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Posted by Murphy Siding on Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:08 PM

Mookie

 

 
Murphy Siding
Baked beans? Fireworks?

 

phones, notebooks, wife?

 

 

Um.... huh?

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Posted by Mookie on Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:53 PM

Murphy Siding

 

 
Mookie

 

 
Murphy Siding
Baked beans? Fireworks?

 

phones, notebooks, wife?

 

 

 

 

Um.... huh?

 

you know, cell phone & notebook batteries & Mookie when she has a short fuse - (which fortunately, has diminished with age...Zip it!

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Friday, May 19, 2017 6:32 AM
switch, Yes I do remember. For the milk cows we ran a chopper and wagon daily in a hay field. We also 'opened' the corn fields by chopping a path and feeding it to them, we had a pull behind corn picker, then as you discribed, chopped corn just as it started to change color to fill the silo for winter.
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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, May 19, 2017 7:05 PM

evening

Had some rain pass through Nw Ohio.Last night was a bad night for counties just south of us.Tomorrow we are helping nephew.Ns still had a coal train and some switching to do when I left work.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:23 PM

We had rain for much of the day today, with strong breezes and temperaures that didn't get out of the 40s.  Naturally, that would be the day that we had to (1) take two guided tours through Lilacia Park in the morning (doubly disappointing...the weather and the fact that the lilacs themselves are pretty well past their prime), and (2) use our tickets to the annual House Walk in the afternoon.  If I don't have a cold after this, I'll be amazed.  We've had about a half-inch so far today.

Yesterday was a day for train-riding and signal confusion.  I wanted to get a video of a scoot going through the crossovers at Grace.  This is complicated by the fact that I wanted to do it from the cab car.  So I was waiting in Glen Ellyn for a block signal to display an Advance Aproach Clear Fifty for a scoot to go through the crossover (this signal gives an Advance Approach for the control point; it has a second head that should have displayed a green under the flashing yellow).  What I was getting every time a scoot would come along was a clear signal, which suggested to me that the train would not be crossing over two signals ahead.  

Well, as it turns out, there's no such thing as an Advance Approach Clear Fifty.  I had finally given up on getting the signal I wanted, and went back home, only to find that the signal at Finley was displaying an Approach Clear Fifty (yellow over green), and I wasn't taking the video I wanted.  So, I'll do without the full sequence in my presentations next week.  

Fun fact:  Tropicana got fifty mechanical refrigerator cars from Wisconsin Central in 2000 (yes, WC had mechanical reefers), and transferred them all to UP in 2002.  At the same time, UP also got the other 50 WC mechanical reefers.

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, May 19, 2017 9:32 PM

81 degrees in Tucson, Talked out and headed home at  Oh-Dawn-Thirty.

Have to see if tree or LC or somebody in NY knows a good local railroad historian that can put on a 90-minute chat for a bunch of wannabe mudchickens.

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:00 PM

Where?   Might have an idea or two...

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Posted by Mookie on Saturday, May 20, 2017 4:02 PM

It's the weekend and the forum is a tad on the spicey side!  Thumbs Up

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Posted by blhanel on Saturday, May 20, 2017 4:40 PM

MC's ride on the Iowa Northern that he enjoyed a week ago last Thursday...

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Posted by Norm48327 on Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00 PM

Mookie

It's the weekend and the forum is a tad on the spicey side!  Thumbs Up

Mookie,

Without spice life would be dull and spaghetti wouldn't be Italian. Wink Just funnin' ya girl. I'm in one of those raucous moods tonight. Ignore me and carry on.

Norm


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Posted by Mookie on Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:46 PM

Norm, I can do a lot of things but ignoring you would not be one of them!  Shy

Weekends tend to be a little dull, so a little snap on the forum is always appreciated.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:27 PM

     Just got home from graduation. Youngest son now out of high school. 'Going to work the 12:00-2:00 shift at the senior all-nighter party.

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Posted by blhanel on Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:37 AM

Forgot to mention in my previous post that, later that same evening, Joanie and I became grandparents to twins.  Boy and girl, William Oliver and Margaret Joyce.  Babies, big brother Stuart, and parents are all doing well.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:29 PM

blhanel

Forgot to mention in my previous post that, later that same evening, Joanie and I became grandparents to twins.  Boy and girl, William Oliver and Margaret Joyce.  Babies, big brother Stuart, and parents are all doing well.

 

Cool deal! My niece and her husband stopped by Thursday night with their 9 month old twins. Cute boys and a lot of fun, but I remember taking care of one at a time was plenty of work.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:32 PM

Murphy Siding

     Just got home from graduation. Youngest son now out of high school. 'Going to work the 12:00-2:00 shift at the senior all-nighter party.

 

Happy to report that no one went in or out of door #8 between midnight and 2:00 this morning at the senior all-nighter. For fun. those on door patrol were given a deputy's badge with their name on it-sort of. It wasn't until afterward that my wife pointed out that my badge said 'Pam'.

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Posted by mudchicken on Sunday, May 21, 2017 3:02 PM

 (I can exhale now) and congrats to grandad and the expanding Tin-Shoes Nation!BowBowBow

-with having to figure out DropBox (it seems to have circumvented the mothership's stoopid pedantic IT bandwith & firewall issues - yay!) I might be able to post a picture of IANR's "portable forest" (patent pending/all rights reserved Smile, Wink & GrinSmile, Wink & GrinSmile, Wink & Grin) at Waterloo.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, May 21, 2017 3:49 PM

afternoon

On and off rain today.Csx picked up it's grain train west of town.They also have some tonka toys that need fixing in a siding too.Noticed plenty of lumber coming eastbound through Defiance.Also noticed an "Olivia" grain car.She is going back west.Maybe back to the co-op in Minnesota.Back to work tomorrow.Brian congrats on the family additions.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:33 PM

Hamfest is over - now to finish up with the paperwork (divvying up the money between two organizations, getting a couple of prizes sent out) and we'll be done until next year.

We didn't have the attendance the big Hamfest in Dayton (Xenia) did, but by the sounds of it, we had better weather.  Still, for a little event like ours 60+ was a good gate.

I did make a big purchase - a new radio.  Pretty expensive, but I could swing it, so I made the plunge.  Pretty spiffy - made a digital contact with it this afternoon.

Joe - we got your rain.  If it stays light (with no wind), no big deal, but sandbags are still big business here.  

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Posted by mudchicken on Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:49 PM

Tree: Asking NYPLS if they have a date set....May be Tuesday before I get an answer. (same group where you met me )

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Posted by mudchicken on Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:50 PM

Tree: Asking NYPLS if they have a date and place set....May be Tuesday before I get an answer. (same group where you met me )

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:02 PM

mudchicken

Tree: Asking NYPLS if they have a date and place set....May be Tuesday before I get an answer. (same group where you met me )

Rog - I can think of at least one person who may be able to speak - but an idea of exactly what you're looking for would be very useful.  Some of these folks can ramble...

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:40 PM

Hey, MC - I was just looking up the location of an auto accident that just occurred in a neighboring district.  When I looked at the topo map, I noted something marked "Cape Vincent Base East."  It's located on the old railroad bed (N 44 7' 41" W 76 17' 30").  A few hundred yards west is "Cape Vincent Base West," also on the old railroad bed.  The ROW wasn't exactly east-west there.  Is this some sort of surveying reference point?

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, May 22, 2017 10:50 AM

tree68

Hey, MC - I was just looking up the location of an auto accident that just occurred in a neighboring district.  When I looked at the topo map, I noted something marked "Cape Vincent Base East."  It's located on the old railroad bed (N 44 7' 41" W 76 17' 30").  A few hundred yards west is "Cape Vincent Base West," also on the old railroad bed.  The ROW wasn't exactly east-west there.  Is this some sort of surveying reference point?

 

Very Old Triangulation Station/ Observation Points! (see the triangle on west, these two also were a measured baseline for a possible trilateration check)

PJ0306  DESIGNATION -  CAPE VINCENT E BASE 1874
PJ0306  PID         -  PJ0306
PJ0306  STATE/COUNTY-  NY/JEFFERSON
PJ0306  COUNTRY     -  US
PJ0306  USGS QUAD   -  CAPE VINCENT NORTH (1980)

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HISTORY     - Date     Condition        Report By
PJ0306  HISTORY     - 1874     MONUMENTED       USLS
PJ0306  HISTORY     - 1940     SEE DESCRIPTION  CGS
PJ0306  HISTORY     - 1957     GOOD             IBC
PJ0306  HISTORY     - 1969     SEE DESCRIPTION  CGS
PJ0306  HISTORY     - 19990728 MARK NOT FOUND   USPSQD
 
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PJ0306'DESCRIBED BY US LAKE SURVEY 1874
PJ0306'ABOUT 2 MILES EAST OF THE TOWN OF CAPE VINCENT.  ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF
PJ0306'THE NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD TRACK.  THE STATION IS 170 FEET
PJ0306'NORTHWEST OF A LEANING STONE POST.  110.7 FEET SOUTHWEST OF A STONE
PJ0306'POST.  172.6 FEET SOUTHEAST OF A STONE POST.  66.1 FEET EAST OF THE
PJ0306'CONCRETE SIGNPOST.  13.6 FEET SOUTH OF THE SOUTH RAIL OF THE TRACK.
PJ0306'AND 16.8 FEET NORTH OF THE SOUTH RIGHT - OF - WAY FENCE.
PJ0306'
PJ0306'STATION MARK--A BRASS PLUG IN A STONE 6 INCHES SQUARE, SET 3 FEET
PJ0306'BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE.
PJ0306
PJ0306                          STATION RECOVERY (1940)
PJ0306
PJ0306'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1940
PJ0306'ABOUT 2 MILES EAST OF THE TOWN OF CAPE VINCENT.  ON THE SOUTH
PJ0306'SIDE OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD TRACK.  THE STATION IS
PJ0306'170 FEET NORTHWEST OF A LEANING STONE POST.  110.7 FEET
PJ0306'SOUTHWEST OF A STONE POST.  172.6 FEET SOUTHEAST OF A STONE
PJ0306'POST.  66.1 FEET EAST OF A CONCRETE SIGNPOST.  13.6 FEET SOUTH
PJ0306'OF THE SOUTH RAIL OF THE TRACK.  AND 16.6 FEET NORTH OF THE
PJ0306'SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY FENCE.
PJ0306'
PJ0306'STATION MARK--A BRASS PLUG IN A STONE 6 INCHES SQUARE, SET 3
PJ0306'FEET BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE.
PJ0306
PJ0306                          STATION RECOVERY (1957)
PJ0306
PJ0306'RECOVERY NOTE BY INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION 1957 (NWS)
PJ0306'IN 1957 THE RAILROAD RAILS AND REFERENCE POSTS HAD BEEN REMOVED.
PJ0306
PJ0306                          STATION RECOVERY (1969)
PJ0306
PJ0306'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1969 (AJR)
PJ0306'A SEARCH OF THE AREA WAS MADE, THE RAILROAD TRACK HAS BEEN
PJ0306'REMOVED, AND THE TRACK BED IS OVERGROWN WITH BRUSH.
PJ0306'
PJ0306'REFERENCE AND STATION MARK ARE PRESUMED TO BE LOST.
PJ0306
PJ0306                          STATION RECOVERY (1999)
PJ0306
PJ0306'RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1999
PJ0306'MARK NOT FOUND.

-The mark may still be there, somebody will have to do a detailed recovery effort to prove it has been destroyed by the dreaded yellow machines or just buried. (a surveyor scavenger hunt, if you will... I have found dozens of NGS benchmarks reported as lost or destroyed over the years. I found two in Nebraska that were never officially published and presumed gone.)

 

 

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, May 22, 2017 11:46 AM

Very cool.  I won't be going out to look for them....  Seems like you'd have to do a lot of digging, even if the landmarks cited were still there.

A regional waterline was installed using the old railroad bed (Rome & Watertown, then Rome, Watertown & Odgensburg, then NYC)- you can see the pump station just west of the "West Base."   The line was trenched right down the old ROW, so even if the monument was still buried at the time, it may not be where it's supposed to be - assuming that it was dug up and simply went back in the ditch and isn't sitting on someone's mantle...

Thanks!  Learn something new every day!

 

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