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Welcome to the November, 2020 Jeffrey's Trackside Diner in New Zealand

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:01 PM

Track fiddler
I'm getting to the age where a Friday night or a Saturday doesn't feel much different then any other day anymore. 

The only way I know it is Friday or Saturday is because the neighbors make more noise on the weekends. Other than that, for me, it is all the same now.

Ken: Sorry for all your troubles. My wife and I have too much stuff, but we are thinning it out room by room.

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Everybody have a Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso Vodka and Cream on ice. Better than a White Russian.

-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 BATMAN on Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:55 PM

Good evening all.

Spent all-day helping the electrician pull cable. It is a good thing I got a huge panel put in when I had the power bumped to 200 amps. I booked the electrician 3 weeks ago and he showed up at 0800hrs, exactly on time and worked his butt off. I have a lot of holes to fix tomorrow.

The restoration company left the place spotless when they left Friday, could not be happier.

Were livin like the Beverly Hillbillies these days.Laugh

 My son felt sorry for me and came home with some high-end stuff.Laugh Note the name on the bottle. It is actually really good for cheapo wine.

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Bear, I have really enjoyed the videos and pics this month.YesBeer I liked the volcano pics. I did a very long all-day hike at Mount Cook when I was there, that was a good day.

Ken, sorry to hear about your wife and her hoarding problems. Therapy can really help with issues like that. Maybe start by doing some reading on some reputable mental health sites and go from there. 

All our appliances are at the store waiting for our call to deliver them. We did not want to risk not getting them as there are shortages due to so many people renovating because they can't do anything else with their money with this covid thing going on. The store is happy to hold them for as long as we need.

The wife is finally getting her new kitchen and there will not be the usual 20 for Christmas dinner, just the four of us this year. It should make next year more enjoyable after missing a year. We always have a busy social calendar over Christmas and it is all cancelled this year. I can't imagine the thought of losing someone just because we got together for Christmas dinner.

ED, the new cat is cute. Wish we could have a cat but both the wife and I are really allergic to them.

Jimmy, good to hear from you, haven't seen you much on FB either lately. How is the bike riding going?

Time for part three of "The Crown" and then the rack so I can get up and patch drywall all day. The best part is it will all be behind where the cabinets go so perfection is not required. I have to keep reminding myself of that though.

All the best to all.

 

 

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, November 22, 2020 4:55 AM
In light of the current transportation issues across the Pacific, and that as the Diner has been regauged, and converted to run on 240 volts, I believe that it’s my duty to try to be a good host.
I like to preview my video offerings to see if they could be interesting to other ffolkes, not too long or boring, and are appropriate for the Diners patrons. Recently watched a video of a great low pass by a fast-moving aircraft which was unfortunately spoilt by someone’s’ not the cameraman, expletive filled expression of amazement.
 
So, thanks to those Diners who have made the kind remarks.
 
On our flight on Friday we headed back home via Stratford in Taranaki which allowed me to take another photo of Mt Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, but from the west.
 
West view by Bear, on Flickr
 
However, it wasn’t until we landed at Stratford that the cloud cover around Mt Taranaki moved enough for me to be able to take this shot.
 
Mt Taranaki. by Bear, on Flickr
 
The things you can see in a blokes shed…
 
Tig by Bear, on Flickr
 
And as Batman keeps on finding great boat/train photos, here, courtesy of the Lakes District Museum, is another taken at Kingston of the locomotive for the Kingston Flyer and the TSS Earnslaw.
 
Kingston Flyer, Earnslaw. by Bear, on Flickr
 
Finally, a video taken in the Waikato.
 
 

Thoughts and best Wishes to All that need them, Kia Kaha.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile
 

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:32 AM

Hi Bear,

Thanks for all the great videos and pictures! You live in an incredibly beautiful country with a wonderful history. My niece and her husband lived and taught in NZ for three years. They loved every minute of it.

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:43 AM

Meanwhile, here in Lee County, Florida (yesterday):

He never dropped his cigar!

"Gunner is now a little hesitant getting near the water", Yeah, I'll bet he is!

The Florida Wildlife Federation has cameras literally everywhere.

-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, November 22, 2020 6:02 AM

cudaken
 Well the ash hit the fan tonight! Wife pushed the wrong button and I told her what I thouht about her Hoarding!  Pretty much told her it is betwen her junk or me. There is not a sngle chair or couch in this house I can sit on! There has been 5 laundry baskets in the laundry room for 4 years! She has filled all of the cloest with her clothes, and the back bedroom! Rubber Made beens all though house with her junk.

Hi Ken,

I can appreciate that you are in a tough situation. My parents kept everything they ever owned, and while they managed to keep the main living areas in their house fairly free of clutter, the basement and attic, and my mom's sewing room were disasters!! When they moved out of the house, we took 17 large trailer loads of junk to the dump. My mother was furious that we were throwing away all of this 'good' stuff but there was very little worth salvaging.

There are people who specialize in dealing with issues like hoarding. They will come in and gently persuade the hoarder to part with most of their 'precious' belongings. There will be a cost involved of course, but that cost will most certainly be less than the cost of moving out and establishing a second residence, and much cheaper than the cost of a divorce. 

It may be time for a little bit of 'tough love' Ken. That's easy to say but really hard to do.

I really hope that you can work things out.

Dave

 

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Posted by Cederstrand on Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:36 AM

Italian roast coffee and a bowl of bean soup, please.

Expecting one last parcel with extra power connectors for our dueling HO layouts. 

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

Cheers! Cowboy Rob

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:06 AM

Good morning, everybody. 

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a few days away. I'm still not up to par after that long lasting upper respiratory infection. Hoping to be okay by Thursday. 

I have not touched the model railroad in a month because of all of that. 

Railroad news. ...... I heard the Rocky Mountaineer will have an operation in the US next summer. It will be on the former Rio Grande in CO and UT. My wife and I have been on that train in western Canada., and it is very nice. 

Everybody ..... Have a nice day. 

 

 

GARRY

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:33 AM

Good Sunday morning.

Not much going on here.  I'm going to work on the layout church's cemetery today.

We are having family get together Thursday.  My youngest daughter is having a another baby in December, and she says that if we are getting together, absolutely everybody has to quarantine for two weeks before.  Seeing the grandchildren is worth it.

So we have another week of not getting out.

At one time in my life, I would have considered quarantine life to be great.  No where to go, no work to do -- what could be better?  Now that it is forced onto us, I'm finding it's not so attractive anymore.

Hope everyone can stay healthy and in good spirits.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:47 AM

Good morning

I love the lazy relaxing Sunday ones.  I was flipping through channels over coffee this morning and came across the Flintstones.  I liked that one when I was a Kid.  It was the classic episode where Rock Roll got laryngitis from accidentally eating dodo bird eggs.  Fred looked just like him and had to go on stage and perform Music In Bedrock Twist Twist Music.  I had to stop and watch,  I got a kick out of that one Back in the DayLaugh  I think everyone has a few classic cartoons they remember.

Well normally we'd be having our big Sunday morning brunch at 11:00.  Judy's still not able to eat much from getting her tooth yanked so it looks like just scrambled eggs and shredded cheddar this morning.

 

Have a great Sunday all

 

P.S.   I hope you're feeling better for Thanksgiving GarryDinnerWink   

Congratulations on your upcoming Grandchild JohnYes

Dueling layouts sound interesting!  Hopefully not like The Adams Family oneStick out tongue  Hopefully your parcel comes soon Rob

 

 

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Posted by maxman on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:41 AM

hon30critter
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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:47 AM

Good afternoon all.   Well Plan A 'went out the window'.  Dawn took a tumble and fell rather awkwardly.  Being disabled hasn't helped.   Paramedics arrived and gave her a thorough check-over.    Fortunately all is well apart from a graze on her leg.   She is okay now and 'larger than life'.

Needlessly,  the running of trains has stopped for the moment.

English fish and chips with mushy peas (comfort food)  for dinner tonite.

 

Thoughts and Peace to All who require.

Stay Safe.

 

David

To the world you are someone.    To someone you are the world

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:10 AM

David, I'm glad to hear that she wasn't more seriously injured.

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:55 PM

Hello,

Cold and rainy here in NE Ohio today. Great training weather!

 

Something for the traction fans:

 Christchurch, New Zealand, 2004 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

 Christchurch, New Zealand, 2004 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

Look at those fancy trolley poles Cool

 

Thanks again for hosting, Bear! And for all the great photos!

 

Cheers, Ed

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:14 PM

Good morning from the cloudy West Coast.

Not trains but very cool. We learn from nature.

Peregrine Falcon and B-1 Bomber. That little bump on top of the Falcon must be the communications array.Pirate  

 

I have been hard at it fixing holes in the kitchen this morning. I get lots of practice as certain mutts have liked to chew holes in it over the years.Laugh

David, glad to hear Dawn is only a little worse for wear after her tumble. Never hurts to call the paramedics just to be safe. The elderly lady up the street had a fall at 0300hrs and the Fire Dept and Ambulance arrived quietly and in the end, just tucked her back into bed and said goodnight.

When I was in Christchurch, we just walked and walked as it was such a beautiful place. Parks and green space surround you everywhere it seemed. 

Well, coffee is done back to it.

All the best to all.

Brent

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:30 PM

Brent, it looks like you have some wiring above the cabinets on the right side of the picture.  Do you have lights above the cabinets there?

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:23 PM

John, we have low voltage puck lights being built into the cabinets and on the right, just past the pantry door, you can see three sets of low voltage wire. There will be shelves there with a glass door cabinet at the very top which will have a light inside it. The shelves underneath will each have a light as well. That is the only cabinet with a glass door for the "fancy" stuff.Hmm The rest are solid so no one can see the crap we have.Laugh

At the far end hanging out the wall are a 20 amp and 30 amp wire for the double wall ovens. We are moving the fridge and dishwasher, each requires their own circuit so we had to pull new wire for those as well. Both the electrician and I worked full out all day yesterday. I have wired entire houses before but having his smarts and more importantly, his cool tools were worth the cost of hiring him.

I also put in two new plugs in the pantry, one for the Dyson and one for a charging station. We have a built-in vacuum but the wife grabs the Dyson real quick just to keep ahead of the doghair and dirt they bring in.

Our kitchen table is in the front entrance hall and that is where we have been eating. The puppies got moved to the dining room and the train room is so full of stuff I don't even bother.Laugh

Brent

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:15 PM

POST HOG!

Anyone interested in some gently used, new to you kitchen cabinets? I'll cut any model railroader a real deal.Mischief

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Oh ya, Some reassembly required.

Brent

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:09 PM

The Beef Wellingtons that I did for my son's 31st birthday at their house turned out okay. They tasted really good but they were a little overdone. The recipe said to cook them at 450 degrees in order to brown the puff pastry, so that is what I set their oven to. I gave them 25 minutes expecting them to be nice and golden. When I opened the oven they were rather dark and obviously overdone. It was at that time that Cole informed me that their oven runs a lot hotter than the control says. Thanks Cole!!Bang Head Oh well. As I said, they tasted great but the beef wasn't as rare as it should have been. There's alway next time!

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:48 PM

Glad Dawn did not break anything.

We had 1/2 a rack of lamb tonight.  The recipe I found said to grill at 500 for 8 minutes, flip and another 7.  Then cover and let rest.  Don't worry if the temperature is low.  Well the temperature was 94.  No way that was going to get to mediurm rare just resting.  Did another 5 minutes, then had to put my wife's back on because she refuses to eat pink.  It turned out it was still a little pink, but she ate it and liked it.

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, November 22, 2020 6:15 PM

Got the holes patched along with some other work. 

Wife had the pups outside today and it was only 5c so she put an electric heatpad in their doghouse. WIMPS!Laugh

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, November 22, 2020 6:41 PM

BATMAN

 

Your comparison is impressive BrentYes

They say the B-1 bomber was developed in Area 51 from reverse engineering.  I do believe the aliens deserve credit for the similarity of aerodynamics from birds of prey dated back to the stone carvings of them in ancient EgyptIndifferent

 

Still love the pupsSmile  They look like they are growing fast

 

 

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Sunday, November 22, 2020 6:43 PM

Hey all. Hope everyone is good. 

I got a boost of confidence today....

I posted on a Facebook group for the NMRA Achievement Program, where I stand... I have the Holden spike, and the Volunteer Certificate.   Working on Chief dispatcher and author.... at 29. 

Well a MMR (Master Model Railroader) said I was off to a great start and futher than he was at my age- Mr Gerry Leone. Yes THAT Leone.  So if a MMR thinks I can get it as well, that helps a ton. 

(My Model Railroad, My Rules) 

These are the opinions of a 26 year old, from the east end of, and modeling, the same section of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railway.  As well as a freelanced road (Austinville and Dynamite City railroad).

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, November 22, 2020 7:01 PM

Your modeling looks great Jimmy!  I always enjoy it.  Keep up with your confidence.  Seems to be working for you if you ask meYes

 

Kevin,  check this out!  I thought you could appreciate this one as I did being that you are a custom car builder.  A custom painted Great Northern on eBay that is starting to be bidded on a bit too high.  I think it's worth what it's going to go for but I dropped out. 

I'm sure it probably never existed but that's what made me want it.  One-of-a-kinds are cool!  I have a few myself and I'm happy with thatPirateYes

 

 

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, November 22, 2020 7:03 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 First thank you diners for the support.

 Today went better than I hoped. There was no fighting with the wife, I think deep down she knows she has a problem She has bagged up some clothes for me throw away and a bag to give to good will. It would be like me throwing away a Kadde coupler and 1 axel of Proto 2000 wheels but it is a start!

 I have told her she has to Febuary 2021 to get rid of the junk. If she has not made any real headway by January I will have a dumpster dropped off at the house! Whie I don't want to get mean, I have had it!

 Laundry Room torlet broke 15 years ago. Reason I never had it fixed? Because I cannot get to it becuse of her junk! This will be changed!

 Maxman LOL Think I will printed that cartoon.

 Later Ken and Dirk says "Me hate junks Woof, Woof"!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, November 22, 2020 7:40 PM

I'm up to my old tricks again.  I dropped out of the Great Northern auction but I did win this box car I've been wanting for a long time.  I just like the colors and the way it looks.  Sometimes that's all it takes for me to bite

I favor old wood refers to pull behind Steam.  Factory brand new micro trains for $13.  I love running to the mailbox waiting for new toys to arriveStick out tongue  It's like getting your own Christmas present that you know you're going to likeLaugh

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:27 PM

cudaken
I think deep down she has a problem

I think you have the cause right there, Ken. It might take some time but why not try to just sit down when you both have some time, no distractions, and just talk without making any threats or accusations. Just talk.

From what little I understand about these kinds of things, the hoarding isn't what's wrong but it is a symptom of something else. Just kind of listen for clues. I'm sure there's something else bothering Susan and she really may not even know what it is.

I see it with Dee Ann some times. Her mother is a controlling and mean-spirited person. I can always tell when her mother did or said something that was upsetting to Dee Ann. Just some talking and encouragement is enough to bring her around. I never say anything bad about her mother but use tact and compassion to listen and suggest ways for her to handle it.

Forcing someone to get rid of stuff won't get to the root of the problem — might even make it worse.  You have to look for clues to try to find out what's really causing Susan's "need" to cling to things.  Those "things" are what gives her comfort, try to find out what's causing her to not let go. Talk about how things used to be and try to figure out what changed.

Maybe it would help to print this information sheet and read through it together?

https://iocdf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Hoarding-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Hope you don't think I'm poking my nose too far into the roundhouse door. Just trying to help a friend Wink




Jimmy_Braum
Well a MMR (Master Model Railroader) said I was off to a great start and futher than he was at my age- Mr Gerry Leone.

Congratulations, Jimmy Yes Bow Bow Bow

 Dunedin, New Zealand, 1994 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

Don't push too hard when you use that set-out for a speeder!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:03 PM

Well, ...I'm hitting the rack after Sunday Night Football after watching a bit of the news late night.

I seen a Florida man jump into the pond or lake behind his house and rescue his puppy in the grips of a small alligator without even losing his cigar.  He pried the alligator's mouth open with his bare hands and freed his small puppy that Shooked and thanked him.

It was one of the best things I've seen on TV for over 20 years, ...NiceBow

 

I'd say give that man a cigar but he already had one so give him another one anyway

 

 

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, November 23, 2020 2:44 AM

gmpullman
the hoarding isn't what's wrong but it is a symptom of something else.

Sticking my nose in as well, I spoke to my psychologist intern daughter and she said similar to what Eds said, in that, hoarding can be a symptom of a far deeper past trauma. While not knowing how the system works in the US, she suggested that professional help may be of assistance. Anyhow my thoughts and best wishes to you both.
 
JR, I can say that it’s not only tourists that have troubles with one lane bridges, city ffolk!!
Good onya, Jimmy
Some trams….
 
 
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them, Kia Kaha.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, November 23, 2020 3:59 AM

Good Monday Morning!

I came across this today — It's not New Zealand nor North America but it sure is some wonderful modeling!

I just wish the kibbitzers could have kept quiet for a few minutes while the camera was recording SoapBox

The translated description:

The train in the barn is a dreamlike model train layout in scale H0 near Freiburg. 
The layout shows the Höllentalbahn from Freiburg to Neustadt and the branch line via Lenzkirch to Bonndorf as it was in the 1930s.
The route to Donaueschingen ends in the shadow station of the same name.
The Kappel-Gutachbrücke separation station is represented by a switch in the helical track.
The Neustadt, Lenzkirch and Bonndorf train stations were rebuilt exactly according to their model around 1934.
The builder of the facility is Dieter Bertelsmann, the landscape design comes from Josef Brandl. Further information can be found here: www.diebahninderscheune.com Have fun watching.

Cheers, Ed

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