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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 6:00 PM

evening

work busy.Ns had an autorack train going west when I got off.They also had tonka toys getting ready for a new crossing uptown.Chores to do.

stay safe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:10 PM

hot and muggy.Ns had a stack train when I left work.Time to eat supper and cool off.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, July 7, 2016 7:26 PM

Hot and muggy here, too.  At least lunch (on a deck next to the St Lawrence River) was nice.

They keep threatening (teasing) that it's gonna rain, but so far that hasn't happened.

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Posted by Lord Atmo on Friday, July 8, 2016 9:50 AM

Hot, muggy, stormy, and rainy here. It's a nice balance at least.

 

Saw an SD60 working the local. Very surprising, but definitely enjoyable. Since the upgrades, Altoona has been a more lively place. 

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, July 8, 2016 10:17 AM

Lord Atmo!  Long time, no see.  Welcome back.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, July 8, 2016 4:54 PM

still muggy here in Nw Ohio.A little work in the morning.Got a wedding tomorrow night.Deshler has their fireworks tomorrow night too.Best place to view? The trainpark.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, July 10, 2016 5:07 PM

evening

muggies are back.Csx has a mess on the Toledo sub at Tontagony Ohio.Five cars jumped the tracks.Reports have the cpl signals surviving.

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Joe

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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, July 10, 2016 6:45 PM

Joe - we were watching Hulcher clean up the last two coal gons from our derailment about a month ago.  They were using a cutting torch (flames were impressive) and piling them in heaps of pieces.  Furx and Tilex probably are not amused.  Grumpy

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Posted by NorthWest on Sunday, July 10, 2016 8:19 PM

Probably expected-the bathtub gondolas lack the inherent strength of a steel hopper. With a center sill they do well in typical railroading forces but any atypical force in a wreck can easily bend them to the point of no repair.

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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, July 10, 2016 9:15 PM

NorthWest

Probably expected-the bathtub gondolas lack the inherent strength of a steel hopper. With a center sill they do well in typical railroading forces but any atypical force in a wreck can easily bend them to the point of no repair.

 

I wondered about that.  They don't look all that damaged and look like a good hammer would straighten them out ala auto bodies.  I noticed they were stacking the wheels in a pile, the sills in a pile, the concrete ties, etc.  Lots of piles. I assume they will put them in rail cars and ship them to I don't know where. Uncle Buffett own any salvage yards?

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, July 10, 2016 9:26 PM

Autos involved in train wrecks are sometimes still nicely secured within the cars, even though the railcars are on their sides or tops. Presumably there is enough damage to what passes for a auto frame these days to simply total the car.

It doesn't take much warp in the frame/body to cause lots of other problems.  

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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, July 10, 2016 10:26 PM

tree68

Autos involved in train wrecks are sometimes still nicely secured within the cars, even though the railcars are on their sides or tops. Presumably there is enough damage to what passes for a auto frame these days to simply total the car.

It doesn't take much warp in the frame/body to cause lots of other problems.  

 

Something else I have noticed:  our city seems to have at least 1-2 "on its side", "on its top" accidents every week or so, along with the rest of the t-bones and "tree/light pole jumped out at me".  Yet, as a passenger, I look at all the cars and see nary a wrinkle in any of them.  Do insurance companies just automatically total them?  And do the drivers just get a new replacement?  Just doesn't seem right since I would bet that most of them are caused by "inattention" - so you get a reward for this?  

The latest fad seems to be just to drive thru red lights.  Most of the time, don't even hesitate!  It is scary out there!

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Posted by NorthWest on Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:06 PM

Most of the autos that are scrapped after derailments (along with many other types of big-ticket items) are scrapped primarily for reasons of liability. It is cheaper for the railroads to replace the cars then to be sued by someone who can trace their car accident back to the railroad accident in a court of law, (whether true or not). This has apparently been done for decades.

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The latest fad seems to be just to drive thru red lights. Most of the time, don't even hesitate! It is scary out there!

I was passed by a tractor trailer doing ten over yesterday!

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, July 11, 2016 7:40 AM

NorthWest
I was passed by a tractor trailer doing ten over yesterday!

You, or the tractor trailer?

I've been told by a former state trooper that "nine is fine," so I keep it below that, which usually puts one within the flow of traffic.

Then there's the folks who blow by you while you're running slightly over the limit, nonchalanty "removing your doors" in the process.  Oftimes you see them visiting with a trooper a ways down the road.  Which is why I always think to myself as they zoom by, "Thanks, trooper bait!"

 

 

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Monday, July 11, 2016 8:56 AM

Mookie
   
 

 

 

Something else I have noticed:  our city seems to have at least 1-2 "on its side", "on its top" accidents every week or so, along with the rest of the t-bones and "tree/light pole jumped out at me".  Yet, as a passenger, I look at all the cars and see nary a wrinkle in any of them.  Do insurance companies just automatically total them?  And do the drivers just get a new replacement?  Just doesn't seem right since I would bet that most of them are caused by "inattention" - so you get a reward for this?  

 

The latest fad seems to be just to drive thru red lights.  Most of the time, don't even hesitate!  It is scary out there!

 

Why bother to slow down for red lights, when they didn't bother to buy insurance either?Mischief

     Where I grew up- Rapid City, SD, for a lot of folks it was a badge of honor to be driving a vehicle that had major damage on at least one corner.  "Check it out!  My car is smashed to heck and it still runs! Who needs insurance..or a license?"Dunce

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Posted by Mookie on Monday, July 11, 2016 11:38 AM

Murphy - I think you explained it all!  For that, you get a cookie.  

I will have it placed on your puter immediately!  Mischief

 

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Monday, July 11, 2016 11:47 AM

I prefer snickerdoodles, unless you happen to be real good at making the peanut butter cookies wit the chocolate star in the middle.

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, July 11, 2016 11:50 AM

100  degrees in Denver and 107 in La Junta yesterday. People are just beginning to emerge from their refrigerators and freezers.

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Posted by Mookie on Monday, July 11, 2016 11:51 AM

My cookie baking depends on having the right utensils...

A pair of sharp scissors to cut open the package!  

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, July 11, 2016 11:56 AM

Murphy Siding

I prefer snickerdoodles, unless you happen to be real good at making the peanut butter cookies wit the chocolate star in the middle.

 

Cat keeps the chocolate, period.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, July 11, 2016 12:05 PM

Murphy Siding

I prefer snickerdoodles, ... 

Made some snickerdoodles and took them to work once.  Discovered my boss liked snickerdoodles.  

Avoided a repeat to prevent appearances of bribery...

Nice here today - supposed to get toasty later in the week.  Still need rain - what we've gotten has been spotty at best.

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Posted by NorthWest on Monday, July 11, 2016 12:17 PM

tree68
You, or the tractor trailer? I've been told by a former state trooper that "nine is fine," so I keep it below that, which usually puts one within the flow of traffic. "

The tractor trailer... Frightening as they are supposed to be the proffesionals...

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Monday, July 11, 2016 1:33 PM

Murphy Siding
Where I grew up- Rapid City, SD, for a lot of folks it was a badge of honor to be driving a vehicle that had major damage on at least one corner. "Check it out! My car is smashed to heck and it still runs!

    That reminds me:  one of my co-workers many, many years ago used to drive a car to work that had been "totaled" twice.

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Posted by Norm48327 on Monday, July 11, 2016 2:06 PM

NorthWest

 

 
tree68
You, or the tractor trailer? I've been told by a former state trooper that "nine is fine," so I keep it below that, which usually puts one within the flow of traffic. "

 

The tractor trailer... Frightening as they are supposed to be the proffesionals...

 

I'd rather drive along with them than some of the idiot four-wheelers.

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Monday, July 11, 2016 2:15 PM

Tree,

Had a couple of friends with the Michigan State Police and they alway used - "eight you skate, nine you're mine".  One was a captain the other was just the size of a wall.

 

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Monday, July 11, 2016 2:55 PM

.     Had an interesting time at the lake between 3 and 5 am Sunday, as a thunderstorm rolled through that was production ready for a horror film.  We had thunder that would shake the ground and last 20 to 30 seconds.  It felt like an earthquake.  The lightning was borderline sureal. At one point I got up and turned on a porch light to see if the roar was hail or just rain.  It was rain- a solid wall of it.  Our son and his barking pig were in his camper.  They had all that fun and high winds rocking the camper.

     

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, July 11, 2016 3:12 PM

evening

got the paperwork snafu(one of them done) hopefully.Ns local was in town when I left work.Didn't see any movement on the ND&W or CSX when we went into Defiance.going to chill.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:11 PM

evening

Ns was clear when I left work. Still warm here in NW ohio.Grass is getting crunchy. Some beans in the fields are too.Maybe some rain tomorrow.We'll see.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 7:39 PM

Back on the road today.  Thanks to construction closures, I couldn't look for trains in my usual places.  But unusual places...can't believe our luck today!  For brunch, we had a Trackmobile spotting coil cars on the spur outside the restaurant.  For turning in Pat's quilt for the challenge at the Coopersville Farm Museum, we saw a Georgetown "Slot Machine" on the Coopersville & Marne Railroad's storage track, with lots of fresh ballast underneath it (that must have been an interesting process--that's not how "Slot Machines" work!).


And tonight, we have a hotel room in the Land of No Trains.  Except that we saw a train from our window!  Well, a yard move, anyway--two MMRR GP38s on the MS, toting about a dozen sand covered hoppers from the sand pit to the yard.  They might go out on tonight's train.

Tomorrow we are going to a meeting to brainstorm for a high-school class reunion next summer.  Celebrating 50 years.  Tonight Pat and I took a girl from my class to dinner.  She was the kind of girl nobody would have thought much about in school...shorthand and typing courses, not a joiner.  But she's really nice, and funny, as we have found out over the past few years.  (She's had a rougher life than we did, but the trials by fire have made her the ideal "free spirit".)

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:34 PM

Tonight was the kickoff firemen's parade at the oldest continously running county fair in the country (199 years).  As president of the county firefighter's association, I was on the reviewing stand to take the salutes of the marching units.

A couple of the high school bands were pretty good.  That's tough this time of year as many of the potential marchers are working summer jobs, which really cuts into the available members.

Tomorrow, the Doobie Brothers in Syracuse!

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