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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:26 AM

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Ended up changing my password that I had for over 10 years, only way the "system" would let me back in...never heard a peep from repeated request to Customer  Service.

Try going back later and see if you can re-register under your old screen name and password

ED: "Something" must be going around? Sigh

       I suffered a similar 'happenstance' week before last...Got lockrd out of Forum and could not view 'Newswire'... Of Course, it was way after hours, on Firday night. I tried multiple way and reenter PW and Sign-on. Finally, out of frustration, I messaged 'Customer Service'

       The site caution says they will return a 'contact' within 48 hours.Oops

        That put it out to Mon or Tues for 'official response'.....IT did arrive within 48 hours!Wow 

        My "issue' seemed to have been 'fixed'Huh? when I tried it again late monday night. Yeah

        Only problem was,Bang Head when I went to sign on, DA SYSTEM required a change in PasWord, that I had used for so long, I'll probably not remember my new one Confused... SHEESH! Crying 

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     Sometimes, dealing with IT types; One begins to feel like the Driscoll Brothers who have kidnapped Johnny Dorset....[ see O.Henry's " Ransome of Red Chief " ]

I also had issues a couple of weeks ago getting logged in - of course it was over the weekend - went the 'customer service' route - got the 'automatic form response'.  Was able to get back in during the afternoon on Monday without changing user name or password.

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:01 PM

BaltACD

 

 
samfp1943
edblysard

Ended up changing my password that I had for over 10 years, only way the "system" would let me back in...never heard a peep from repeated request to Customer  Service.

Try going back later and see if you can re-register under your old screen name and password

ED: "Something" must be going around? Sigh

       I suffered a similar 'happenstance' week before last...Got lockrd out of Forum and could not view 'Newswire'... Of Course, it was way after hours, on Firday night. I tried multiple way and reenter PW and Sign-on. Finally, out of frustration, I messaged 'Customer Service'

       The site caution says they will return a 'contact' within 48 hours.Oops

        That put it out to Mon or Tues for 'official response'.....IT did arrive within 48 hours!Wow 

        My "issue' seemed to have been 'fixed'Huh? when I tried it again late monday night. Yeah

        Only problem was,Bang Head when I went to sign on, DA SYSTEM required a change in PasWord, that I had used for so long, I'll probably not remember my new one Confused... SHEESH! Crying 

       COMPUTERS! You Love 'em or Hate 'em!  SoapBox  

     Sometimes, dealing with IT types; One begins to feel like the Driscoll Brothers who have kidnapped Johnny Dorset....[ see O.Henry's " Ransome of Red Chief " ]

 

I also had issues a couple of weeks ago getting logged in - of course it was over the weekend - went the 'customer service' route - got the 'automatic form response'.  Was able to get back in during the afternoon on Monday without changing user name or password.

 

Balt, I had the same problem a week and a half ago. I tried what was recommended--get  anew password, etc., get an email note with the new password--and received nothing. Monday, I was able to get in as though nothing had happened (same old access).

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:40 PM

It kept letting me try to log in to no avail. Various members were posting new posts, so either somebody at Kambach didn’t like me or God was saying it’s time to quit this madness cold turkey.

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:36 PM

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It kept letting me try to log in to no avail. Various members were posting new posts, so either somebody at Kambach didn’t like me or God was saying it’s time to quit this madness cold turkey.

I am thinking the Kalmbach IT mavens were 'improving' the system with all their usual havoc and disruption - Geeks don't know when to leave well enough alone.  Try to fix one problem and create 100 more with no real understanding of what the did to create the problems.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:37 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I left work.Chores to do.Friend from NJ is here.Will catch up with him on Saturday.Pen pal called from California last night.He will be selling slides at Marion for Summerrail.(CUT is undergoing renovations.)Best get at it.

stay safe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:51 PM

Sounds like it's a good thing I've been lying low these past few weeks.  Busy driving, you know...

Murphy Siding's suggestion for going to Dell Rapids, SD, was sound.  Lots of freight cars for L. G. Everist, locomotives for the D&I Railroad (DAIR), and some DAIR cabooses, probably not in use.

And Carl's idea to take a shortcut off the original itinerary proved to be very serendipitous!  At Breckenridge, Minnesota (just after leaving North Dakota), we discovered dump cars and other good equipment for both the Red River Valley & Western and the Twin Cities & Western Railroads.  They weem to be a very busy concern around there, with coil steel and some form of grain--we saw one string of at least 50 large covered hoppers (soybean meal?).  Further on, we saw a sad-looking line (possibly the Otter Tail Valley Railroad?) with a trainload of STAX crude-oil tank cars stored on it.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:08 PM

   My wife and I had a good dinner and conversation with Carl and Pat last night.  We then went looking for railcars in all those places they usually are parked- until the day you look for them, and most every track was empty.Sigh

     Carl- They only use the cabooses during the annual Quarry Days, when they give train rides around the quarry property- last weekend.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:11 AM

CShaveRR
Sounds like it's a good thing I've been lying low these past few weeks.  Busy driving, you know...

Well, I've been laying low, but not by choice - looks like I've finally gotten past a major sign-in mess-up and I'm back to being myself again.  

Made an equipment move to Tupper Lake yesterday (two cars, hauled by a 1940-vintage SW1).  110 mile round trip at 10 MPH on our out-of-service track.  Long, long day, but the weather was beautiful and so is the scenery.  Can't wait to take the public on it (perhaps late next year).

On the other hand, I haven't slept that soundly in ages (once I got home and into bed...)

Back on the railroad this weekend.  In the meantime, making preps for the French Festival next weekend, where I once again will spend the day pedalling my you-know-what around a nice little village, hoping none of the 10,000 visitors has a medical emergency...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:53 PM

evening

Ns was clear when I left work.Went into town at home.Csx sent a westbound autorack and stack train.Then they had an eastbound ethanol train.One more day to work.Chores to do here.

stay safe

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Posted by zugmann on Friday, July 1, 2016 1:42 PM

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Made an equipment move to Tupper Lake yesterday (two cars, hauled by a 1940-vintage SW1). 110 mile round trip at 10 MPH on our out-of-service track. Long, long day, but the weather was beautiful and so is the scenery. Can't wait to take the public on it (perhaps late next year).

I had a trip sort of like that.  Only I had a ES40DC leader.  Lots of speed restrictions and MOW stop boards.  As soon as you crawled out of one, you were going into another.  Then stuck behind a local for a little bit. 

 

Next trip I had a brand spanking new Tier 4 leader.  Those engines are even taller than previous ones.  Pretty soon they will dwarf the doublestacks.

  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, July 1, 2016 3:01 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I left work.Local police had a triple fender bender to deal with.Chores to do.Trains to watch tomorrow.Hope everyone has a safe weekend.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, July 1, 2016 3:27 PM

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Next trip I had a brand spanking new Tier 4 leader.  Those engines are even taller than previous ones.  Pretty soon they will dwarf the doublestacks.

So if I am reading you right Zug, that's why I commented to The Driver that some of the newer engines seemed a whole lot "bigger"?  We are pretty close to the ground and they seem to sometimes seem larger than normal.  

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, July 1, 2016 10:35 PM

Norris, I heard about those quarry rides from a couple of the kindly ladies at the quilt store.  They seem to be well received by the townspeople.  Might be worth coming out for one of these times.

Good thing I have all of a long weekend to get caught up on things, now that we're home!  

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Saturday, July 2, 2016 5:25 AM

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Next trip I had a brand spanking new Tier 4 leader.  Those engines are even taller than previous ones.  Pretty soon they will dwarf the doublestacks.

In another thread I asked if the locomotive builders were taking advantage of the larger clearance "plates" (as created for double-stacks), perhaps even building some locomotives that couldn't fit the smaller clearance plates.  That would be to change the internal designs or arrangements, such as taller engines from longer cylinder strokes, etc.  Apparently not quite that much. 
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Posted by Mookie on Saturday, July 2, 2016 4:23 PM

Ho Ho Ho!  Christmas in July!  We never go trackside on Sat, so today I decided I wanted to go.  We were there from about 10:45 to 1:30p  I am not going to belabor how many head ends vs DPU's, but we did see 36 BNSF locomotives of all types, plus one NS.  All but 2 were on trains, either freight or coal, except the two engines that were on the wye.  

And the place we normally sit fairly close to, was being worked on and ballast was being put under the rails.  This was getting bad with coupler jump right in that area.  I am glad to see them working on it.  

After high 90 degree days in June, it was around 64 degrees, with rain and just a wonderful, fun day.  Rain and Trains; can't beat that with a stick!

I am pleased!  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, July 3, 2016 12:47 AM

morning

Just got home from Deshler.The toledo side was quite busy tonight.Q 248 had to use the wyes to turn the power around.Also q 507 had heavy equipment going south on multi axle flat cars.Csx also sent an eastbound work train with tonka toys.Time for bed.

stay safe

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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, July 3, 2016 9:58 AM

While you are waiting for trains:  watch for the guy that drove 3 blocks up to our crossing with 6 sets of tracks, pulls out onto the first set of tracks, makes a U-turn on the tracks to head back the way he came.  He had 2 full residential blocks to turn around in, or where we sit, which is light industry.  Duh 1

Container train, moving slowly out of town on the Amtrak line - the only one that isn't a silent zone.  Church next to tracks having a food/clothing give away.  We couldn't see the reason, but the train had to come to a complete stop and sound the crossing whistle about 8-9 times.  Parking is at a premium during the give away.  But I will let you draw your own conclusions.  (maybe someone brought a white elephant to the sale and was Xing the tracks?)  Duh 2

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Posted by mudchicken on Sunday, July 3, 2016 11:00 PM

Mooks: parked the truck or trailer a tad too close? Engineer may have been venting at some of the finer citizenry... 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, July 4, 2016 6:58 AM

morning

Csx was buisier than I expected yesterday.Q 507 got to watch north of the diamond as other trains went by.Going to enjoy the extra day off.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, July 4, 2016 7:19 AM

Took in the fireworks on the River last night - the town was packed.  I'd bet it took well over an hour to get everyone out of the village.  I didn't wait to see.

I currently run the Monday edition of an amateur radio net locally - lots of folks to check in the AM, despite some problems with the computer access some use.  But we got through it.

Need to put some gas in the truck - probably should have done it last night on the way home from the railroad, but...  And we had a great weekend on the railroad.  I don't know that the trains were officially "sold out," but they were full, and a lot of folks made the paddle down the river, too.  We pick them up and take them back to the station where they meet with the outfitter for a ride back to where they launched.

Today will be travel day - everyone headed back to whence they came.  I'll stick to the back roads so won't see many of them.  Might cook out later, but that'll be the extent of the festivities.

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Posted by Mookie on Monday, July 4, 2016 7:22 AM

mudchicken

Mooks: parked the truck or trailer a tad too close? Engineer may have been venting at some of the finer citizenry... 

 

This was my thinking.  Driver thought it was people that had to get across the tracks to the church side.  Flashing signals, no gates.  But people Xing to get to the church side, to me, wouldn't stop the train totally.  

But a car/truck parked on the tracks in a line of other cars, or at least on part of the track (yes, they would think that a perfect parking place, since it was "open"....)would probably bring the whole train to a dead stop!  

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Posted by Norm48327 on Monday, July 4, 2016 8:03 AM

Larry,

There is no way in h*** I'm going to join the Lemming migration on holidays. Too many squirrels on the road, and I'm not refering to the four-legged kind.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Monday, July 4, 2016 10:31 AM

Had to make an emergency road trip again yesterday afternoon and evening.  My sister and her husband were on Amtrak trying to get home from Gallup to Holland.  The train was late, and the crew said there would be no way to make the connection.  Of course, Amtrak offered them a hotel voucher, but that's not helpful when they had guests coming today.

So we told them to get off the train in Naperville, and we'd pick them up, take them around Chicago, and get them to Michigan City, where our niece could pick them up and bring them back home (niece and her family were staying in their house anyway).  So the road trip had everything to do with trains, but not in a way that I could benefit from it.

We got home at about 10:30 last night, our way illuminated by the rockets' red glare.  One bomb bursted in air so close to the Interstate that I could feel the concussion in my gut.  The festivities became a bit more subdued after we returned to Illinois, but I still felt sorry for our neighbors, who probably had to remain inside and comfort their little, very skittish, dogs.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, July 4, 2016 11:48 AM

CShaveRR
...but I still felt sorry for our neighbors, who probably had to remain inside and comfort their little, very skittish, dogs.

Then there was the couple with their two dogs at the fireworks last night - the dogs were very ho-hum about it all...  Meanwhile, a few feet away, a fellow spent most of the display comforting his German Shepherd...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, July 4, 2016 10:18 PM

evening

Didn't see any dogs tonight at the fireworks.However someones drone might have got too close to the action.Taking a vacation day with Mamma tomorrow.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:37 AM

Deggestry ---  Any smoke or fire damage nearby from the canyon fire ?

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 10:25 AM

blue streak 1

Deggestry ---  Any smoke or fire damage nearby from the canyon fire ?

 

  You are refering to the fire in Weber Canyon, which was started yesterday "by a spark from a train"? I do not know of any smoke or damage down here. According to this morning's paper, the fire is 5-10 percent contained, and may take two to four days to contain.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 4:38 PM

afternoon

Csx had some good stuff today.ND&W went across the diamond and put cars in the siding for CSX.Get to deal with the "big company" that handles our doctors office.Say we owe a bill.Well the cancelled check and account show otherwise.Time to get a new doctor.Back to work tomorrow.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 4:53 PM

Gotta love big business...

Then there was the fellow who got a bill from a company he did business with for $0.00.  He ignored it, as any of us probably would.  Then he started getting dunning letters, each nastier than the last, threatening him with all sorts of negative outcomes if he didn't pay the balance due.

So he wrote them a check for $0.00 and the matter was settled...

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:39 PM

tree68

Gotta love big business...

Then there was the fellow who got a bill from a company he did business with for $0.00.  He ignored it, as any of us probably would.  Then he started getting dunning letters, each nastier than the last, threatening him with all sorts of negative outcomes if he didn't pay the balance due.

So he wrote them a check for $0.00 and the matter was settled...

   I remember reading that many years ago.   That's the kind of thing I suspect would happen when you give computers complete control.

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