Chatterbox Winter 2019-2020

5892 views
231 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, January 18, 2020 7:17 AM

morning

Rain has arrived after the snowfall last night.Very sloppy right now outside.Mother nature will open up the freezer and make it an ice rink.Matt and I took care of the snow mess.Going to Marion tonight to watch a friends presentation.Roads should be ok.

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").

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, January 19, 2020 6:32 AM

morning

Mother Nature sent winter back to Nw Ohio yesterday. Road crews are going to be busy fixing signs that were knocked over.Didn't really see too many trains on our trip.Did stop at Carey Ohio and saw 2 newly painted W&LE locomotives.Going to go check on brother today.Matt has chores to do as well.He also has to do dishes tonight.Keep warm.

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").

 

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Sunday, January 19, 2020 7:03 AM

About 6" of snow yesterday - the band has now moved south and we have mostly clear skies here now.

But that band to the south means I'll skip a small train show in Utica - I don't need to drive through that lake effect stuff.

Gotta get some "fix-a-flat" for the snowblower.  One tire has a slow leak, but that means it's flat about the time I need it.  Hopefully I can get that dealt with until spring.  Changing it is a royal pain.

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    October 2014
  • From: Flint or Grand Rapids, Mi or Elkhart, It Depends on the day
  • 557 posts
Posted by BOB WITHORN on Sunday, January 19, 2020 7:22 AM
COLD!! with a bit of snow north of Elkhart. At least this time I get to skip digging out and plowing the couple thousand feet of gravel drives, 2 barns, a chicken coop, a hay feeder and 2 houses. I thought when I retired I got to take it easy, silly me.
  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Sunday, January 19, 2020 7:48 AM

BOB WITHORN
I thought when I retired I got to take it easy, silly me.

When someone tells me they are retiring and looking forward to kicking back, I tell them that retirement is not for the faint of heart.  Get an appointment book and prepare to check it often - they'll be busier than when they were working.

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:15 PM

afternoon

Brother agreed it was a bit chiily out.We saw some Ns and Csx.Long trains with and without DPU's.Had a pair of Bnsf aces on a coal train going east on Csx.Behind him was the local J 715.Going to warm up.

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").

 

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Denver / La Junta
  • 9,755 posts
Posted by mudchicken on Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:57 PM

I vote for Slime, an air compressor (or air pot) and a fresh valve stem.

tree68

 

Gotta get some "fix-a-flat" for the snowblower.  One tire has a slow leak, but that means it's flat about the time I need it.  Hopefully I can get that dealt with until spring.  Changing it is a royal pain.

 

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
  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Sunny (mostly) San Diego
  • 1,778 posts
Posted by ChuckCobleigh on Sunday, January 19, 2020 7:22 PM

tree68
 Get an appointment book and prepare to check it often -

And get a scrap of paper, about the size of a postage stamp, to jot down all of your free time.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, January 20, 2020 2:55 PM

afternoon

Ns had a westbound stack train after work.They also had an eastbound stack train waiting and the local was around as well.Ran errands in town.Have chores to do.

 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").

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:38 PM

afternoon

Ns has a coal train waiting in the siding.Matts work called and said he didn't need to come and do dishes.Chores to do here.

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").

 

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:13 PM

Heard some noises I didn't like in the front end of the truck, so I took it to the shop.  They said it was all tight, so I'll take their word for it.

Started out at -8F at 8 AM, now up to +22F.  Good day for inside activities.

 

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: US
  • 17,781 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:52 PM

tree68
Heard some noises I didn't like in the front end of the truck, so I took it to the shop.  They said it was all tight, so I'll take their word for it.

Started out at -8F at 8 AM, now up to +22F.  Good day for inside activities.

Why would a front end rattle around at -8.  If you are cold and shivering, so are they.

  • Member since
    March 2016
  • From: Burbank IL (near Clearing)
  • 11,739 posts
Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 10:13 AM

I've been fortunate enough to have avoided a severe cold snap, but this past weekend was no bargain.  We had about two inches of a rain/snow mix that was almost impossible to shovel.  Gravel would have been lighter.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
  • Member since
    June 2003
  • From: South Central,Ks
  • 6,435 posts
Posted by samfp1943 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:07 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH

I've been fortunate enough to have avoided a severe cold snap, but this past weekend was no bargain.  We had about two inches of a rain/snow mix that was almost impossible to shovel.  Gravel would have been lighter. 

Weather around here, South of Wichita, was cold (31 deg) early, weather guessers are predicting high wilBlindfoldl rise all the way to mid 40's ! Rain killed what luittle trace of snow had fallen overnight. Sigh

Just a note; on what has become a regular train through here; a Westbound 'coil steel' train. Out here, it is an unusual; consist. One would expect a single car, or maybe several, but not a solid train. Recently it has been a regular through here, on the first of the week; coverwed cars with cold rolled and then open gons with 6/8 coils strapped in each car.  Not unusual, maybe, in the upper midwest, or northeast, but a rare sight in south central Kansas, and headed West. 

 

 


 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:36 PM

afternoon

Ns coal train still in the siding at work.Csx q 509 usually has steel slabs go down to Middletown from Detroit.Then the emptys come back on q 508. L 75 usually handles steel coil cars from Ft.Wayne to Leipsic Ohio on Ns too.Found a funny story in Trains on how steel moved on the green bay & western.The big railroads don't want anything unless it's a unit train.

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").

 

  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: San Francisco East Bay
  • 1,119 posts
Posted by MikeF90 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:51 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH
I've been fortunate enough to have avoided a severe cold snap, but this past weekend was no bargain.  We had about two inches of a rain/snow mix that was almost impossible to shovel.  Gravel would have been lighter.

Sounds like you got some of our "Donner cement". Smile

Turns out that was great aversion therapy from my youth long ago - had to shovel out the second story entrance on a rental mountain cabin near Lake Tahoe. Have not had an urge to buy one since !!

Links to my Google Maps ---> Sunset Route overview, SoCal metro, Yuma sub, Gila sub, SR east of Tucson, BNSF Northern Transcon and Southern Transcon

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: US
  • 17,781 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:55 PM

Jacksonville, FL - 32 this morning.

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:48 PM

BaltACD

Jacksonville, FL - 32 this morning.

Careful where you put those dashes!

I think we touched +32F today, if barely.  It was breezy earlier in the day, but it's settled down now.  It's back to the temp I saw when I got up this morning:  +30F...

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    June 2001
  • From: Lombard (west of Chicago), Illinois
  • 13,415 posts
Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 5:05 PM

Today was our best weather day for the rest of the week and weekend, according to the forecasters.  Rain and snow will mix over much of that time.

Pat and I took advantage of the good day to take a trip into Indiana for a little bit of shopping and to lunch at our favorite restaurant in Gary.  (The owners are like family, and we wanted to make sure they knew about our daughter's passing last week...they'd heard.)  I was fortunate enough to capture a CN freight train on the west side of Gary, by the airport; I should have some good equipment dispositions--and perhaps some new cars--to report on.

There will be a service of music and memories for our daughter Linda on Saturday, April 18, at 11:00. I'll provide more details if desired...we think it will be well-attended.

Carl

Railroader Emeritus (practiced railroading for 46 years--and in 2010 I finally got it right!)

CAACSCOCOM--I don't want to behave improperly, so I just won't behave at all. (SM)

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: US
  • 17,781 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 5:44 PM

tree68
 
BaltACD

Jacksonville, FL - 32 this morning. 

Careful where you put those dashes!

I think we touched +32F today, if barely.  It was breezy earlier in the day, but it's settled down now.  It's back to the temp I saw when I got up this morning:  +30F...

That is why there is a SPACE between the dash and the 32.

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:32 PM

BaltACD
That is why there is a SPACE between the dash and the 32.

Big Smile

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:12 PM

evening

Ns took the coal train east.There was a westbound stack train after work today.Ran errands in town.Saw CSX Mow working on a pull apart in the siding for the ND&W.Also saw a westbound hopper train with old and brand new CP hoppers.There were also Canadien Gov't hoppers as well.Train was being pulled by 2 NS units.Chores to do.

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").

 

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: US
  • 17,781 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:51 PM

tree68
 
BaltACD
That is why there is a SPACE between the dash and the 32. 

Big Smile

The bulk of Winter has ended - lows overnight were in the middle 40's, high was in the low 60's.  Oh the humanity......

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, January 24, 2020 2:34 PM

afternoon

The swamp has returned to NW Ohio.Ns has another coal train waiting to go east.They also sent a westbound after work.Matt has to go do dishes tonight.Chores for us to do as well.

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").

 

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 24, 2020 10:06 PM

BaltACD
The bulk of Winter has ended - lows overnight were in the middle 40's, high was in the low 60's.  Oh the humanity......

Alas, many of our coldest days come in February.  We may not get a lot of snow in February, but the cold...


The drive to MA was uneventful - mostly sunny, dry, and even moderate temperatures.

And we're all set up for the show.  Let the crowd come forth!

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    October 2006
  • From: Allentown, PA
  • 9,676 posts
Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Saturday, January 25, 2020 2:05 PM

Carl, I don't check in here very often, so I just saw that you lost your daughter.  Marie and I are so sorry for your and Pat's loss - please accept our condolences.  It's been said that the one thing no parent should have to live through is the loss of a child.  You and Pat are in our thoughts and prayers.  The only thing I can add is to cherish the good memories and pride in her accomplishments, and you seem to be doing that as well as can be expected.  Be kind to yourselves, too.

- Paul North.  

"This Fascinating Railroad Business" (title of 1943 book by Robert Selph Henry of the AAR)
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:50 AM

morning

Drizzly Damp and cold today.Good  day to stay inside.Matt is putting dates on the calendar for his youth group activities.He gets to do dishes later today as well.Back to work tomorrow.

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").

 

  • Member since
    December 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 20,222 posts
Posted by tree68 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:04 PM

Two long days at the Amherst show.  On the road Monday morning for home.

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, January 27, 2020 3:17 PM

afternoon

Ns still has a coal train waiting to go east.Came home and ran errands.Saw q016 on csx go eastbound.Matt gets to do dishes tonight.Chores to do here.

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").

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 12,000 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:46 PM

afternoon

Coal train was gone after work.Chores to work on here.Friend that retired from work wonders when she can get a day off.

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").

 

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Search the Community

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy