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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, April 10, 2023 1:51 PM

Afternoon 

It was a Monday.ns has stuff uptown.still have a box car on our dock.need to run errands.mowing season has started.

Stay safe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 1:49 PM

Afternoon 

Ns has cars uptown.They also still have the box car on our dock.They sent a wb after work.Need to go into town and run errands.

Stay safe

Joe 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 2:32 PM

afternoon

Ns still has stuff uptown.They have also brought another boxcar to our dock.Saw on the news where Big Brother wants to look at the states along the Colorado river.Said everyone should hug??Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, April 13, 2023 4:13 PM

evening

Ns sent one through town after work today.Still 2 boxcars on our dock.Came home and took care of the yard.Glad tomorrow is Friday.Brother has a birthday on Saturday.Chores to do inside.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, April 14, 2023 2:18 PM

afternoon

Ns has stuff uptown.Plus the 2 boxcars on our dock.Chores to do here.Tomorrow going to see Brother for his birthday.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, April 14, 2023 6:19 PM

Grass fire season is here, despite a statewide burn ban.  The environmental conservation police and forest rangers are busy writing tickets this year.  Hopefully the judges will make them stick.  For some people, that's the only way to get their attention and make them figure out that the ban applies to them, too.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, April 15, 2023 8:02 PM

evening

Brother had a good birthday today.We were able to get him out and about.Ns ran some trains.Even had a Herzog tie unit near Waterloo Indiana.Came home and after supper went for a walk in Defiance.Csx sent 2 eastbounds.Tomorrow Mother nature to send rain and then the temps go down as well.As far as burning niece and her squad have been busy all week with brush fires here as well.Going to download pictures.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, April 15, 2023 8:15 PM

Fired up the lawn mower yesterday - initially the battery was dead - put the battery charger on it and it fired  right up. The fuel I used for its last 2022 use was from my non-ethanol race fuel.  The one year I let it set with the E-10 that is the normal fuel these days - the ethanol attracted the water vaport from the air and corroded the small passages in the carburetor.

Got the side yard cut and started into the front yard - heard some louder than normal noised from the mower deck and it stopped working - cursory check showed the mower deck drive belt was thrown - deeper check showed the bearing holder for one of the blades was broken that the drive pully had dropped about 3 inches to be a deck level. 

Put it on my trailer and towed it to the lawn mower repair shop this morning.  Time will tell $$$$$$

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, April 15, 2023 10:20 PM

I've had the mower (zero-turn) out several times, but only to haul the yard cart around.  I cut down one stem of a locust tree that was splitting away and a few of the lower trunk pieces are a little large to be hauling around by hand.  

Now I'm waiting for a friend to come pick up the wood that I've piled in the front yard.

But we are enjoying some nice weather - the weather station says +86°F for a high.  Cooling off in coming days, though.

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Sunday, April 16, 2023 12:30 AM

tree68
But we are enjoying some nice weather - the weather station says +86°F for a high.

   Glad you put that "+" in front of the temp.   Avoids confusion.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, April 16, 2023 11:02 AM

afternoon

Had a turkey visit our back yard this morning.Went into town for a walk.The NDW yard is a bit empty.Csx had 1 and 2 lined for eb but we couldn't wait for very long.Just had a couple sprinkles so far.College boy if off to his railroad club this afternoon.Back to work tomorrow.

stay safe

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 16, 2023 12:29 PM

Paul of Covington
Glad you put that "+" in front of the temp.   Avoids confusion.

Given that this is the north country, and it's April, one never knows what to expect.Stick out tongue

I recently discovered how to put a degree sign into the temp, so that's newish.  I've been using the plus or minus and the F  for quite a while.

 

 

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 16, 2023 12:44 PM

Very long night last night, and right into this morning.

Went out to my back yard to check out the Lyrid meteor shower shortly after midnight.  Scored a few before I noticed an odd orange glow in the sky.  Our streetlights are all LED, so it's not like it was from sodium streetlights.

Walked to the front of the house and discovered heavy fire sprouting from a couple of windows of the local watering hole.  Cue the call to 9-1-1, a rush to grab my shoes (it was almost bedtime - I was in my slippers), and into my vehicle for the short drive to the fire station.

By this time, dispatch had played their music (pager tones) and one of our firefighters met me at the station.  We drove the two short blocks to the fire scene to discover that the fire now had hold of the entire second floor and was through the roof.

With limited initial manpower and equipment, we didn't stand a chance.  Eventually, the fire went to a fourth alarm and involved a small house next to the bar.

Investigators laid the blame to a small freezer located on the second floor.  It eventually fell through the floor into the kitchen area below.  The oil in the fryers in the kitchen didn't help the cause one bit...

This image was from shortly after our arrival.  The hose lines are from the pumper I was running.  We had water issues initially, until we got sufficient manpower and apparatus on the scene.

This will mess my sleep up for a few days - up all night, nap during the day, can't sleep again at night because I slept during the day...

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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, April 16, 2023 6:03 PM

tree68
Very long night last night, and right into this morning.

Went out to my back yard to check out the Lyrid meteor shower shortly after midnight.  Scored a few before I noticed an odd orange glow in the sky.  Our streetlights are all LED, so it's not like it was from sodium streetlights.

Walked to the front of the house and discovered heavy fire sprouting from a couple of windows of the local watering hole.  Cue the call to 9-1-1, a rush to grab my shoes (it was almost bedtime - I was in my slippers), and into my vehicle for the short drive to the fire station.

By this time, dispatch had played their music (pager tones) and one of our firefighters met me at the station.  We drove the two short blocks to the fire scene to discover that the fire now had hold of the entire second floor and was through the roof.

With limited initial manpower and equipment, we didn't stand a chance.  Eventually, the fire went to a fourth alarm and involved a small house next to the bar.

Investigators laid the blame to a small freezer located on the second floor.  It eventually fell through the floor into the kitchen area below.  The oil in the fryers in the kitchen didn't help the cause one bit...

This image was from shortly after our arrival.  The hose lines are from the pumper I was running.  We had water issues initially, until we got sufficient manpower and apparatus on the scene.

This will mess my sleep up for a few days - up all night, nap during the day, can't sleep again at night because I slept during the day...

^

At least it wasn't a plastics plant!  They seem to be all the rage for fires right now.

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Posted by zugmann on Sunday, April 16, 2023 7:06 PM

Careful Larry - they'll blame that fire on the railroad since you found it. 

  

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 16, 2023 7:20 PM

My name showed up on our text paging as the caller - pretty much everyone knew when they saw that knew that it would be the real deal.  It sure was.  

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 16, 2023 7:23 PM

BaltACD
At least it wasn't a plastics plant!  They seem to be all the rage for fires right now.

I have to imagine that the liquor behind the bar didn't help any.

The building was in the vicinity of 100 years old - maybe older.  Lots of dry wood...

At this point, the fire is mostly out and the investigators have begun their work:  The aftermath...

That was taken from my vantage point on the pumper.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, April 17, 2023 2:30 PM

afternoon

Ns has plenty of stuff uptown.Tomorrow is a meeting in Deshler.Chores to do here.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 12:52 PM

Minnesota Zephyr F7A #788 has now arrived in La Junta and is the third "stuffed & mounted" locomotive in town. (Baldwin 4-6-2, Plymouth ML6 and now EMD F7A) It is going to live out its days as a rental cabin at the KOA campground west of town. It has no prime mover and will be painted in Santa Fe  warbonnet colors....  https://youtu.be/RKAPnTKGpUY   

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 1:51 PM

Not unlike the GN F45 shell at the Izaak Walton Inn in Montana.  At least it isn't being turned into razor blades.

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Posted by adkrr64 on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 2:30 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH
Not unlike the GN F45 shell at the Izaak Walton Inn in Montana.  At least it isn't being turned into razor blades.

That shell is an incredibly nice "hotel" room with a picture window view of the BNSF main. The cab is still intact with an AAR control stand and fireman seat. When I was there (2013), it also had working headlight and MARS lights which could be activated from the appropriate switches on the control stand. The engine room fans are still there, covered with plexiglass to form skylights in the bedroom.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 8:02 PM

evening

Ns sent a westbound after work.They have cars uptown.The also had a bulkhead flatcar join the 2 boxcars on our dock.All are empty.Went over to Deshler and trimmed a bit before the meeting.Csx was running stuff through.Had a sperry car wanting to come out at East Defiance on the way home.Need to post meeting notes then it's time for bed.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 4:24 PM

evening

Ns had stuff uptown.Did see them pick up the cars off our dock today.Came home and worked in the yard.Nice tomorrow but rain on the weekend.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 7:20 PM

Somebody PLEASE drug test Mother Nature.

Went from 55 degrees to driving snow and toppled trees in 90 minutes.

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, April 20, 2023 10:03 AM

mudchicken

Somebody PLEASE drug test Mother Nature.

Went from 55 degrees to driving snow and toppled trees in 90 minutes.

Not really necessary.  We get those kinds of weather changes on a routine basis in these parts.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, April 20, 2023 10:30 AM

CSSHEGEWISCH
Not really necessary.  We get those kinds of weather changes on a routine basis in these parts.

Over the past several weeks we've gone from 80's to 30's and snow and back to 80's this coming weekend.  That's spring in the north country...

A big event on Tug Hill this weekend will be the "Snirt Run."  Sonny Elliot fans will recognize the combination of snow and dirt - because the ATVs will likely encounter both.

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, April 20, 2023 2:34 PM

afternoon

Ns sent a train by after work.Also have an empty flat car on our dock.Glad tomorrow is Friday.Our park mowed their area.Anyone have a bale wagon we could borrow?

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, April 21, 2023 7:15 AM

The weekend weather forecast here now calls for some rain - which will make the Snirt Run into a mud run...

Nice today, though.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, April 21, 2023 2:33 PM

afternoon

Ns pulled out the flat car today and left it on the siding track.Nothing else that I could see uptown.Stuff to do inside this weekend since mother nature wants to send rain.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, April 21, 2023 5:23 PM

The barometer is dropping like a rock.  

That is all.

Oh, and I got the drone up mid-day today and captured a cool 360° view of the area from ~400'.  It's on FB if you're a friend.

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