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TrucTrain55

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Sorry gang really busy this morning and today but last night I did get to add a Siding, loop and a crossover to my O Scale layout. This is just temporary for now till I get my other 4x8 added
Happy Anniversary Willie!

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troyphoto

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Good morning. I am still in the kitchen ending my fast after visiting the Clinic this morning. Everything is pretty good and except for the recent weight gain as the vitals are in the normal range. Gained 27#’s and now weigh 207 after a difficult journey to lose weight, now to do it again. Need to again stick to a exercise scheme and beg my wife to slow down on baking. 3 months to gain 27# when it took 18 months to lose 63. Doctor laughed though she said she’ll bet 90% of her patients have have gained 20#’s or more in the Pandemic. She was extremely happy with my results. She deleted one prescription and reduced 2 others. My Endro is in India till Xmas so the GP looked at my lab results on the diabetes, A1C is at 6.3.
Yep... lockdown weight gain.

I'm up about the same. Been running about 223-ish

Every time I drop a couple, it comes right back, even though I've added steps to the daily routine and mostly eliminated sweets.

But the wife...

"Apple Crisp or brownies tonight?"

gonna take a year to get down to under 210...
 

Texas Hobo

Well Known Hobo
My connection to 9-11. My first full time job after graduating high school was with Lafayette Shipping, a Customs Brokerage. I would take the paper work for importing goods and walk it through the Customs House. There were 2 companies working out of the same office, Lafayette and Hankimer. There only 2 others in the office, Norman Ellisberg, owner of Lafayette and Louis Hankimer, owner of Hankimer. I was 16 when I started, turned 17 and decided to enlist in the Coast Guard. So in 1964 I enlisted. Mr. Ellisberg was in negotiations to rent an office in the not yet complete Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. I visited Mr. Ellisberg in 1966 and he was making arrangements to move to the World Trade Center. Mr. Hankimer was an older gentlemen and decided to remain on Whitehall St. Forward to 9/11/2001, Lafayette Shipping is destroyed. I tried for years to find out if Norman had perished that day. I found out in 2019 he had survived but had passed later in 2015. Sometimes when I watch news clips of the event, a tear wells up. I wonder if any of the kids I grew up with were in that horrific event. May we never see anything like that again, and we should never forget.
 

bnsf971

Gomez Addams
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Willie: Corrected the number. I must have not held the Alt key when entering the temp this morning, however anything over about 72° is way too hot.

Sherrel: I forgot to mention that there really isn't a lot of difference in price between the "Full-size" and "Mid-size" trucks. When I bought the '09 Colorado, there was $1500 sticker price difference between what I bought (base model Work Truck with Automatic Transmission) and the base model Full size. Options and packages are where they really get you. Sad when to get a truck with a "work" engine you have to have the top of the line everything else.
I purchased a 2002 Silverado 2500 in which I wanted manual windows and locks, vinyl seat and floormat, power steering and brakes, and air conditioning. You would think it would be cheaper without all the frills, right? Wrong. There was a $4000 "Amenity Delete" package added to the price, not subtracted. They added a "WT Package" a year or two later, I would like to think after having to replace nearly every phone in their main office after I melted them. Most of y'all haven't had to deal with me when I'm in Terminator Mode, and I hope you never have to.
 

Boris

Beach Bum
As I recall, his driveway slopes down to his house.
Willy, Garry: We are OK. The storm missed the shore, no wind ¾" rain at most. My driveway slopes down to the street, my house is well above street level at the top of a hill. Flooding (hopefully), will not happen here, our biggest danger is power failure. I have been distracted by other things going on in our life. We are making improvements to the homestead, and actively de-cluttering it. We are also working toward a resolution of the MIL's issues. I have also been working on the railroad. Thanks for the concern.

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This one's for Karl, although it's at Camp Hill, PA on the Reading, and it's a B&O empty hopper train, it's all WM on the head end.
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From May 1942, the SS Sun, a tanker that survived a torpedo attack, in drydock for repairs at Sun Ship in Chester, PA. Shipyard is now a Casino. Ship became razor blades after WW2.
 

McLeod

Living in Dreamland; not the Dream
Good Morning!

The guesser's have said it would be two days of rain, starting at 1am in the night. I looked outside at 5:30am and observed stars and satellite's, so I have no idea where they get their information from. Now at 6:30am the sun is trying to overpower the night, and I can see there is blue sky.
47f this fine morning, and that's according to my outdoor thermometer; not depending on some guessers with access to modern weather radar.

I remember. It's one of four days that I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard. The other 3 days were the assassination of JFK and the deaths of my mother and father. And I also remember getting drawn for the grade 2 class that got the really nice teacher, in place of Beat-me Browning, the teacher of the unfortunate kids. But, I have a hard time remembering what I did last week.

Lee - The 'O' scale layout looks fantastic. Looking at the photo's, it don't look much bigger than one of Christian's miniature layouts, but, I'll bet that's an illusion.

Joe - Great to know everything is good with you. Nice to see you make a post.

Garry - I enjoyed seeing the layout with bridge photo you posted yesterday. The bridge reminded me of the prototype photos I wanted to post today. I'll need to build one of those myself, sometime in the future.

Mikey - The 'hack' looks very good, but, I can't see it would be angle parked like that in real life, blocking pedestrian flow of those poor people. I'm thinking it would be parallel parked, or down the alley a-bit more.

Karl - It looks like you have a-lot of vehicles. We have only one, that I purchased based on price alone and it be a 4x4 pick-up. I believe that all of the major players know how to build a truck, so it don't really matter the manufacturer.

Today's prototype photos show CN 2220 leading a short train of empty cars across the McLeod River. The train includes center-beam flats and box cars that will be dropped off at the local Millar Western pulp and saw mill, located just across the river.
CN 2220 is an ES44DC, and the engine helping (CN 5725) is an SD75 I. These large and powerful engines are what seems to be available for switching duties around here these days. I don't know what has happened to the SD40's that are usually used for local switching duties. Perhaps they are being serviced in Edmonton.
Anyway, here is the pics. I can't decide which one I like the most, but, I leaning toward the 2nd shot:
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I believe my rail photography is improving. I'm trying to take more shots of the action type with the sun on my side, rather than taking photos of engines parked in the yard with a bunch of poles vying for photo rights. The parked engine photos are still important for the historical record, but, I would like some good action shots, as well.

Enough rambling. The coffee cup has been emptied. Have a good one folks!
 

Patrick

GNRR Mechanic always fixing stuff
Morning all,

Not much going on here this morning. Going shopping in a bit. Supposed to be 100 here today. Only about 15 degrees above normal.

As far as trucks, they are all getting larger. The 2nd Gen Colorado\Canyon twins are almost the same size as a square body C10 (1973-1987 Chevrolet\GMC). The full size are even larger.
 

santafewillie

Same Ol' Buzzard
Good Morning All. Clear and 65°. Other than a little disturbance off in the Gulf of Mexico, there's not a drop of rain within 1800 miles of here. None predicted until maybe Tuesday.
I am a little worn out from doing yard work yesterday, now that the daytime temperatures are tolerable. No aches, just worn out.Today I will most likely resume mowing, the east side of the yard is looking a bit ragged. If I would just put up a fence, my neighbor would bring some sheep down to graze! Portable electric fences just don't work on sheep because of their wool!

A pair of breakfast burritos this morning Flo. Lots of salsa and a sugar-free A&W Root Beer.

Thanks for the likes and comments regarding my slow progress on the fence; Christian, Gary, Sherrel, Tom O, Patrick, Rick, Garry, Hughie, Justin, Mikey, Karl, Guy, Tom.

I worked on two fronts out in the train shed yesterday. I installed all of the fencing around the back lot of C&T Refrigeration, and over on the workbench I painted figures.
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I say painted, but it was actually repainting and touching up a package of those poorly painted Chinese figures that I received as a gift from one of my kids. They were all rather sloppily done out of the package. Every one of the female figures had the same color hair, some of which I changed. All of the figures actually looked like a grade-schooler had done them. I also painted some arms to represent folks with short sleeves, and I still might do that to two others. A few got a complete change of colors since I already had a previously gifted identical package.
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Who knows what today will bring besides placing some of these on the layout after receiving a shot of dull coat. I am itching to run trains since I haven't done that since Monday or Tuesday.

Christian - You asked about backdrops and what to make them out of. I use some thin plywood board that is called sheathing here in the US. It's 1/4" thick and I just paint it blue. It comes in 4' x 8' sheets, like any other plywood. It's smooth on both sides.
Garry - That's a great looking bridge. I only have one Campbell kit and I like it.
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Tom O - I am sure that you were pleased with the doctor results except the weight. Actually I would be happy with 207#. I put on 7# of pandemic weight at 217# right now.:( On the other hand, I am down from 254# in late 2018. Glad that I never threw those old clothes out!
Good news regarding the grandkids Covid testing.
Joe - Thanks for the update. Glad to read that you suffered no issues. I don't know why I remembered your driveway going down instead of up.

Not a lot happening today except it's Patriot's Day. I am sure that it will be the number one topic on the TV today. I was at work at the time and my boss called me from the lobby of a vendor where they had a TV on, and brought me up to date. Eventually someone in the sales office suite brought a portable radio in and we were able to follow the news there.

Everybody have a great day and and an awesome weekend. Never forget.
 

GarryCBQ

Well-Known Member
Good morning.

September 11, 2001.

Each year I post our story about 9/11.

We were in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We arrived there on September 9th, and we stayed at a hotel on the waterfront. We turned on the TV to watch the news early on 9/11. At first, nothing interesting was being reported. Next: Breaking News. We spent the day watching horrors on the TV.

About 50 trans-Atlantic flights were diverted to the Halifax airport. The planes full of people were parked there. We quickly realized we would not be able to fly home, and we would be stranded in Halifax for an unknown amount of time. People of Nova Scotia were very accomodating to the thousands of stranded travelers. Many invited them into their houses to stay until they could find a way to get to the USA.

We inquired with the car rental company for a one way rental to Nashville, TN airport where our car was parked. It would have cost about $3,000, and we declined. We did, however, have a rental car for local driving, and we used it for sight seeing.

Eventually, we made reservations on VIA Rail departing several days later. The trip home was to be VIA Rail to Montreal. Another VIA Rail train to Toronto. Then we would spend a night in Toronto and take another VIA Rail train to Windsor, ON where we planned to take a Taxi Cab to Detroit.

The train to Montreal was The Ocean which had 100% refurbished Budd cars. We had a very nice bedroom in a sleeper ahead of the dome/observation car. The overnight trip was about 21 to 22 hours. In Montreal, we immediately boarded the train to Toronto which departed an hour later. It also had Budd cars.

We checked into the Royal York Hotel across the street from the Toronto station. Watching the news, we learned of very long back-ups at the borders. Our planned taxi ride from Windsor to Detroit was not an option because the border there had a 12-hour back up. We spent a second night in Toronto, and the next morning we boarded Amtrak's International. That train crossed the border at Port Huron, MI, and it crossed Michigan on its way to Chicago.

I thought, it would have a quick trip through the tunnel at the border. That did not happen. The train stopped at Sarnia, ON which is across the river from Port Huron. We were instructed to get off the train and board buses to take us to Port Huron. The train would wait for all buses before continuing its trip. The bus trip over the bridge took hours. Eventually, we were back on the train, and we rode it to Flint, MI. There, we rented a car for a one-way trip to Nashville airport at about $50.00 per day. When we got to Nashville, we retrieved our car and drove to our home in KY.



I took the pictures below in Nova Scotia from the dome/observation of The Ocean.



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We will always be thankful to Canadians who kindly took care of thousands of stranded travelers.
 

TrucTrain55

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Good Morning all. 73 degrees in the Ozark Foothills already. I slept in this morning can’t believe I done that but it was good.
Flo. Grits, Raisin Toast and Coffee for me.
Thanks for the likes and complements yesterday.

Guy. This pic is for you and thanks for the complement I took it last winter on my way home from work. My layout currently stands 12’x8’ a little bit bigger that Christian’s.

Christian. Your small layout looks nice keep it going.

Mikey. Looks good nice trick. I have a busy day outside on weed detail around the Chicken house and place you don’t see from the road it’s just been to Hot to do all of it. Talk later.

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TLOC

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Good morning global modelers. The sun is out, the skies are clear and the temperatures should rise above 80f degrees. But it is 64 now on the south deck.

The grandkids went to school after confirming they are negative Covid yesterday. The 10 year old granddaughter though the school nurse called said she was sick and suggested right to the doctors. No Covid but has pneumonia. My question, 2 Covid tests in the Doctors office and no one checked her lungs??!! We are heading to a Farmers Market, maybe breakfast then a horse ride. Being a good hubby! Groceries sometime today as there are special specials today and they better be special as we rarely if ever shop on Saturdays, usually Monday’s after 11.

Remembering 9/11. Like the JF Kennedy assassination, the first moon landing, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Challenger and the death of BinLaden are days I know exactly where I was and doing. Too many really sad days. A couple days after 9/11 my brother, mom, were eating and decided we were going to drive to New York and pick up the niece who had just started at NYU and watched both planes hit the towers. That ended up being vetoed, probably a good thing.

Be safe
TomO

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TLOC

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Good morning.

September 11, 2001.

Each year I post our story about 9/11.

We were in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We arrived there on September 9th, and we stayed at a hotel on the waterfront. We turned on the TV to watch the news early on 9/11. At first, nothing interesting was being reported. Next: Breaking News. We spent the day watching horrors on the TV.

About 50 trans-Atlantic flights were diverted to the Halifax airport. The planes full of people were parked there. We quickly realized we would not be able to fly home, and we would be stranded in Halifax for an unknown amount of time. People of Nova Scotia were very accomodating to the thousands of stranded travelers. Many invited them into their houses to stay until they could find a way to get to the USA.

We inquired with the car rental company for a one way rental to Nashville, TN airport where our car was parked. It would have cost about $3,000, and we declined. We did, however, have a rental car for local driving, and we used it for sight seeing.

Eventually, we made reservations on VIA Rail departing several days later. The trip home was to be VIA Rail to Montreal. Another VIA Rail train to Toronto. Then we would spend a night in Toronto and take another VIA Rail train to Windsor, ON where we planned to take a Taxi Cab to Detroit.

The train to Montreal was The Ocean which had 100% refurbished Budd cars. We had a very nice bedroom in a sleeper ahead of the dome/observation car. The overnight trip was about 21 to 22 hours. In Montreal, we immediately boarded the train to Toronto which departed an hour later. It also had Budd cars.

We checked into the Royal York Hotel across the street from the Toronto station. Watching the news, we learned of very long back-ups at the borders. Our planned taxi ride from Windsor to Detroit was not an option because the border there had a 12-hour back up. We spent a second night in Toronto, and the next morning we boarded Amtrak's International. That train crossed the border at Port Huron, MI, and it crossed Michigan on its way to Chicago.

I thought, it would have a quick trip through the tunnel at the border. That did not happen. The train stopped at Sarnia, ON which is across the river from Port Huron. We were instructed to get off the train and board buses to take us to Port Huron. The train would wait for all buses before continuing its trip. The bus trip over the bridge took hours. Eventually, we were back on the train, and we rode it to Flint, MI. There, we rented a car for a one-way trip to Nashville airport at about $50.00 per day. When we got to Nashville, we retrieved our car and drove to our home in KY.



I took the pictures below in Nova Scotia from the dome/observation of The Ocean.



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We will always be thankful to Canadians who kindly took care of thousands of stranded travelers.

Garry, great story. It was a day and then a week where some of the world came together. The Canadians have always been there for the USA except for the last 5 years. I know a few acquaintances who had similar stories of being forced to land that day and Canadian families took them in.

Tom
 

TLOC

Well-Known Member
Good Morning!

The guesser's have said it would be two days of rain, starting at 1am in the night. I looked outside at 5:30am and observed stars and satellite's, so I have no idea where they get their information from. Now at 6:30am the sun is trying to overpower the night, and I can see there is blue sky.
47f this fine morning, and that's according to my outdoor thermometer; not depending on some guessers with access to modern weather radar.

I remember. It's one of four days that I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard. The other 3 days were the assassination of JFK and the deaths of my mother and father. And I also remember getting drawn for the grade 2 class that got the really nice teacher, in place of Beat-me Browning, the teacher of the unfortunate kids. But, I have a hard time remembering what I did last week.

Lee - The 'O' scale layout looks fantastic. Looking at the photo's, it don't look much bigger than one of Christian's miniature layouts, but, I'll bet that's an illusion.

Joe - Great to know everything is good with you. Nice to see you make a post.

Garry - I enjoyed seeing the layout with bridge photo you posted yesterday. The bridge reminded me of the prototype photos I wanted to post today. I'll need to build one of those myself, sometime in the future.

Mikey - The 'hack' looks very good, but, I can't see it would be angle parked like that in real life, blocking pedestrian flow of those poor people. I'm thinking it would be parallel parked, or down the alley a-bit more.

Karl - It looks like you have a-lot of vehicles. We have only one, that I purchased based on price alone and it be a 4x4 pick-up. I believe that all of the major players know how to build a truck, so it don't really matter the manufacturer.

Today's prototype photos show CN 2220 leading a short train of empty cars across the McLeod River. The train includes center-beam flats and box cars that will be dropped off at the local Millar Western pulp and saw mill, located just across the river.
CN 2220 is an ES44DC, and the engine helping (CN 5725) is an SD75 I. These large and powerful engines are what seems to be available for switching duties around here these days. I don't know what has happened to the SD40's that are usually used for local switching duties. Perhaps they are being serviced in Edmonton.
Anyway, here is the pics. I can't decide which one I like the most, but, I leaning toward the 2nd shot:
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I believe my rail photography is improving. I'm trying to take more shots of the action type with the sun on my side, rather than taking photos of engines parked in the yard with a bunch of poles vying for photo rights. The parked engine photos are still important for the historical record, but, I would like some good action shots, as well.

Enough rambling. The coffee cup has been emptied. Have a good one folks!

Guy, not better photos but more knowledgeable and confident. This one in particular is excellent for me. Shows many great details that are usually missed on a layout. Especially the debris buildup of trees and branch materials.

TomO
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