Chatterbox Fall 2017

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:14 PM

We finally are getting our act together on sound.  There was a time when a crew member (often yours truly) got to run through the train with a boom box that had a wireless mic receiver on it so those in the cars could hear Santa outside at the North Pole.

We currently run with five of the big guys.  That's the only way to get through ten cars in the time allotted.  But it means we're in effect running five trains.  There are usually only a couple of the characters that have the run of the entire train.  

We go out at track speed (30) and creep back at 15, more or less, depending on progress through the cars (never say the S word on the radio!)

I'll be in the cab for the six trips this weekend.  Next weekend I get to be one of the conductors...

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:02 PM

tree68
We finally are getting our act together on sound.  There was a time when a crew member (often yours truly) got to run through the train with a boom box that had a wireless mic receiver on it so those in the cars could hear Santa outside at the North Pole.

We currently run with five of the big guys.  That's the only way to get through ten cars in the time allotted.  But it means we're in effect running five trains.  There are usually only a couple of the characters that have the run of the entire train.  

We go out at track speed (30) and creep back at 15, more or less, depending on progress through the cars (never say the S word on the radio!)

I'll be in the cab for the six trips this weekend.  Next weekend I get to be one of the conductors...

S word - Safety?Oops - Sign

         

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:26 AM

BaltACD
S word - Safety?

(Santa)

With five on the train at the same time, and crew members with radios throughout the train, reporting on each is doing, there is the possibility that someone (ie, one who still believes) could hear a reference to the big guy on our radios that doesn't square with what they're seeing.  

The crew members regularly report to the conductor on the radio how each Santa is progressing, so our train speed can be adjusted to allow all of them to finish before we arrive at the station.  Thus, we just say that a section is half done, etc.

LarryWhistling
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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:10 PM

evening

Work busy.Ns sent a stack train west.Sounded like he had to slow down a bit west of town.Cars were waiting for the local uptown too.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:48 PM

update

The local people have voted.The Clinton St. viaduct will now be known as "The Clinton Street can opener."

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:36 PM

evening

Work still busy.Ns was clear when I left work.Matt is finishing up homework.Chores to do.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, November 17, 2017 10:48 AM

CSSHegewisch: just got sucked into a Wobbly Manor project about a mile north of your namesake right at SC&S Wolf Lake Junction (and next to Azcon/Hyman Michaels where too many locomotives and railcars went off to die at the end of their useful lives) .... Get to deal with PRR's version of bow and arrow country in Chicago.

Fair warning, messin' 'round in your 'hood.

Mudchicken Nothing is worth taking the risk of losing a life over. Come home tonight in the same condition that you left home this morning in. Safety begins with ME.... cinscocom-west
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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, November 17, 2017 5:05 PM

evening

Ns was pulling west out of the siding when I left work.Errands done.Did see an Eastbound CSX in Defiance.Matt is at a friends birthday party.Work early tomorrow then off to G+G house.Someone there has a birthday but she isn't talking.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, November 17, 2017 9:23 PM

Well, the first night of Polar is in the books, apparently with no issues to speak of.  Everything sounded OK from my seat (in one of the locomotives).

Tonight's attendance was a little light (not unusual for the first night, and a Friday to boot).  Saturday is apparently sold out, so we'll see what happens then.  My part is easy (pull handles, make the train go)...

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, November 17, 2017 9:35 PM

Details, please, on the vote, Joe?  What was it about--does it mean nothing will get done?

MC, sounds like fun!  I haven't been to the middle of Wolf Lake!  

On a line that now seems to handle mostly unit and intermodal trains, I feel lucky...I've seen three manifests in two days.  No big deal, except that manifests are where I get most of the material for my carchaeology, and this feast occurred after an entire week of seeing nothing, due to my uncommon cold and work being done around the house to get it presentable for our guests.

Have I mentioned what's happening here?  Instead of going up to Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with family (families...both Pat's and mine), we're staying home.  Linda, though well enough to travel, is very fragile, and they are flying from California Wednesday, arriving here late in the afternoon.  Thursday they will still be exhausted and jet-lagged, so we'll just have dinner here.  Most of the work will be done by Shannon's, our favorite local deli--and the dinner will be easy to put out and it will not disappoint.

Friday, Daughter Ellen will bring her tribe up from Peoria, along with more fixings and hundreds of ideas for putting on a gathering with no formal meal... and our families will be driving down here, mostly to see Linda and family.  It should be quite a crowd, ranging in age from a couple of months to (as of now) 93 years!

The rest of the weekend will be as many of Linda's friends as she's up to spending time with.  The highlight will be her old viola teacher and mentor, who will bring her family from Madison, Wisconsin.  That family will take Chris and Linus to a show at the Planetarium on Sunday, freeing Linda for rest, church, and whatever (maybe including Portillo's for dinner!).  The family returns to California at the crack of dawn (or earlier) on Tuesday.

Carl

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, November 18, 2017 3:52 AM

Carl

The vote for naming the viaduct was done through social media.Even our local paper picked up on it.How much longer the wait for the problem to be fixed? Who knows.Hoping for safe travels for all this week.Need to go get ready for work.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, November 20, 2017 2:46 PM

afternoon

Ns had an eastbound in the siding plus, a westbound stack train came by when I left work.There were also cars for the local to pick up.Sunshine here today.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:18 PM

evening

Ns local was working when I left work.Truck had squeeky wheels so we got that fixed.One more day of work.MC sister says people are using I-75 as their personal race track.Going south on Saturday.

stay safe

joe

Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").

 

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