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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, May 7, 2023 11:45 AM

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, May 7, 2023 11:47 AM

gmpullman

 Turntable Illinois Central by Edmund, on Flickr

I wonder why they keep the oxy-acetylene tanks there?

Cheers, Ed

 

 

To thaw things out in the winter?

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, May 7, 2023 11:51 AM

Happy Sunday, everyone.  I need some black coffee, please, Flo.

My wife watched the coronation.  I worked on the railroad.  She loved it.

David, those railbike adventures really look neat.  I would love to do something like that, but I don't know of any in our area.

Kevin, I agree about Deep Space Nine.  Of all the various Star Trek spinoffs, DS9 had the most developed characters and the best writing over a long period of time.

Right after I got my first teaching job, I was single, living in a large city.  One of the teachers found out I liked science fiction.  She invited me to go with her to the Star Trek convention downtown.  This was in 1975.  It was actually more science fiction than Star Trek.

We would spend most of our time in the hotel's theater room, where the original Star Trek episodes were run on the big screen.  It was great seeing them on a big screen -- my largest TV back then was a 24 inch screen.  The crowd would say the lines along with the characters.

That reminds me of another show -- that teacher also took me to my first showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It was a Friday midnight showing in an old run-down theater -- lights broken out, seats torn and ruined, men's bathroom was metal tank along a wall ...

However, it was so much fun.  Audience participation movie!  My fiance didn't think so.  She wanted to leave about half-way through the show.

Young and unmarried!  Then reality hit -- marriage, kids, lawns, grocery shopping -- and all that fluff kind of stuff we did while single went away.

 

This turntable is all that's left in a small town near here.  No tracks, no roundhouse, not even any ruins or foundation visible:

 

 

Have a great, restful Sunday.

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, May 7, 2023 12:06 PM

I see I have tops.

The wife is doing a big prime rib tonight as we have 10 for dinner. Help yourselves, there is lots, we will be eating it all week!Dinner

How to cook the perfect prime rib roast - Victoria Times Colonist

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, May 7, 2023 4:26 PM

That rib roast reminds me of the ones my mother cooked.  Wife can no longer eat meat.  No history of a tick bite.  

Went to a trainshow in the next county.  It was a well attended function.  They also had Steel Track!  I saw 4 different dealers with a big box of it.  I can't remember seeing steel at Timonium in the years before Covid.

Like Timonium, there were dealers with boxes and boxes of Proto E6,7 & *8's.   There was more people with canes, that I ever saw in one place. A new company to me, laser buildings https://www.motrakmodelsusa.com/

A picked up a couple Atlas turnouts, NS not brass or steel, thank you.

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Posted by Water Level Route on Monday, May 8, 2023 5:57 AM

Good Morning Diners.  Janie, blueberry pancakes with a side of sausage please.

Weather started out crummy yesterday, but sure ended beautiful.  Actually felt like it was almost summer for the first time here.  I decided that whatever we had lined up for dinner wasn't acceptable for a day like that, and grilled up some burgers instead.  It was perfect.

I have a boatload of wood scraps in my garage from various projects over the years that I use as kindling in our fire pit.  After some of my latest doings, my big scrap box was literally overflowing.  Had a nice fire last night using nothing but scraps.  Need to do a couple more like that, and I'll be in good shape. Yes  The scrap stockpile needs to go.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Monday, May 8, 2023 6:25 AM

BATMAN

I see I have tops.

The wife is doing a big prime rib tonight as we have 10 for dinner. Help yourselves, there is lots, we will be eating it all week!Dinner

How to cook the perfect prime rib roast - Victoria Times Colonist

 

 

well that got the attentioon of the LION.

Now I have some New York Crumb Cake for Breakfaste....

 

Великий и Славный и самый Имперский ЛЕВ

 

The Route of the Broadway Lion The Largest Subway Layout in North Dakota.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, May 8, 2023 6:50 AM

Tanfield Railway Engine Shed Restoration

 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Monday, May 8, 2023 7:12 AM

The Route of the Broadway Lion The Largest Subway Layout in North Dakota.

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Posted by York1 on Monday, May 8, 2023 7:56 AM

Good morning.  Just checking in.  We're heading out for another funeral.  I'm funeraled out.

Hope everyone has a good Monday.

 

I wonder how long it took someone to build this N Scale model?

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, May 8, 2023 9:43 AM

 

Careful! Somebody out there has a new trick up his paw!

 Bear_Big_Bench by Edmund, on Flickr

Here's what was left of the Ivy City, D.C., roundhouse and turntable(s) in 1977. I'm not aware of any other twin TTs in North America but there may have been. These pits didn't overlap like the N scale model above. I wonder what the advantage to the overlap was? You can't spin one bridge past the other.

 Ivy City Roundhouse Turntable by Edmund, on Flickr

I'm also not sure if a locomotive could run off one TT bridge and directly onto the other? You can just make out the pit outline of the second turntable in this photo.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, May 8, 2023 10:45 AM

BigDaddy

Went to a trainshow in the next county.  It was a well attended function.  They also had Steel Track!  I saw 4 different dealers with a big box of it.  I can't remember seeing steel at Timonium in the years before.

Years after I started the reincarnation of my layout,  I decided to get rid of my piles of old brass track.  I took it to a guy at a train show who was selling brass track.  I asked if he wanted it and gave it to him.  The only thing I kept was a straight section that raised an uncoupling ramp for plastic hook hooks with an electromagnet.  I used that because fixed horn hook uncouplers would open the hopper doors on my Tyco clamshell hoppers and dump the coal.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 8, 2023 11:04 AM

The World Is A Beautiful Place

-Photograph by Kevin Parson

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Good morning everyone. Chloe, just coffee and whole wheat toast for me today. Thank you!

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York1
That reminds me of another show -- that teacher also took me to my first showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It was a Friday midnight showing in an old run-down theater -

I have seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show at least 75 times in the theaters. The first time I saw it I was 13 years old near the University of Florida. I have since seen it in theaters near Louisiana State University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Central Florida. University crowds were the best.

The last time I saw it in a theater was at The Ritz in Tampa. My youngest daughter was 17 and she went dressed as a perfect Floor Show Rocky (girls make the best Rockys), and I went in full drag as Floor Show Janet. We got up on stage and shadow-acted the entire floor show scenes with the ensemble. It was one of the most fun days I have ever had. 

I wish I had video... or maybe not. Seeing 300 pound 6'7" me dressed as Janet might be something best left for the memory banks only.

Since no pictures exist, just use your imagination. Me as Janet, and my beautiful daughter as Rocky. In my mind, we nailed it! Photographs would probably disprove that memory.

Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   Laugh   

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 8, 2023 11:38 PM

I saw a bald eagle eating an opossum on the way to work today!

-Photograph by Kevin Parson

I took that picture with my cell phone. I am surprised it turned out that well.

I wish I would have had my good camera.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 5:57 AM
Gidday Chloe, I’ll have a banana milkshake, please.
 
Had to light the fire on Sunday for the first time this winter, not so much as cold cold, but damp cold.
 
Went to a funeral myself on Monday for an older friend, it’s all very well to say he had a good innings which he did, but having recently glimpsed my own mortality, I begin to wonder how long will be enough! Still, a waste of time looking at the dark side. Life may be too short not to have fun!!Laugh
 
I takes my hat off to you Kevin, for the time you have spent helping out with your friends’ estate.
 
Congrats on the young fellow’s engagement, Batman. It’s probably a lost cause but the MIL should be reminded that it’s the brides’ day, not hers!! Her-in Doors and I just wanted a small wedding but no!! Her-in-Doors, in particular, does not look back on our wedding day with any degree of fondness. With the birth of our son, Her-in-Doors being a tailor by trade, and deciding to be a stay-at-home Mum, started making wedding, and bridesmaids dresses, and while she was doing very well, gave it all away because she got sick and tired of the interference of brides’ mothers in the dress making process!
 
I had to laugh at the bench Ed, things ffolkes do for a hobby! I suspect that those bears may have been formed using a chain saw, which is an art in itself.
 
Speaking of the great photos posted of past railroad infrastructure, what immediately leapt out to me in that photo of the Cedar Hill Terminal, linked by OldEngineman and Ed was the size of that coaling tower, though the whole terminal facility was impressive, especially in the heyday of steam.
 
These links to three photos of the long gone NZR roundhouse at Elmer Lane, kinda pale into insignificance…
 
 
 
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them, Kia Kaha.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile
  
PS. If you’re going to indulge in ice cream, you can’t go past hokey pokey!

 Hokey Pokey by Bear, on Flickr

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 8:28 AM

SeeYou190
Seeing 300 pound 6'7" me dressed as Janet might be something best left for the memory banks only.

Sounds like a John Waters movie.

Here is narrow gauge East Broad Top's TT and roundhouse

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 10:26 AM

Good morning.  Even though it's late morning, it's not too late for bacon and eggs, Chloe.

There's rain on the plain.  That gives me some more time this afternoon for the layout.  Work on the railroad has slowed to a crawl.  I need to hire some new workers.

Have a great day!

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 10:55 AM

BigDaddy
Here is narrow gauge East Broad Top's TT and roundhouse

The EBT roundhouse and turntable from another angle:

 East Broad Top, March 1971 by Edmund, on Flickr

Here's an overall view of Rockhill Furnace:

 200222_7_rockhill by lmyers83, on Flickr

I was around five years of age when my dad brought me to visit the EBT in 1960 or '61. I'm amazed it has survived in this condition and, in fact, is presently undergoing an overhaul and restoration including rehabilitating long-unused trackage. Wonderful.

The rain has let up for a while and temps are nearing the 70s. So far so good...

Cheers, Ed

 

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Posted by Water Level Route on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 11:40 AM

Howdy diners.  Flo, I'll take a club sandwich and a side of cottage cheese please.

Not much news from my stretch of the world.  

JaBear
not so much as cold cold, but damp cold.

Isn't if funny how dampness can do that?  Last night we were driving to watch my daughter's soccer game when it started raining.  There we sat in a temperature controlled car and started feeling chilly.  Had the same thing happen over the weekend at home.  Sitting in our nice warm house, starts raining outside, felt chilly.  Weird.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 12:06 PM

The World Is A Beautiful Place

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Good morning everyone. Chloe, seeing as it is now the afternoon, how about a corned beef sandwich on rye with a big glass of root beer?

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One of the young women I work with is having her last day at work today. She was accepted into the optometry program she applied to, and is moving on with her life.

She was one of my favorite co-workers, and I am going to miss her a lot.

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BigDaddy
Sounds like a John Waters movie.

My favorite John Waters movie is Cry Baby, but there are some of his more-liked movies I still have not seen.

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Posted by up831 on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 12:46 PM

Hi Everyone,

Brunhilde, coffee with cream, please.

went to see a granddaughter's kindergarten class do a singing program at her school.  When kids are that young, they're just precious.  They ended the program with "Baby Shark," at least I think it was.  I think the "do do do ta do's" threw the kids off a bit.  But then again, I couldn't be sure.  The teacher played what looked like an Alvarez Yairi that was in excellent condition.  Hee was doing the motions to get the kids going then he'd strum along.  It was an enjoyable show, but then any show with a granddaughter in it is enjoyable.  No bias there!

John and Ed:  I had never seen or even heard of a two turntable roundhouse before.  Very unique and interesting.  Does this mean we should call it an oval house?

My wife and I went to the Tiffany theater on Sunset to see the mid night "Rocky Horror" show several times back then.  I was amazed to see all these people dressed like and miming the parts to the songs before the showing.  Then they'd add dialogue during the movie.  Some of it was cute and semi-intelligent.  Some was just crass.  Oh well.  I kind of thought that with everyone wanting to go as Frankenfurter or Riff Raff or Magenta, if I would ever do such a thing I'd want to go as Brad Majors complete with suit, briefcase, and nerd glasses. But with my hair length back then, I couldn't have pulled it off. LaughLaughPirate

Nothing to report MRR wise at the moment.

Less is more,...more or less!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 11:11 PM

Weird day at work. The store was slow, and everybody was in a glum mood.

I have no idea why, but I was apparently the only one that didn't get the memo.

up831
 Oh well.  I kind of thought that with everyone wanting to go as Frankenfurter or Riff Raff or Magenta, if I would ever do such a thing I'd want to go as Brad Majors complete with suit, briefcase, and nerd glasses.

Most of the time I dressed up, I went as Eddie. With the size of me, that was really the only character I could pull off. Plus, he had the best song.

It was not until I was in my forties that I finally went a couple of times as Magenta. That was a ton more fun. I only went once as Janet.

up831
 Some of it was cute and semi-intelligent.  Some was just crass.

One of the worst things that happened to RHPS was the release of the audience par-tic-i...pation guide on VHS. I don't know what idiot put that together, but it was very crass and juvenile, and then that became how everybody did it.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 9:28 AM

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Good morning everyone. Sure seems quiet in here. Chloe, I will have a scrambled egg sandwich with a ton of cheese this morning.

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My youngest daughter called me about 15 minutes ago. She moved back to Orlando from Los Angeles last year, and has just completed her first year at UCF.

Now she has decided she is moving to Tacoma, Washington, and is going to spend all Summer driving there and seeing the country.

She found an older couple in Tacoma that is building an apartment over their garage and wants someone to live there, free of charge, and take care of their dogs and just kind of look after them. She decided that sounds like a great plan.

She is off on another adventure.

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 10:37 AM

Good morning, diners.  Brunhilda, I'll have bacon, eggs, and black coffee, please.

Two of the three daughters and families are coming this weekend for Mother's Day.  That means cleaning the house, cleaning the bathrooms, getting the bedrooms ready, etc.  We don't clean very well unless we have company coming, so this is a good thing!

 

SeeYou190
She is off on another adventure.

That sounds like a great experience.  This is the time in her life she can do things like that.  Getting old and responsible takes a lot of adventure out of life!

 

up831
I had never seen or even heard of a two turntable roundhouse before.  Very unique and interesting.  Does this mean we should call it an oval house?

I also had never seen something like that.  The model one seems to show the turntables overlapping, which seems to stop one table from rotating completely if the other turntable is at a certain position.  The photo of the real double turntable looks like both were independent of each other.

I wonder if there were ever any other examples of this setup?

 

I don't have any photos of the roundhouse and turntable at the BNSF yard in Lincoln, NE.  I could not get close enough for any photos.  I understand the turntable is still used to reverse locomotives' direction, but all the other tracks are gone and the roundhouse is for storage.

The Lincoln BNSF Hobson Yards are impressive.  You can see them as you cross over the yards on Highway 77, but there's nowhere to stop or get a photo:

 

Have a good day, everyone.  Only two more days until the weekend.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 10:52 AM

York1
That sounds like a great experience.  This is the time in her life she can do things like that.  Getting old and responsible takes a lot of adventure out of life!

I doubt she is ever going to become responsible.

She has so much fun, but I don't know if anyone could ever keep up with her.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 5:27 PM

I went to EBT not knowing it was closed.  This was before 2014.  It wasn't roped off in any way and I walked right up to the buildings and looked in the windows.  They have a very active Facebook page for anyone who is interested.  I'm glad it was in an area that wasn't prone to massive vandalization.

Kevin, a friend's son from residency is a computer programmer, traveling the world with his laptop, somehow making a living.  He is currently in Singapore.  He's probably too old for you daughter.

I used to explore Baltimore, when it was still safe to do so.  The Inner Harbor, when it was just part of the harbor, abandoned buildings etc.  I was at Port Covington, where Under Armour is now and found the abandoned Western Maryland turntable. There were no tracks anywhere nearby.  There was a massive builders plate on the side, held on by 1" rusty nuts.  I did not have the tools, and possibly a torch to remove that plate and regret it to this day.

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Posted by OldEngineman on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 7:38 PM

Since East Broad Top's roundhouse has been getting posts, here's the roundhouse back in September 2014. Stopped by and nobody around at all.

And... the other side (is it "the back" or "the front"?):

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 7:49 PM

Turntables?

Here's one still working....  In use!

Steamtown several years ago.  We rode behind the Loco when we were there.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 11:07 PM

Ulrich sent me this image of a roundhouse with two turntables! I believe that the N scale roundhouse that York1 John was modeled after this. It was located in Hamburg-Altona.

I guess it should be called an 'oval house'!Smile, Wink & GrinLaugh

I wonder how many times a locomotive was driven into the adjoining pit?Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, May 11, 2023 5:26 AM

Turntabe at Ferryhill,  Aberdeen.

 

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