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New October Coffee Pot. 10 years old. For those to visit and chat. Open to all. Besides coffee; soft drinks, water, oatmeal and GRITS.
Posted by rtraincollector on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 9:14 AM

Looks like everyone forgot its now october

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Posted by lion88roar on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 9:27 AM

Mornin' Fellas

Always fun to arrive at work on the first day of the month to 100+ emails about the systems failing due to an update that I was not aware of! Bang Head Never understood why we write policies that no one follows. Sigh

Been away for a while due to family, vacation, work, etc. Just very busy with very little time.

Kids are growing like weeds on Miracle Grow. Every day is something new with one of them, these first few years of life sure are fun to experience. Was in Alabama Thursday two weeks ago through this past Friday and TheQ's cousin gave birth to a baby girl the day we arrived, and a coworker's wife brought their newborn son in yesterday. Comparing them to Matthew (turns 8 months on Saturday) makes you realize how fast they grow and develop, they simply don't stay little long enough.

I think I finally have all the components to start wiring the command center... not sure when I will start that as I have to make an emergency run to Pittsburgh to replace a pillar on the front porch, and TheQ is going to be doing a bunch of business travel this month, and I need to start work on the Christmas Tree layout... but I will git 'er done!

Hope everyone is going well. DJ - take care and kick that cold... sounds nasty.

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Posted by SPMan on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:40 AM

Happy October the oneth y'all,

Went in early this  morning for blood test needed by Dr. next week.

Dennis, you must be the airgun king of the West.  Did'nt know they had an air supply to shoot them.  The old ones had to be pumped manually.

DMV renewal test for drivers license tomorrow.

Took a longer walk than usual this morning all up hill.  The nice part is that it is all down hill coming back.  I'm getting practice for when the doctor tells me that my triglycerides are too high.  Taking meds though but don't know how much good they are doing.

Gave my new Railking trolley a workout yesterday.  Runs nice and I like the trolley stop announcements and the bell to ring up a fare or departure.  Not sure which but it is a double ding.  It even has a signal that a passenger would activate to let the motorman know you want to get off at the next stop.  Would be nicer if it was proto 2 but the price was right.

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Posted by dbaker48 on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:37 PM

Good Afternoon,

Been away for a few days, computer problems!  Worked the weekend with the wife, she did real good, I mostly watched.  Then was trying to do some stuff to make it easier for her and the computer died.  Its an older desktop, think the power supply went out.  So now to fix and/or replace?  Think will probably replace.  And just go with a new laptop, no more desktops.

SPRay, Good luck with the Drivers Test tomorrow.  I'm staying home anyway, so the road is all yours!

V8Vega, Dennis, You got me interested in the website you got your cars from.  They sure have a lot of O scale stuff!  85 pages, I've been looking at creating a wish list.

Last week, (early), I got to thinking about the boots I was wearing when I had my accident.  I primary concern was I had a puncture in the bottom of my heal, where or what caused it?  No one could determine, yet there was a hole on the inside of the boot at the heel, but not the outside.  So decided to send the boots to Timberline, for inspection.  ($200 boots)  They inspected them and called me yesterday!  They found that the "sole plate" was broke, and that possibly could have caused the puncture.  They consider that a defect since it broke, regardless of the conditions.  And, therefore are replacing the Boots !!  Wow!  what customer service!   They told me that it is possible due to the force, (which he said HAD to be significant to cause that much damage to the boot.  I told him it broke my leg at the knee and 10 pieces at the ankle.  He said there is a rod that runs the length of the sole and it was bent at a 90 angle, causing the puncture wound.  Also, surprised I didnt have any toes broke due to the steel plate.  (Actually, the big toe is but nothing done about it, which is OK.  Its healing anyway.  So at least I wont have to buy a new pair of boots.

Also, had the stitches taken out near my eye, and the good news is biospy's all came back negative.  Then got a phone call this morning start therapy for the thumb next week.  So all is well!!

Bob, bought a couple of 3-way switches for his layout (Ross), so he is coming over so I can show him how to wire them.  He has 2 to install.  I can't get upstairs to his layout, so will connect some small pieces of track to them, then temporarily connect all the wires up and make sure they work correctly.  Then all he would need is to take them home, put them on layout and secure wire connections to his power, etc..  Should work.

Need to get back and see if I can get more computer stuff connected and installed.  No matter how much you make stuff redundant, when problem comes up STILL need to reinstall drivers, reroute interface connects, etc...  What a pain!!  Especially trying to find all the appropriate info.

Later

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Posted by cnw1995 on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 2:42 PM

DJ, fortunately, it wasn't like that Canadian crash of a runaway oil train .This was two CTA trains

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Posted by dougdagrump on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 3:05 PM

Afternoon All !

Fife, On their way, should be there Thursday or Friday. Enjoy. Thumbs Up

Doug M, That crash kinda makes one wonder about those so-called "failsafe" devices.

Short handed at the museum tomorrow so I'll be going in to make up the shortage. No rest for the wicked weary. Whistling At least it isn't a free day, they appear to be quite busy today.

Need to go figure what to take tomorrow.

Later all.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 6:32 PM

dbaker48

Last week, (early), I got to thinking about the boots I was wearing when I had my accident.  I primary concern was I had a puncture in the bottom of my heal, where or what caused it?  No one could determine, yet there was a hole on the inside of the boot at the heel, but not the outside.  So decided to send the boots to Timberline, for inspection.  ($200 boots)  They inspected them and called me yesterday!  They found that the "sole plate" was broke, and that possibly could have caused the puncture.  They consider that a defect since it broke, regardless of the conditions.  And, therefore are replacing the Boots !!  Wow!  what customer service!   They told me that it is possible due to the force, (which he said HAD to be significant to cause that much damage to the boot.  I told him it broke my leg at the knee and 10 pieces at the ankle.  He said there is a rod that runs the length of the sole and it was bent at a 90 angle, causing the puncture wound.  Also, surprised I didnt have any toes broke due to the steel plate.  (Actually, the big toe is but nothing done about it, which is OK.  Its healing anyway.  So at least I wont have to buy a new pair of boots.

Lesson learned:  Buy Rocky Boots from Ohio.  Smile, Wink & Grin

Speaking of customer service, Whistling Whistling Check hasn't bounced, yet. 

Looking at this month, I'm so happy to tell everyone that I will not being going to NC,Blindfold but I will be in Indy, Louisville, Cleveland, Akron and Pittsburgh. 

Celebrating 18 years on the CTT Forum. Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by jonadel on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 8:08 PM

Speaking of customer service, Whistling Whistling Check hasn't bounced, yet. 

Looking at this month, I'm so happy to tell everyone that I will not being going to NC,Blindfold but I will be in Indy, Louisville, Cleveland, Akron and Pittsburgh.

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Just don't spend that check yet, be very cautious.

Happy to hear that you will be avoiding the swamps of NC, no one needs that experience -- especially with Halloween on the horizon.  However, Halloween is probably like an every day happening in Roseyville.


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Posted by cheapclassics on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 8:45 PM

Good evening all,

Reffed youth tourney soccer game tonight.  Game much closer than 5-0 score indicates.  Work was chaotic today.  Buckeye, email me please when and where you will be in Indy.  Maybe we can meet and chat.  Details were announced for Indy road race.  May be a race day decision as to who goes and where we sit.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 5:46 AM

Mike C....Plans are not firmed up but I might be there twice in the next 30 days.

Jon....I have been to Roseyville and yes, you are again correct.  Halloween is a great description.  For the doubters, how many photos have we seen of the Chief in a costume?  Whistling 

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Posted by Banks on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:48 AM

Hello all,

Muggy (for October) high 50's here this AM

Missed my usual post last Friday. Busy as He** here. Seems like I missed something over the weekend??????

Getting ready to combine soybean. Looks to be an above average crop of both 'beans & corn.

SS Fund is shouting for attention


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Posted by RockIsland52 on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:07 AM

Greetings Y'all From Sunny and Warm Taxachusetts,

You California boys have nothing on us!!!  Sunny and mid 80s on tap for today, about 3 degrees short of an all-time high record for the date!  Same forecast for tomorrow except a tad cooler.  Then it will be "Fall" as usual.

We took puppy Raven in for her next round of innoculations yesterday.  She has gained 8 pounds in the past three weeks and at the age of four months is now 34 pounds!  The tab for the veterinarian visit came to $200 after my wife felt compelled to buy a new dog collar and we stocked up on a couple of expensive items like heartworm, flea/tick, a special ear ointment, etc.  Then this morning the wife was up at 5AM to take Raven to doggy daycare to make sure we are getting her heavily exercised and well-socialized around dogs her size and age.  Maximus will take over the exercise duties soon, but at the present he is too big and plays too rough with the puppy.

Don.....how on earth did your boot get that mangled?!?  From the damage it sounds like you jumped off the roof of the engine.  No wonder your injury was so severe.  No matter, you are well on the way to recovery and that is all that matters.  I hope that your thumb therapy goes well.  After all, you must be able to firmly grip beer cans for the next 30 years. Thumbs UpBeerSmile, Wink & Grin

DJ.......hope you are feeling better.  My wife and I are exposed to everything the grandkids bring home from school and it seems like someone in our family is always fighting one crud or the other. AngelBang Head

Buckeye......come to think of it, I don't think I have ever seen a picture of the Chief when he wasn't wearing some sort of disguise. Whistling

Brent.......the kiddies will be grown before you know it.  Time really flies. Surprise

DougM......how on earth did that unmanned CTA train get loose?  I sure am glad there are all of those safety checks and balances in place (NOT).  I rode the MBTA commuter rail out here to and fro Boston for many years and depended upon the workers to just do their jobs.  You never know!!!  Just North of us in the harbor of Portsmouth NH earlier this year an ocean going vessel flying a Portuguese flag entered the harbor and was nestled up to a dock by the tugs.  Problem was, no one on the ship tied it up, it floated back towards the open ocean, and it partially took out a major vehicle bridge that got in the way.  Funny thing is that the definitive "cause" of the snafu and the culprits have never been revealed by the media.......or maybe the story was buried on page 84 if you know what I mean. 

V8 Dennis..........meter readers?!?  You folks in California ought to join the 21st century!  Ours (water and electric) are all read via RF by a passing van.  The old meters were all swapped out back in the 1990s.  We never get estimated bills either.    

Later, gang.

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Posted by lion88roar on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:29 AM

Mornin' Fellas

Made it to work rather quickly this morning with very little traffic... the only benefit to the shutdown.

Jack - Maximus = Christina, Raven = Matthew when it comes to play time. Christina doesn't understand that Matthew isn't big enough for WWE rough housing!

Buckeye - We have only seen you and Chief together in photos, which we all know can be changed... Whistling

Doug - glad you missed the train!

Has anyone heard from Brutus?

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Posted by blownout cylinder on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:49 AM

Good Morning

Sunny with a high near 75 today.....

The ladybugs are back!! The ladybugs are back!!    There must be a ton of them around here...a bunch even got into the house...and guess who is in pure hunt mode now...Laugh

A big pile of things that must be done and stuff to buy reared its ugly head here..so better be getting them done..

Have a good day!!

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Posted by Blueberryhill RR on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:51 AM

Good Morning from Blueberryhill............

It is a cloudy 64 degrees. Going up to a sunny 80.

Today is an easy day. I have a few chores and some paperwork to do. Then, I can relax and enjoy the day.

Indians / Rays game tonite.  GO TRIBE !!!!!!!!

Dining car has the usual for breakfast.

Y'all have a great Wednesday.

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Posted by cnw1995 on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:42 AM

Aloha. Beautiful Fall day here again. We're so lucky - though it's too dry. Nice to see Cleveland near the playoffs  - go AL Central. Jack, today it was freight train interference but I got a late slip from Metra today! 

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Posted by dbaker48 on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 3:28 PM

Afternoon All,

Doing OK today, nothing great but no big problems either, so that is good!

Bob came over yesterday afternoon, and I should him how to hook up his 3 way, and the associated relays.  (Ross).  Hopefully he should be OK, but I didn't discuss the need for changing the LED positions to get correct signaling.  But we can take care of that after he gets them working.

Wife has gotten involved in some Yoga classes, (I refer to them as Yogurt), so she goes twice a week for 3 or 4 hours.  Its good for her to get away some.  When she gets home today, I'm going out to the train room to see what I can get in to.  Looking forward to it!

Jack, I have NO idea how I fell and what my feet hit.  I have been going over that hundreds of times trying to figure out.  Best I can do is given I only fell about 4 ft, (foot to ground), and I believe my foot had to land on the rail itself.  And, had to have hit that directly on the heel.  Just don't know.

Hope everyone is getting by OK without our government !

Later

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Posted by cheapclassics on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:24 PM

Good evening all,

Reffed a very good game tonight.  Local team was a 6 seed playing a 3, but came out on fire, got one goal in the first half and 2 in the second to win a hard fought game 3-0.   We had the lights on and a local girls team has never lost under the lights.  News yesterday about Indy's soccer team as well.  Honda plant in Greensburg is the main sponsor of the team.   "My" soccer girls got some news about their draw in the tourney.  One of the teams slotted does not exist so they may have to do a redrawing of the sectional, which cannot hurt them at all.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 9:52 PM

Home for a few.  Gone again tomorrow.  Thanks RT for getting fresh Pot brewing.

 

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Buckeye......come to think of it, I don't think I have ever seen a picture of the Chief when he wasn't wearing some sort of disguise. Whistling

 

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That way I can slip over the M&D to raid and not be recognized. Whistling
 
Hunting Buddy Andy [not friend Fred who did not join in the $$$] and I just bought a used travel trailer.  Taking it to the farm and setting it up.  Will be our hunting cabin. Yes  Now I will not be getting up at 3 AM and driving to the farm to get in the stand before daylight.  Big Smile  Also hunt several day in a row.  Can get naps during the day on a bed and not in the back of my pickup bed.
 
Later. 

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Posted by Brutus on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:44 PM

17 years ago I was laid off for 3 weeks.  Hope this time goes a lot faster!

RIP Chewy - best dog I ever had.

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Posted by Blueberryhill RR on Thursday, October 3, 2013 7:19 AM

Good Morning from Blueberryhill.........

It is a gloomy and mild 64 degrees. Going up to 80 today with a chance of rain.

Today is a busy day. I have a bunch of chores to do and some paperwork . Lunch and a nice nap will be needed.

Dining car has rolled in with Cheerios for breakfast.

Y'all have  a great Thursday.

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Posted by lion88roar on Thursday, October 3, 2013 7:27 AM

Brutus

17 years ago I was laid off for 3 weeks.  Hope this time goes a lot faster!



Glad you are OK. I know being furloughed sucks, we were on furlough for a day last year and will never see that $$$ back in our checks. As a Federal Employee don't you get your back pay once it is resolved, or are you a contractor?

It is times like this that keep me from going after those 'highly sought after Federal Jobs'.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:57 AM

Moring all.  Back from Dr.'s.  Off to the lake house again.  Back tomorrow night.  Then to the farm Sat.

Brutus, sorry for the furlough.  Not suppose to say this, TEA PARTY is CRAZY!!!!!!!  Gives us good Republicans bad name. Thumbs Down

Have a great weekend coming up. 

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Posted by SPMan on Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:03 PM

Good morning all,

Did very well on the drivers test yesterday at the DMV.  First time I ever got 100% on the written test.  Glad to have that behind me and I should be good for another 5 years.

V8 Dennis, I have that same kind of sqeal in the A/C compressor when I start it up too.  I hope mine is just a belt noise.  It has been doing it for several months now.  After it gets going the noise goes away.  A friend of mine thought it was a bearing wearing out and he is a former mechanic for GM cars.

Nice cool weather today for walking.

My grandson is a small casualty of the government shut down.  He was involved in a program put on jointly by NASA and Cal Tech to encourage gifted students to pursue a career in science and space.  The program was limited to just a few students chosen from all over the country and he was lucky enough to be among the chosen.  He attended a siminar at Cape Canveral in Florida last year.  Anyway the whole program was cancelled after the shut down and the director of the program was terminated.  Needless to say, we are very disappointed.

Chief, good idea to get the trailer for hunting.  Reminds me of a story from a train buddy about a hunting trip to W. Virginia.  He went all the way from California in a pick up truck with a friend of his who told them they had a hunting lodge.  Hunting lodge turned out to be an abandoned box car with no heat or running water.  Takes him about an hour to tell the whole story. It was funny but probably not for him.  BTW, they never saw a deer the whole time. His friend told him they were as thick as rats and rabbits.Whistling

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Posted by blownout cylinder on Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:00 PM

Good Evening

   I just spent most of my day in emerg here...my CHF was acting up...again        

So, most of the day was pooched...now I'm back on-line....   thanks to our wonderful doctors...

Very low salt, low cholesterol, low fat, etc, etc, so on and so forth...although I can has lots of spicey stuff...heeheehee  

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Posted by dougdagrump on Thursday, October 3, 2013 7:16 PM

Evenin' All.

BOC, Gotta watch that salt, that's what put me back in the hospital shortly after my first heart attack. Had a couple of urgent care visits since but no hospitalization. Now I watch salt content on everything that I eat or drink(no more Margaritas). My cardiologist and primary care provider gave me a limit of 1500mg per day but I set it even lower at 1200mg, gives one a little flexibility for special events. Seems to be working but it is really tuff not to reach for that salt shaker. Crying However it beats the heck out of the alternative. Dead The BetterHalf and I continue to attend the CHF support group that our medical provider sponsors.

Museum day tomorrow, debating on halloween trains or not Question

Working on the hallowen layout in the garage, glad I started the first week of September. At the rate I'm going I'll probably finish it all up a day or two before halloween.

Good to see RMT will be sticking around. Thumbs UpThumbs Up

Later all.

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Posted by jonadel on Thursday, October 3, 2013 8:07 PM

Doug -- just throw that salt shaker to the curb.  Yes, I know how hard that is.  My biggest problem is going to one of my very favorite restaurants and ordering an Italian Grinder and onion rings, all of my common sense  goes right out the window.  I'd rather die happy than hungry, it's that simple.  Heck, I only go there maybe every six weeks?

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, October 3, 2013 8:41 PM

Evening all!

It has been awhile. Just too busy to keep up with everything. Came down with bronchitis starting on Sept 19. My doc office has Sat clinics so crawled in got diagnosed and left with a 10 day heavy duty antibiotic regimen.   Unfortunately not feeling any better so went back to doc yesterday afternoon. Says the bronchitis is ok but apparently I have a upper respiratory virus that is really making life difficult. Hard to sleep.

Looking forward to York. All signed up and ready to go. Too bad about Polks/Aristo. They had the booth across the aisle from us so they will be missed. Got to talk to Louis Polk many times in the last few years he attended. Great guy as is his son. Best wishes to them.

Watching the Browns/Buffalo game on NFL network (until SWMBO) comes home from dinner with her friends  and hits the shows she recorded.

Don, great to see you continuing to heal!

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:19 PM

Good evening all,

Outnumbered and outgunned, "my" soccer boys still won 5-2 tonight when the other team looked at the boys' won-loss record instead of their heart and started their JV team against us.  Big mistake!  After the smoke cleared, our boys were standing tall.  Meanwhile "my" soccer girls blew yet another win by allowing a goal in the last 2 minutes for a 3-3 tie that gave them 5 for the season.  The boys now have more wins with less players.  Go figure.  The only consolation is that the girls will finish the season with single digit losses for only the third time ever.  My work went well today.   I am not sure it did for some of my coworkers.

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Posted by Brutus on Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:49 PM

We will be fine, I think; but it feels like being robbed - again. I pray that we get back-paid when this is over. That happened last time, yes; but since then there have been some in Congress who have said that was a mistake back in 1996 and will not happen again. I sure hope they are wrong! In the meantime, I will use the time to get some things done around here. We should have a partial paycheck on 10/11, but if we don't get back pay we would not get paid again (probably) until November 8th or so. Even if we got back pay, that is probably how it will go. Oh well, a few days off will be okay, just praying we go back to work before the end of the next pay period so at least some money keeps coming in. We will also have to back-pay our insurance etc, after we go back. Ironically, we are in luck and our health insurance will continue during the shutdown of our federal government.  Funny story about that hunting trip!  Chief, you are a silver tongued old fox, as usual :)  TTFN! 


Oh PS - basement is done!

RIP Chewy - best dog I ever had.

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