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The MAY, 2021 Diner: Touring the US Anthracite Region

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, May 3, 2021 10:30 PM

Aww Kevin you should have gotten a weeping angel

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 3, 2021 10:47 PM

BigDaddy
Aww Kevin you should have gotten a weeping angel

Great clip.

I wanted the statue centered underneath the light, so anything more than 10 inches wide would have gone over the driveway.

I saw a couple of great angels, but they were too wide.

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, May 3, 2021 11:26 PM

Dee Ann and I got our first doses last Tuesday. Geauga County Health Department handled everything. The online registration and appointment were easy, got a confirmation email along with the .pdf form to fill out so you could have it filled out and ready to go.

The site was at the county fairgrounds and vehicles proceeded around the huge site easily. Guides were stationed every couple hundred feet to help you along the way.

They only do either dose 1 or dose 2 for certain scheduled days, no mixing them up. Our total time at the site was 25 minutes and fifteen of that was an observation/rest period where they made sure you were doing OK, then you were free to leave.

I thanked everyone I encountered profusely. It was chilly that day and I'm sure most, if not all, were volunteers.


 

Let's watch part II of the Erie + Lackawanna scene Cool

 

It was a different time back then!

 Shaft house, Anthracite coal mining, Scranton, Pa. by Boston Public Library, on Flickr

 RDG, Allentown, Pennsylvania, circa 1950 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45 AM

Good morning 

Fell asleep early last night. Judy woke me off the recliner at 9:30 and said I was snoring by 7:30.  Up early this morning caught up with my sleep and feeling good today.

I'm glad you and Dee Ann are getting things squared away with your vaccines so your safe Ed.  Judy got hers three weeks ago.  I'm sorry to say I don't dare get mine.  My many allergies I've had since childhood, anything ever given to me with a chance of a reaction, there always was.

Thanks for some more train videos you added to our Tour.  I'll watch them later as wifey's still sleeping right now.  51 arches eh? Stick out tongue  I'm going to add that to my list of places to see.

I'm planning another road trip like your doing Kevin for next Winter and adding places to go.  Our tour of the south as I called it at Christmas time a few years ago, we never had so much fun.  Having no Idea where we were going through the Ozark Mountins on Christmas Day and not knowing where the next gas station would be was a little freaky though. 

Just wanted to compliment you on that Trestle you built again.  That thing is a masterpiece!  I like Sir Lancelot you put next to the garage.  He should make you feel right at home with your war gaming.  I agree you should exterior urethane adhesive or bolt him down so some night hellions don't rip him offAngry

The birds sure sound excited about spring this morning.  They're singing before the sun comes up.  I'd have to say I share their enthusiasm.

Well another coffee is in order.

 

Have a great day y'allWink

 

 

 

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Posted by Water Level Route on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 5:48 AM

TF, my wife had an allergic reaction to a medication a few years ago that caused her throat to try to swell shut.  Luckily we got to the ER in time.  Even with that, she talked to her doctor (ENT) about it and got the shot.  The doctor simply wanted her to stay at the hospital (where they were giving the shots) for 30 minutes after instead of 15, and then stay relatively close for the rest of the morning.  She was fine.  I know everyone reacts differently, but for what it's worth, her case was one of high concern and she was okay.

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Posted by gregc on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 6:09 AM

growing up, my mom told stories of growing up in the "foot" of the Mahanoy Plane

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Posted by GMTRacing on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 6:35 AM

Good Morning All,

     Drizzly morning out there today. Still buried in shop stuff but making progress. Got the hydraulic lift gate fixed and luckily it was just a broken wire in the pendant cable that controls it.

   Now that we have closed on the house we are starting to do the little list we had of changes, repainting one room, shower fixtures, etc. Still boxing stuff at the present house after shop hours. All the train stuff is on pallets in my storage building and we've started cutting the tables apart.

   Kevin I admire your diligence. I second the thought that you should anchor Sir Knightlight perhaps some lags or similar would be in order. I am sure you can come up with an elegant solution. 

   W..k beckons.     Ciao, J.R.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:04 AM

I can't believe no one has said this yet...

Track fiddler
I agree you should exterior urethane adhesive or bolt him down so some night hellions don't rip him off

Would Loctite PL-500 Landscape adhesive be the right choice? I do not see a good way to run fasteners through the base.

gmpullman
Let's watch part II of the Erie + Lackawanna scene 

That was another enjoyable film. 

And... this is a great picture.

GMTRacing
I second the thought that you should anchor Sir Knightlight

I will need to come up with something.

Great to see you back J.R.

-Kevin

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:27 AM

Good morning.  The sun is shining, and the forecast is for a high of 65°.  About as perfect a day as we can have.

The Orioles all showed up and are having breakfast at our house.  Not only do they like the jellies, but they also are eating the safflower seeds.  No better sign of our spring than to see those bright orange birds at the house.

 

Track fiddler
Having no Idea where we were going through the Ozark Mountins on Christmas Day and not knowing where the next gas station would be was a little freaky though. 

I think it's been discussed before, but the Ozarks has the best Christmas display I've ever seen at Silver Dollar City.  Amazing!

http://amusementtoday.com/2018/12/silver-dollar-city-wins-1-spot-best-theme-park-holiday-event/

 

 

Headed out to continue planting grass.  Have a good day.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:29 AM

Hi Kevin

SeeYou190
 
Track fiddler
I agree you should exterior urethane adhesive or bolt him down so some night hellions don't rip him off

 

Would Loctite PL-500 Landscape adhesive be the right choice? I do not see a good way to run fasteners through the base.

 

That would work.  But after years of moisture, humidity and freezing I've seen landscape caps work loose on their own eventually.  Of course you don't have any frost down there.

Trust this force LukeLaugh

 

This is their 10 times as strong top-of-the-line stuff.  There ain't no better but you will need a Sawzall if you ever want to remove it.

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:44 AM

York1

 

 

 
Track fiddler
Having no Idea where we were going through the Ozark Mountins on Christmas Day and not knowing where the next gas station would be was a little freaky though. 

 

I think it's been discussed before, but the Ozarks has the best Christmas display I've ever seen at Silver Dollar City.  Amazing!

 

I sure wish I would have known that when I was down there John.  For some reason the Branson light display was not open on Christmas Eve.  Actually that might have been the one not too far from there.  Judy lives for that kind of thing.

We enjoy the colorful birds singing in the spring as well after a long cold winterYes

 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:17 AM

Good afternoon Diners.   A coffee Americano and Blueberry Muffinm please, Flo.

Who told the family I was baking today?    The Ham, Egg & Mushroom Pie  has been eaten.  As for the Jam Tarts;   disappeared in a thrice.

 

Oh well.  I shall put some more passengers in my passenger cars.

 

Dinner  Prawn & Butternut Squash Curry.    Fruit Yoghurt Surprise to follow.

 

Thoughts & Peace to All who Require.

 

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Posted by PM Railfan on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:25 PM

Hello Railfans!

Top of the morning to yas! Hope everyone is doing well, full head of steam and tender full of coal, and all that good stuff.

Seems the weather gods have been kind today and provided for a nice, summer storm like, day. Plenty of rain to clean everything off. Pretty much the left over remnants of the storms that blew through the south east yesterday causing great havoc.

Not too terribly much going on around the homestead. Certainly nothing of any great importance worth jaw flappin about.

NorthBrit David) I did wanna pass on my thanks for last months tour. Even though i still cant pronounce half the places mentioned, or prolly even find them on the map. Laugh

Ed) Your doing Randys tribute real justice. Keep up the excellent work!

 

Spose ill grab a pepsi to go from Flo and mosey on around the site. See if i can go derail a few newbies for fun....

 

Newb: "How does one fix this problem with the DCC software?"

Moi: "Press Alt+F4. :-)"

 

Eh, its a rainy day.

 

A#1 North!

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:37 PM

May the 4th be with you.

May be an image of airplane and outdoors

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 6:51 PM

We have a wilderness area that starts about 300metres down the road from us. We just got an email from the city with a production schedule from now until October. I am not sure about this. Normally we don't even know they are there unless we walk down the street and find them there. But when Batwoman was here a couple of months back there were a lot of fans that showed up for that one.

Living rural is nice but the TV people like it too.Laugh

Here's the list, does anyone watch any of these?

  1. A Million Little Things – Season 3
  2. Batwoman – Season 2
  3. Charmed – Season 3
  4. DC Legends of Tomorrow – Season 6
  5. Debris – Season 1
  6. Kung Fu – Season 1
  7. Lost Ollie – Season 1
  8. Maid – Season 1
  9. Motherland Fort Salem – Season 2
  10. Nancy Drew – Season 2
  11. National Parks
  12. Pachinko – Season 1
  13. Peacemaker (aka The Scriptures) – Season 1
  14. Riverdale – Season 5
  15. Space Force – Season 2
  16. Snowpiercer – Season 3
  17. Supergirl – Season 6
  18. Superman & Lois – Season 1
  19. The Babysitters Club – Season 2
  20. The Big Sky – Season 1
  21. The Flash – Season 7
  22. The Good Doctor – Season 4
  23. The Midnight Club
  24. Turner & Hooch – Season 1
  25. Upload – Season 2
  26. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Season 2

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 6:57 PM

BATMAN
Here's the list, does anyone watch any of these?

Not a single one!

-Kevin

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:03 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
BATMAN
Here's the list, does anyone watch any of these?

 

Not a single one!

-Kevin

 

The only one I have ever watched was one episode of Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 because the kid was in it. I have not heard of most and not seen any of them either.Laugh I usually just watch movies.

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:29 PM

Here's something that will make Kevin cry:

 180927_61_bridgeport by lmyers83, on Flickr

Who could let this happen to a precision-made piece of machenery like this?

 180927_53_bridgeport by lmyers83, on Flickr

Sad ending for a once proud Alco product.

Better times in Lanesboro, Pennsylvania:

 DH/LV, Lanesboro, Pennsylvania, 1975 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:03 PM

I like rust when it's moderately decorative but that's pathetic.  Poor engineCrying

But I like tall Viaduct behind Big Red!Yes

 

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:18 PM

Track fiddler
But I like tall Viaduct behind Big Red!Yes

Here's what it looks like up top!

 EL, Lanesboro, Pennsylvania, 1965 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

I used to "railfan" around this area in the early '70s. Aint' so much like this anymore Tongue Tied

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:31 PM

gmpullman

I used to "railfan" around this area in the early '70s. Aint' so much like this anymore Tongue Tied

 
Nothing you go back to ever is.  That sure is a cool bridge though.
 
After I went to revisit The Trestle where we used to hang out some 40 years ago, the dirt bike trails were tar, the Chocolate Factory was a designer clothing warehouse, and the Beautiful Dark creosote bridge was defaced with spray paint all over her and had new walking grids put on.  It bummed me outTongue Tied  
 
On a happier note it's still there though.  That bridge has got to be a hundred years old or better.  And at least it still has one track under it.  Even though four was better, one is always better than noneSmile
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:03 PM

Well, since my biological clock has been doing some kind of crappie flop thing, I've been waking up at 3:30-4 almost every morning.  I think I'm gonna hit the rack Kids.

 

Nighty night.  Have a great evening and sleep well tonight.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:09 PM

Good Evening,

Sure is quiet without Robbie. Still can't quite believe he is gone.

Had a fellow from a movie production company stop by as they are looking for a mid century modern house for a location and our house might be suitable. We won't do it though.

TF, my wife has allergies and has to carry an epipen in summer for wasp stings. She is also allergic to penicillin. She got the shot. They made her wait a half hour afterwards and had a nurse and paramedic standing by. Seems to me covid would be rather worse than an allergic reaction unless your doctor advised against it. 

The prodction runs of some brass steam sure was low. They did 300 of my Pacific , 150 of the CN Hudson and only about 50 of my CP Hudson. Mind you there are many other runs of Royal Hudsons. Some engines had runs of 25.

Had prime rib burghers on the grill tonight. 

Kevin, just reading your posts makes me tired. Water lines here are buried at least 6 feet. 

Ken, where are you?

Time for tea.

CN Charlie

 

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:17 PM

Let's have another look under the Erie's viaduct over the D&H and the Starucca Creek:

 DH, Lanesboro, Pennsylvania, 1974 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art, on Flickr

I was in and amongst that crowd there. Got a few old, fuzzy movies from it:

My title says 1973 but it could have been '74. Lots of water under the bridge.

Could almost pass for a little slice of Switzerland right in the heart of Pennsylvania:

 180529_28_lanesboro by lmyers83, on Flickr

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:56 PM

BATMAN
I usually just watch movies.

Yes, I am a movie watcher too. I just cannot dedicate the time to very many series.

I have been watching Better Call Saul, I just finished season 4, and it took me like 6 months to get there.

gmpullman
Here's something that will make Kevin cry:

Crying

CNCharlie
Kevin, just reading your posts makes me tired. Water lines here are buried at least 6 feet. 

My fresh water line into the house if only about 8 inches deep. My sewage out line is 4-6 inches below the grass. The new irrigation lines are only about 6-8 inches below the surface.

The water main from the city is only about 6 inches beneath the street surface.

Track fiddler
Trust this force Luke. This is their 10 times as strong top-of-the-line stuff.  There ain't no better but you will need a Sawzall if you ever want to remove it.

Nobody else was making suggestions, so that is what I used.

I removed Sir Knightlight from his pedestal, and removed the thin-set with my electric hammer. It sure was easy to remove when it had not even had 24 hours to harden!

I used the entire tube of PL-Max to glue the statue in place, and also put a good 1/4" bead all the way around the base's edge.

It looks good.

The World Is A Beautiful Place.

-Kevin

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:53 PM

Good evening .... 

It has been stormy here lately. We awoke at 4:30 am this morning during a severe storm with tornado warnings. We lost power for 4 hours. Later, we spent much of the afternoon picking up broken tree branches. Several buildings in this area were damaged, but our property is okay. 

I'm glad to see interesting posts about the anthracite coal region so far this month. 

Everybody: ..... Have a good night. 

GARRY

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:09 AM

Something to watch while you enjoy your morning tea or coffee —

There's a lot of work that goes into the sorting, cleaning and sifting!

I hope everyone is doing well.

Dentist today Surprise Oh boy!

Regards, Ed

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:35 AM

Good morning Diners.   The usual tast and tea, please Brunhilda.

Brent.  We saw a couple of episodes of Snowpiercer.   Not for us.

Ed.  Thanks for posting the films.     They are bringing back memories of a time passed. Smile

 

Our youngest grandchild has just joined 'The Rainbows'   (Youngest class of Girl Guides)   We have bought her her  uniform and is coming over after school to try it on.   Methinks she will stay for tea and some dinner before going home. Big Smile

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:39 AM

gmpullman
There's a lot of work that goes into the sorting, cleaning and sifting!

Wow, no kidding. That is a lot of work.

gmpullman
Dentist today  Oh boy!

I have a physical this afternoon. Oh Boy!

NorthBrit
We saw a couple of episodes of Snowpiercer.   Not for us.

I saw the movie with excitement. Trains and Sci-Fi together in a dystopian society... what could be better?

Just about anything would have been better.

After the movie was so bad, I have no desire to see the series.

The train scene in Solo was much better, as would be expected.

-Kevin

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Posted by Water Level Route on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:32 AM

gmpullman
Dentist today  Oh boy!

Tomorrow for me.

In the words of one of our forum friends, Work Sucks Rail Spikes!  Gads, what a crummy week and it's only Wednesday!  I need a vacation, but alas, none on the horizon.  Might just try to take a few days to get some stuff done at home and simply get away from work for a while.

I bought an Athearn F3 A/B set recently that I got decoders installed in.  Who knew the Econami emits blue light when it's powered up?  With the see-through grills on the A unit, it looks like a nuclear powered locomotive! Laugh So, I took the shell off and placed a little black electrical tape on the top.  Well, what do you know, lights are on the bottom side of it too!  Oh well, I'll deal with that later.  In the B unit I put a simple NCE replacement board style decoder in and it isn't behaving quite right, but I'm not sure if its the decoder or locomotive.  Inconsistently takes more throttle to start it moving.  Probably drivetrain related, but we shall see.

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

Mike

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