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Jeffrey's Trackside Diner for September 2021 - Featuring Stations & Depots

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, September 19, 2021 9:57 PM

Howdy .... 

Ed .... I like your photos. I've been to all three locations. Niles, MI. Chicago Union Station. Denver Union Station. I recall riding on PC between Kalamazoo and Chicago, and the track was very rough. We went sideways almost as fast as we went forward. 

John York 1 .... I too have been to Fairbanks. I actually had a cab ride on the train that went between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Quite a trip. 

Here are pictures I took about 25 years ago of the station in Anchorage which also was an office building. First photo shows the train arriving from Fairbanks. It was late in the evening, but they have very long days in June when I was there. Second picture is an RDC which followed the main train providing service for people who wished to board or get off anywhere along the line where there was no station.

 

It was raining a lot as we approached Fairbanks. 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, September 20, 2021 4:41 AM

Good morning Diners.   A large coffee please, Janie.

Not feeling 100%  so taking thngs easy today.

 

The second part of  Scarbrough to Whitby Railway.

Part 2 of the walk along the Scarborough & Whitby Railway, now known as The Cinder Track. This time taking in the section between Robin Hood’s Bay and Hayburn Wyke - arguably one of the most stunning walks in the area. During this video, we take a look at what’s left of the route between Robin Hood’s Bay and Hayburn Wyke, including the stations at Robin Hood’s Bay, Fyling Hall, Ravenscar, Staintondale and Hayburn Wyke. Finishing with a visit to Hayburn Wyke beach waterfall and a pint at the Hayburn Wyke Inn.

 

 

Thoughts & Peace to All who Require

 

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Posted by York1 on Monday, September 20, 2021 7:03 AM

Good morning, everyone.  Bacon, eggs, and coffee, please.

Garry, that's very interesting about your Alaska trip.  We came into Alaska from Dawson City, Yukon, to Fairbanks.  We caught the train to Denali, stayed at the lodge there, and then continued by train to Anchorage.

David, that's an interesting video of the hiking trail.  I love to hike trails like that.  It's interesting that some of the old stations are still there.  I didn't quite understand at the end, it sounded like he said it was being considered to build rail there again?  I will have to go to the end of the video to see if I just imagined he said that.

It's not raining now, but some is coming.  I will try to get my morning hike in before the showers hit.  I don't like being caught out on the trail if there's any lightning.

 

Here is the station at Skagway, Alaska, for the White Pass & Yukon train.  It is good trip on the old gold fields line.  We took the train north, then took the Klondike Highway, spent the night in Whitehorse before going to Dawson City.

I loved passing Lake LeBerge.  (There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.)

 

Have a good Monday, everyone, especially for you working folks.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, September 20, 2021 7:21 AM

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David, that's an interesting video of the hiking trail.  I love to hike trails like that.  It's interesting that some of the old stations are still there.  I didn't quite understand at the end, it sounded like he said it was being considered to build rail there again?  I will have to go to the end of the video to see if I just imagined he said that.

 

John.   Many people would like to see the railway reopen again,  but there are too many obstacles to fully open.

When British Railways did not want to handle freight it was the end of many lines.  The Scarborough and Whitby Railway was one of them.

In Part 3 of the trilogy  (I shall post tomorrow)  there is a suggestion how part of the line could reopen.

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, September 20, 2021 1:27 PM
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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, September 20, 2021 8:49 PM

I've been thinking about getting a scanner and a fortuitous youtube video and thread appeared.  There is an online scanner, but you really have to know the area to know what they are talking about

This is a photo of a scrap yard in Baltimore, 1963

The roofs were white, the cars were yellow.  I could clearly hear the wheels 1 mile away from my home, the #8 line.  Riding in one, they were very quiet.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Monday, September 20, 2021 9:58 PM

Good evening .... 

Henry ..... It's sad seeing the Baltimore streetcars being scapped like that. 

Ed .... I like the pictures of Vincennes espcially the B&O passenger train. 

John York 1 ..... It was interesting to read about your Alaska trip. 

David .... The Lost Railway, S&W, is intersting, too. 

.... 

Where has Ken been ? ... Do I have to keep buying my own beer? 

Also: ... It is still a mystery what ever happend to John Boy. 

... and there are other MIA's. 

I went to the dermatologist today to take care of some minor skin cancer. 

On the layout, I have been switch freight cars in and out of various industries. Also, I'm running trains on the main line. I have several ideas for projects to do in the months ahead.

Have a good night everybody.  

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, September 20, 2021 10:31 PM

An attractive visitor to the former B&O branch here in Cleveland:

 Almost a Wrap by Jerry Jordak, on Flickr

I really enjoyed riding the PCC cars of the Cleveland, Shaker Rapid back in the day. 

 Shaker Rapid #80_Van-Aken by Edmund, on Flickr

 Shaker_56_1966 by Edmund, on Flickr

The interiors were particularly warm and inviting on a chilly night.

 19680225 19 Shaker Heights Rapid Transit  #53 Interior by David Wilson, on Flickr

Here's the famous opera star, Geraldine Farrar, about to leave on what is probably a New York Central train out of Grand Central:

 Gerryflappers_Observation-platform by Edmund, on Flickr

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Posted by CNCharlie on Monday, September 20, 2021 11:29 PM

Good Evening,

A cool day here. It is federal election day here after a 36 day campaign. 

I have been running my express reefer train lately that I like to do with a coach on the tail end. I think it looks great.

Garry, I have looked at the obits in the Regina paper but haven't seen Johnboy's name, assuming I have the real one correct. He did have some health issues. I too wonder how Ken is doing and miss his posts. Seems the Diner ranks are gettin thin. 

Time to turn off this tablet.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:43 AM

Good morning Diners.   Just popping in and out again.   Tested positive for Covid 19, so in quarantine.

Charlie.   In rural areas here in the UK  a passenger coach was often added to the rear of the freight train.  A lovely sight to see.

 

Part 3  Scarborough to Whitby

The third and final part of the walk along the Cinder Track, which used to be the Scarborough & Whitby Railway. Starting in Cloughton on the edge of the North York Moors, passing through Scalby before arriving at Scarborough station. The Scarborough & Whitby Railway was closed in 1965, as part of the infamous ‘Beeching Cuts’. Although many people would love to see the railway line reopen on the Yorkshire coast, it’s unlikely to ever happen.

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:28 AM

NorthBrit
Tested positive for Covid 19, so in quarantine.

I wish you well in your recovery, David.

This is a little hokey, but worth a look:

I recall seeing several articles about Walt in the Live steam magazines of the 1980s. 

I've always admired the architecture of the Point of Rocks station on the B&O:

 Thomas Underwood Coll B&O083 by John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, on Flickr

Regards, Ed

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Posted by Water Level Route on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:33 AM

Good Morning Diners.  Flo, an apple juice and an english muffin please.

David, prayers for a speedy recovery for you!

Got the new slider door I installed a couple weeks ago trimmed out on the interior this weekend.  Ja Bear was nice enough to send me some fine New Zealand pine for it.  Since it sat further out on the wall than the old one did, it included trimming out around the interior of the rough opening as well.  Also had to build up the threshold and adjust it to be even with the floor.  The floor and the sill the door sits on were not parallel.  Oh the joys of owning an old home.  Burns a day up fast.  

Also had to have our dining room table top replaced.  We got the set in January (only took 6 months on order!), then in April/May noticed some of the finish was chipping off.  Luckily had zero issues getting it replaced on warranty.  Took 3 months to get the new top in, but it's replaced now so that's good.

I take my daughter back to see the surgeon tonight.  Fingers crossed!  There were a lot of tears last night.  She's been dealing with this for too long.  She's a really good kid who deserves better.

Anybody know why Track Fiddler has been AWOL again?

Cheers fellas!

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:03 AM

Good morning diners.

Zoe - A couple of nice doughnuts would be nice. Thanks.

David - Speedy recovery wishes.

Water Level Route - Hope your daughter gets to be feeling back to normal soon as well.

Remodel Update - Walls came down, with a slight battle, as the one interior wall was properly screwed in, until the corner joint where the carpenter (HAH!) used nails..... That were 8" long, and nearly 1/4" thick! The second wall? All nails... Grumpy

Oh, and door frames and corner joints? 4-5 2x4 posts, each, all nailed together.... Bang Head 

Then we found that on two corners, the carpenter (HAH!) had left a gap that he bridged with joint tape and joint compound.... Nothing else.So we will have to correct that, especially the outside wall one....

During clean up of the demo work, we had placed a new filter bag and filter into the shop vac. Because we had to relocate an electrical outlet, the breaker was off. So I went down to turn the breaker back on, and my Dad started to vaccuum up the dust and small debris from the demo work. I returned upstairs to find a very "foggy" room. Seems the brand new ShopVac filter bag had a hole in it, so it went from a dust and debri remover to a dust powered fog machine..... So all clean up and finish work got halted until the new bags arrive (hopefully Wednesday) as the local big-box store was out of stock.... Sigh

Windows got thrown open, and fans installed (pulling air out) to clear the "fog effect", and the area sealed off. While that did prevent the dust "fog" from sperading, the entire are will need a very thorough cleaning.

Hope all are well, best wishes to those not, and everyone enjoy the day!

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:16 AM

Good morning, diners.  I actually had to wear a hooded jacket for my morning walk.  Fall is coming (tomorrow) (or spring for Bear).

Ed, that's too bad about the Vincennes station, although it looked like not much was left over the years.  My wife grew up in Euclid, but I'm not sure if she ever rode one of those streetcars.

Henry, that's a sad picture of those streetcars.

Garry, the dermatologists love seeing old men like me come in.  I have a feeling their retirement accounts are funded by people like us.

Charlie, it seems like your campaign season goes on indefinitely, kind of like ours.  The new campaign starts the day after the last election.

David, thanks for the videos of the trail.  Hope you have such a mild case that you won't feel bad.  Keep us up-to-date with how you are doing.

Mike, continued prayers for your daughter.  Hopefully there's a complete recovery soon.

For everyone not mentioned, I hope everything is going well with you.  Check into the diner soon. 

Several years ago, I quit watching (or listening) to the news.  I found myself yelling at the TV, and decided that I didn't want to have my retirement days ruined.  My wife still watches, but she doesn't want me in the room because of the comments I make.  I now get all my news from reading, and it has helped my daily disposition.

 

I've been to San Diego several times, but I've never seen their train station.  It looks like a neat place, and if I get out there again, I will need to plan a visit.

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:28 AM

Ricky, that shop vac sure made a mess.  Have fun cleaning!

The carpenter (hah) sounds like some I've encountered.  If two nails were good, then 10 nails are better.  What in the world did  that guy need 8" nails for?

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:48 AM

David .... Sorry to hear you tested positive. Praying for you. Thanks for continuing to show the videos. 

Ed .... The B&O Point of Rocks station is a real classic. I like the PCC streetcars. Interesting you rode on some. I recall riding a few in Chicago. I also rode on the electric buses with double trolley poles, and I still recall they could accelerate rapidly. I also rode on CTA Elevated and Subway trains. 

CN Charlie .... Your efforts to find out what happened to John Boy are appreciated. 

John York 1. ..... I like the San Diego station very much. I recall being there too. I rode on the Santa Fe from Chicago to LA, and then to SD from LA. It was 1957. In the LA station, I saw the GM Aerotrain being used by Union Pacific for its service from LA to Las Vegas for a short period of time. 

 Ricky .... Good to see you here. .... Sounds like a big mess from the shop vac.

Mike .... Praying for your daughter. We diners care.  

Everybody ........ Have a good day. 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 10:50 AM

Just checking in this morning.

I am so sorry you tested positive David. I truly hope everything is minor and you can have a fast recovery.

-Kevin

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:01 PM

York1

The carpenter (hah) sounds like some I've encountered.  If two nails were good, then 10 nails are better.  What in the world did  that guy need 8" nails for?

 
I think he figured that as the house was a old farm house with rough-cut lumber construction, the bigger the better grip wise... Some of the wall "studs" are 4x4, or even 6x6 lumber.
 
Where the interior walls were screwed into place was just as sturdy as his 8" nails....

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Posted by CNCharlie on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 1:30 PM

Good Afternoon,

A lovely sunny day here as I type this from our patio. A chill in the air as it is inly 60F. A downy woodpecker is at the suet log 6' from my chair and white throated sparrows are singing from the shrubs.

David, hope you only have a mild case as most vaccinated people get. We are in the 4th wave here but it hasn't been too bad in our province so far. About 80% of people over 12 years old are vaccinated.

John, elections here are very short term and when over they are over. 

I have been informed that we are going to see our friends who have a new keeshund puppy so will sign off.

CN Charlie

 

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:32 PM

gmpullman

 

 

Ed, I showed my wife your pictures, and she said she remembers riding these.  She thinks they did not go into Euclid.

Since I've shown her the pictures, she is talking non-stop about riding the bus to see the Sterling Lindner Christmas tree, and Christmas shopping at Higbees.   I won't get a rest for a while until she gets tired of talking about Cleveland.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:28 PM

Good evening diners.

Life is wet and soggy down here. The daily heavy rains have returned in full force. My entire yard is like soupy mud now. I walked back there today to clean some drywall tools and was sinking into the ground.

For some unexplainable reason I have become very fond of this old version of an older country song.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:51 PM

York1
 I won't get a rest for a while until she gets tired of talking about Cleveland.

Sorry, John. Didn't mean to stir up a hornet's nest...

Euclid had its own bus system.

 Euclid 2729  10-1979 by mbernero, on Flickr

 The PCC cars ran out to Green Road or Warrensville Center Road through Shaker Heights. This system was part of a planned community by the Van Sweringen Brothers who also built the Terminal Tower.

My first wife graduated from Euclid High School in 1976. She lived off of E.222nd St.

Of course, Euclid was famous for being the location of the Euclid earth movers:

 Euclid by Rich Pantaleo, on Flickr

 

And the World Headquarters of Lincoln Electric.

I like to reminisce, too Embarrassed

Euclid Beach Park:

 Flying_Turns-Euclid-Beach by Edmund, on Flickr


The Sterling Linder Tree. I remember it well, and lunch at Mill's Restaurant a few doors down on Euclid Ave.

 Sterling_Linder tree by Edmund, on Flickr

 

 

Your wife might like to browse here:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/13603077@N00/pool/

 

 

Cheers, Ed

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:30 PM

gmpullman
My first wife graduated from Euclid High School in 1976. She lived off of E.222nd St.

 

Thanks for all the Ohio photos.  My wife graduated from Euclid High in 1970.  She lived on E 208th St, five houses from Lake Erie.

She has not been back to Euclid since 1974.   Her father worked at Addressograph Multigraph, but he transferred to Atlanta while she was in college, so she didn't go back.  Each year we say we're heading back, but then we don't make it.  We're going to try next Spring.

She loved all the pictures.

Thanks!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:33 PM

gmpullman
Of course, Euclid was famous for being the location of the Euclid earth movers:

Ah, Euclid Green. That was my least favorite of all the corporate green colors. General Motors Alpine Green was a close second. Onan Green will always be my favorite.

Stick out tongue

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The news just had a report on how bad the rains have been down here.

I am glad it is only three miles to work and I do not need to drive in Fort Myers right now.

This was today:

-Kevin

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:20 AM
Healing thoughts to Mikes daughter, and David.
 
Good to see some of that clean New Zealand pine being put to use, Mike. As I’ve mentioned before, due to international trade, it’s cheaper for me to buy clear Chilian pine, locally!!!
 
Holiday snaps. It was a grey wet day in Wellington, which Her-in-Doors and I didn’t mind as we spent a fair bit of time at Te Papa, the national museum, however it stopped raining long enough to go for a walk and see the Wellington Railway Station…
 
Wellington Station by Bear, on Flickr
 
…and The Beehive, the executive wing of the Parliament buildings…
The Beehive by Bear, on Flickr
 
…however, I much prefer this sort of architecture, the Canterbury Museum…
Canterbury Museum by Bear, on Flickr
 
…where, outside, I happened to see this tram plying its trade.
Christchuch Tram by Bear, on Flickr
 
Still capable of plying her trade is the Hikitia, a steam powered, self propelled floating crane, built in 1926, here berthed in Wellington Harbour.
Hikitia by Bear, on Flickr
Hikitia1 by Bear, on Flickr
 
One of her contributions to the NZ Railways is pictured…
Hikitia by Bear, on Flickr
 
“Measure twice, cut once, then get a BIG hammer!!”-Anon. Bang HeadBang Head
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them. Kia Kaha.
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Posted by Water Level Route on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:54 AM

Good Morning Diners.  

A little concerned as David is usually in here before I arrive.  I hope he's not in a bad way.

Kevin, that is a ton of rain.  Hopefully it doesn't get worse.  How is life back in the workforce treating you?

Bear, that's crazy you can get Chilean pine cheaper.  The clear New Zealand pine is beautiful.

Daughter's doctor appointment: Making progress.  It appears the infection is gone.  (Hallelujah!)   However, I have to continue to repack the incision daily for at least the next two weeks.  Another follow up appointment then to see what's next.  

Gotta run fellas.  Hope everyone has a good day.

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:51 AM

JaBear - Any ill effects from the earthquake in Austrailia for you? Or was it far enough away it didn't bother you there?

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:11 AM

Good morning .... 

Mike .... That's good news about your daughter. I Hope things continue to improve.

Bear ....That's an interesting group of photos. The station is beautiful. The old crane is huge. The bee hive is remarakble. I like the tram. 

David..... Praying for you. 

Kevin ..... That's a lot of rain. The news has been reporting a search for a murder suspect, and it looks very wet there. 

Model railroading. I have several ideas for upcoming projects, and I decided to act on one of them. I just ordered items I will be needing to put together another prototypically correct Burlington passenger car. It will keep me busy. .... Meanwhile, I'm working on an extra Walthers sleeper for my Super Chief. Installing grab irons is tedius because it requires drilling tiny holes.

Everybody ......... Have a nice day !   

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:49 AM

Good morning, diners.  Bacon, eggs, and black coffee, please.

David, I hope the illness is not too serious for you.  We are thinking of you.

This is a saved station at Cody Park in North Platte, Nebraska.  It was originally in Hershey, NE, along the UP mainline.  This park is another interesting railroad attraction in North Platte:

Have a good day today, everyone.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:30 AM

Water Level Route
Kevin, that is a ton of rain.  Hopefully it doesn't get worse.

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Kevin ..... That's a lot of rain.

We get rail like this almost every year. The drainage system in Fort Myers is actually very good. Like New Orleans, there are a lot of drainage canals beneath the streets.

The streets will get standing water, but it rarely gets any higher than the curb. When you are only 24 inches above sea level, there is only so much gravity will do.

Water Level Route
Kevin, How is life back in the workforce treating you?

My job is great. Only 20 hours a week, no pay worth speaking of, but I get to get out of the house and do something (I needed that). The people on the team in my department are a wonderful group that work really well together, I am lucky for that. There are three other retired old guys like me on the team, so that is pretty neat.

One of the guys is a retired lawyer from Canada. He is one of the funniest people I have ever met. He really likes having someone new on the team to tell his stories to. He also raised three girls, and it is amazing how many experiences we have in common.

He is also a model railroader, and might check out the forum.

One of the other retired guys is a retired DEA agent. I would never have guessed that was his previous career. He is so easy going. I'll bet I am a lot more easy going than I used to be as well.

Heartland Division CB&Q
Kevin ..... The news has been reporting a search for a murder suspect.

Yeah, we made national news again for another criminal act, and this time it did not even take place in Florida.

I don't know how much of it all you guys see up there, but it is nuts down here. This is all anyone is talking about.

We have newscasters and protestors from all over. I don't understand these protestors, what exactly are they protesting? That whole neighborhood is a complete circus right now.

"Justice For Gabby" shirts are everywhere.

-Kevin

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