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Posted by CNCharlie on Thursday, February 15, 2024 11:02 AM

Good Morning,

A chilly 3F here but it is sunny.

David,  hope you are better soon. Pnemonia is no fun and I speak from personal experience. I was off work for 4 weeks in Jan. 2000 with it in both lungs. Penicillin and my MIL's chicken soup did the trick. Every 2 days the door bell would ring and 2 sealer jars of it was on the door step delivered by my FIL. 

Brent, sorry to hear of your wife's health issues. Say do Goldens bond to one family member more than anyone else? Our Westies did. The 3 males we had were all my wife's dogs. Only the female was mine. If I went on a business trip she would waiit by the front door for several hours for me to come home. My Afghan was the same but I only had one of that breed. I can't imagine what he would have done with deer running past. Yes I can, he would chase them. 

The consolidation is running great again. The wheels were clean so I cleaned the pickups and took the shell off and did a lubrication. 

Time for more coffee, join me won't you.

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Posted by DigitalGriffin on Thursday, February 15, 2024 11:04 AM

Morning all

Just checking in.  Hope all is well.

Charlie, be sure to keep moving.  That's vital to recovering from pnemonia.  

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Posted by CNCharlie on Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:29 PM

Don,

Thanks for the concern but I am well over it as it was 24 years ago. Doesn't seem that long ago but then life is like a toilet paper roll, the closer to the end the faster it goes.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, February 15, 2024 2:57 PM

Good evening all.   Just checking in.    Thanks guys for the concern regarding my challenge with pneumonia.   Just taking it easy as per doctor's instructions.  

Dawn and the grandchildren are looking after me;  as the grandchildren take care of Dawn also.

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, February 15, 2024 10:53 PM

Hi David,

Here's wishing you a speedy and full recovery!

I had pneumonia when I was in university. What bothered me most was that it took months for my lungs to fully clear. Every time I stepped out into the cold I would start coughing heavily. That lasted all the way through the next winter. I hope you don't suffer the same fate.

Cheers!!

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Posted by wetidlerjr on Friday, February 16, 2024 3:34 AM

Good morning!

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Posted by Water Level Route on Friday, February 16, 2024 7:11 AM

Good Morning Everyone.  Zoe, bacon and eggs please.

Have to take the dogs to the vet in a few minutes to get shot up with heartworm preventative.  This will be an adventure.  Just me + three dogs with ADHD.  I've done this before and it's an experience.

We got some wonderful news yesterday.  One of my daughter's former soccer coaches (a wonderful man - one I seek out to talk to if I see him at a function) was diagnosed two years ago with liver cancer that was quite aggresive.  Chemo and radiation had shrunk it back, but couldn't eliminate it.  He needed a transplant to have any chance.  They had a donor lined up before Christmas, but after extensive testing at the Cleveland clinic it was determined the donor's liver would not work.  They had no other leads.  They got a call on Valentine's day that a deceased donor's liver was available and it was a match for him.  Surgery was yesterday.  As of last night he was stable and in recovery.  Many prayers answered!

To all diners experiencing health issues, I wish you well and hope for a speedy and full recovery from what ails you.  For those without issues, may it stay that way.

Happy Friday!

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Posted by York1 on Friday, February 16, 2024 9:26 AM

Good morning!  Chloe, I'll have bacon, eggs, and black coffee, please.

It snowed last night.  Sigh

The sidewalks and trail were fairly warm yesterday, so the first snow amount last night melted when it hit.  The colder air has now frozen everything, so we have a nice ice layer.  The dog pulling me along on the ice this morning was a real adventure.

An income tax update is due out today if the IRS is on the ball.  I hope so, since I am waiting on that one update for a form I need to file.  I'm getting money back this year, so I want to get this finished.

On the layout, I had a minor victory yesterday.  When I started work on the gas station, it was going to be finished two weeks ago.  Yesterday, I finally finished it.  There were lots of frustrating issues getting it right.

Here's another scene along a route I rode as a child.  I wish I had been older so I could remember more of this.  UP's City of Portland:

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, February 16, 2024 10:11 AM

Good afternoon Diners.   A pot of tea please, Janie.  I'll sit in the corner and rest a little.

No grandchildren today.   They are at  'After School Clubs'.  Therefore I am looking after Dawn and she is looking after me!!!

I preordered some carriages from Hatton's UK  prior to them closing.  They have passed the order to Rails of Sheffield  who are to fulfil the order.  They should contact me, but haven't so far.   I haven't paid for the carriages, but I really want them as soon as they are available.

 

Thoughts & Peace to All who Require

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, February 16, 2024 11:19 AM

We might get snow tonight, our first in a couple of years.  The prediction by some sources is 1-2 inches.  It will be in the mid to upper 30s all night, and 40s tomorrow, but the GF is freaking out about getting to Petco Sunday morning, where she volunteers taking care of the cats.  After a whole day of melting and drying out.

EDIT the next day...we got no snow at all.

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Posted by wetidlerjr on Saturday, February 17, 2024 6:07 AM

Good morning!

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, February 17, 2024 9:20 AM

Good morning diners.

Taxes almost finished!  Some layout work today is possible.

We should get above freezing today with the wind dropping.  That will make the dog-walking exercise a little more pleasant than yesterday.

Turner Classic Movies is having their Oscar month, showing many of the Oscar winning movies over the past 100 years.  Some days I could sit in front of the TV for the entire day.  Not good for me.   I will record some of the best ones so I can watch them later.

Have a great day.

When I rode the City of Portland, we didn't eat in the dome dining car that I remember.  It seems we ate only in a regular diner.  Maybe it would cost more and my mother didn't want to pay that much.

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Posted by wetidlerjr on Sunday, February 18, 2024 6:38 AM

Good morning!

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, February 18, 2024 8:59 AM

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

Here there be cats.                                LIONS with CAMERAS

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Posted by howmus on Sunday, February 18, 2024 1:24 PM

Afternoon Folks!

 

Underpass Bridge?  Here's one from the Finger Lakes Region...

Took a lot of shots of that one and used them to build a similar bridge on my layout several years ago.

73

Wake Up Lion!  Church is over!

Ray Seneca Lake, Ontario, and Western R.R. (S.L.O.&W.) in HO

We'll get there sooner or later! 

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, February 18, 2024 2:26 PM

Good afternoon.  Can I still get some bacon even if it's after 2:00 p.m.?

Lion, that photo reminds us of the waitresses in the diner lately.

It's a beautiful day out today -- the dog is chomping at the bit wanting to walk more than I want to.

After my Sunday afternoon nap, I may still get in some layout time today!

 

Named trains?  Here's one I had never heard of -- The Oriental Limited:

 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, February 18, 2024 2:49 PM

howmus
Wake Up Lion!  Church is over!

 

Eh? What? You must be related to the Prior!

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

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Posted by Water Level Route on Sunday, February 18, 2024 4:04 PM

Good afternoon diners.  Zoe, a big strawberry shortcake please.

After a couple smaller projects on the layout, I turned my attention to the staging yard and determining options to power the turnouts so I can activate them from the other side of the basement.  I immediately identified an issue that may prevent me from using anything other than the Peco undertable machines without a significant amount of work and a bit of being a McGuiver hooking things up.  I reached out to Walthers as I was looking at their machines as an option, but it will not be easy in a couple locations.  We'll see what they have to say.

At that point, I just ran some trains.  That was relaxing.  Needed that.

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, February 18, 2024 8:52 PM

Good Sunday evening from the beautiful West Coast.

Picked my daughter up at the ferry yesterday, she is home for reading week, today she was off to Vancouver to the big three-day Comicon.

Spent the entire day in my mancave playing guitar and working on the coaling tower I am building. It has very much morphed into a scratch build, I am excited by the changes I am making. I had a good scoot yesterday as it was sweatshirt weather. Here are my step and calorie counts for the two days, guess which one is the day in the trainroom.Laugh

 

Here is the stress meter, the red bit was when I realized I was out of scotch!Laugh

CNCharlie
Say do Goldens bond to one family member more than anyone else?

Charlie, our dogs pretty much love us all the same but I have a slight edge because I am the fun guy that does all the hikes and runs with them. I also get covered in dogs when I sit down to watch hockey. The wife is more on the business end of things. She looks after them in every respect making sure they are ready for the show ring. I hate dog shows with a passion.Laugh

Ed, loved the subwoofer pic. Had to pass that one on. Hope your treatments continue to go well.

Probably going to do some browsing at cars this week for my daughter. We bought my son a car when he graduated from University, however, my daughter is never going to stop going to University, her grades are as good as they can be so we figure that is good enough. We could be dead by the time she ever leaves University.Laugh She will need one for the summer to commute to work once she comes home. Over in Victoria, she walks an hour each way to the University to stay in shape and says she has no use for a car over there. I hate car shopping, that's probably why I have always kept my cars for 15 years.Laugh

We canceled Crave for the end of the month, I guess I'll go see if there is something I want to watch before it goes off. Disney is next to go and that will leave us with Prime which we get for free. More than enough for me.

I am really enjoying the photos being posted, keep'em coming.

All the best to all.

 

Brent

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, February 18, 2024 11:57 PM

BATMAN
Good Sunday evening from the beautiful West Coast.

This photo is from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia just after the last storm. There is a certain beauty to it as well, but I'm glad I'm not there!!

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Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, February 19, 2024 3:10 AM

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York1
Bear, my wife and I do very little in the way of streaming programs, but one we have both enjoyed is The Brokenwood Mysteries, filmed in your part of the world.  I will be honest and say that when I watch, I turn on the closed captioning so I can read some of what's said.  I've found that the New Zealand English is easier for me to understand than much of the UK's English.  I love seeing your countryside in that program.  I don't see many mountainous scenes, but the rural views in the show are nice.

Gidday John, I’m pleased you and your wife enjoy “The Brokenwood Mysteries,” and it appears that you will get to see Series 10 before we do. It would appear that Acorn is releasing it, end of April.  
I’ve never really thought about the accent, it’s normal to me, but it is said that we talk too fast, too flat, and use too much slang, when talking to foreigners. I know I’ve lost my Southern accent, “the rolled Rs.”
In conversation with Her-in-Doors we are of the opinion that while Brokenwood is performed using an identifiable NZ accent, they have possibly slowed it down a little, and cut out a lot of slang, presumably to make it more palatable for an overseas audience. Though closed captions would be a must as I understand the show is popular in many counties where English is not the first language.
You won’t see any mountains in Brokenwood as its shot north of Auckland, and the highest terrain in Northland is 2500 feet.
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them. Kia Kaha.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by York1 on Monday, February 19, 2024 8:52 AM

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

My mother grew up on a Nebraska prairie farm, and she always repeated the old saying, "Red sky in morning, sailor take warning."  For this morning's dog walk, it was about 15 minutes before dawn and the entire sky was red from horizon to horizon.  I'm not sure what's up, but the weather forecast doesn't say anything coming our way.  Maybe it's my eyes and not the sky.

Bear, I have to laugh about TV series like The Brokenwood Mysteries and Death in Paradise.  The number of murders in those places competes with the number of murders in Cabot Cove, Maine, on Murder, She Wrote and in the county of Midsomer in Midsomer Murders.  To be safe, avoid those areas!  Smile

Brent, I also hate shopping for cars.  Luckily, my daughters all have husbands that do that now, but my wife and I are now looking for a new one for us.  We both have said this will probably be the last car we buy, so we need to make it one we will like.  I also keep cars forever, but my Durango is now on it's last legs.  I will get rid of it and I will take over driving the Expedition when we get the new car.  I'm sure there will come a time when we go to having just one car, and then if we live long enough, we will have no cars -- we won't need one when we're in a nursing home.

I should have some time for more layout work today.  I'm working on a bank building.  I should finish that, and then I can start on building some kind of streetcar shelter.  I've looked at some online and I think I can put together something.

Have a great day, everyone.

 

One of the great named trains, The Empire Builder:

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, February 19, 2024 10:41 AM

Car (truck) shopping. My neighbor, Sandra, is a salesperson at a large Toyota dealer. The franchise includes GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, etc. and I told her I was shopping for a new truck and that I had found one on an internet search to my liking at one of the dealerships her franchise participated in. She said "what's the stock number?"

She went to the lot and brought the truck to me at home for me to 'test drive' for a day or two and it seemed like a good truck. She did all the paprework, brought me the title, plates and keys and I gave her a check for the total with a pretty decent discount, I might add, and this is probably the truck I'll drive to my funeral.

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I really would have preferred a GMC but there wasn't much to choose from in inventory at the time. I never had to get into my 'city' clothes or even get out of my slippers! 


 The future of Passenger Rail Travel Beckons!

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, February 19, 2024 12:41 PM

Good Monday morning from Sunnyville.

Ed, that is a great way to buy a truck. I bought two new vehicles through a leasing agent that a friend in the automotive industry told me about. He just had an office in a really nice building no lot with cars and phoned me when it would arrive at the parking lot of his building. I saved a bundle both times. Another time I saved a big chunk of cash was when I was working for the Feds. I picked up a lot of new and specialized vehicles over the years from a local dealer and casually mentioned I wanted a specific vehicle for myself not expecting a response. He said let me see what I can do for you. It was a steal of a deal, I guess he appreciated the influence I had when it came to ordering vehicles for the Feds.Laugh When it arrived from back East it was in amongst police cars, and work trucks of all sorts, it definitely stood out from the bunch.

My son's GF needed a new car and just ordered it online and they delivered it right to their condo in a trailer. They got a great price and it did not take time out of her busy work/school schedule. She is really happy with the whole process.

My old truck is 24 and I put 1400km on it last year. I think we will just go to one car soon as the truck just sits there for weeks at a time. My wife goes away to dog shows, the last one was for six days and I never left the house except for scoots with the dogs. I have a garage full of bikes if I really need to go somewhere, it may be 10 to 20 km depending on what I need but I can move pretty well on two wheels.

I bought this as a present to myself when I graduated high school. This pic is just after I started customizing it in 1977. It was really something a year or two after this photo was taken. I'll have to scan some photos of it.

I bought this in 1989, it's a 1990 Mazda RX7 TurboII. I was 32 and had been through a ton of various driving courses provided by the Feds for job reasons and nothing handled like this car, I had to have one.Laugh My all-time favourite car.

 

The Canucks are in Minnesota today and the game starts in 30 minutes.

Go CANUCKS GO!

Same man at the start and twilight of his career.

All the best to all.

 

 

 

Brent

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, February 19, 2024 1:45 PM

Where daughter and only child got her license ar 16 1/2, I bought her a car.  It was a used Toyota Corolla in excellent condition, reasonably low mileage, and what sold me was the "extra airbags" package.  I wanted her to drive around our little, safe town for a while before going off to college on her own.  It worked well.  I occasionally rode with some of her friends  who were just borrowing the family car for a shopping trip or whatever, and I was very happy with my daughter's control and operation of her car compared to them.  Experience makes a difference at that age.

Mike, Phase 1 of my layout was a freestanding 5x12 foot table.  I didn’t know if I'd be able to expand it yet, so I put it on casters so I could rotate it and run it from either side.  My solution to the turnout control issue was to build a control panel, but make sure all the wires could reach just beyond the centerline of the layout table.  That way, I could detach the panel with two screws, crawl under the layout and attach it on the far side.  It worked perfectly, but I never actually used it.

John, why do people in Nebraska have sayings about sailors?

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Posted by York1 on Monday, February 19, 2024 2:59 PM

MisterBeasley
John, why do people in Nebraska have sayings about sailors?

 

We used to have prairie schooners that crossed here, but for the real answer, we have our own navy complete with admirals!

 

 

https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2022/01/19/how-the-landlocked-state-of-nebraska-got-its-own-navy/

York1 John       

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Posted by CNCharlie on Monday, February 19, 2024 11:25 PM

Good Evening,

I'm driving a 2010 car and hopefully it will last another 10 years. In the past 7 months I have driven it about 1,000 miles and that is typical for the past 4 or 5 years. It is in great shape, just need to get the rear trailing arm bushings done, about a $600 job.  I will see if I can get it done for less as there is 1 indepedent shop that does Volvo work. 

John, accents can be tricky. I find some from the southern US difficult but not those from the UK. My grandmother was from England and I never thought she had an accent but likely I was just used to her voice. A lot of the expressions my Dad used came from his parents so I grew up hearing a lot of English idioms. His father was also from England.

Brent, that is interesting to me that Goldens don't pick favourites. When we had 2 Westies, Jamie would be beside my wife at one end of the sofa and Pippa beside me. Both dogs loved watching TV. We couldn't watch any nature shows as they loved to bark at any aninals that came on especially monkeys. Had to be quick on the channel changer if a dog or cat appeared. 

Ran a few trains today. The consolidation is back in the shed. I did some shunting with the SW8. 

Nothing else new. Was a provincial holiday today to honour the fellow, Louis Riel, who pushed to create our province in 1870. His very modest house is not far from me, just across the river. It is a national historic site.

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 12:43 AM

CNCharlie
Was a provincial holiday today to honour the fellow, Louis Riel, who pushed to create our province in 1870.

Hi CNCharlie,

This is a tragic bit of Canadian history. Louis Riel was hung for his efforts to get the Metis people of Manitoba recognized. The British went to war with him and the Metis people solely because of racial prejudice.

Cheers!!

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 3:40 AM

York1
To be safe, avoid those areas! 

 
Just to show How Little I know, more named trains with connections to Kansas City!! One day I might shock myself by putting the brain in gear before typing nonsense…Bang HeadBang Head
 
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Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them. Kia Kaha.
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Posted by wetidlerjr on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 4:23 AM

Good morning!

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