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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 7:49 AM

M-m-mornin' b-b-boys and g-g-girl(s). Sunny and 18 along the P-p-patteson Creek cut-off. Got the pellet stove rolling, and soon I'll open the stairwell door to warm the main room.

Did some tie work after dinner, making loads for a couple of 19th century flatcars, and stacks for my tie plant. I started to get a little lower back pain, and looked up and realized I had been standing in the same spot for 90 minutes. Will do another batch tonight.

He's mister White Christmas, he's mister snow...Bah-duh-duh-duh.Laugh

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Posted by 8ntruck on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:46 PM

Sunny and just over 50 here in mid Mo.  The dumpster was finally delivered Monday.  This lets me start on the next step of my porch project.  Original plan was to peel the roof deck off, replace whatever rafters that needed replacing, then put a new deck and roof on it.  

Well, I started peeling the deck off today.  All of the rafters I have exposed so far need to be replaced.  Also, I have uncovered 3 repairs in the small area where I picked up the deck.  I'll probably end up rebuilding the whole porch roof with new.  Not surprising for a job on a 100 year old house....

I am mentoring the local high school's robotics team.   They are competing in the First Robotics Competition.  Their build season started this week.  The kids have decided what their robot needs to do to play this year's game, an are starting to prototype the mechanisms to manuiplate the game pieces. 

I really enjoy watching the kids work through the design and build process - especially when they realize that what they are learning in their trig or algebra classes really does have applications in the real world.

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, January 13, 2022 8:42 AM

Mornin' guys and gal(s). Sunny and 32 in the Potomac Highlands. Took the youngest princess back to college yesterday. She certainly was happy to get back to Shepherdstown. On the way back, Wifey and I stopped at Hobby Lobby and Michael's. I picked up a neat little rowboat and a 12 pack of pine trees. You could tell that the merch was still on those container ships. Wound up dining at Chili's.

Been making headway with my RR tie plant, for my area depicting Green Spring, WV. Had two big freezer bags of stained ties from the last show I attended. Made stacks of ties for a faux siding, and tie stack loads for a couple of my 19th century flatcars. Turned out nice.

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Posted by 8ntruck on Thursday, January 13, 2022 2:01 PM

Another sunny 50 degree day here in mid Mo.  Stopped by Menards for more sawsall blades.  They have a 15% off everything that fits in the bag sale going.  When I wandered past the train shelf a yellow B&O box car with the blue chessie cat logo on it caught my eye.  There was room in the bag, so my collection grew a little today.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:16 AM

Sunday morning here in the greater Richmond VA area, and the snow is coming down.  Actually looks pretty out there, and we're not going anywhere anyway. 

You should have seen all the panic buying at the supermarkets yesterday!  

 

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, January 16, 2022 12:23 PM

Snohizo just started along the Patterson Creek cut-off. Calling for 8 inches +/-... Just shot a quick video in the train room for SPF.

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Posted by KRM on Monday, January 17, 2022 12:25 PM

Slow here, Hope all of you out East did okay with the storms. They skipped around us for once. Yes

WOW, Sandra, Lexi, Jordan and I saw a Red Fox out back today. First one I have seen in about 14 years. Weather has been cold and that is fine. I would rather have it frozen than slop.

On a sad note: a very good friend of mine for over 45 years informed me today that his step daughter is in grave shape out in SC. Born with child diabetes, many bad life choices and now the C-19. She is the mother of three young children, 4,8,&10 that are living with my friend and his wife, mother of the girl. Prayers for all involved. Just so sad. Tongue Tied

 

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Kev, From The North Bluff Above Marseilles IL. Whistling

 

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 6:55 PM

Evenin' guys and gal(s). Pretty but cold along the Allegany front range. Got about a foot of snohizo, and Wifey and I got most of it off the driveway, front walk, and deck. Might get trackside tomorrow with the camera; depends on the sun.

Been milling about in the train room, taking the Generals off and putting the Chessie era rolling stock on the rails for awhile. My engineer buddy is going to sell his Williams C&O GP-30 to me, because it really likes my layout... It's similar to when George lost Patty B to Clapton; still good friends...

KRM - Sad news about your friend's daughter.

On similar topic, Rich's fiancé is slowly improving. Continued Angel.

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, January 24, 2022 7:41 AM

Mornin' boys. Flurries and 27 along the Patterson Creek cut-off. Actually giving the pellet stove a day off, after running all weekend. Girls have been running around all over getting things ready for youngest grandson's 1st birthday bash. Time flies...

Did bring home my new-to-me Williams GP30 (C&O 3003) on Wednesday (after the NRHS meeting). It's now on the mainline with a coal extra.  It moves so easily at 9.3 volts/3 amps.  Nice diesel, horn, bell sounds. No smoke or cab-chat, and that's ok by me.  When you got 4 trains running simultaneously, in a 17x12 room, it can get a little nerve rackin'. Did run everything last night after dinner. No pile-ups, but a couple swipey-swipeys. I built the layout with Lionel Generals in mind. No problem running that equipment, nor with Postwar equipment. Modern scale equipment has some problems with several "pinch" points in Cumberland.

Youngest Princess came home for the weekend, and helped me order wedding pics from FifePup's nuptuals, back in November.  Her BF will drive her back to college today.

Rich's Jenni is off the ventilator now, and improving day-by-day. He is touched by all the support and prayers.  What a stretch he's going through...

Stay frosty my friends. BeerPirate

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:23 AM

fife,

Staying frosty is about the only activity that we can do up here in the frozen north. The temp dipped to -16 last night with some awful negative wind chills.  It is currently -14.  Thanks for the reminder of laz.  Cold weather like this is hard on people and things. Our son had frozen pipes yesterday and a car that won't start. There is a bright blue sky and sunshine, so there is hope.  

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:41 AM

Good morning,

 Northwoods, not much better here in North Central IL. 0 when I got up and going down to -10 tonight. We do have full sun as well. You are so right. When it gets to that -10 mark all he!! breaks loose and everything is stressed. I Shut down the water line to the shed hydrent JIC. The only good news is that it looks like in a day or two things will get back to the 30s for us and that will help. Those long streaks of cold kill you.  My friend is up in Silver Cliff and wanted to know if I wanted to come up. NO is all I said. Laugh Don't like leaving the wife home alone in weather like this. I have found the best way to fight the cold is with extra heat but that sure hurts the pocketbook. Tongue Tied

So other than trying to stay warm,,, not much to report.

 Be good.

 

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 2:21 PM

Northwoods - When I want to feel like I'm in ParadiseCool, I watch the Duluth Live-cam. No problems here. Big Smile

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