.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:30 PM

 

Meanwhile —

     Back in Petoskey:

 Petoskey_depot_1908 by Edmund, on Flickr

Lots of great stuff to see in this 1908 photo, be sure to enlarge the view.

See anything unusual about the depot itself? 

Wouldn't you love to eavesdrop on some of the conversations going on at the platform?

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:08 PM

Hi Ed,

Interesting video of winter life on the Mackinac Island! Thanks.

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:14 PM

Here is a website with a comprehensive history of railroading in Michigan for those who might be interested:

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/railroad-history

Here is another site which covers modern day railroading in Michigan:

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/today-s-railroads

Cheers!!

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:53 PM

Some of Michigan's train stations:

Durand, MI:

One end of the Durand station:

Niles, MI:

Detroit's Michigan Central Station:

This is the state that the station was in in 2018. Since then, the Ford Motor Company has purchased the building and plans to have it restored by 2022. The main concourse will be open to the public with shops and restaurants available. Ford and some of its suppliers will have development offices above that, and the top floors will become residential. Ford is maintaining four tracks adjacent to the station in the hopes that Amtrack will resume commuter service to the area.

Port Huron (lind of looks like it is boarded up):

Something on a smaller scale:

Battle Creek:

Charity Island:

Lapeer:

Cement City. Doesn't that sound like a romantic destination?!?Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaugh

Of course there are tons more stations.

I came across a few photos where the stations had been abandonded with no hope of recovery, but I decided to not post those. Too depressing.

Cheers!!

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, October 9, 2020 8:20 PM

Old railroad stations are far more appealing to me than old quarterbacks.

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

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 9, 2020 8:27 PM

This is the depot in Chelsea, Michigan. I photographed it when I was in Michigan this past July.

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Posted by cudaken on Friday, October 9, 2020 8:35 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 Sort of a good day?

 Good Old heating and air guy called before the new call too say they where on the way. Canaclled the new company and cleaning cost was only $70.00. Other company would have cost $70.00 just to show up, which is fair, but total cost of $70.00 is better.

 Dirk Pip Sigh Vet visit was $198.00 and got him a new allergie Med. His feet itch and he has chewed off part of a pad on his right front paw again! Med was $62.50 but if it keeps him from chew on his feet, it is worth it.

 I did not another dog, but I am gland I meet him!

 Later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 9, 2020 8:53 PM

I am hearing something I have not heard in ages on a Friday night! The marching band at North Fort Myers High School is performing a half time show. My house is only about a half mile from the school, so I can usually here it pretty well.

All restrictions have been lifted on High School sports events here in Florida, so I guess Friday Night Lights are back.

GO RED KNIGHTS!

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Posted by York1 on Friday, October 9, 2020 8:58 PM

gmpullman
See anything unusual about the depot itself? 

 

Ed, I'm not very good at this.  What is unusual about the depot?

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:25 PM

gmpullman
See anything unusual about the depot itself? 

Hi Ed,

I noticed that all of the eavestrough on the track side of the platform shelter has either been pretty much squashed flat or ripped off, and the downspouts are missing although the standpipes for them are still in place. Maybe the shelter is a bit too close to the tracks?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:31 PM

gmpullman
See anything unusual about the depot itself?

Nope. I guess like John, I am also not very good at this.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:18 AM

hon30critter
I noticed that all of the eavestrough on the track side of the platform shelter has either been pretty much squashed flat or ripped off, and the downspouts are missing although the standpipes for them are still in place.

Exactly what I noticed, too, Dave Yes

All I can figure is that a shifted load or some other "outsized" passing train crumpled the gutters and eaves of the platform shed. Somebody had some explaining to do.

I'll post some close-ups later this morning.

SeeYou190
This is the depot in Chelsea, Michigan.

I have a neat photo of the old Glazier Stove Works in Chelsea, that I'll post in a day or so.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:47 AM

gmpullman
Exactly what I noticed, too, Dave

Oh, oh, oh, do I get a prize!!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaughLaugh

I always enjoy your posts Ed! You are a great contributor to the forums!

Cheers!!

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Posted by "JaBear" on Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:18 AM

gmpullman
Wouldn't you love to eavesdrop on some of the conversations going on at the platform?

Apps by Bear, on Flickr

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