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Jeffreys Track-side Diner - July 2021

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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:14 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
BATMAN
The wife wants a big motorhome bus type and a tow behind small vehicle to go on the dog show circuit with.

 

I am going to suggest your wife is right.

We had several customers that attempted to do dog shows with a tow behind, and sometimes the generator or air conditioner would fail while being towed with disasterous results. I could share heartbreaking sob stories. Not to mention, dogs are not really safe in a tow behind, even in a crate.

Pirate

-Kevin

 

The dogs are always in the truck with us when we tow. It is really unsafe for them in a trailer for all the reasons you mentioned. Plus we keep a close eye on them at all times.

We were heading to Alberta once and one of the dogs got into serious medical distress. The wife got on the phone to a vet hospital in the next town some twenty-five km up the highway and told them we were coming just as they were about to close for the day. We pulled in and the staff met us in the parking lot with the cart and the vet at the hospital told my wife that the operating room was ready and all hers. We were there until midnight and carried on to the campsite with all the IVs still plugged into the dog. He recovered nicely, but it was a significant surgical invasion as I like to call it.Laugh

The Vet was delighted to meet my wife as he had talked to her on the phone in the past and had referred many patients to her hospital down here on the coast for specialized surgery.

We will get one of these for the dogs if we get a new truck, it really protects them well.

The dogs? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

We just got this kennel for our new Highlander, I think it was about $1600.00 special order from Sweden.

 

When you are married to a Veterinary Surgeon that was on call constantly, heartbreak is a common theme. The phone would ring in the middle of the night and I would often get the punch in the arm with a "Let's go". I was a pretty good anesthesiologist (SP?)LaughSmile, Wink & Grin

Sometimes the staff had not arrived yet and she could not wait. I have also had my hands inside animals more than once holding them together while the wife would be working on other parts.

A police dog got hurt badly once falling off the third floor of a parkade. I was driving and the wife was on the phone. The RCMP picked us up on the highway and we got a police escort to the hospital at 0300hrs. That was interesting, we were both really speeding, except I was chasing the police car.Laugh

I still want a truck and trailer.GrumpyLaugh

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:41 PM

I see I got tops! 

Home-made dog biscuits for everyone!

 

Brent

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 22, 2021 5:16 PM

LaughLaughLaugh

Tastes just like chicken!

Thanks for the Scooby Snack BrentDinnerLaugh

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:46 PM

SeeYou190

Thanks

It's an ARE Commercial Cap. -R-PirateLaugh 

I've seen pry bar marks where thieves tried to get into it but have not been successful unlike my small tool trailer that has been stolen two times.

I needed to go knock on wood and I did.  I have an 1800's wooden trunk in my living room for a coffee table.  I live by that knock on wood stuff as not to jinx yourself when you brag about something.  I still believe it works.  It's a good thing I don't have to use that coffee table a lot.

The tool cap came white and I did not think it went good with gold.

I painted it flat black and gun steel gray flat metallic because I thought that looked better.

It's good to know that anywhere I park, my tools are safeYes

 

I'm knocking on wood againLaughPirate

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:48 PM

A little speck we are.

It depends on what night but I still enjoy the good garbage of my youth sometimesWhistling

It does take a lot of artists to create animation like thatHuh?

I do like the simpler music usually but I'm still climbing the hill, ...sometimesIndifferent

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:52 PM

Track fiddler
I painted it flat black and gun steel gray flat metallic because I thought that looked better.

Ah, that is why it looks so good. You did a nice job on the paint.

I have looked at ARE caps, your custom work threw me off.

Yes

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:38 PM

Thanks Kevin

It wasn't the expense of the paint or how I applied it.  It was the preparation that took the longest. 

If I would have had someone else do it, I wouldn't have even considered it.

 

Here's a good one

I always did like If.  Again It took a lot of talented artists to make this animation.

 

Sometimes some good Garbage! LaughWhistling

 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, July 23, 2021 4:48 AM

Good morning Diners.   Tea & Toast please,  Janie.

Just  popping in to 'keep out of the way'   as we have people working in the house.

Later we shall begin sorting what to take on holiday.   A week away.   It has been that long since we were allowed a holiday we are trying to remember what they are like.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 23, 2021 6:18 AM

NorthBrit
Later we shall begin sorting what to take on holiday.   A week away.   It has been that long since we were allowed a holiday we are trying to remember what they are like.

My wife and I travelled constantly from about 2015 through 2019 for work and vacations. We were very proficient at packing and knew exactly what to bring.

We have only made two trips lately, one in 2020 and one in 2021. We were both amazed at how much we forgot to pack.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, July 23, 2021 6:44 AM

SeeYou190

My wife and I travelled constantly from about 2015 through 2019 for work and vacations. We were very proficcient at packing and knew exactly what to bring.

We have only made two trips lately, one in 2020 and one in 2021. We were both amazed at how much we forgot to pack.

-Kevin   

 

We used to do four or five cruises each year.   Arrive home from one.  Wash the clothes and they would be ready for the next  cruise.

Now we are doing a local area holiday with the family;  a short cruise around Scotland.  Then we will be going into lockdown  again  (according to what we hear.)

 

David

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 23, 2021 7:08 AM

Good morning

You all call vacation holiday across the pond David?  That's cool.  I could use another holiday over here already.  

Judy and I travel light.  We both have a carry on duffle bag even for a road trip.  Whatever fits in there is what we pack.  Not so much Judy but I return home with stuff never taken out while we were away.

I'm only semi-retired otherwise I would take a permanent vacation if I couldLaugh  Not really, it's always good to come back home again after being away for awhile.

A cruise around ScotlandStick out tongue  Sounds like a really fun trip of a lifetime hearing about it over here.  If you would, take a picture of that Fiddler rock for me.  I've always wanted to see that in person.

 

Have a great get-a-way DavidYes

 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 AM

Track fiddler

Good morning

You all call vacation holiday across the pond David?  That's cool.  I could use another holiday over here already.  

Have a great get-a-way DavidYes

 

TF

 

 
Vacations.  Holidays.    The challenges of corresponding with UK and American Forum members  on different sites.   Whistling   I must remember which one  I am on.  Laugh
 
The Ocean Liner monthly zoom meetings  are fun as there are members all around the world  at the same time.
 
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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, July 23, 2021 9:23 AM

Howdy .... 

TF ..... Canadians also refer to vacation days as holidays. Perhaps, Bear in NZ does that too. I saw your cabinets in Weekend Photo Fun, and I like them a lot. 

I'm working on freight cars. For example, I worked on an ore car so I can include in my ore train. It is now one of 30 ore cars in my ore train. ...  Many of my freight cars are ones I repaired that had been junkers I acquired. This ore car was one of them. I still have one remaining ore car to repair, and it is in very bad condition. 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 23, 2021 9:31 AM

After spending 18 months growing back my 1980s hair, I finally decided to break out my favorite Stratocaster and take the hair for a test drive.

It works really well!

Rock on!

-Kevin

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Posted by up831 on Friday, July 23, 2021 12:39 PM

SeeYou190

After spending 18 months growing back my 1980s hair, I finally decided to break out my favorite Stratocaster and take the hair for a test drive.

It works really well!

Rock on!

-Kevin

 

Kevin,  looks like you're kicking out the jams.  You go, dude.

Less is more,...more or less!

Jim (with a nod to Mies Van Der Rohe)

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, July 23, 2021 3:12 PM

It was a sad day at our house.  Our old cat, Emily, had reached the Rainbow Bridge and was waiting to cross.  She seemed fine after 14 years, but Monday she stopped eating and got very weak.  We took her to the vet who did some tests and told us she had kidney failure and didn't have a good prognosis.

We brought her home and she was comfortable here.  We were going to let her go peacefully, but she seemed to get less comfortable as the day went on, so we made the arrangements and said our final goodbyes.

Rest in Peace, Emily.

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Friday, July 23, 2021 3:14 PM

Good afternoon all.

Zoe - A coke float please. Thanks.

Garry - Sorry I forgot to respond about your post on the OC&T before. Their big draw, beside the tourist train and caboose motel, is they have the last operating RPO in existence. Yes, their RPO does indeed act as a true RPO, with custom RPO Postmark and all! Kinda fun to send a postcard from.

Kevin - You forgot to stick out your tongue. LaughLaughLaugh

EDIT: Mr B - My condolences on losing Emily. That is never easy, and I have lost a pair of kitties to kidney failure... 

Brent - Dozer enjoyed his scooby snack. Wink

Here is Dozer with his absolute favorite toy.

 Dozer’s favorite toy. by Richard W, on Flickr

He takes that stuffed puppy everywhere.

July theme - Home areas - I had mentioned a Railfan park in nearby Harborcreek Pa. It is located alongside US 20, right next to the NS tracks. (CSX and EEC {WABTEC} can also be seen here.) Here I caught the Erie RR Heritage unit trailing on a NS Intermodal hotshot.

 Erie Heritage 1068 by Richard W, on Flickr

The plaque/sign details the Erie area "Gauge War" that happened in this area. The battle for standard gauge tracks got very heated, and very violent here. (I can not seem to find my picture of the plaque...)

A very neat thing that I captured at that railfan park was 765, on a move from Ashtabula to Buffalo. 

 765 Harborcreek by Richard W, on Flickr

765 on "home rails" sure was cool!!!!

My other lastest capture, in pouring rain, was the Amtrak "Midnight Blue" anniversary unit, in North East. (Background - I knew she was on the LakeShore Limited, and it was not raining at my house when I left. I went to set up at Bort Rd, to shoot from the overpass, when I heard thunder. I glanced at radar to see if it was out over Lake Erie, and it was not. I quickly moved one grade crossing west, and captured a quick shot in the middle of the storm.)

 Amtrak 100 WM by Richard W, on Flickr

No, they did not speckle the Midnight blue paint.... That is how hard it was raining as P048 arrived...

I will share more pics on another day.

Workbench Projects - Have three freight cars ready to paint, assemble, then decal. (Decals arrived this afternoon.) Ordered the correct (I hope) color for a fourth. (Doing the TTX "On Track for a Cure" Railbox, and finding the right shade of pink is not easy!)

The only "prototypical" one will be the TTX one. The other 3 wil be proto-freelanced editions. (No actual 1:1 railcars look like these 3, but they are a very plausible scheme, as the RR does exist in 1:1, they just do not own these types of railcars... But the logo's and car numbers would fit if they did. Custom decals for custom cars that most layouts will not have, but fit my area.)

Layout Room Remodel - 2 weeks it looks like the timeframe for major progress. Big Smile

Temporary loop layout is coming down, and stuff will be moved out of the area for 2 (non-load bearing) walls to come out, and then flooring replaced with laminate "hardwood" style flooring. (Most rolling stock and locomotives boxed back up already.)

The nice thing about the temporary loop layout is it's all on foam, nothing glued down, track simply pinned with straight pins stuck into the foam, so it is very quick to take apart!

Then everything gets moved back in, and the new layout can be started! 

(It will be started in stages, I will get enough set up to start running trains on the old benchwork {that was saved}, then add on the expanded sections as can be afforded {and prices come back to normal} as I progress through the build. Foam already on hand may be used in one area to have the full mainline up quickly.)

Hope all are well, and all enjoy the day!

Ricky W.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, July 23, 2021 3:44 PM

My condolences on your loss of Emily, Mr. B. 

We have a fifteen-year old named Whoopie that, so far, is still active and healthy. It's never easy.


 

I like railroad photos with people in them.

 3/11/78, CS employees by OHFalcon72, on Flickr

This is in New Castle, Pa.  I've always had good luck talking with the B&O crews and employees. They always seemed to be friendly. Same with the Erie and New York Central folks. N&W, around here anyway, not so much.

These SDP40Fs were some of my favorite engines after the old E8s:

 9/12/77, AMT SDP40F 579 by OHFalcon72, on Flickr

 

Looks like the horn got bumped while still in the box?

 Amtrak - 23rd Street by d.w.davidson, on Flickr

Wonder what the story is behind THAT ?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 23, 2021 4:07 PM

Dang Kevin!  You go Dude!

I have a bass guitar.

but I can't compete with this. 

 

A few years ago I had my picture taken with Derek the Jack Link's Sasquatch at a train show.

The members of my model railroad club were saying they could barely tell us apartLaugh  I posted the picture here on the forum and I got the same response from my friends and other members hereHuh?

The times have changed a bit over the last year and a half since you grew your hair out though.

 

Let's have a little side by side comparison and see who has hair more like Bigfoot now if that would be alright.

 

Me

The Jack Link's Sasquatch Derek

Yep, Yep,  I have to be honest and admit that I can see the distinct similarity everyone was talking about back then.

 

Now let's check out your comparison.

 

Kevin

The Jack Link's Sasquatch's brother Darrell who plays guitar

Well! .....It was close but I feel the need to throw in the towel as I definitely know I have been defeated hereLaugh

 

All in good funSmile, Wink & Grin

That is a sweet Stratocaster KevinYes

 

 

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, July 23, 2021 5:35 PM

Good evening. 

Mr B. ..... My sincere condolences to you regarding your loss of Emily, your beloved old cat. 

Ricky ... Thanks for replying back to me. That is very interesting about the RPO car. Your photos are interesting, too. 

TF ..... Oh. That is Sasquatch with you. My mistake. I thought it was Kevin. WhistlingSmile, Wink & GrinLaugh .... LOL 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 23, 2021 6:04 PM

LaughLaughLaughLaugh

You busted my gut Garry! .....Thanks for that!

Nope ..... That really was Sasquatch in St Cloud, Minnesota which is at the tip of some really thick woodsLaugh

 

I would have rather sat around the campfire with Gordon but you get what you get when you get itLaugh

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 23, 2021 8:14 PM

Went to brunch with Judy at the Sheraton Hotel today before it got too hot out. 

Only the third time I had the Stang out this year because it's been too hot to enjoy the ride behind the firewall of the 351.

By 11:00 it was too hot and sticky. 

I can't wait till fall and better yet winter. 

As far as I'm concerned the cold is better than this hot fire and flood crap.

On a happier note I'm finding humor and found some here today as wellSmile  Is there anything better right now? Wink

 

P.S.  I sure liked Imron automotive paint before it was outlawed.

 

 

 

PH

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 23, 2021 10:39 PM

Track fiddler
I sure liked Imron automotive paint before it was outlawed.

Imron is still available. At least that is what the internet says.

I know that at least up until a few years ago, probably even more recently, imron was available as a high-end option for custom over the road trucks.

The last time I checked, it was almost $400.00 a gallon. That probably accounts for it falling into disfavour, and PPG makes some excellent paint that is easier to use and less expensive.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 23, 2021 10:51 PM

But it's not the same stuff Kevin. 

Environmental laws changed the original formula and it's not the same anymore.

It was the best paint on the market at the time and what my Stang was painted with after restoration.  

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 23, 2021 11:24 PM

Track fiddler
Environmental laws changed the original formula and it's not the same.

I think this might be an urban myth.

I have searched the EPA.gov site, and looked through the NSCEP document titled Polution Prevention in the Paint and Coating Industry, and I cannot find anything about Imron being banned or being forced to reformulate.

Imron has changed, and it does not look like DuPont manufacturers it any longer, but it is being made. Not all product changes are driven by the EPA or regulation.

If you were to paint with Imron, your paint booth needs to be equipped to trap all pollutants, but that is not a ban, just good reponsible practice.

I have read a couple of testimonials from painters that say current Imron 5000 works as well as previous products.

There are a lot of downsides to Imron from a professional painter's standpoint. It requires special dedicated equipment, and is very expensive in purchase, equipment, and labor.

It seems like it is just a product whose time came and went.

-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 23, 2021 11:35 PM

One of my friends built this amazing table for playing a Wild West themed role playing game. It is 20mm (1/72) scale. The buildings are made from laser cut thin MDF kits. Everything is painted with Delta Ceramcoat craft paints.

They look good in the picture, but they are mind-blowing in person.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, July 24, 2021 4:17 AM

Good morning Diners.  Tea and toast please, Brunhilda.

Mr B.   Sorry to hear about your cat, Emily.   It is always sad when a family pet passes.   We had cats most of our married life.  Each one still  remembered with affection.

 

We are packed to go on holiday/vacation which starts tomorrow.   If we get through some work that has to be done and Dawn finds a hotel for tonite, then away we will go.

 

Thoughts & Peace to All who Require

 

David

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, July 24, 2021 4:25 AM

I helped my friend paint his CV caboose with Imron. He had a commercial outfit shoot it. They needed a pressure tank with an agitator, full face breathing apparatus. Back in 2002 it was a $10,000. job. Not including "decals", Or the roof or underframe.

I don't know of ANY paints, coatings or even decal inks that haven't gone through many "reformulations" in the past, say 20 years or so.

There was Imron, Imron 3.5, Imron 2000, Imron 5000, Imron Base-Clear 6000 and now it is Imron Elite. Dupont even sold off the company to an outfit named Axalta, as so many big-name corporations do (makes filing claims more difficult)

 RR_views_4043 by Edmund, on Flickr

I remember my favorite Krylon rattle cans going through a formula change back in 2001. It made an awful mess! I wrote to Krylon (Sherwin-Williams, here in Cleveland) and they acted surprised. "Funny you're the first person to mention any problems", they told me. Ha!


 

Again, those B&O crews were usually a friendly bunch.

 CSX Camera Crew - North Alice Yards - Vincennes, Indiana - June 4th, 1994 - Image No. 1 by Historic Railroad Images of the Vincennes Area, on Flickr

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, July 24, 2021 4:43 AM

NorthBrit
We are packed to go on holiday/vacation which starts tomorrow.   If we get through some work that has to be done and Dawn finds a hotel for tonite, then away we will go.

Hi David,

I hope you and Dawn have a really good time!! We are headed out next Wednesday for eight days at a wonderful cottage in north eastern Ontario. Our son and daughter-in-law are joining us. We always have a great time with them. We have lots of decadent meals planned as well as appetizers and cocktails gallore! I just made the stuffed potatoes for one meal last night. They will accompany rib steaks and a Caesar salad with too much garlic. (Okay, it is not possible to have too much garlic, right?)

Get this: I bought a 2 kg box of red licorice to snack on at the cottage. That brings back fond memories from my childhood at our family cottage in Killarney Provincial Park in northern Ontario. I vividly remember my first trip into the cottage when I was seven years old. The place was too isolated to take very young children into so I wasn't allowed to go when I was younger. The place was accessible by water only and in those days it was a two hour trip, that is if the weather was good. We were half way down the bay when my dad reached over into the back seat of the boat and produced a big handful of black licorice. I was already having the adventure of my life and when dad produced the licorice I was in nirvana!!!

Alas, I am the only one in the family who likes black licorice so I have been forced to buy the red variety. I don't think that I will suffer too badly, that is except for my waistline!

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by "JaBear" on Saturday, July 24, 2021 5:24 AM
Sorry to read about your cat Mr. B. Chloe, could you please get Mr. B, one of his favourite craft beers, and put it on my tab.
 
I’ve been enjoying the visits to everyone’s’ location, but with an especial shoutout to Ricky and Douglas.
 
Here’s two items from Otorohanga in the Northern King Country, while not my current locale, I was based there for 5 years in the mid 80’s, though these were taken in August 2017.
 
 
 
1275 by Bear, on Flickr
 
And for the Diner patrons who are also birders, here’s something a bit different, Pukekos, or “Swampies”. Apart from one species of bat, New Zealand had no native mammals so therefore there were many species of flightless birds, and while the pukeko exhibits such behaviour as it prefers to run away and hide in the shrubbery, it can actually fly. They are sometimes viewed as a pest.
Pukeko by Bear, on Flickr
 
Heartland Division CB&Q
TF ..... Canadians also refer to vacation days as holidays. Perhaps, Bear in NZ does that too.
 
Yes Garry, like David, apart from differences in local slang, and colloquialisms, I also use the Queens English, which is why I spell, for example, favourite, colour, harbour, programme etc. However, when relating to model railroad topics on this Forum, I will use the North American Railroad nomenclature to save confusion, though if I was corresponding directly with David about our respective prototype railways, we would be referring to cabooses as guards’ vans.
Accents are, of course, a completely different matter.Laugh
As for holidays, I’m hoping to start on one, this coming Monday, w**k permitting!!
 
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