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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, June 11, 2021 9:07 PM

DJSpanky
Where ya going, Mt. Airy Lodge? For those unaware, that was the place that advertised here in NJ in the last 70's, early 80's for weekend getaways where you could get a room with a heart shaped pool.

Ooooooohhhhh yeahhhhhhh, I remember those ads!  Some others might remember with THIS reaction:

Embarrassed

Anyway, Mount Airy Lodge is long closed now, I remember reading an article about the auction of the assets, including the heart-shaped tubs.  The reporter asked a woman who purchased one "Aren't you just a little concerned  about what might have happened in that tub?"

Her answer?  "Oh, I'm sure it's nothing a little bleach won't take care of!"

Embarrassed

Whoops, looks like I was mistaken!

https://www.nj.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/05/cf575aabf85351/the-beautiful-mount-airy-lodge-is-now-a-casino-and-resort-and-i-might-like-it-better-than-ac.html

Hey folks, if you haven't watched the recent video post "Visiting The O Gauge Layout of Corey Ward" do so!  It's great!  I watched it twice!

 

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Posted by V8Vega on Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:01 AM

I have been watching O gauge layouts some in the evening and it is popular to have a bunch of trains running. I will only be able to have two as I wanted room for scenery.

It's been nice and even cool in the morning even cold but a ts changing fast and is going to be 107 next week. I still have my full winter bed so will be changing to summer bed now.

July issue reviewed the $2,000 Lionel GS-6 4-8-4. I have Lionel 1991 18007 4410 SP Daylight 4-8-4. I have records of everything and didn't want to look it up but I believe I got it new at a TTOS auction for $500. 

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:57 AM

Good morning/afternoon all!

Started out the morning with T-Storms and rain - now sun is out - to make sure it gets super-hooomid! 90's today with a heat index of 310! It's a hooomid heat!

Dash brackets are painted - as it is enamel paint it needs to cure for a few more hours - wiring harness hangers painted and installed. Test fitted the instrument pod - realigned the pod double-ended, keyed bolt/nuts that I did not notice previously (good catch). This is taking longer than I wish but I am fixing multiple mounting pads that I did not realize initially...ie. the ash tray was an option - and it has its own light in a special housing that requires a custom hole in the bottom under the radio/AC controls.

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Posted by V8Vega on Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:24 AM

Sounds like you're really doing a thourgh good job restoring your El Camino.

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Posted by KRM on Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:47 AM

Kind of quiet here? Summertime?

 Only one dead ant in the basement this morning. Yes

Still dry here but pop ups Storm have been hitting everywhere but here. Tongue Tied Had to run the AC in the shed yesterday to do anything out there, way better today.

Not much else.

 Prayers for you all in need.

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, June 13, 2021 12:07 PM

Mornin' boys. StormLightning and 70 in the Potomac Highlands. Was gonna head up to the chapter museum, but no. Need to stay home and comfort FifeMax; maybe run some trains for him (calms his nerves). Just finished vacuuming the den, and even moved the sectional. Surprise Missed my mouth a few times, apparently...

Worked yesterday on the Potomac Eagle. We got word of a famous globetrotting Ohio dignitary's upcoming visit, so the staff has been hard at work polishing and cleansing.

Got my CTT, and really love the look of the Lionel Western Pacific GS. At 2 grand, will have to admire it from afar.Sigh Didn't receive the last CTT, as prob lost in the mail.Sigh Nothing in the can for SPF as well. Sigh

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Posted by Demay on Sunday, June 13, 2021 2:03 PM

Happy Sunday all!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Have a great week.  

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Sunday, June 13, 2021 2:05 PM

Afternoon folks!

Hot hot hot - sittin' outside at 2 pm? - not not not!

Work continues on the dash assembly - installing all panels/bezels/components (i.e. radio/ac control/ac duct adapters/speaker grills to ensure it goes together - might get done this afternoon - test fit tomorrow?

Dennis - this is not a restoration - this is to have it not look like a junkyard dawg!

Good day for racing - NHRA, Indy Car, NASCAR - excellent end to the Detroit Indy race!

Regards, Roy

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Posted by pennytrains on Sunday, June 13, 2021 5:52 PM

wrmcclellan
Good day for racing - Detroit Indy race!

Not if you got stuck watching tennis till the race was more than half over!  Sad

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, June 14, 2021 6:30 AM

Mornin' boys and girls. Clearing and 63 along the Patterson Creek cut-off. May mow the lawn later on after the dampness dissipates (look at me using big words). Didn't like the disjointed format of the Nascar All-Star race last night, at all. Didn't get any frantic calls from the Chapter guys, so I'm guessing their N-scale display ran smoothly. 

If you like watching trains on youtube, check out RBP Trains. Young fellow has a pleasant style, and the segments are edited well. If you like a little European flair, check out Mouldy Raspberry, great scenery in an attic loft layout (OO). And for your midweek fix, check out Laz's Whistle Stop Wednesday (pgwadd).

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Posted by dbaker48 on Monday, June 14, 2021 10:01 AM

Good Morning,

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I just got a call from the Chief this morning.  He is in the hospital with Pnuemonia!  Went to the ER last Thursday as a result of coughing up blood, they kept him and was initially concerned it may have been cancer related and found out he had Pnuemonia in the left lung.  So of course they are monitoring him very closely and monitoring his blood/oxygen levels.  Of course his radiation treatments have been suspended for the near term.  He told me he would probably be there for a couple of more days.

His attitude is very positive, but isn't feeling very well, and tires quickly.  Definitly could use all the prayers and thoughts.

As I receive anymore information I will definetly share it.

Best to all and Take Care and Stay Safe!

Don

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Posted by DJSpanky on Monday, June 14, 2021 10:41 AM
Mornin' all!
 
Wow, serious news on Chief, thoughts and prayers being sent his way.
 
So I was wrong about the price of wood coming down - apparently there's another category of pine boards which doesn't show up on either Lowe's or Home Depot's sites when you search by size, select pine. The price hasn't changed, so I guess I'll continue waiting. Gonna move onto another part of this project which I've been designing.
 
On Saturday afternoon Corey and I worked a bit on that area in the back I rescued from the forest. I cut and trimmed it for the first time, then we lopped a couple of low hanging branches which were blocking sunlight. For our troubles, we each ended up with a tick, which we both discovered last night. Hate those things.
 
Got Tyler set up for his first shot on Wednesday, and I got for my second shot a little later that day. Be glad to get that out of the way.

Have a good one!

Spank


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Posted by wrmcclellan on Monday, June 14, 2021 10:56 AM

Thank you Don! Prayers for the Chief! Angel

Hit 99 here yesterday - a bit unusual as it was 164 in the shade...Mischief

Got the dash all together and all parts installed for fitting/trimming. Will have to make another special bracket for the wiring harness "plug" that the instrument pod "plugs" into (makes it easy to remove the pod for service - well - except getting the speedo cable loose...) as the repro dash shell is over 1/4" thick and all the hardware for the dash, inc the wiring plug wing clips, requires a 1/8" thick max. This repro dash has required a lot of custom fitting/fiddling/etc. I also still have the 'fit' of the glove box door to mess with. Finally there is the decorative fake wood grain plastic bezel that goes from the upper middle to the far passenger side that contains the center and passenger AC vents, vehicle logo, etc. - it snaps in but all the tabs broke off - this can be worked on after install - may have to punt and use some nice screws to reinstall it.

Becky - yeah - not sure why we had to endure 30 min of post-tennis match celebration in a foreign language...the NASCAR All-Star shootout was good/interesting!

Regards, Roy

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Posted by V8Vega on Monday, June 14, 2021 11:15 AM

I have prayed for the Chief.

1st really hot day 100 forcast and 107 tomorrow. I did my daily walk early.

I don't think chief is very old, I know I am fortunate.

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Posted by KRM on Monday, June 14, 2021 12:20 PM

Don, thanks for the up-date. Poor Chief, kick em when their up, kick em when their down, hang in their my friend!   Angel

Cooled way down here and the air is dry, pleasant for a change, 77 degrees. Cut the dusty grass around the house.

No dead or live ants today in the basement!!!! Yes

Of four tree services that said they would come out to quote, none have showed up as of today???  Bang Head Guess they have plenty of work. Tongue Tied One neighbor told me a guy he talked to quoted him at $300.00 per hour, T&M???? My be better to just let the trees hit the house, pay the ins decuctible of 1K and pocket the rest.

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, June 14, 2021 1:56 PM

Thanks for the news, Don.

Angel for Chief.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, June 14, 2021 2:17 PM

Prayers and best wishes for The Chief!

Stay strong sir! Stay strong!

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Posted by Demay on Monday, June 14, 2021 7:04 PM

Definitely praying for the Chief. 

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:22 AM

Mornin' boys and girls. Sunny and mild along the Patterson Creek cut-off. Last night was thunder-boomers, which meant a train running session to sooth FifeMax. There were some pile-ups, mainly due to "jumpy" pony trucks, and a "touchy" AF E-unit. Also, noticed the tri-plane had fallen from the sky, and into the timber trestle. Should have taken a pic, but was in no mood.

Might not hear from me for a bit, as visiting with Fifepup and his fiancé a few nights. Again, if you want a SPF, best get to-it (as Banks would say).

Continued Angel for Chief.

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Posted by V8Vega on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:37 AM

We are in a sudden heat wave, over 100 till Fri and then close to 100.

Our dictator govenor pulled todays date out of a hat as the date Calif. opens up.

I never did buy into the hype as much as most and things have been close to normal for me for a long time. I never wear a mask except to go into a store where they will kick you out without one.

Of the 2 big churches I go to both have been open for quite qwhile, the Sat. one masks arent required anymore and people are close together. The Sun. one was on the news here repeatally for defying the goverment and in court where we won. It opened way back when everything was closed. The goverment tried to fine them every Sunday but the money went into a escrow account and we got it back.

The Sat. one attendance is down but working it's way backup. The Sun. one it seems attendance has doubled and it was a big church.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:18 AM

Good morning team!

Sunny and guess what - HOT! To be 196 in the shade today - and - the Texess power grid is under stress...

Everyone here - inc all journalists/broadcasters - bought into our feckless governors/legislature's rhetoric and 'drank the kool-aid', believing the recent 'changes' to our state power coordinator (which also owns the transmission lines/transformer sub-stations) - Oncor - would address the power generation/delivery issues highlighted by the Big Freeze outages. Well shuffling an organization with no authority to enforce rules they make or levy fines into the same organization that has to make more rules with no authority to enforce/levy fines fixes...wait for it...nothing (no surprise there, eh?).

12,000 MW of generation is off line - some due to ongoing repairs from the Big Freeze and...wait for it...new repairs related to the extreme heat. If one pays attention to the news organizations 'flyovers' of the power plants during the Big Freeze and from last night of our Big Heat (uh - normal for us), one clearly sees rusting structures that are clearly from years of neglect and deferred maintenance. If the exterior is poorly maintained it is safe to assume the critical operating gear is poorly maintained. A product of our broken open market and unscrupulous operators 'squeezing' every last dime out of an aging facility.

Annnnd - there is a big high pressure dome over west Texess where all the wind generation is located...wait for it...which does not generate much energy with little to no wind. There is also a lotta solar generation in west Texess that shuts down as the sun goes down (geee - that kinda happens every day).

Soooo - rolling blackouts may be incurred, but...wait for it...as happened during the Big Freeze, Oncor's aging switchgear (again more deferred maintenance/upgrades - some of this stuff is 40-50 yrs old) that controls rolling blackouts will likely fail in the high heat as it did during the extreme cold.

Got the two items on the El Cam dash completed yesterday - (1) the glove box door aligned and latching - (2) fabricated an adapter plate from sheet brass for the instrument pod connector/plug and got it properly located/screwed to the associated dash area. This took quite a bit of fitting/grinding. These two items took all afternoon. The front decorative trim bezel is all that is left. Son plans to help me install it this afternoon. This may turn into a 'session' since some trimming may be required to actually get all the mounting holes lined up and the wiring harness to hang in the new hangers I fabricated.

Continued prayers for the Chief! Angel

Regards, Roy

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:26 PM

Very nice here, cool and low Humidity but to change by weeks end?

Just trying to enjoy whe we have when we have it.

 

 

 

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12,000 MW of generation is off line - some due to ongoing repairs from the Big Freeze and...wait for it...new repairs related to the extreme heat. If one pays attention to the news organizations 'flyovers' of the power plants during the Big Freeze and from last night of our Big Heat (uh - normal for us), one clearly sees rusting structures that are clearly from years of neglect and deferred maintenance. If the exterior is poorly maintained it is safe to assume the critical operating gear is poorly maintained. A product of our broken open market and unscrupulous operators 'squeezing' every last dime out of an aging facility.

 

Roy, you said it, and why is deregulation such a good thing??? CEOs and bookkeepers should not be allowed to run the country!!!! Now your Gov is asking for the Bitcoin mining industry to come to TX. from China like you got the power to feed that!!!! You get what you allow I guess. Heck I hate IL but it ain't that nuts,,, but close. Wink

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:49 AM

Morning folks!

Super sunny and already HOT. Yesterday was not as bad as thought - only hit 167...today - about 167....

Got the El Cam dash installed (minus the radio and AC controls) yesterday - looks very good. I will have to do some fiddling with it for final fit - but all the mounting holes except two on the upper dash (by the windshield) lined up. I think I have some of the wiring harness in the wrong position which is preventing it from sitting without some strain. This would be a bear of a project had the windshield been in place. Dropped the instrument pod in and turned it over a couple times. Lotta burned out dash and courtesy bulbs to replace. At this point I am going to take a break as I need to back away from it for a few weeks, do some other stuff.

Kev - yeah - bitcoin mining would require more power plants that take about 5-10 yrs to build.

Regards, Roy

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Posted by V8Vega on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:52 AM

I reas somewhere that the wast coast states have the rocky mountains that block freezing air from Alaska from coming down. Texas and the middle of the US dosent have anything blocking the cold air. I had never thought of that.

Our govenor decreed no cars that polute at all by 2035 and they also want only renewable energy. They can barely keep the lights on now and have a long way to go to charge that many all electric cars. I think that 2035 will be put off. 

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Posted by V8Vega on Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:53 AM

We need the chief as he posted everyday, no one posted yesterday.

I plan to check the tire air pressure in my 2 cars today, that hasn't been done for a long time.

Still over 100

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:17 AM

Good morning all!

Hey Dennis! - I posted yesterday!!!

Went over to Daughter and SILs house for a while yesterday - an electrician was installing a new circuit breaker panel. The house had one of the Federal Electric "house-a-fire" panels from 1977 when house was built. Famous story about the millions of these things out there with circuit breakers that do not trip on a ground fault/overload. They knew this when they purchased the house and the replacement was planned for. I was checking that they were installing additional grounding bars to current code. Took the entire day. While in process we learned the previous owners had 2 ft (!) of additional insulation blown into the attic. Nice. The house stayed cool all day even though it was 188 outside.

Prayers for the Chief!

Regards, Roy

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:08 PM

Hi you two!

 Well day two with NO ants to be found, I think I got it.

I did see a small antifreeze leak under the XUV since the heater install and found a loose hose clamp, so I tighten that up and all is good.

Weather has been very nice but that ends today going back into the 90s again. Hot for us.

Heading out to Princeton about 40 miles away in an hour to pick up the Mantle clock I had to have the movement changed in. Go figure Caterpillar gives you a gift for 35 years of service that don't last. Tongue Tied

 We get the grand-dog tomorrow till Sunday because the kids are going out of town tomorrow and the grand son has All Star ball games on Saturday.

Dennis, thanks for the reminder, I got a tire with a slow leak I need to air up on the Ranger. Smile, Wink & Grin

Prayers for the Chief and anyone else that needs them.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Friday, June 18, 2021 9:43 AM

TGIF

Prayers for Da Chief 

After work, made phone calls to all the prospective 2nd Assistant Fire Marshall applicants for a short talk at our next County Association meeting.

Fired up the road runner and headed to cruise night to be with Jenni and her Charger SE 440.  The ol' 383 ran great with a new set of Champions blowing up that nice cool air/fuel mixture.

Afterwards, she treated me to Chinese dinner and watched the last of the Yankee game ( Yankees WIN!!) and a video of her High School Graduation - 29 years ago yesterday.

Home before midnight.

FINALLY will move tables back to where they belong, Jenni will get her mortgage refi done.  Then more discussion of the wedding plans

80s today, 90 and more humid tomorrow - hope to get my friends '69 Super Bee running on all 8.

Good job on the ants, Kev.  We had a problem with them, the exterminator came out and we still had a few, until I sprayed the bathroom, under the toilet and around the cabinets and they are ALL gone now......

 

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Posted by DJSpanky on Friday, June 18, 2021 9:55 AM
Mornin' all!
 
Keeping da chief in my thoughts, glad to hear he'll be heading home soon.
 
Felt groggy for most of the day yesterday, I'm assuming that's from the vaccine shot. Only effect I've noticed so far which is good. I was up until almost 1 last night helping Corey finish up his final Java project. But at least they're both done now with all remaining school work. I'll catch up on my sleep over the weekend.
 
Hey, are we ever going to have another Zoom call with the group? I missed the last one and would like to connect with you nutcases!
 
Got some glue work done with this project of mine, prototyping a piece to see how it turns out. Need to use the dado on it over the weekend and fit it. I need to start a thread on this project, wanted to get some more traction on it before doing that, but the price of wood has hamstrung me up to this point.
 
Speaking of the price of wood, supposedly futures on it have dropped by 40%, so the price should be coming down. "Should" being the operative word. After all, as we get back to normal and the mills get up to full capacity, market forces should automatically drive down the price. Of course, we often don't see that with gasoline, as the price is quick to go up, but then lingers while it's dropping. We'll see.
 
So the AC in the MIL's house down in VA has been replaced and is running. That's good. Tyler and I are looking at going down in the latter half of July. I am going to see if I can stay down there and work for 2 weeks while we get him up and running with a VA license, car insurance and the old car registered in VA. Not sure what the bureaucracy will be like down there.
 

Have a good one!

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:07 PM

Surprise.  Last Wednesday week, went to ER coughing up lots of blood.  Stayed in hospital until this Wed. evening.  Radiation burnt my throat during all this mess.  Had a surprise pneumonia.  Was so deep they had to run a tube down lung and wash it out.  On supplemental O2 as normal breathing is 88 to 89 blood ox.   They want 90 and above. Wifey stretched a 50' O2 line to office.  Now I can get to PC.  Laptop in Train Box.  

 
Sad, my farmer lost several hundred acres of tobacco the other week in a 9 1/2" rain storm. Not on my farm but he is like family. No plants so can't replant.  More rain coming tomorrow evening.
 
Wifey is picking garden.  Coming off good.
 
Thanks for all the prayers.
 

Back to the recliner.

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