Chatterbox Spring 2018

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:28 PM

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A country resident decided to burn a small pile of whatever, but didn't watch it.  Spent three hours (with help from seven other fire departments) dealing with it.

And there's even a ban on outdoor fires right now.  

They're friends of mine, but I kinda hope the Environmental Conservation Police write them up.

Of course, the fields aren't dried out, and two brush trucks required a tow from a dozer to get out...

Must be hell fighting a brush fire and getting stuck in the mud in the field where it is happening!

         

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:01 PM

BaltACD
Must be hell fighting a brush fire and getting stuck in the mud in the field where it is happening!

Aside from being too far from the bulk of the action to help at all, I still had to keep an eye on the fire line in case it did swing my way and I had to defend my position.  Bad enough I got stuck (it was a drainage swale - not easily determined until we were axle deep in it), I didn't want to burn up the truck, too...

Another brush truck got past me, only to get stuck in another part of the field.  A third truck was a little lighter and made a couple of trips in.

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 6:23 AM

Tree: Negatraction happens, at least you weren't alone.Embarrassed Hate it when that happens and mother nature thwarts your  best intentions.

Michigan, at least the top of the Mitt, is here, albeit a little damp. The shortliners I'm up here with take it all in stride. Interesting, what I've seen of LSRC so far.

The run back to Denver will be a grind. Hope the company Exploder at 190K miles can hold together all the way back.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 7:57 AM

You're in an area of Michigan I've never been to--I've not seen the original D&M at all (today's LSRC).

Safe and trouble-free travels.  I wish we were home to repay your hospitality, but we'll be on the karate-chop side of the Mitten until next week.  Land of No Trains...

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:03 AM

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Tree: Negatraction happens, at least you weren't alone.Embarrassed Hate it when that happens and mother nature thwarts your  best intentions. 

Michigan, at least the top of the Mitt, is here, albeit a little damp. The shortliners I'm up here with take it all in stride. Interesting, what I've seen of LSRC so far. 

The run back to Denver will be a grind. Hope the company Exploder at 190K miles can hold together all the way back.

190K - in the real world it is barely broken in.  My Durango made 359K and never had any engine or trans issues.  Faulty seat belt was it's demise for me.

         

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:53 AM

If it were a Dodge, there probably wouldn't be the concern. 2nd radiator, 2nd tranny, 2nd water pump and an electrical system that is awful suspect on the Exploder. Hopefully it's on its way to Mexico soon and there's a replacement.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 4:26 PM

evening

Last time we were up that way was to Owosso in 2009 for the steamfest.Hope you have safe travels home MC.Ns had a westbound waiting when I got off work.Came home and mowed the swamp.Mother nature is providing light showers now.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, May 10, 2018 2:52 PM

afternoon

Ns had some cars uptown.One of them was a car with a switch panel on it.Maybe a switch uptown is going to be replaced?Going to drop Matt off at work and Mow uptown.Guessers say Mother nature is going to send rain and colder tempratures this weekend.Glad tomorrow is Friday.Happy Mothers day to all the moms.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Mookie on Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:09 PM

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Happy Mothers day to all the moms.

thank you! ^~^

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, May 11, 2018 4:19 PM

evening

Ns had an eastbound coal train in the sidng when I left work.Took Stacey's vehicle for it's check up.Saw Csx q 389 with a New Haven engine  in the consist.It was the  3rd unit.Mother nature going to soak us tomorrow.Chores to do here.

stay safe

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, May 11, 2018 7:52 PM

Home - Hope Mooks and Driver aren't ducking what hit North Platte last night. Watched two portable message boards try to fly. (messy landings)

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, May 11, 2018 10:56 PM

mudchicken
Home - Hope Mooks and Driver aren't ducking what hit North Platte last night

Little light; little noise; little rain.  Wasn't worth opening one eye for it.  

Always glad you are home, safe & sound..  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:50 AM

Chores done this morning.Ran errands in town.Saw the ND&W was busy working on a broken coupler.They also brought the bottom of an old ICG boxcar that they use for MOW into town.The ties are there ready to be loaded.Csx sent a westbound stack train.Mother Nature has sent round 1 of the rain.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:56 AM

Well, Mom passed yesterday afternoon.  Pretty much everyone had a chance to say good bye, although for one sister it was by phone.  

She was independent right up to the end - in fact, that was a factor in her passing.  Had she waited for help for a few moments, she wouldn't have broken her hip.  She was 91, and probably wouldn't have survived the surgery necessary to repair it.

She had thousands of pictures.  I've been going through them and have found some real gems, and some with a certain amount of historical significance, at least on a local basis in different places.  I'll  have to ship them home seperately, as I don't have room in my luggage - didn't think of this when I packed.

Her body will be going to science, and when they are done, she'll be cremated and interred on my father's grave in Michigan.

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:07 AM

Larry, I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you all find the true comfort as you sorrow over your mother's going.

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Posted by Mookie on Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:15 AM

Larry:  our condolences to you and to your family.  

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Posted by NorthWest on Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:24 PM

Indeed. My sincere condolences.

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Posted by mudchicken on Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:57 PM

Mud and BossHen send along their condolences.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 12, 2018 5:20 PM

Our condolences and prayers for you and your Family.

stay safe

Joe Stacey and Matt

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Posted by CShaveRR on Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:02 PM

Our condolences, Larry.

We know what you're going through; even if they can repair a broken bone at that age it always seems to be the beginning of the end.  Pat's mother's decline became much worse after she broke her leg last fall.  

We'll be thinking of you, too, as we hold services for her mother tomorrow.

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:48 PM
My condolences, Larry. Look to be nearing the same with my 94 year old mother. Tough times.
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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:29 PM

evening

Mother Nature sent us some downpours today.Ns had an eastbound coal train in the siding and another eastbound coming into town tonight.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:54 AM

Home!

The airline I used for the return trip has subscribed to "how many people can we cram into an aluminum tube, comfort be danged."  Four hours with my knees jammed against the seat in front of me equals no sleep.

Then, at Newark, we first changed gates, got on the airplane, got back off the airplane (documentation issue), changed gates, got on another airplane and finally left.

But, I'm home.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:00 AM

      I'm sorry to hear of your loss Larry. It's never easy to lose a loved one.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:29 PM

Eastbound frieght and westbound stack on Ns when we left work.Meeting tonight in Deshler.Going to find out about more bathroom inprovements.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:26 PM

JoeKoh
Going to find out about more bathroom inprovements.

Hopefully done by August!  Or, maybe I can help...

It's gonna be a busy trip.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:22 PM

evening

Larry need a new electrical panel set up for the park first.Plus mapping out water and sewer lines etc etc.Plus the $$ to pay for it to get done would help too.Ns local was uptown when I left work.Came home and mowed the swamp.Will be going uptown to mow tomorrow.More rain for the coming weekend.Just hope next Saturday is dry.Don't want a rainout on our cookout.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:27 PM

Joe - PM me an address for donations for the park.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:39 PM

Good evening

Chores and errands are done for today.Ns had trains both ways and the local as well when I left work.While working in Defiance CSx sent trains both ways as well.Friend said CSX is working around "The Bend" at the bridge over the Maumee river.Probably cleaning up debris.Need to get cleaned up.Tomorrow is Friday.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:20 PM

I remember that cookout years ago--had to get some DERF in me to keep from blowing away!

I had a great several hours watching trains in Elmhurst today with Colin ("NorthWest" on the Forum), from Washington State.  I'm sure he found the first couple of hours impressive, but the onslaught lightened up for a while in mid-afternoon, only to get busy again after I left.  

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