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Posted by fifedog on Saturday, November 20, 2021 12:03 PM

Anjdevil - From Sanford Station, JAX is probably 75-90 minutes Northeast up 4 and 95. Too easy. But do roomette.

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Posted by smokey1 on Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:23 AM

Kevin, so sorry to hear of that problem you had. ( shame we can't even say that word to say sorry you caught it) Glad you are back. I was starting to wonder where you were when didn't see you for a week+. I was starting to wonder if you said something by mistake and got booted. Glad your back and doing better, First ribs then this. Hope ribs are okay as I know a lot of coughing can aggravate them also. 

Morning all. 

Turned the heater on out in the shed for my wife's plants last night, may just leave it on till Thursday as days at below freezing till then. 

Otherwise not much else going on. 

Hope all have a good turkey day if I don't post by then.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Saturday, November 20, 2021 8:55 AM

'Mornin'

Kev - Sorry about your trials and tribulations - pray that you and the family heal up soon.  Can't say the C word - I might get banned, so you get my drift....

Good to see LionRoar - Thanks for checkin' in

Fife - THANK YOU for the review of the AutoTrain - it's gonna be one of those bucket list things - I have a year and a half to plan on the Princess' wedding in FLA USAso, that might be an avenue to take.  We have a motorcycle carrier for the Hemi Magnum, wonder if that would be a problem or added cost.  We are planning a week or so in JAX as that is where the wedding is.

Gargoyle lights are in and prototyped on the layout and they look good.  RR Station module is up and lit, need a Hobby Lobby or Michaels run to finish it off.  Fife, your circle around the Christmas Tower was genius and it looks great!!  Once it's done, I'll post pictures (if they aren't too large for this site).  THEN I can get to the  Summer/Spring section

Off to work - I'm off next week for food prep for Thanksgiving....20 people !!!!

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Posted by fifedog on Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:31 AM

88 - Mr. Fife no longer with WMSR. Now performing conductor duties in Romney, WV.  However, if you guys head out to the Queen City early enough, you can do a drive-by at Fifeland (7 miles down 28).  Local media reported that 1309 made a trip up to Frostburg this past week, so that's promising.  Thanks for checking in, B. YesPirate

KRM - Sounded like a fun tour of the southwest.

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Posted by lion88roar on Friday, November 19, 2021 10:20 PM

Evening fellas

Sorry my extended absence. I got logged out of the website (finally) and spent the next few weeks trying to log back in. Reset my password (and forgot it) 5 times... got 'upset' and stopped trying to get back on. Sigh

Been working a lot lately and really enjoying the new job. Decided it was time to start venturing in to the office once per month and I'm really enjoying the trip down US340 from Frederick, MD to Berryville, VA, then a short jaunt down VA 7 to Winchester. The trip reminds me how much I enjoy the Harpers Ferry area.

Been 'dealing' with a landscaper who redid our 'island'... she and her 'crew' (they look like the fellers from the Moonshing show (the 70+ year old characters). They started 10/2 and 'finished' yesterday... but they failed to clean-up and are due back Tuesday, if they don't show (or if I decide I have had enough - more likely) I will do it myself.

Fife - the auto train trip sounds cool. TheQ and I have been thinking about doing that and the over-nighter sounds like the way to do it. The wedding sounds lovely.

Taking the family to see The Nutcracker next Saturday, didn't think to check the theater's website so getting the C-19 requirements taken care of will be interesting. Have a trip to Cumberland planned for 12/18 to ride in the Vista Dome behind 1309 for the PE excursion. Kids are hoping to see Mr Fife (and Matthew promised not to get upset if Mr Fife gives TheQ a hug this time Laugh).

Priced out finishing the train room a couple weeks ago... the cost is now 3 times what it would have been this time 2 years ago. So will probably have to wait longer now. Definitely starting the new Christmas train garden after the new year.

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Posted by KRM on Friday, November 19, 2021 10:49 AM

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All-in-all, we gave the experience YesYes, and I would do it again, especially for a prolonged visit to FL. Every Amtrak employee was courteous and nice, and they get an A+ from us.

 

Fife, those train trips are great. Back in 1989 we took the Amtrack first class from Joilet Il to Dallas. Daughter was just a baby and son was about nine. Spent four days there to visit friends then we went from Dallas to San Antonio, got stuck there for 14 hours because it was below freezing and some homeless guys lit a trestle bridge on fire trying to keep warm holding up all kinds of trains.  Then to El Paso, then to Phoenix. Spent four days there seeing friends.  From Phoenix we drove to Flagstaff and got back on the train to Joilet. It was a great ride. Some of the trip we had the lower compartment of a car and other parts we had the roomette. We would love to do it again.

 

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, November 19, 2021 8:12 AM

Mornin' guy(s) and gal(s)...Laugh. Sunny and 38 along the Patterson Creek cut-off.  Need to get truck state inspected, and oil change, before working the train this evening.

Thoughts on traveling on Amtrak's Auto Train this past week... 

The drive to Lorton, VA took 2 1/2 hours, and was uneventful. Got there about 1245 hrs, turned up the drive, straight to the gatehouse, gave our names, to which the attendant handed us our boarding pass, and vehicle claim pamphlet.  We grabbed our overnight bags, left the key fob, and the Durango was promptly loaded onto a waiting auto rack rail car, just 50 yards away.

Masks are required once you step inside the station and train.  Checked in at the counter, handed a menu, was asked if we want to eat at 5, 6, or 7 (we chose 5), and instructed to board sleeper 5345 at 1430 hrs. Watched P42s 852 and 151 couple up to Train #53, and checked out rail traffic heading north and south on the old RF&P (CSX).  Lorton Station was clean and modern looking, but could use more seating outside for those that want to breathe freely.  As we were boarding, promptly at 1430 hours, the switch crew were busy shunting the 27 auto racks to an adjacent siding.  Our roomette #3 was approximately 9x4, with 2 nice upholstered recliners, and clean (even the windows). Interior was blue, with independent airflow, several lights, and most important, a sliding door and drapes (so you can unmask when shut).

Eloy was our Porter, and checked in on us before our 1600 departure. We chose tortellini with chicken breast for meals, and just chilled until heading south.  All the switching was done on our side (east), so that kept me interested.  53 left on time, and it was cool seeing VRE train sets passing by, and the sometimes startling meets with numerous CSX freights.

The Porter showed up with our dinners approximately 1700 hrs, and I tipped him $20 (thinking ahead...).  The food, to my surprise, was very good, and filling.  Our roomette had a pull out table, which tucks away in a panel under the windows.  I had cheesecake, and Kelly had ice cream (single scoop), both tasty.  Alcoholic beverages were available in the lounge car (which separated sleepers from coach class). Coffee station was in each car, and only 20 feet away from Fifey's chair. There were 4 restrooms (1 upper, 3 lower) as well as a shower stall in 5345.

As we passed over the James River (Richmond), at 1800 hrs, daylight ended, so unless there was lighted buildings or signals, not much to view. My buddy, Tom, actually watched our train rolling through Ashland via Virtual Railfan. We had 18 passenger cars and 27 auto racks, making our train an impressive 3/4 mile long.

Our Porter was very friendly, and whenever we needed something, he was on top of things. At 2130 hrs it was time to turn down the bunk beds. We opted to recline instead, and the pillows were sturdy, and baby blue blankets comfy.

Crew change was at Florence, SC, and we were on time, at approx. 0230 hrs.  Then CSX held us for two hours for approaching traffic. So instead of an 0830 arrival, we were now looking at 1030. The trip was smooth throughout, and we enjoyed the traveling, especially when the sun came up.  
Breakfast was available in the Diner car, and there was plenty to eat. You simply picked what you wanted, and the attendants bagged it up and sent you back to your quarters (however, you could eat at a table is you so chose).

We had a medical emergency on-board, near Jacksonville, and the train rolled up to a street crossing, where a medic unit was awaiting to transport an elderly passenger. That maneuver, as well as a second crew change between JAX and ORL, gave us an 1130 arrival at Sanford station (3 hrs late). That didn't bother us. We walked to the lobby, and waited exactly 45 minutes until our number 063, was announced. I yelled out "BINGO", which got a collective chuckle from the others still waiting, as wifey cringed...

Our one-way sojourn cost $1100, and when you consider the rental car situation in Orlando presently, that was a bargain. Meals were included in the price (not so for coach class).

All-in-all, we gave the experience YesYes, and I would do it again, especially for a prolonged visit to FL. Every Amtrak employee was courteous and nice, and they get an A+ from us.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, November 18, 2021 9:32 PM

KRM
Hope no one is ofended by this post

Not offended at all KRM!  Sometime you've just got to vent to someone, and that's why we're here.  You'll alway find a sympathetic ear or two here, at least from me.

Best wishes for the wife!  And stay strong sir!

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Posted by 8ntruck on Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:23 PM

Hang in there KRM.  Don't let the b-@#/%^s get you down.

We are planning a rustic Thanksgiving this year.  A couple three years back, we bought 20 acres of woods just outside of Bowling Green, Ky. with the intent of building there.  The C-19 situation has kind of put a kink in our plans.

This year, I managed to spend a bit of time there, picking out a route for the driveway and a site for the first building.  Did some clearing of underbrush at the building site and along the driveway route.

The Thanksgiving plan is to set up a camp site and cook the dinner outside.  Might have to adjust the day this happens to match the weather.  Hopefully, our kids will be able to join us there.

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:00 PM

Been nuts around here for the last two weeks or so.

Congratulations Fife, wishing the best for them!  Yes

After a party with a group of people on the 6th our daughter got sick on the 10th and it was the C-19 thing, (Iguess we can't mention) We were all at her revel party on the 7th.  She has both shots but she got hers abut 8 months ago because she works in health care. Because she is 4.5 months preg they have given her 5 of the infusion treatments of the same stuff they gave the last pres I think. Then the youngest Jordan then got it. Both are doing much better but we had to lock down and wait 5 days to get tested last Saturday. We are ok on this end but staying away from others for now. Everyone has been tested and holding on just looking out for those around us. Been a rat race. Just glad she was vaxed or she could of ended up in the hospital or worse. She was having a hard time getting her breath and her blood ox was low along with the fever & cough so the stuff is real for us. Then Wed we had to take a He!! of a trip, 3.5 Hours to talk for 10 minutes to a doctor. Wifey had a leg vein burst and she was bleeding all over the place about 6 weeks ago, Because it is those veins the INS always think your trying to just look better so she needs to jump through hoops and try compression socks for two months then they can do the ultrasound and see where we can go from there. Freeking heath care! So we get to do it again in late Jan. Hope the weather is good that day. Tongue Tied

Hope no one is ofended by this post, you just can't tell these days, can you?

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:26 PM

DJSpanky
Thanksgiving is gonna be weird this year

Well that's a shame.  It was certainly weird for us last year what with the pestilance and all, we couldn't do our yearly pilgrimage to my sister-in-law's place in PA and get together with her, her husband, and her delightful daughters. (My drinking buddies!)  I didn't get to "make a raid" at Henning's Trains in Lansdale either.  

This year, praise be, it's going to be different!  The trip's on again!  Pennsy in November, turkey, wine, the foliage, the chill in the air, the farmer's market where we spend too much, and train shopping!   

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, November 18, 2021 11:57 AM

Northwoods - Thank you kindly.  Wedding went off without a hitch. It was held at Saxon Manor, near Brookville. Bride was gorgeous. The happy couple are honeymooning in Gatlinburg, TN.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:27 AM

fifedog

Evenin' guys and gal(s). Returned from Florida trip. Fifepup is a married man now. 

Its good to have you back fife.  I hope all went well with the wedding.  Its usually much easier being the father of the groom than the father of the bride. I've followed the Pot for so long that I feel like I have watched your family grow up.  Congratulations!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:05 AM

Off to the train show site later this morning to assist with the table set-up.  Our showmaster needs the assist and as a rising star in the club (ME?  How'd THAT happen?) I'm going to show up and supply some muscle.  Not an easy job, those tables are HEAVY!  The table rental people drop 'em off but that's all they do, the rest is up to us.

Next time you go to a show, give a thought as to how  much effort goes into it, it's not as easy as you think!  Not an agony by any means, but a lot of sweat goes into it just the same.

The ecstasy begins 9:00 Saturday morning!

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, November 18, 2021 6:58 AM

Mornin' guys and gal(s). Sunny and 43 along the Patterson Creek cut-off. Hey, took the wife to Daytona Beach on Tuesday. We had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel, right outside the speedway. Visited the museum/gift shop, but didn't buy a thing (which amazed her), then headed east to the ocean. Drove on the sand, and she got to dip her toes in the cold Atlantic. On Sunday we had driven to Venice FL, so she got to dip her toes in the not-as-cold Gulf. So we got bi-coastal, mainly due to having our Durango to get around in.

No sooner than we got home, the railroad summoned me to work all weekend. Oh well...

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Posted by fifedog on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:10 PM

Evenin' guys and gal(s). Returned from Florida trip. Fifepup is a married man now. Experienced Amtrak's Auto Train, driving back and forth from Gulf to Atlantic, and Orlando traffic (woof). Even squeezed in a stop at Mario's on the way home. Will elaborate more tomorrow maybe.

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Posted by smokey1 on Monday, November 15, 2021 7:58 PM

smokey1

And here is a video I watch every veterans day

It brings the truth home

In honor of our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate price

 

It was there the other day

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, November 15, 2021 10:42 AM

Sorry.

Great to hear you made it home safe!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, November 14, 2021 8:43 AM

Have a safe trip home Spank!

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Friday, November 12, 2021 5:17 PM

I feel like I haven't replied to the November Coffee pot, and I can't bother checking!

Here's a few little updates:
Last week a friend helped me recap some Lionel "Sound of Steam" boards. It fixed one of them, the others need more work, including replacing some failed transistors.

Yesterday I had another go playing with a 1970s Moped that came off the side of the road a few months ago. A guy up the street fixed the engine (wonderful guy) but the electrics have some issues I need to work out- headlight won't come on bright, and the horn switch isn't doing anything. So far I've eliminated the bulb being the wrong voltage (should be 6v), but the horn is an interesting puzzle. I think I need to search up a wiring diagram, looking at it isn't telling me anything.

Not much happened today, since the wind was howling and the rain was pouring down like crazy, but I got in a little train time once the rain let up and I could make it over to the workspace. Due to have some dinner with the family this evening- and celebrate a few birthdays. Probably will bring over a train for my grandfather to watch.

-Ellie

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, November 12, 2021 3:00 PM

anjdevil2
Did this once before and, quite frankly, it seemed worthless.  It did not address any potential problems or conflcits and the family/couple that we did it with made us persona non grata post session.  

Lady F couldn't agree more.  At least at the "Adults Table" she sat at they had a good giggle session!

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Friday, November 12, 2021 2:48 PM

Flint - Did this once before and, quite frankly, it seemed worthless.  It did not address any potential problems or conflcits and the family/couple that we did it with made us persona non grata post session.  

This is Jenni's first go around, and as a newly minted Roman Catholic, this is a requirement.  My expectations are low at this point and worse because we have to do it in front of a computer.

But, God willing, we will get through it......just hope I don't snore.....

I am the monster in your head...And I thought you'd learn by now, It seems you haven't yet.
I am the venom in your skin  --- Breaking Benjamin


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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, November 12, 2021 7:52 AM

anjdevil2
Pre Cana tomorrow at 0900 to 4 PM so Jenni and I will be doing this "virtually", which I think sucks

Oh brother, don't get Lady Firestorm started on that one!

We had to do it in 1976, she in New Jersey and me at MCAS Cherry Point NC. I was lucky, I went to see the Catholic chaplain (A very nice man!) and he told me "Lieutenant, Pre-Cana's for wet behind the ears kids who don't know 'What's what.' For someone like yourself who's been around it's really not necessary."  So he drafted me a letter to the local pastor in NJ saying I was covered. Lady F had the burden.  She did get to sit at the adults table instead of with the teenagers at her sessions! 45 years later and she's still peeved!

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Friday, November 12, 2021 7:23 AM

Good Morning!! an TGIF for ME today!!

Thanks to all our vets - Navy Brat here - I get it.....

Tried to blow some of the leaves in a pile last night, ran out 2 batteries and it's raining now, so, maybe Monday I can finish.  Will be putting the Super Bee on hold 1 more Monday so I can recover.

Nominations were last night, Up for Vice President of the Department - 1 running against me and uncontested for Senior Trustee - this is my 7th year and will bring me to 10 years as trustee, as this is a 3 year term.   I must be nuts.

Did some light shopping and was home in bed by 1030.

Mom is sick now, so need to keep tabs on her.  Lost her voice last night.

Pre Cana tomorrow at 0900 to 4 PM so Jenni and I will be doing this "virtually", which I think sucks.  Once and if my annulment goes through, we will be cleared for the wedding in June.
Off to a costume sweet 16 party for Jenni's niece afterwards.

Nothing on Sunday - so I can rest a bit, maybe.  Have to get the Halloween stuff put away and get out the Christmas stuff.

off to work

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Posted by smokey1 on Thursday, November 11, 2021 5:09 PM

And here is a video I watch every veterans day

It brings the truth home

In honor of our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate price

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Ikj1hZDnw

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, November 11, 2021 3:12 PM

Thanks for that Smokey, so moving and so true.

Especially the part "When we see each other we give that little upwards head nod or slight smile..."   Even more true.  I visit a number of history sites and have had conversations with veterans from around the world, British, German, French, and even one Russian.  No matter the cut and color of the uniform, we're so much alike. 

"Fair winds and following seas!" to you Sailor!  And "Semper Fi!"

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Posted by lynbrookyankee on Thursday, November 11, 2021 12:30 PM

Thank you for sharing this moving piece and a BIG THANK YOU to all who served. 

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Posted by smokey1 on Thursday, November 11, 2021 8:35 AM

My nephew posted this on FB. I want to thank you all for your support of us Veterans. 

To understand a Military Veteran you must know:
We left home as teenagers or in our early twenties for an unknown adventure.
We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives.
We said goodbye to friends and family and everything we knew.
We learned the basics and then we scattered in the wind to the far corners of the Earth.
We found new friends and new family.
We became brothers and sisters regardless of color, race or creed.
We had plenty of good times, and plenty of bad times.
We didn’t get enough sleep.
We smoked and/or drank too much.
We picked up both good and bad habits.
We worked hard and played harder.
We didn’t earn a great wage.
We experienced the happiness of mail call and the sadness of missing important events.
We didn’t know when, or even if, we were ever going to see home again.
We grew up fast, and yet somehow, we never grew up at all.
We fought for our freedom, as well as the freedom of others.
Some of us saw actual combat, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us saw the world, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us dealt with physical warfare, most of us dealt with psychological warfare.
We have seen and experienced and dealt with things that we can’t fully describe or explain, as not all of our sacrifices were physical.
We participated in time honored ceremonies and rituals with each other, strengthening our bonds and camaraderie.
We counted on each other to get our job done and sometimes to survive it at all.
We have dealt with victory and tragedy.
We have celebrated and mourned.
We lost a few along the way.
When our adventure was over, some of us went back home, some of us started somewhere new and some of us never came home at all.
We have told amazing and hilarious stories of our exploits and adventures.
We share an unspoken bond with each other, that most people don’t experience, and few will understand.
We speak highly of our own branch of service, and poke fun at the other branches.
We know however, that, if needed, we will be there for our brothers and sisters and stand together as one, in a heartbeat.
Being a Veteran is something that had to be earned, and it can never be taken away.
It has no monetary value, but at the same time it is a priceless gift.
People see a Veteran and they thank them for their service.
When we see each other, we give that little upwards head nod, or a slight smile, knowing that we have shared and experienced things that most people have not.
So, from myself to the rest of the veterans out there, I commend and thank you for all that you have done and sacrificed for your country.
Try to remember the good times and make peace with the bad times.
Share your stories.
But most importantly, stand tall and proud, for you have earned the right to be called a Veteran.
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Posted by anjdevil2 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:48 AM

KRM - Heal up soon and Congrats on the grandaughter

Fife - I get my turn in 3 weeks in Edison - I have a list, lol and a budget - sort of - and congrats on Fifepup!!

Opted out of the Super Bee project, the plumber came to unclog the kitchen sink, I spent my time with The GodFather II and wiring up the station module.  All the lights work, now I just need time to get back to my house to install it and see how it looks.  I need either a Hobby Lobby or Michael's trip to get some half and quarter round dowels for curbs and parking bumpers.  Need to wire up 1 more street light and run lines on the roadway, parking lot and street parking.  That will almost finish Christmas Village.  

Thanks to DougNotta, I have the 3 Gargoyle street lights, and since I have them, I took apart one of the old ones I have.  I'll be looking for some small LEDs to fix them and I'll have a total of 8 and that will finish off Spooky Town.  Minor wiring and such will complete that.

The Spring/Summer module is next, I have the buildings and the roadway planned, wiring for the Firehouse and Mel's Diner is gonna be a nightmare plus I need to make a smooth transition to those buildings as the "curb" is too high....

Sunny and 43 here

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 7:26 AM

Mornin' guys and gal(s). Sunny and 48 along the Patterson Creek cut-off. Youngest grandson is at Fifedom, and we just had an operating session in the train room. No pile-ups, but did have one unscheduled uncoupling... Washed and wiped down the vehicles in preparation for Fifepup's big shindig, this weekend.

KRM - Congrats.

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