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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 13, 2023 8:01 PM

update

Went and saw the sd 70 macs in Swanton.Got some plants for Stacey's Mom.Buddy messaged me.It's his last ride as a conductor for Csx.He will now be an engineer  on the North Baltimore to Cleveland turn for Csx.M 201 got moving after an air hose break in Deshler.College boy reports all things unpacked at school.Time to get cleaned up.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 13, 2023 4:35 AM

morning

Took care of things at home yesterday.College boy has his stuff ready to go.It's reported that the BNSF "Mookies" green sd 70 macs are in the yard at Swanton Ohio.Toledo also has it's train day show at the station today as well.Time to get some breakfast.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, May 11, 2023 2:33 PM

afternoon

Ns came and picked up the bulkhead flat car today.Yesterday they had an eastbound coal train pulled by 2 Green"mookie" sd 70 macs.There is a train in the siding uptown but not sure if they have the mookies or not.Going to help buddy tonight after college boy gets home.College boy goes back to school this weekend.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 9:56 PM

Attended a meeting of firefighters in another part of the county tonight, doing a presentation on rail safety.

Although I've given the same talk (with essentially the same PPT slides) before, this iteration was the direct result of a potential close call a couple of weeks ago.  

Another fire department was on the scene of an accident on a crossing.  No train involved, and I don't know the details of that incident.

An ambulance that had been at the accident was returning to quarters when they called back to the scene and advised them there was a train headed their way, and about a mile away.

Nothing untoward happened, but I'd still call it a close call.

The firefighters got a quick lesson best summed up as "if you've got an incident on or near the tracks, call the railroad."

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 3:03 PM

afternoon

We have a bulk flat car that needs unloading on our dock. The rest of Ns was clear.Tomorrow is my Friday.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 5:32 PM

evening

Ns had cars across the street after work.Ran errands in town.Csx didn't send anything by.Took care of the yardwork.Going to get cleaned up for supper.

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Joe

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Posted by MikeF90 on Monday, May 8, 2023 7:14 PM

Spring western-ish water supply update:

NorCal reservoirs are topping out nicely: Shasta = 98% of max capacity, Oroville = 94% and Trinity is up to 38%. Inflow to Shasta Lake has been 'inching' up despite the reports of 'no snowmelt yet'.

If available, local districts set up to provide aquifer recharge are getting a chance to prove themselves. Some growers (say, Tulare Lake plots) have to take what they get but some tree based crops may work out; water level on the San Joaquin sandy/loamy soil can drop six inches in a day.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, May 8, 2023 2:31 PM

afternoon

Ns local dropped off some cars uptown but none on our dock.Looked like they had another train waiting in the siding uptown as well after work.Today was a Monday.Had a Bio screen for work today as well.I shrunk 2 inches.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, May 7, 2023 12:36 PM

afternoon

Looked at Fc today.Not much on the NDW.Csx dropped off some cars at omni for scrapping.Had a grain train with Bnsf power go east.Buddy came west on Csx M 367.Also heard the new defect detector at 80.3 as well.Things to do here at home.Back to work tomorrow.

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joe

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, May 6, 2023 8:42 PM

Well, the black flies weren't bad (and mosquitos aren't a thing just yet).  I'm sure the bug spray I put on helped, but I wasn't getting swarmed.

The speeder folks seem to be having a good time.  I didn't count them (I could, but I'd have to get into the video I shot - maybe later), but I'd estimate 20 or so, ranging from tiny two seaters to a six passenger beast.

I somehow managed to make an adjustment in the video that washed out some of the last stuff I shot. Still trying to figure that out.

If speeders interest you:  https://narcoa.org/

Here's a video of last fall's trip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCwDnirGz3Q

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, May 6, 2023 1:53 PM

afternoon

Helped friend move a few things this morning.Went and checked on brother as well.Ns sent 2 westbounds.L 096 from Ns was working SDI.The yard is overflowing.Guessers say rain tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, May 5, 2023 7:32 PM

Headed down to the railroad tomorrow to see the NARCOA speeder event.  I'm hoping to get some drone video for them.  

What I'm not looking forward to is the no-see-ums (black flies) - it is that season in the Adirondacks...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, May 5, 2023 5:32 PM

evening

Ns had cars across the street.They ran a westbound grain train after work.Went into town to do errands.Csx ran a couple stack trains.The Ndw yard was empty.Came home college boy had supper ready.Also said Ns has 4 high hoods in the yard at New Haven.Going to help a buddy tomorrow.Need to check on Brother sometime as well.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, May 4, 2023 8:03 PM

One of our firefighters resigned at our fire meeting tonight because he's going to work for CPKC out of Saratoga.  He's a younger guy - I wish him well.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, May 4, 2023 4:41 PM

evening

Ns had cars down our way again today but none for us that I saw.Heard one go through town after work.Came home and took care of the swamp.Glad tomorrow is Friday.Time for supper.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 2:32 PM

afternoon

Ns had cars across the street after work.Heard one go through town as well.Swamp needs another day to dry.As far as Moms car it is now the kitten express.The cat that was rescued from her car had kittens yesterday according to the new owners.Somewhere Mookie is laughing.Brother Carl is saying Oh Dear.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 7:47 PM

Might mow Wednesday, if it doesn't rain.  There have been scattered showers around the area, but very little here at the house.

Heard a couple of hams across the border talking this afternoon - one of them, probably just 30 air miles from here, was running into a substantial downpour.

Gotta brag - grandson gets inducted into National Junior Honor Society tomorrow evening.  Great kid!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 2:50 PM

afternoon

Ns had some tank cars in our siding by our dock this morning.Heard them blow for the crossing by our building this afternoon.Things were gone after work.Mother nature still sending us little bits of rain.She can keep sending the breeze to help dry us out.Swamp will probably get mowed on Thursday.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by MikeF90 on Monday, May 1, 2023 2:29 PM

tree68
The rain finally quit here.

After a warm week, we are due for a little rain and cooler weather this week.

Snowmelt season is well underway. At Shasta Lake capacity is up to 97% and inflow has climbed to 13k cfs. BoR has inched up the outflow in anticipation of maximum capacity.  Meanwhile Lake Oroville inflow has ramped up from 22k to 27k in three days and outflow has been increased; current capacity is 91%. The spillway and afterbay repairs were tested earlier this year at (IIRC) up to 50k cfs. The Sacramento River levees reportedly are ready to handle any significant outflow increase needed from both dams.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, May 1, 2023 1:25 PM

The rain finally quit here.  My weather station says 2.42", the rain gauge in the back yard shows 2.51".  That's for the whole weekend.

The creek is definitely up...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, May 1, 2023 12:01 PM

afternoon

Rain here at home.Day off today.Watching the railcam at Deshler.Crews are busy working on the SE connection.Had to wait on a 900 axel M 560 and others to go around.More chores to do inside.Back to work tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 30, 2023 9:33 PM

Rules are out of the way for the year.  Made for a long weekend - EMS seminar Thursday night and Friday, Rules Saturday and half the day Sunday.  

I've got activities every night this week until Friday.  Wheee!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, April 30, 2023 4:13 PM

evening

Took care of things in old hometown.RJ corman is ready to replace ties through Celina.Went down to Ansonia.Csx set off some engines and cars in the yard.Also sent an eastbound.Rain on and off on the way home.Might be snow tomorrow.Time for supper.

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Joe

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, April 30, 2023 1:17 AM

Had cat that slept under hood of our car.  One time when wife  starting car we assume cat's tail caused the accessory belt to dislodge with belt dropped to floor.  Cat never came back.  Mechanic never did believe us. 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, April 29, 2023 4:22 PM

afternoon

Went to Deshler.Worked inside the museum this morning cleaning the shop area.After the noon siren test and lunch trimmed around the park and museum.Csx had some moves here and there.Mow was busy here and there as well.A tie unit will be coming to Deshler soon.Csx has a geometry parked in the yard lead in Defiance.Tomorrow going to go to old hometown.Time for supper.

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Joe

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Posted by Lord Atmo on Saturday, April 29, 2023 10:12 AM

Erik_Mag

L.A.,

I've been wondering about what you've been up to especially after seeing an old social media post from a "Lord Single Malt".

FWIW, life's been good for me as well, starting to think how to occupy myself with retirement coming in a few years.

 

thanks man. I appreciate the thought. But yeah I had to go off on my own to work on my mental health and general life stuff. It's going very well too! But man this 7009 news is just still overwhelming me with joy and excitement. IRM is close to having an entire "outline" of CNW's diesel timeline preserved. If they can get CNW 8835 in the distant future, they'll have it. Including their very first and last hood units. But my preferred era is perfectly represented now. 

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Saturday, April 29, 2023 12:35 AM

L.A.,

I've been wondering about what you've been up to especially after seeing an old social media post from a "Lord Single Malt".

FWIW, life's been good for me as well, starting to think how to occupy myself with retirement coming in a few years.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, April 28, 2023 2:32 PM

afternoon

Door is usually open.No cats along for the ride today.No cars on our dock.Ns did have one go through as I left work.Swamp is getting a refill.College boy had his eye check up.No change.Go to have the Museum open in Deshler tomorrow.Suppossed to be some dry time.We will see.

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Joe

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Posted by Lord Atmo on Friday, April 28, 2023 11:33 AM

Welp, I'm still here after all this time. mostly been out making a huge effort to better myself as a person. It's been going well and life has been good. 

But what really brought me back here was the incredible preservation news in the quad cities, specifically Silvis, that dropped last summer. I was over the moon with joy as soon as I saw that post on Facebook that IRM purchased CNW 7009. This SD50 is pretty much everything to me. It's a dream situation that came true. The very trains that first got me into the hobby, and the first thing that comes into my head if trains are mentioned around me. My biggest want in railroad preservation has been fulfilled. It's gonna look great once the cab logos are restored and it runs consisted with 6847. thank you, IRM. 

oh, yeah, and that steam stuff at silvis is pretty neat too. I'll definitely make a few trips down there to see it when it runs. I also was quite excited to learn that the bicentennial ATSF SD45-2 and bicentennial MILW SD40-2 are being restored as well. These sure are exciting times!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, April 27, 2023 5:09 PM

evening

Boxcar was taken off our dock.Ns still has cars across the street.Had an unexpected passenger today.Seems a kitty decided to ride in the wheel area of Mammas car.It meowed loudly when we got off work.We got it out and came home.Glad tomorrow is Friday.

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joe

Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").

 

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