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Posted by maxman on Monday, June 12, 2023 11:18 AM

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Monday.  For 45 years I didn't like that word. 

I never liked Sunday.  Because this was the closest you got to Monday.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, June 12, 2023 11:27 AM

maxman
I never liked Sunday.  Because this was the closest you got to Monday.

My days off are Thursday and Friday... now I hate Saturdays!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, June 12, 2023 11:59 AM

Gotcha!

Although, looking like Sanford and Son coming down the road,

I've always preferred trying not to look like thatLaugh

 

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Posted by dti406 on Monday, June 12, 2023 12:41 PM

Track fiddler

Good morning

She needs a new door skin after getting her cleaned up this Spring.  There's lots of salt up here during the cold seasonWhistling

No Sir!, that's not happening on my watch.  Ain't no Mustang, but my truck don't deserve this kind of abuse either.

Figured the Pony Car got new door skins restored 45 years ago, so might as well take care of the Ram now too.

Not too bad for 20 years, and I'll update you when Her door feels a whole lot betterWink

 

TF

 

In Colorado and Alaska we didn't have to worry about this kind of salt damage since both states used gravel for ice control. But one had to replace their windshield every so often as the windshield got so pitted you couldn't see out of it.

 

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Posted by howmus on Monday, June 12, 2023 1:59 PM

[quote user="Track fiddler"]

She needs a new door skin after getting her cleaned up this Spring.  There's lots of salt up here during the cold seasonWhistling

Nah...  That'll buff right out...!

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, June 12, 2023 7:44 PM

maxman
However, if your new Odyssey comes with what Honda calls "auto idle stop", let us know your opinion of that:

Hi again maxman,

I drove the van for the second time today. The 'stop idle' system did not come on automatically when I started the car. Apparently Honda has recognized the fact that a lot of people don't like the system. I believe the video that you posted that required wiring modifications to override the stop idle system referred to previous model years.

I also got another chance to evaluate the Bridgestone Turanza tires and I think that they are garbage! They would not track in a straight line. They wandered around in the lane without the steering wheel having been moved, and they provided no feedback through the steering wheel when they wandered. The old van with Michelins on it tracked as straight as an arrow and was relaxing to drive. The new van with the Bridgestones installed required constant input to keep it going in a straight line.

I called the Honda dealer this morning and they agreed to replace the Bridgestones with Michelin Crossclimate 2s for $50.00 per tire plus installation. I think that is a very fair deal.

Cheers!!

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:38 AM
Gidday Chloe, looks like it’s going to be another frost tonight, so could I have a mug of Horlicks, please.
 
Originally the North End Signal box at the Paekakariki Yard, and made redundant with the introduction of CTC, this signal box is now on display at the Ohakune Railway Station.
 
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Some thing to listen to while I bank the fire before I hit the hay.
 
 
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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:51 AM

Peter Gabriel -  Solsbury Hill.

A favourite of mine.

 

Also -   Book of Love.

From a film both Dawn and I love to watch.  -  Shall We Dance.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4wTBWtzjPc&ab_channel=rorywilliams

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 9:58 AM

Good morning.  Bacon, eggs, and coffee, please.

It's a strange week.  Last week, I told my wife I had nothing scheduled this week, and I hoped it would stay that way.  I should never have jinxed myself by saying that.  Between meetings, funerals, and appointments, I have something going on every day.

On top of that, Daisy the Dachshund is getting me up in the middle of the night to go outside.  We've had a lot of warnings about Daisy over the past two years, but she always seems to snap out of it.  I've mentioned before that two years ago, the vet told us she had just days to live.  Now, two years later, it seems this time she may not hang on.  She's not in any pain, but she's losing weight and sleeps more than ever.  I'm hoping she goes before I leave in two weeks.

Sunday, I missed going to see Union Pacific's Big Boy.  It passed about 40 miles north of us.  It was headed to Omaha for the College World Series.  Union Pacific has tracks that run right in front of the stadium, so they put it on display for all the fans to see.

Hope everyone has a great day.

 

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 12:18 PM

NorthBrit

Peter Gabriel -  Solsbury Hill.

A favourite of mine.

David

Last night on the way back from Myrtle Beach, we were running late so we stopped for dinner in Salisbury, Maryland at, what else, a brewpub.  A short freight went by outside, and the bartender told us we could get shots of rye for $2.50 when a train goes by.  Some cheap no-name brand, but nice to see them recognize the railroad in a positive way.

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

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Posted by maxman on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 12:43 PM

NorthBrit
From a film both Dawn and I love to watch.  -  Shall We Dance.

 

I liked that film too, especially the following scene.

 

Unfortunately when my boss says "don't say anything, don't think", there never seems to be any dancing involved.

Some other guys have all the luck.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 12:46 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Daisy the Dachshund John.

We know how hard this is when we had to see Nellie go.

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:42 PM

Track fiddler
I'm so sorry to hear about Daisy the Dachshund John.

 

I appreciate that, but I'm not to the point yet where I say, "That's it."  She has fooled us so many times that I've almost become numb thinking about not having her here.  It's very possible this is a false alarm, and in several days she will be running around the yard barking at leaves and clouds.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:56 PM

Some Obscured By Clouds

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:47 PM

Good Afternoon,

Another hot, dry day here. Wish it would rain.

John, hope Daisy is ok. Our Pippa (Westie) slept a lot and got thin after she turned 15 but stayed with us to 16 1/2. 

Dave, good news about the tires. I have Michelins on my car. They do track well but are V speed rated as specified by Volvo. They have stiff sidewalls and only last 40k miles as the rubber is softer and more sticky . If you want good handling, look to the speed rating. I did a lot of research on this before replacing the tires when I had my S70. It had a very firm ride partly due to the tires but changing lanes at 60 mph was just a flick of the wrist. I kept with the Michelin Pilots.

We have about 60% of the planting done. Nothing else is new here. 

TF, my parents had  '67 Fargo that had kick panel ventilation due to salt. Hit a big puddle and your left pant leg might get wet. Delivered a lot of freezers with that truck. It was amazingly good in snow. 

CN Charlie

 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 4:05 AM

Good morning Diners.

Wall to wall sunshine.

 

Crabley Creek Signal Box.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYZrwgHbsdg&ab_channel=ALWResearchTeam

 

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 8:35 AM

Good morning, diners.  Bacon, eggs, and black coffee, please.  It was a long night with little sleep.

My neighbor put in lawn sprinklers and then killed off his old grass and planted an all-new lawn.  He has been watering several times everyday, and the new grass looks great.  However!  The town's water department called him yesterday and wanted to check his house for water leaks.  They said his water usage was so much higher than normal that they suspected something was wrong.  He assured them he was just using more water on the lawn.  He said he was going to be in shock when the water bill comes.

I'm taking the Expedition in for an oil change.  The past several years, I have quit doing that myself.  I think I'm through with doing my last climbing under cars.

Have a great day, everyone.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 11:13 AM

The World Is A Beautiful Place

-Photograph by Kevin Parson

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Good morning everyone. Chloe, please bring me a toasted english muffin with butter and a pan fried pork chop. Oh, I will also have a side of hash browns.

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Tomorrow and Friday will be two heavy days of working on the house. I need to get all the final trim done around the soffit, and get it ready for painting.

Almost there.

CNCharlie
My parents had  '67 Fargo that had kick panel ventilation due to salt. Hit a big puddle and your left pant leg might get wet. Delivered a lot of freezers with that truck.

I think it was just how I was raised... we always had a truck, but it was always a beater. My dad and his brothers never took care of their trucks, but as long as they ran well, they stuck around.

My grandfather was the same way. He had a 30+ year old truck in the barn for "when he needed it". I never saw that truck run. Whenever we visited we rode in the Cadillac.

I have had three. All have lasted for a long time, but none were ever cared for at all. 

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 1:10 PM

My truck is 23 years old and the only thing that doesn't work are the electric door locks, but it never gets locked anyway so it doesn't matter. If I have the pressure washer out and the truck is nearby I will blast the truck every year or so.

I paid $34,000.00 for it in Sept 2000, it is a 2001. I was just offered $18000.00 for it a month ago by a contractor at Home Depot. That's pretty good! It has 260,000km on it. I have no plans to sell.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 1:51 PM

Good evening Diners.  

Dinner  Just made  Chicken Schnitzel,  Potato Wedges and Salad,    a long cool drink of Irn Bru please, Brunhilda.

Older granddaughter asked me if I would attend her school concert today.  Off course I did.

 

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Posted by maxman on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 3:33 PM

BATMAN
If I have the pressure washer out and the truck is nearby I will blast the truck every year or so.

If you cleaned it more often you wouldn't have that green stuff growing in the bed.

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 3:36 PM

maxman

 

 
BATMAN
If I have the pressure washer out and the truck is nearby I will blast the truck every year or so.

 

If you cleaned it more often you wouldn't have that green stuff growing in the bed.

 

LaughLaughLaugh

I like growing my own.Smile, Wink & GrinLaugh

It has brought home a lot of Christmas trees in the last 23 years.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 4:09 PM

After some cogitating (that's what us old codgers do - right?Smile, Wink & Grin), I have decided to admit that I was wrong by having such a negative attitude towards the modern safety features on the new van. This afternoon I turned them all on (except for the stop idle - that one I truly hate). We shall see what we shall see!

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 4:58 PM

hon30critter

After some cogitating (that's what us old codgers do - right?Smile, Wink & Grin), I have decided to admit that I was wrong by having such a negative attitude towards the modern safety features on the new van. This afternoon I turned them all on (except for the stop idle - that one I truly hate). We shall see what we shall see!

Cheers!!

Dave

 

I truly wish I had them on my old truck Dave, it is a bit of an adjustment climbing back into that thing if I haven't driven it for a while. 

I kind of agree with you on the stop idle thing, though I have not owned one, I have had rentals with it and I think it takes getting used to.

Our Toyota is a Hybrid and a couple of times I have gotten out of the thing and left it on.Dunce It makes no noise. We went for lunch at "The Flying Beaver" and anyone could have climbed in and driven off in it.Laugh

In urban areas, the steering thing gets a bit of getting used to, but like I said if you are paying attention to driving as you should be, you will never know it is on because it won't be steering you back into the proper lane position because you should already be there. Pirate

On the highway on a long trip, it is amazing. They call it anti-fatigue steering and it really makes a huge difference having it make the corrections for you. While you still need to hold the wheel it keeps the car perfectly centered in the lane and you soon realize it corrects before you would. On the highway, you hardly notice it working, whereas in the city the corrections are much more abrupt.

The other thing that is great is the cruise control that keeps you at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. It is good in light traffic, however, in heavier traffic I found it applies the brakes way more often than I would as it can't anticipate the same way we do. I could see spending a lot on brake pads. As soon as it starts using the brakes I turn it off. It still won't let me run into anything though.Laugh

 

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, June 15, 2023 12:29 AM

 

One for John out in flyover country (especially nice if you're flying a Big Boy!)

Yes, classification lights count as signals Yes

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, June 15, 2023 12:46 AM

gmpullman
Especially nice if you're flying a Big Boy!

Great video Ed. Thank you for sharing.

Had a nice surprise today... my youngest daughter was at my house when I got home. She moved up her date to move out West. She is leaving in two weeks.

I hope I see her a lot more before she leaves.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, June 15, 2023 5:19 AM

Trying again as I am 'Forbidden 403'.   Frustrating.

Gardeners' are here.

Dawn's Physiotherapist is here.

Family visiting this afternoon.

 

Fenny Compton Signal Box.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2RVtnkfUCU&ab_channel=RobertScarfe

 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, June 15, 2023 7:32 AM

Good morning, diners.

Getting ready to head out the door for another funeral.  This one is for a close friend and school board chairman.  I'll be one of the 'honorary' pallbearers.  I think that means that I'm too old to actually carry the coffin.  A nice thing about funerals and memorial get-togethers is the reunion of friends, many of whom I've haven't seen in a long time.  Today's funeral will have students who've graduated and I haven't seen in 30 years.

 

SeeYou190
Had a nice surprise today... my youngest daughter was at my house when I got home. She moved up her date to move out West. She is leaving in two weeks.

Great surprise.  That's too bad she's moving that far away again.  It's just a good excuse for another road trip, and you can take more great pictures of the countryside.

 

Daisy the Dachshund finally bit the dust yesterday.  The house is empty today, and my wife has been crying.  One thing we've talked about is that we again can take off and drive places without worrying about the dog.

 

Ed, that is a neat video of Big Boy going to Omaha.  It's also neat the Union Pacific has the train parked right across the street from the stadium entrance.  People from all over the country who attend the next two weeks' games will see it sitting there.

Have a great day, everyone.

 

St. Paul:

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Posted by CNCharlie on Thursday, June 15, 2023 8:57 AM

 

Good morning, 

 John, so sorry to hear about Daisy. Always tough when beloved pets go. The memories are great to have, I still think of Nazareth, my Afghan Hound and he has been gone 40 years.

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Posted by Doughless on Thursday, June 15, 2023 9:25 AM

SeeYou190

 

 
gmpullman
Especially nice if you're flying a Big Boy!

 

Great video Ed. Thank you for sharing.

Had a nice surprise today... my youngest daughter was at my house when I got home. She moved up her date to move out West. She is leaving in two weeks.

I hope I see her a lot more before she leaves.

-Kevin

 

My oldest daughter is graduating PA school and then is moving to Seattle.  Me and the wife will be driving her car out there for her.....from Georgia.  

Sorry, I won't be able to chronicle the trip for the forum like you did, but I might have some of the same experiences.  Maybe see some hobby shops along the way, or interesting right-of-ways.

Even though it will be early August, I will still pack a jacket.  LOL.

- Douglas

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