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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:16 PM

Nice day today, until after lunch, when we were toned out for wires down in the road.  Ended up closing one end of the road, at least until a fellow on an ATV apparently decided to drive in front of an oncoming car at another location.  He got a helicopter ride to the trauma center.  Two calls in a row.  In fact, we weren't done with the wires down call when the other one came in.

The cable people apparently were faced with replacing a pole for the first call.  We eventually got the highway department to put up "road closed" signs, so we didn't have to sit there.

OTOH, the thermometer in our brush truck (which I was driving) showed +90°F...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:38 PM

afternoon

Back to work today.Guessers say going to stay warm and no rain.Not good for the farmers.Saw the Ns local go by our building but didn't drop off anything for us.Been to the Time trials and the actual race a few times.Being a drummer liked Purdues huge drum.Need to work on some chores.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 10:54 AM

CSSHEGEWISCH
I was out exercising the camera on Memorial Day (observed) but also took yesterday off.  I'm curious to know how many union members are aware of Memorial Day, 1937.  When I was growing up, I was quite aware of that date and what it meant.  Years later, I wrote a paper for a college history class (my major) covering the unionization of the steel industry which also included that day as significant to the movement.

I was attending Purdue University in 1965 when Memorial Day was May 30, no matter what day it fell on.  The University did not observe that day as a Holiday.  A group of us had intended to go to the Indianapolis 500, however in my case, a Chemistry final exam got placed on the calendar for that day.  I stayed and took the exam, in retrospect, I might have scored better had I gone to the race.  Never got to the track until 2017 when I had the opportunity to participate in our club's National Championship Runoffs - I scored better on the Chemistry Exam.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 10:16 AM

I was out exercising the camera on Memorial Day (observed) but also took yesterday off.  I'm curious to know how many union members are aware of Memorial Day, 1937.  When I was growing up, I was quite aware of that date and what it meant.  Years later, I wrote a paper for a college history class (my major) covering the unionization of the steel industry which also included that day as significant to the movement.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:31 PM

afternoon

Had one more day today.Went to Deshler to finish cleaning up.Had a rail train in Deshler.I 166 had a special Cp "every child mattters" unit. Also had a friend take I 191 west with 4 UP units. Back to work tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, May 29, 2023 3:55 PM

Peaceful day here so far.  Our local American Legion post does honor guards at several local cemetaries, ours included.  My FD hosts them for some refreshments after they finish here.  They still had three stops after this.  One is on an island (of of the 1000).

A steak goes on the grill in a little while, to be accompanied, when done, by some potato salad, and topped off with some watermelon.  I might eat inside, but a holiday picnic, nonetheless.

I've been watching a number of podcasts and other videos about WWII in the Pacific, most specifically the Solomon's campaign.  I read "Guadalcanal Diary" by Richard Tregaskis in high school, and recently obtained a copy (I may have my original copy around, but who knows where...).  All of the on-line videos have really fleshed out Tregaskis' story.  

And given that today is Memorial Day, the poignancy of what happened there is just that much more reinforced.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, May 29, 2023 3:44 PM

afternoon

Checked on brother.Ns sent some trains.Had some green tractors going east and a Bnsf/Csx coal train combo.Had a warbonnet take a train west as well.Haven't seen our guest from this morning.Maybe our little fawns Mom came and guided it back deeper into the woods.Tomorrow going to see if the ND&W wants to cross at Fc.Guessers say going to get warmer with little rain.Farmers could use some.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, May 28, 2023 6:44 PM

evening

Busy weekend at Deshler.New and old friends stopped by.People liked what they saw and appreciated our work.Tomorrow will have many parades and ceremonies.Going to check on my brother as well.Time to get cleaned up.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 27, 2023 10:49 PM

almost morning

Helped at the museum this morning.Then the cookout was on.Old friends new friends and csx sent trains when they could find crews.Boss approved going back tomorrow for more.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, May 26, 2023 6:28 PM

Took some flower urns to the family graves today, and picked up a couple of things for my Memorial Day picnic, such as it will be.  Steak, potato salad, watermelon.  

There's only two of us from my generation in the area anymore - all of the elders are gone.  And I'm not sure any of the next generation is really interested (and many of them are gone from the area as well).

Got the old, very tired floor off the utility trailer.  Now it's a matter of fitting the plywood that's replacing it into place and secured.  Forgot about notching corners, odd angles for the bolts, etc.  But it'll be out of the garage before dark, finished or not.  Still some suggestions of frost in the forecast.

Nice and clear last night.  My ISS app reminded me of an upcoming pass, so I set one of my radios to listen for the amateur radio repeater and stepped outside in time to spot it passing overhead.  Pretty cool.  And, I heard some traffic on the radio from hams making contacts.  I don't really have a good antenna for tracking satellites, so have to make do with what I've got.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, May 26, 2023 5:57 PM

evening

Finished up at Deshler.Csx was taking some locomotives to new homes today.M 351 had a former IC switcher.M 561 had a UP sd 90 Mac.I 191 had a new Up rebuilt engine as well.Stuff is ready to go for tomorrow.Time to get cleaned up.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, May 25, 2023 5:49 PM

evening

Saw a couple Ns trains after work today.Took care of yardwork here at home.Tomorrow see what need finished up in Deshler for Saturday.Our first guests are bringing a camper tonight.Going to relax.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 3:11 PM

afternoon

Saw the Ns local shuffling cars around today.He was gone after work.Went into town on errands.Not much in the NDW yard.Csx ran an eastbound(probably M 353).Gussers say near perfect weather for the cookout in Deshler this Saturday.I will be at the museum in the morning. Our curator is handing out flags for a Memorial day parade in Ottawa.Getting hungry already.Tomorrow will take card of the yard here.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 3:49 PM

Monday evening, we did some fire department drilling with the ladder truck (tower, actually) downtown.  It occurred to me that I should have brought the drone with me to document what we were doing.

So today, I got everything charged up and spent about an hour flying around downtown as well as around the senior citizens housing.  The images and video will be used for training and pre-planning.

It was a beautiful day to fly - clear skies, little wind, and I was right on the shore of the St Lawrence River.  Nice.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 3:26 PM

afternoon

Ns local was working across the street from our building today.Getting things ready for the cookout in Deshler.Chores to do.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, May 22, 2023 2:31 PM

afternoon

Ns local was sitting on the siding by our building after work today.Work was work for a Monday.Chores to do.Need to get supper tonight as well.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, May 21, 2023 8:18 PM

Turns out I did have a little interest in one of the teams - my daughter attended Liberty University in VA for a couple of years.  They ended up playing UCLA and beating them (2-1) - the day after UCLA was defeated by Grand Canyon University (3-2)...

UCLA was seeded number two in the tournament.  They'll be watching the rest of the games (and the NCAA Softball World Series) from home.  LU and GCU were unseeded, as I recall.  Kind of a double upset.

Liberty went on to lose to San Diego State the next day after beating Grand Canyon later the same day as they beat UCLA.

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, May 21, 2023 5:58 PM

evening

Went and checked on Brother today.Ns ran some trains.Also saw Csx holding Ns up at St.Joe Indiana.I 010 and I 169 had hotbox issues today as well.Matt helped at Deshler paint some whistle posts and a mile marker.Look nice.Back to work tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, May 20, 2023 7:41 PM

Running through the channels whilst kicking back for a bit and happened onto the NCAA women's softball tourney.  

Most of the pitchers seem to reference a list on their arm before every pitch - usually after looking to the dugout for direction.  The catchers do the same.  Different.

And the shortstop seems to come in toward the pitcher between nearly every pitch.  Probably offering encouragement.

I don't have "a dog in the fight" for any of the teams I've seen, so it's interesting just watching them play.

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, May 20, 2023 4:14 PM

JoeKoh
afternoon

Projects done at Deshler.M 560 came around the wye but was snagged by the defect detector near North Baltimore.Thing is they we all clear when they went past the one south of Deshler only 10 miles away.Dispatcher said the whole train needed inspected.So Csx was down to 1 track.College boy came down to help.He also brought his drawings for the new Deshler layout.Going to relax.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 20, 2023 3:23 PM

afternoon

Projects done at Deshler.M 560 came around the wye but was snagged by the defect detector near North Baltimore.Thing is they we all clear when they went past the one south of Deshler only 10 miles away.Dispatcher said the whole train needed inspected.So Csx was down to 1 track.College boy came down to help.He also brought his drawings for the new Deshler layout.Going to relax.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, May 20, 2023 3:17 PM

Hamfest was not as well attended as we would have liked.  A lot of that had to do with the rain that arrived in the morning and hung around most of the day.

Many amateur radio enthusiasts attending functions like this like to "tailgate," ie, sell out of the trunk of their car, rear of their pick-up, etc.  Today was not the day to do so.  Those that did come did just fine inside.

A big car show in a neighboring village was not all too big, either.  A lot of owners are reticent about bringing their baby out in foul weather, for good reason.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, May 19, 2023 2:39 PM

afternoon

Csx was running stuff by as MOW crews were out and about as well.They loaded a tamper onto a semi trailer as well.M 560 had everything including a ballast cleaner on the end of the train.Rain tonight then cool tomorrow.Guessers say summer is coming next week.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, May 18, 2023 6:14 PM

Busy making preps for our amateur radio "hamfest" this weekend.  I'm going to be selling some T-shirts, and have to finish cutting the heat transfers and getting them pressed on the shirts.  Pretty much everything else is ready...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, May 18, 2023 4:33 PM

evening

Saw the Ns local drop off some cars across the street today.Did errands after work and csx sent a westbound stack train.Plenty of projects in Deshler.Need to check on my brother as well.Time for supper.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 4:55 PM

afternoon

Ns local and another train were in town when I left work.Came home and took care of the yardwork.Have plenty to do at the workday in Deshler on Saturday.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 7:44 PM

evening

Heard an Ns after work today.Went to the Deshler meeting.Had to go around a stopped Csx train at Holgate.The I&O sent a trio of former UP sd 60's south at Hamler.Saw a sand train with a BNSF leader and a Ferromex Dpu.Plenty of projects to do at the park and museum.Time to get stuff for work tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, May 15, 2023 3:05 PM

afternoon

Ns was switching by our building but no cars for us today.Heard a couple on the main after work.Came home and trimmed back the woods a bit.Tomorrow is meeting night in Deshler.Time to go make supper.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, May 14, 2023 3:41 PM

afternoon

Went for a walk this morning.Csx recrewed a train and sent another eb afterwards.Good day to be outside.Back to work tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, May 13, 2023 9:22 PM

The International Space Station will be making the next few passes directly over the US (it actually happens frequently).  The most recent pass (about five minutes ago) went directly over my house.  With clear skies, and it being about the brightest object in the sky, it's easy to spot.

No action on the ISS repeater, though.  It may be turned off.

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