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Chatterbox Spring 2017
Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, March 19, 2017 4:51 PM

Good evening

Spring starts here about 6 am tomorrow morning.I am usually in at work watching Amtrak's westbound capitol(if on time) go by before I punch in.It is also Stacey's birthday tomorrow. Guessers say more rain on the way this week.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:27 PM

Been waiting for Spring for three months. Dang; I hate Winter.

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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:03 PM

Norm48327

Been waiting for Spring for three months. Dang; I hate Winter.

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:11 PM

Spring was here a couple of weeks ago - then it disappeared!

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:12 PM

Heck, we've had spring for half the winter.  Now that spring is here, we've got winter.

The good thing is that the temps are dipping below freezing at night and going above freezing during the day - perfect maple syrup weather!

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, March 20, 2017 6:28 AM

Spring is spring

The Grass is Riz

The Leaves have Come

Upon the Triz

I wonder where the flowers iz....

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Posted by diningcar on Monday, March 20, 2017 7:42 AM

90 degrees in Lawrence, KS yesterday, high 70's expected today.

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Posted by Mookie on Monday, March 20, 2017 1:06 PM

diningcar

90 degrees in Lawrence, KS yesterday, high 70's expected today.

 

We had 87 here in Lincoln NE.  Possible snow showers later this week. Isn't it great to have variety daily?  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, March 20, 2017 2:34 PM

afternoon

Had thunderstorms this morning.2 area teams are going for state basketball crowns this week.Ns tie train looked like it was looking for somewhere to park for the day when I left work.Cars for the local were in another siding uptown.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Monday, March 20, 2017 5:16 PM

We've enjoyed two weeks of perpetual spring in California...took my jacket off when we arrived March 8, and haven't put it on since.  We have to keep our jackets/hoodies handy for the return trip--on Thursday Lombard will have a high in the mid-40s.

But that time is coming soon...here's what I wrote this morning, to nobody in particular.

 

Our last full day in California. We are sitting by the beach just east of Linda's Alma Mater...watching planes take off from the nearby airport, seeing pelicans take off from a runway closer to us, and watching waves roll in. I'm not an expert on tides, but I think it should be going out at this point.

The islands across the channel are visible through the haze, and the wooden pier to our left blocks the view of Santa Barbara's famous (and infamous) offshore drilling rigs.

In a few minutes, Linda and her mentor will be coming here to have lunch at the nearby restaurant (the pier may have something to do with that place). She's spent most of her morning after radiation at the UCSB library, doing some work on an annotated bibliography to go with her Mendelssohn studies.

Pat's reading, and I've actually gotten a few things done, too. After lunch we'll go home...Linda should be ready for a rest by then, and we've got to start organizing our luggage.

This part of California was much greener this time than it has been in our past two visits. Some of it is seasonal (wait a couple of months), but a lot has to do with the uncommonly wet winter they've had. The drought isn't busted in these parts (further north, it has been), but the green of the grasses and leaves is welcome!

Some of the waves are making quite a splash at a breakwater (?) far to our right, beyond the UCSB campus. There are plenty of palms around us, and the largest of the channel islands has a bit of a cloud halo over it.

No trains in sight (Pat says she heard one). But I'll still miss this area.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:29 PM

afternoon

nice sunshine here in Nw Ohio today.Ns has a coal train in the siding at work.The have some empties to pick up uptown as well. Heard a news story that under a new budget,Amtrak's stop in Toledo could be cut.Chores to do as usual.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:27 PM

Greetings from the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge in Los Angeles.  It's upstairs and well removed from the regular waiting room.  It's much more relaxed,and the attendant will ensure that we don't miss our train (one hour from right now).

Linda is having a hard time wth her platelet level right now...she had an infusion Sunday, and is due for another one tomorrow.  Her sister-in-law is replacing us as the helping hands around their place, and she will have her hands full with tired people, particularly a cranky and contrary grandson. He's improved since we got there, but there's a way to go.

Linda herself will not be deterred from doing as much as she can.  After her filming of Jeopardy! next month, she's due to fly out to Oberlin College (Ohio) to make a presentation.  Other such trips may be in the works; she could Skype the presentations if she can't travel for whatever reason.  But we'd rather see her angry (angry enough to fight!) because she can't do everything she wants to, than depressed because she can't keep busy enough.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:01 PM

Determination is a good thing!

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Posted by Uncle Jake on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:26 PM
Spring is here in central Washington. March is being itself. Work is starting to get busy as farmers can now start to do fieldwork without getting stuck. Supper is ready.
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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:39 AM

Ok, I give up. It's 19 degrees at 6am in this tropical paradise, aka FLINT, Mi. We get a balmy 30 degrees for a high today, and 60 deg. on Friday. Then back to the upper 40's on Sunday. Mother Nature must be ticked off about something.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:09 PM

We apparently didn't get rid of the gremlins that have accompanied us on our last two Amtrak trips--we're currently four hours late and losing time.

At Fullerton, we stopped just shy of the boarding area (our sleeper had a great view of the Union Pacific Spaghetti Factory).  While we  were there, an Amtrak police officer was walking the platform.  By the time we got out of Fullerton, we were already a half hour late, and it was dark by the time we got to Riverside.

Good news at this point:  the rainy skies along the coast gave way to bright starlight for the ascent of Cajon Pass...I fell asleep at about Barstow.  

A little later I was awakened by silence and a lack of motion.  We were stopped between Needles and Kingman, on the Arizona side.  Several trains went past us while we were there; I couldn't tell which way they were going, as they were on the other side (biggest disadvantage of the roomette so far is that we can't see out of both sides of the train at once).  We stayed in the same spot for well over an hour.  I was asleep when we went through Kingman.

But I woke up again when we were once again stopped in the middle of nowhere.  This time the view was outside our window...we were on a third track, and the two main tracks were occupied by trains much of the time... two overtook us and two met us in the hour we sat there.

After we passed Williams, we saw track work--apparently only one track in service in that area (looked like not only tie replacement, but also some serious grading was taking place).  I also noticeed that our train was now headed by a BNSF unit.  This would explain the jolt I felt when we were on our second long stop.

So, with a non-Amtrak unit on the point, we're limited to 60 m.p.h. (instead of 79 in non-ATS territory and 90 in ATS, I think).  MC, I think we'll be in La Junta a little past your bedtime...

Linda says that Linus misses us, and wants to go to Chicago.
So do we, kid...

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:39 PM

Watch the platform at LJ  Carl. - BossH and Duncan won't be along now, but I'm gonna still probably be around. Amthrax would have to go croak out in Ya-te-he country.

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:28 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I left work.Cool but nice sunshine.Chores to do.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by ChuckCobleigh on Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:25 AM

mudchicken

Watch the platform at LJ  Carl. - BossH and Duncan won't be along now, but I'm gonna still probably be around. Amthrax would have to go croak out in Ya-te-he country.

Midnight oil?  SWC now showing 5.6 hours late coming into Trinidad, looking like 1 am at LJ.  Carl sure has had the Amtrak luck on this trip!

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:26 AM
Perhaps Mother Nature needs a new calender. One that shows when spring starts, or a new set of glasses to see the small print on the calender. Gee wizz, we are already on our 4th day of spring, where's the heat wave!! Not that I complaining or anything, I would not want to upset Mom Nature. The Ground Hog says it's spring, so, it's spring. I mean rules are rules and she needs to have a talk with Phil so they both get on the same page here. (It's 19 degrees again). They're probably Politicians.
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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:33 AM

Indeed - between +3F and +7F depending on which thermometer I looked at this morning (they're all in different locations), with several below zero reports on this morning's local amateur radio net.

I'm OK with snow and cold - during the winter.  Time to get started on spring.  Fortunately, the NWS synopsis for us shows things getting better through the weekend and into next week.

OTOH, cold at night and warmer during the day is great for the maple syrup folks...

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:08 AM

ChuckCobleigh
 
mudchicken

Watch the platform at LJ  Carl. - BossH and Duncan won't be along now, but I'm gonna still probably be around. Amthrax would have to go croak out in Ya-te-he country.

 

 

Midnight oil?  SWC now showing 5.6 hours late coming into Trinidad, looking like 1 am at LJ.  Carl sure has had the Amtrak luck on this trip!

 

Luck? - Where???? Extra BNSF4641 East became Amtrak #4/Extra ATK2 East again at La Junta and it was immediately having air issues again.

Our intrepid travellers are now the pilot episode of "Little Train on the Prairie"... as they wander thru Ingalls, KS. as I type. If the second locomotive can't handle the strain...

I think I can ... I think I can ... I think I can.

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Posted by ChuckCobleigh on Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:22 PM

mudchicken
Luck? - Where???? Extra BNSF4641 East became Amtrak #4/Extra ATK2 East again at La Junta and it was immediately having air issues again.

Bad luck is luck, isn't it?  Now showing 8.5 hours late and not even to Topeka yet. Liked the "I think I can" reference; it seems appropriate at this point.  The word 'snakebit' comes to mind.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:12 PM

Well CSX had a Loram shoulder ballast cleaner working around here.  It was actually cleaning the local siding.  Due to a lot of mud under sections the unit made at least 4 passes over one section each pass produced more fines and mud & dirt.  Now the unit is doing the main probably due to siding rail lower ?

The unit was LMIX 442 consisting of two cleaning wheels on each side and two shakers. Counted at least 32 different operating accessories each with one to 6 different function observed.

Several interesing features.  When backing up the horn and lights were controlled from the front.  The modified rear car was marked plate "C" tofc car with cleaner's rear control compartment built into what appears to be a modified 40 foot container with the section back of engineer's compartment a tool shed.

CARL:  As an interest to you the side dump car in the consist was CSXT 995334 build date 11-76.  The car was highly modified for many different types of MU cable connections. Most fines were dumped on side of ROW.

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:39 PM

afternoon

well one team from Fulton county Ohio(Wauseon) has made the state finals in Basketball.They will probably meet Lebron's former team in the championship.Another team(Archbold) will try their luck tomorrow to get in the finals.Ns had a tie train in the siding near the uptown siding when I left work.Glad tomorrow is Friday.Also found out that we will need to give hugs as well.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Mookie on Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:02 PM

JoeKoh
Also found out that we will need to give hugs as well.

Joe:  I found out today that we will need 2 here.  One local and one in CO.  And the sun just came out!  Maybe it is going to be a pleasant day after all.

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:41 PM

Springtime In The Rockies:

Just got home ahead of the combination red flag warning/ blizzard warning. (and I had hoped our intrepid travellers would beat me home. Apparently not. What the heck bit #4 now?)

Howling wind has critters pacing.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, March 24, 2017 12:47 AM

mudchicken

Springtime In The Rockies:

Just got home ahead of the combination red flag warning/ blizzard warning. (and I had hoped our intrepid travellers would beat me home. Apparently not. What the heck bit #4 now?)

Howling wind has critters pacing.




We're home, after all.  Nothing was done to the naughty locomotive at Newton, and we did get some decent running, in places.  But we didn't make up any time at all.  There was a medical emergency on board, which resulted in a 15-20-minute stop at a town somewhere between Garden City and Dodge City (that was right around dawn).  Then there was the stretch east of Dodge where they had just laid some fresh rail on one track, but the grade crossing signals were out of service and we had to stop and flag every last one of 'em!

I was delighted to be able to see everything from Dodge to Fort Maddy in daylight.  It was a genuine pleasure to see Argentine Yard in daylight--never did that before!  There were still stack cars on the ground at the site of the blowaway from our outbound trip (I knew it'd be a stack train!); a little further east were a bunch of empty stack cars, a bunch of battered boxes (mostly J. B. Hunt), and some PTTX flats on which they'll eventually be loaded and carted off to somewhere.

Our last crew was pretty much a hotshot bunch--fast-but-smooth landings at the stations, good takeoffs, and useful announcements (including e.t.a. at all of the remaining stops every time we stopped in Illinois).

I hope your blizzard provides some of your much-needed moisture.  We went through some burned-over areas this past afternoon, but I'm not sure they weren't intentionally set to burn off fields.

And MC, Pat and I can't begin to thank you enough for stopping by at that wee hour-plus in La Junta.  It was just nice to shoot the breeze a little and quietly enjoy the cool breeze a lot.  The conductor saw me at breakfast and was surprised that I was up out of bed.  And the goodies will not go to waste!  Thanks to both of you guys for those!

And now, a long overdue visit to my own bed!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, March 24, 2017 2:23 PM

afternoon

Nice warm up and windy today.Ns had some loads for uptown.Going into town as soon as Matt gets home to enjoy the weather.We are on spring break now.Going to see what csx has to run by.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, March 25, 2017 6:20 PM

evening

We worked outside this morning.Cleaned out the shed,put away the snow gear and trimmed some weeds and trees out back.Neighbor says he'd keep his shovel out just in case we need it.My driver then wanted to follow CSX west.They have been working on track and ballast west of Defiance.While at the state line my scanner picked up the NS local asking to leave SDI and go pick up some cars in Grabill Indiana before coming back to Ft Wayne.(New Haven).So we followed Indiana road 1 and caught the train at Spencerville.He decided to block Grabil while getting his cars so we drove on to the yard.While waiting we spotted so interesting cars and a high hood working too.They had 3 cabeese lined up on one track in the yard.A big frieght came off the wabash onto the nkp line so we decided to follow that and come home.Rain and fog for tomorrow.Stacey must have missed us.She just brought in cookies and milk.

stay safe

Joe

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