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Chatterbox Winter 2020-2021
Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, December 21, 2020 3:01 AM

Good Morning

First day of Winter today.Guessers say Mother Nature might provide some white stuff this afternoon.Went out for a bit yesterday.Not too much on CSX.The ND&W has plenty of high cube boxcars in the yard.The old Sante Fe 2026 was parked on a side track as well.Time to get ready for work.Brother is getting better.Need to get another package for him together.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, December 21, 2020 2:53 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear after work.Mother nature sent us cloudy skies and drizzle.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:16 PM

evening

Ns had a Carl special going west after work.Guessers say warmer with rain then snow for Christmas Eve.We just might get a white Christmas this year.One more day of work.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:48 PM

The lake effect machine is supposed to fire up here this weekend.  And my route to my daughter's house takes me right straight through it.  

If it's too bad, their presents will have to wait, or if I can get there in the morning, I've been promised a bed to sleep in.

I've been working on a kitchen set for the granddaughter.  It's all assembled, just needs some sanding and a coat of primer.  It'll be a mother/daughter project to do the finishing.

The concept for the kitchen is amazingly easy - all "one by" wood.  Just cut it square and assemble.

 

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Posted by cx500 on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:07 PM

After a wonderful couple of dry and sometimes warm weeks, most of the snow had gone.  I was out on my bicycle yesterday morning, but late afternoon the weather god started its revenge.  By this morning about 12-15" of the white stuff was on the ground.  My muscles are complaining, but being retired at least I don't have to commute in it!

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Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:21 PM

Bit of snow last night, but still doesn't really feel like winter.  Most of what we had melted over the past couple weeks. 

CN's EJ&E heritage unit made its way westbound across Alberta today, leading Vancouver-bound train Q117.

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by SD60MAC9500 on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:57 PM
 

SD70Dude

Bit of snow last night, but still doesn't really feel like winter.  Most of what we had melted over the past couple weeks. 

CN's EJ&E heritage unit made its way westbound across Alberta today, leading Vancouver-bound train Q117.

 

While I was out doing my Seasonal UPS gig. Saw an SD38-2 still in EJE paint on the Mt. Clemens Sub few days ago. Might be the same one I saw months back I think the number is 676.

 
 
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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 3:16 PM

tree68
I've been working on a kitchen set for the granddaughter.  It's all assembled, just needs some sanding and a coat of primer.  It'll be a mother/daughter project to do the finishing. The concept for the kitchen is amazingly easy - all "one by" wood.  Just cut it square and assemble.  

Love to see a picture of it after Xmas, please.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 4:14 PM

evening

Ns had a very long stack train going west after work.Work is done for me and Stacey until after the new year. Local gas stations are becoming Grinches around here.Had some rain today still too warm for snow.Chores to do here at home.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:32 PM

Electroliner 1935
Love to see a picture of it after Xmas, please.

I'll see what I can do.  Busy priming it today.  That's how it's being delivered.

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, December 24, 2020 2:42 PM

afternoon

Mother nature has dropped us down into the froze zone.Was watching the Deshler web cam and heard a K 706 getting an ec-1 for a bad crossing at the "Bend".Holidays are always full of extra trains.Went out to take a look.Turns out it was an ethanol train from CN running on CSX with 3 CN units as well.Also heard the NS dispatcher give permission for the crews to open up the throttle and get home for Christmas.Hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 25, 2020 12:52 AM

Strange south bound train by here Tuesday.  2  CN units back to back followed by a unit train of mostly two different tank car markings.  Also had haz mat plackards and all cars appeared to be full.  Had the requisite box car on front and rear of train.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, December 25, 2020 8:51 PM

Merry Christmas, and greetings for the upcoming season, year, administration, whatever.  Let's hope it all gets better!

Our white Christmas this year was pretty much a bust (though our shovels are now ready and in position for quick deployment).  Chicago has gotten this far without even a one-inch snowfall.  The other side of the pond has gotten plenty (over a foot in some parts of Berrien County, Michigan).  At the tip of the lake, Indiana didn't get quite that much, but they got the white Christmas.

I took a solo trip Wednesday before the deep freeze hit us, and saw a few interesting freight cars, including a Consumers Energy coal train and a manifest on BNSF.

More interesting has been the work being done to widen the Tri-state (I-294) around the western edge of Cook County.  It has caused the bridge on the ex-BN main line to be shooflied for now, and the Mile-Long bridge over the old ATSF and GM&O (among other things) will almost become the mile-wide bridge as well (four lanes in each direction is not going to be enough).  The highway will be widened past O'Hare, but there will be another parallel Tollway (I-490?) going around the western edge of the airport.

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, December 25, 2020 9:15 PM

Electroliner 1935
Love to see a picture of it after Xmas, please.

Here's the kitchen, along with the "happy homemaker" herself.

Lila's Kitchen

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, December 26, 2020 3:55 PM

afternoon

Happy Boxing Day!!!

Started in Bryan Ohio waiting for the Amtrak 49.They had 2 former Northern Pacific coaches on the back end.A young lady was getting off the train and didn't realize why we were there taking pictures.We then went to the hobby store in Wapak.Matt picked up a couple of cars.We finished our trip by going to Deshler.We saw a couple trains on csx and gave hugs as well.Pretty good day today.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 4:44 PM

Wow! Lucky Granddaughter and fortunate Grandpa. Neat project. Looks great.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, December 28, 2020 10:29 AM

morning

Gray sky day here in Nw Ohio.Went and did some errands in town.Saw a couple csx trains go by.Also the ND&W was working around its yard too. The old Sante Fe 2026 was doing the work.Today is the 8 year anniversary of the ND&W here in town.Still plenty of work to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, December 28, 2020 11:00 AM

Electroliner 1935
Neat project. Looks great.

The plans are on-line.  One selling point is the use of common "one by" lumber.  

Careful inspection will reveal flaws - I'm something of a carpenter, but I'm not a cabinet maker...  OTOH, it'll probably be sold or given away when she outgrows it.

That said, it did come out reasonably well.  She was aware she was getting it, and once unwrapped (yes, I wrapped it), and with the unwrapping of some utensils and "food" she was busy "cooking" for all of us.  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 6:25 PM

evening

Went and enjoyed the sunny day in Deshler. Found some new friends and some old friends stopped by.Csx had MOW busy here and there.They brought one grain train south then went back and got the other one on the Toledo Sub.Mother nature wants to send us rain tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Thursday, December 31, 2020 1:31 PM

We have sun now, but it's cold and yard crews get holiday pay, so not much is happening in my department.  I have some tables that should have been finished several years ago that I'll be working on to take up some of the time.  We'll be ringing in 2021 with spiced apple rings, not out in public.  (And probably not waiting up.)

Today was the birthday of one of the Forum saints, though he might chuckle at that description:  Ed Blysard.  Cancer took him too soon.  He had a fantastic way with words, and would let you have it if you needed it.  

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:28 PM

Ed was a gem.  I'll post his humility essay separately.

 

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Posted by diningcar on Thursday, December 31, 2020 3:37 PM

A safe and Happy New Year to all Trains Forum participants. 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, December 31, 2020 6:57 PM

Good Morning

Agree with Carl.Miss Ed very much.Would always answer any questions you had.Went and checked on brother and made a delivery.Took a road trip to Wellsboro Indiana and checked out the CHCN(Chicken).Saw some good stuff and unique power as well.NS and CSX ran some trains by as well.Tomorrow guessers are calling for some nasty stuff coming.Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Thursday, December 31, 2020 9:01 PM

Wellsboro used to be quite the place when it was three main lines, not two, crossing there...and even more when the trains from the C&O of Indiana started coming up that way.  They had to put a balloon track in to handle that move, but until they did they see-sawed over the GTW to get the trains to the B&O.  And, it was a manual interlocking!  Glad you took the opportunity to go there!

That story from Ed still brings tears...if Larry hadn't posted it, I would have.  He would not have enjoyed the weather we're supposed to get tomorrow afternoon and evening...a little bit of everything except the locusts and brimstone.

Thanks again for posting the story, Larry.  Just think...2020 will be gone in three hours here.  I might be out before that (sounds like whiz-bangers going off already!).  A very happy 2021 to everyone here...may health, safety, and happiness be yours in abundance!

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, December 31, 2020 9:20 PM

Just under an hour and 45 minutes left in the year as I post this.  And I think I'll head for bed early.  

Got my shot today, as I am an EMS provider.  Four weeks and I get the second round.  

Ed's essay is poignant, and worth posting every year around this time.

Here's hoping we all have a better 2021.  Stay Safe!

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 31, 2020 11:17 PM

2020 is in a dirt nap.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, January 1, 2021 3:03 PM

afternoon

Icy this morning now cold and rainy.Did get the outside lights in before the weather started.Just taking it easy here at home today.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 1, 2021 3:14 PM

My lights will wait until Sunday.  Hopefully we won't see much of the winter weather they have forecast in the meantime.

There's ice on the tree branches at Crossroads Park...

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:09 AM

innoculations are so screwed up in this state that we will never--------------

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, January 2, 2021 3:42 PM

afternoon

Matt had to go north of the border to take care of his railroad club dues.We then went and ate in Toledo.We went to Vickers where Ns was working on the diamond.Csx ran 2 trains on the C&O side.Then Ns ran some trains.Saw a nice young man from the past that used to come to Deshler.Turns out now he works for Ns.Heard the dispatcher talkto the N 803 on csx(detroit edison coal train).They had a pair of BNSF aces and had to wait for Ns traffic to clear.Then Ns ran a westbound train 309.They had the "GT" heritage unit in the consist.Also a CN Barn.We went around Toledo and went west.We got ahead of him and took more pictures between Delta and Wauseon.Other friends took pictures at the wauseon depot.Pretty good day.Mamma is at the store now getting groceries.Mother nature might send us some snow tomorrow. Checked the mailbox have more pictures for the fridge.Need to get stuff back for work come Monday.

stay safe

Joe

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