Running Bear’s October 2020 Coffee Shop

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santafewillie

Same Ol' Buzzard
Good Morning All, still! Overcast and 46°, won't get above the lower 50's after the clouds disappear later today. Looks like 3.1" of rain in the gauge this morning, but it has been so long since we had real rain, every bit soaked in and there was no runoff.
Got the electricity back about 0945 this morning. The outage was not widespread, just our house. The fuse on the top of the pole for our service blew, and they wouldn't consider fixing it until after the lightning stopped. Rain they don't care about; lightning they do. One fellow said that it didn't appear that lightning struck our pole, but had hit nearby. Once here, it only took about 15 minutes to replace and part of that time was trimming some tree branches that interfered with them using their big pole! Since then, I have had to replace the hard to get at fuse in our tankless water heater. I have to remove a shelf (made to be removable) above the wall mounted unit in order to take the cover off the case for access to the fuse. Since "this isn't my first rodeo", I had a fuse readily available here as it has happened before, and a 25 mile round trip to the hardware store is not always desirable. I'll pick up a couple more when I pass the hardware store on the way back from the upcoming vacation trip.
Time to pause right now and discuss our upcoming adventure and do another load of laundry.
I'll be back with comments and observations in a little bit.
Everybody have a great day.
 

troyphoto

Well-Known Member
Welp... started a walk, and Willie's rain started to drizzle up here in Northern Indiana. It has a "Gonna Rain more" odour in the air. So I came back in. Went to check the little glass rain gauge on the back fence. And dropped it.

So, there will be no official rain here. All rain will be undocumented now.
 

santafewillie

Same Ol' Buzzard
Good Afternoon Everybody. It's still overcast, but the temperature has risen to 49° and the wind has abated somewhat at only 9 mph.
Well, I have my bag packed for the impending vacation. I know better than to ask my wife about hers. Departure time tomorrow is 0600, stopping for lunch in Lafayette LA (465 mi) around 1200. A Cajun place that we like called Prejeans.Got a few bathroom breaks in between. I also tend to put the pedal down a bit, and much of the way through East Texas and on IH49 in Louisiana has a 75 mph limit as well. We should then be arriving for our overnight stay in Gulfport MS (190 mi) around 1530 or 1600. That will depend on the traffic in Baton Rouge from the LSU home game, which actually doesn't start until 1900. You know how pre-game festivities can be though.
Sunday morning will be leisurely, maybe a trip to one of their casinos. The Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum opens at 1200 on Sunday and that's part of the allure of staying in Gulfport. It's only another two hours or less to Gulf Shores AL (126 mi) and we can't check into the condo until after 1500 anyway. We have made the trip in one day many times before, but extended car trips aren't supposed to be good for knee surgery recovery. We'll see how it goes on the way down, we do plan on the return trip being only one day but that could change.

Well Flo, it's lunchtime so give me one of Mel's best chicken fried steak sandwiches and a bucket of french fries. Let's give the body a carb overcharge.

Thanks for the likes and comments on the railcar pictures yesterday; Patrick, Sherrel, James, Karl, Chet, Justin, Tom O, Joe, Guy, Chad, Tom, Curt, Jerome, Phil, Jerry.

While I did spend some time in the train shed yesterday, it was brief and I only ran trains. Took no pictures because the camera battery was on the charger the whole time and the backup camera was already packed.

Guy - Sorry but your temperatures and weather are just too outrageous for me in October! I really like what you have done with the tractor/mower, even though the mower deck is a tad too wide. Your figure painting is very good as well.
You're not alone with the making up stories. I have many scenes with my own scenarios behind them. I envision having small plaques attached to the fascia with an explanation. Even if I might be the only person to ever see them!
Meanwhile, here's what I did with Skip's Chicken and Ribs.
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Murphy's Bar. When I get back to completing the landscape around it, it will have an Irish beer garden to one side, that will also be a rail-fanning site next to my main line. I already have the figures painted and ready to go.
Chet - I feel the same way about your weather as I do Guys! It is still shorts and tee shirt weather here despite today's temperature. Too bad about the restaurant at the Inn.
Joe -
Checkouts would be better if they actually employed more than one cashier at a time.
Spoken like someone else who has been through that very same thing.
Garry - Really nice picture yesterday.
Jerome - When did you say the sausages were hitting the grill?
Troy - Good luck with the book. Looks like you have plenty of room for a one foot bump out there. I'd go for it.
Tom O - No power isn't too common with us. Normally if there is no lightning to pose a danger, the power company usually has it back on within three hours. Used to be quicker when the on-call foreman lived nearby and it affected him as well. I've seen them during the rain in the middle of the night several times before in the 40 years that I have lived here. I heat with wood and cook with propane, so those are two things that are not affected. Prior to installing the tankless water heater recently, we could take two hot showers with the heated water in the water heater; useful when I had to go to work early in the morning.

Everybody have a great day. I don't know whether I will have time to visit tomorrow morning, but I will try to update while on the trip. I just can't get model railroading out of my system, even while on vacation.
 

PRR Modeler

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Afternoon All,

Did some chores then glued the rock faces in place. Next step is "planting" bushes. Tomorrow will be spent at daughter's pulling up carpet...I can't wait :rolleyes:. Voted today, it took 36 minutes from getting in line until getting back in the car. Of course it was raining will waiting in line.

Joe- Nice pictures.

Guy- Nice job on the mower deck.

Jerome- That's a very nice suprise from Greg.

Willie- Nice looking bar.

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I hope everyone has a good night.
 

McLeod

Sprue-n-Glue Victim
Willie - I hope you enjoy the holiday, and have a safe trip. Don't speed, and you won't get a ticket. Use the 'God's Speed' policy instead. - As far as the weather goes, it is what it is. One get's used to it, and it becomes ok. I like ice-fishing anyway.

Of course it was raining will waiting in line.
I had a chuckle at that! 😀 Did you expect it to be any other way, if you are waiting in line outside?!

I need a stool for Mary-Jo to sit at behind the check-out counter. So I built one using scraps of metal tube and plastic. I always take photos, so here is some:
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Rebecca is admiring the stool even before paint. She thinking about the home bar; it needs some new stools!
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I made it a 4 poster, as I don't want Mary-Jo tipping it over.
 

gseritt

Well-Known Member
Short answer, Yes! Cary bodies were designed to fit Hobbytown chassis. I have one to assemble, one of these days...
Спасибо большое, Борис!!

I know that my Cary paperwork states that the Athearn SD-40T-2, the AHM E8, and the Hobbytown E7 #A7608F will work. I also know that Hobbytown does have a few different mechanisms but I wasn't sure which one came with that particular kit # (37508F-1). I guess none of that really matters now because that kit sold on ebay last night. I've also read that some folks have successfully used a Proto2000 chassis with their Cary body.

I'll continue to keep my eyes open.

Thank you so much, again!
 

McLeod

Sprue-n-Glue Victim
All that weird talk is pure marshun to me, fellas. When I get upset, though, I can speak a blue-streak of hillbilly.

Just wanted to bring in what I did today. To see if I can get a passing grade, I suppose. Built a stand-up shop compressor and a stool to go along with the lawn tractor. Can never have too much good stuff in a hardware store.
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Where is everybody? Ya'll getting drunked-up at Willie's, seeing him off on his holiday? Or is Sherrel hosting the hoe-down? I'm feeling real lonely in here.
 

chadbag

Well-Known Member
All that weird talk is pure marshun to me, fellas. When I get upset, though, I can speak a blue-streak of hillbilly.

Just wanted to bring in what I did today. To see if I can get a passing grade, I suppose. Built a stand-up shop compressor and a stool to go along with the lawn tractor. Can never have too much good stuff in a hardware store.
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Where is everybody? Ya'll getting drunked-up at Willie's, seeing him off on his holiday? Or is Sherrel hosting the hoe-down? I'm feeling real lonely in here.
We're not all retired and living the high life 🤣 Some of us work for a living! ;)

Nice work BTW. Scratch building is always interesting.
 

GEfan

Active Member
Hiya everyone.
Its been suggested that I should post the occasional British image in here, so I hope I'm posting in the right place! So a couple from the middle of the country - Lincolnshire to be precise. First up is a DB Cargo UK (Previously EWS) Class 66 on a loaded iron ore working from the Port of Immingham to the local steel works. Being an EMD-built loco I thought it was appropriate!

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Next, one of our local passenger services, the location is literally half-a-mile from the last photograph. This is a two-coach passenger set, built at Derby in the UK, in the mid-1980s.

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And just to bring us back to modelling - my own US railroad build is coming on slowly, with a totally uninspiring picture a freshly built baseboard, with the operating line raised up two inches! At least its progress - once I get into the scenics on the canyon board, it will be far more interesting!

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Richie
 

tootnkumin

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Staff member
Hiya everyone.
Its been suggested that I should post the occasional British image in here, so I hope I'm posting in the right place! So a couple from the middle of the country - Lincolnshire to be precise. First up is a DB Cargo UK (Previously EWS) Class 66 on a loaded iron ore working from the Port of Immingham to the local steel works. Being an EMD-built loco I thought it was appropriate!

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Next, one of our local passenger services, the location is literally half-a-mile from the last photograph. This is a two-coach passenger set, built at Derby in the UK, in the mid-1980s.

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And just to bring us back to modelling - my own US railroad build is coming on slowly, with a totally uninspiring picture a freshly built baseboard, with the operating line raised up two inches! At least its progress - once I get into the scenics on the canyon board, it will be far more interesting!

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Richie
Welcome Richie, as you have noticed, the Coffee Shop gets it all, from the local weather to highly described projects and prototype (real if you're not used to the term) Locos and trains. The building is named after a now passed prolific modeller also known as Jeffrey Wimberly/ Running Bear, his Cherokee birth name and also Dr Frankendiesel, for his ability to turn Sows Ears into great Loco models. a giver of himself to newbies looking for advice. Taken by Diabetes far too soon.
There are other forums more dedicated to specific items, but the Coffee Shop gets a lot of traffic. The "Go To" place.
 

MikeInHubCity

Well-Known Member
Oh boy if you never had them you are in for a treat! I miss living in Wisconsin! Home of the dairy and bratwurst & sausage and Beer!

Hell when I was growing up there in the 70's we had field trips at school in Milwaukee at all 4 breweries lol loved it! Not to mention all the cheese factories and dairy farms lol
When MBH was in HS(a WELS Lutheran one at that), she & her classmates convinced one of the teacher to sanction a field trip to Point Brewery in downtown Stevens Point.
 

troyphoto

Well-Known Member
Morning all. Coffee and bacon, Flo

A Balmy 37° this morning. Slept great last night. Something about chilly weather does that for me. Wife had the window on her side of the bed cracked open, and the fuzzy conductor picked my side of the bed to curl up on.

Prior to that, I re-read book 5 on my tablet. Nothing like looking at words in a different way to spot the issues I missed in the last editing pass.

Since Willie is off to holiday, the rest of us are going to have to carry the conversation while he's off enjoying lockdown in a new place.

Thanks to Richie from the UK for adding some British scenery to our feed. I've got a suggestion if you're up for it: do you have photos of a favourite small station or platform?

Guy: I wonder if Mary-Jo is as impressed by your tractor as we all are? ;)

Curt: if you're pulling up carpet - wear a mask (where have I heard that recently? ;) ) that's dusty work.

I did get some of the woodland scenics risers glued down. Left have of the layout is now substantially complete with risers. I may add a spur line or two. Working my way through the right side, but I ran out of beverage 12 packs, soap bottles, and even mega-jars of peanut butter to hold it all down last night. I'll try to finish that today.

Trip to the hardware later. I decided I do want to add the bump-out for the lake and fishing shack. That will let me pull a spur around the edge of the new lakefront. I can extend it into a (future) yard above my desk in future expansions.
 
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