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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 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.

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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 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 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 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.

stay safe

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Joe

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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 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

Joe 

 

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, April 9, 2023 4:36 PM

Easter brunch with daughter's family today.  Travelled to Skaneateles - nice restaurant.  Ate too much...

Did manage to catch a couple trains on the Chicago Line, plus an Amtrak Empire Service train making a stop at Syracuse.

A tribute to the Beach Boys is on tonight at 8 on CBS.  I'll be tuned in.

EDIT:  Although it was delayed due to the Masters golf tourney, the Beach Boys tribute was tremendous.  Hopefully it'll show up as a YT video or something so I can enjoy it again.    

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, April 9, 2023 10:09 AM

Good morning

He is not here.happy Easter.Deshler was good yesterday.csx ran westbounds on my way home.Checked on brother this morning.Ns sent a few trains west as well.Going to g + g house for lunch.

Stay safe

Joe 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, April 8, 2023 5:50 PM

blue streak 1

Not to mention grounding Evergreen Marine ships in the Suez Canal and Chesapeake Bay among other pilot failures.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, April 8, 2023 4:00 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, April 8, 2023 3:06 PM

Amazing how some RR items turn 180 degrees.  UP now having to shore up its crossing across the Salt Lake west from Ogden due to shrinking water levels..  How long ago was it when the causeway had to be raised due to rising water?

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, April 7, 2023 8:54 PM

Ran our "Easter Bunny" trains today.  Three trains, around 600 passengers.  Had to do some switching before we left the yard, which ended up making us late for the rest of the day.

Logged over 20,000 steps on my FitBit.  That's over 11 miles.  I once read that a conductor on a local will walk the length of his division in a day.  I believe it.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, April 7, 2023 2:08 PM

afternoon

Got out this morning and did some spring clean up.Swamp is still a bit wet.While running errands did see a couple Csx trains.One had a recrew right here in town.The NDWs yard looked empty.They have plenty of new ties stacked up at fc.Going back outside to enjoy the sunshine.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, April 6, 2023 2:35 PM

afternoon

Ns ran a train after work today.The boxcar is still on our dock but empty.They have a powder river coal train parked uptown as well.Had some damage around our area from yesterdays storms.Swamp is going to get a chance to dry out according to the guessers.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 2:35 PM

afternoon

Seems Ns had a traffic jam uptown after work today.Heard 2 trains.Our shift was also unloading a boxcar on our dock today as well.Glad tomorrow is Thursday.We get Friday off.Happy birthday to the Twinkie.It's 93 years old.Radio person said an original one might still be good.Muggy oiutside since Mother nature sent rain.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 2:33 PM

afternoon

Ns had some cars uptown after work.Wind advisory issued for tomorrow.People are still waiting for the power to come back on.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, April 3, 2023 9:22 PM

We're due for some weather on Wednesday - we're in the "slight risk" area.  That means we'll likely see some thunderbumpers, but there's only a slight risk of them being severe.

We've been seeing some syruping weather, but the daytime temps are getting warmer.  Reports I'm seeing from friends who do maple syrup sound like it wasn't a bad year, overall.

All but the biggest snow piles are gone, and those are disappearing rapidly.

Just signed up for some of our Easter Bunny trains.  We double end those so we'll need two engineers.  I'm one of them.  

Saturday it's a seminar presented by one of the responders to the Charleston, SC "Super Sofa" fire a few years back.  Nine firefighters didn't go home after that one.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, April 3, 2023 2:45 PM

afternoon

Heard Ns run a train through town after work.They have some cars uptown as well.Utility companies still untangling what Mother nature did over the weekend.More rain ciming tonight.More storms on Wed.60 degrees here now at home.Time for chores.

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Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, April 2, 2023 10:22 AM

Checked on Brother today.Ns ran a few trains.They crossed over a long frieght so the westbound Lakeshore could get by.Not much on Csx that I saw.People still untangling the mess Mother nature left behind.Almost time for lunch.Back to work tomorrow.

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Joe

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:46 PM

tree68

Finished re-reading a book I read some 50 years ago, entitled "Guadalcanal Diary," by Richard Tregaskis, a war correspondent who was on the ground with the troops when they landed there.

The re-reading was enhanced by some podcasts I've watched lately on the war in the South Pacific, which added some background to what Tregaskis wrote.

B&N had a 50% off sale on hardcover books before Christmas, so used that to score quite the bargain on Ian W. Toll's "Pacific War Trilogy". The chapters on Guadalcanal paint a pretty grim picture of what the fighting was like, but that was pretty much true of any of the island fighting during the war. The sea battle were pretty rough, in light of the references to "Ironbottom Sound". It was a bit eerie reading about events that took place 80 years before.

I attended a production of South Pacific 4 years ago and it was nteresting to read what was actually going during the period portrayed in the play.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, April 1, 2023 3:32 PM

afternoon

Mother nature wasn't very nice.Places all around us will be without power for awhile.Csx had Dark signals and crossing malfunctions as well.Did check the park and museum which had no damage.Did watch a few trains.On the way home trains were held out because someone tested the can opener.13-6 doesn't go into 11-9 very well.Chores to do.

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Joe

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Posted by diningcar on Saturday, April 1, 2023 12:40 PM

World War 2 stories have a great significance to me. I was born in 1932 and was thus spared the obligation to serve in our military. However, many from my small county in Colorado (population about ten thousand) served and forty-six did not return. We knew all of the families who lost someone, and we shared their grief. One family lost two. 

I recall those who returned with their work ethic, responsibility for their actions and their energy which resulted in the prosperous growth our country enjoyed up until the Viet Nam experience. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:18 AM

tree68
The same front came through here overnight, bringing some rain, but nothing of note.  Possibly getting some wind today, but it's spring.

Finished re-reading a book I read some 50 years ago, entitled "Guadalcanal Diary," by Richard Tregaskis, a war correspondent who was on the ground with the troops when they landed there.

The re-reading was enhanced by some podcasts I've watched lately on the war in the South Pacific, which added some background to what Tregaskis wrote.

Nasty business.

I have recently watch a video series, I don't recall if it was on Netflix or from the History Channel, that used Tregaskis words and identity as one of their story telling methods.

With 21st Century media, we get to see just how nasty the business of War actually is, and unfortunately War is business.

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, April 1, 2023 6:39 AM

The same front came through here overnight, bringing some rain, but nothing of note.  Possibly getting some wind today, but it's spring.

Finished re-reading a book I read some 50 years ago, entitled "Guadalcanal Diary," by Richard Tregaskis, a war correspondent who was on the ground with the troops when they landed there.

The re-reading was enhanced by some podcasts I've watched lately on the war in the South Pacific, which added some background to what Tregaskis wrote.

Nasty business.

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