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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 3:57 PM

afternoon

Boxcar still on our dock.Ns has some hoppers across the street as well.Heard an Ns after work.Came home and took care of the yard work.Going to try to trim in Deshler when I am there on Saturday.Mother nature wants to send us rain.Going to get cleaned up.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 5:47 PM

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The CSX bridge in Syracuse was hit by a truck for the fifth time this year. This time, it was hit by......a truck from a contractor that was hired to repair the bridge after previous strikes.

Aside from signage, the bridge hasn't lost a bout yet...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 2:32 PM

afternoon

oopsies???

Had a boxcar on our dock being unloaded by our shift.The local was across the street shuffling cars after work.Mother nature is sending chiily rain today.Chores to do.

stay safe

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Posted by adkrr64 on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 11:51 AM

The CSX bridge in Syracuse was hit by a truck for the fifth time this year. This time, it was hit by......a truck from a contractor that was hired to repair the bridge after previous strikes.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/dot-confirms-truck-hit-csx-bridge-over-onondaga-lake-parkway/

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, April 24, 2023 3:09 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I left work.Went into town on errands.Saw csx I 191 go west.Also saw the new "Patriot" logo on one of the NDW trucks.Have a freeze warning for tonight.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by MikeF90 on Sunday, April 23, 2023 9:27 PM

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Had an earthquake here a little after 2PM.  I didn't feel it..

Likewise here in earthquake land, but I never notice unless they are M4+ and very close.

Weather finally seems to have turned to spring, this weekend had one day touch 80F and several later this week are supposed to. Heater set to 66F never came on last two nights. Kitchen thermometer reads 74F at 7pm. Yay!

Reservoir levels are looking really good. Shasta is up to 95% and inflow is tailing off. Oroville is 89% full and leveled off at ~17k cfs inflow; outflow is set around 14k with plenty of upward room as snowmelt ramps up.

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 23, 2023 4:02 PM

Had an earthquake here a little after 2PM.  I didn't feel it...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, April 23, 2023 11:30 AM

afternoon

Checked on brother.Mother nature is sending rain/snow/ice/whatever.Ns had some moves on the wabash today.Looked at Garrett on Csx.M 353 was starting it's switching moves.Matt is making kabobs for lunch.Back to work tomorrow.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, April 22, 2023 3:01 PM

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T'storms just rolled into the Mid-Atlantic area. 

We're in a bit of a gap between a northern and a southern portion of the line.  We may see some weather yet.

The barometer continues to tumble...

Temperature has dropped 15 degrees since Noon.

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, April 22, 2023 2:09 PM

BaltACD

T'storms just rolled into the Mid-Atlantic area.

We're in a bit of a gap between a northern and a southern portion of the line.  We may see some weather yet.

The barometer continues to tumble...

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, April 22, 2023 1:51 PM

T'storms just rolled into the Mid-Atlantic area.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, April 22, 2023 11:28 AM

afternoon

Went out for a train break.Csx sent a westbound and sent the grain train from the elevator east.The NDW had more ties down by FC.Talked to some of the crew.Said they are getting some more rail brought in.Also going to redo a crossing on High street as well.Going to enjoy the sunshine.

stay safe

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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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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 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 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?

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Joe

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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 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.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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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 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 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 adkrr64 on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 2:30 PM

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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 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.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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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 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 tree68 on Sunday, April 16, 2023 7:23 PM

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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 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 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 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 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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