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    Good morning all from 75f raining and heading to 88f and rain this afternoon. You can hear the gators snapping their jaws out in the swamp. whoops, wrong swamp. The coffee urn is READY with Trainline blend. Hey rookie "go fetch 100 yards of trainline". The special is a Western omelet, Texas toast, and a petite filet mignon, might as well shoot the wad!

    Yesterday was sweltering without the added bonus of the rain. I'm ready for Autumn to arrive early. Between trying to keep up with grass that's normally browned out by now, and the bumper crop of flying bird feed, I'm really ready!

    I went back to the estate sale yesterday and picked up an unused Dremel 4000 tool, and spotted a Dremel 4" table saw, that disappeared before I could say "I'll take it". They had restocked the sale from Saturday. This guy had 'a lot of stuff' ! His wife said he was Polyhobbyist. He could have opened a hobby shop and would have the best one in a 100 miles. RC Planes, Helicopters, cars, a woodshop, a metal shop, reloading equipment, photography equipment out the wazoo, etc., etc. I thought I was a little scattered (others agree), but this guy unfortunately left it all behind.

    Well time to let Millie, get chased by the rabbits. They're bigger than her, and she gets intimidated.

    Have a Super day!


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  • #2
    Good morning everyone.

    Jim, thanks for the coffee and breakfast.

    Another sweltering day in the 90's.

    DMV first thing this morning where I hope to finally get my plates and registration.
    Take the van to get inspected afterwards.
    I'll get a few more things listed for sale too.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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    • #3
      Morning Jim, Rick and others,

      I have a Dr. appointment this morning to go over the results of a blood test. I guess they can charge more to Medicare if I go in person. A phone call would have worked just as well.

      A few other errands this morning after the Dr. and then back to the train shed.

      I finally got around to decaling a freight car for my Atlantic and Southern RR as shown below. The boxcar is an old undecorated Athearn but I have many undec Kadee and Accurail. I'll do some hoppers, gondolas and tankers also.

      Have a great day ya'll.


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      • k9wrangler
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        Nice looking decals.

    • #4
      Good morning, Jim and crew. Another 90° day here.

      After a walk, I'm staying in airconditioned places. First a haircut, then a stop at a big box store to get some rattle cans.

      With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine.


      • #5
        Good morning to the entire crew. It is 72 and heading to 82 with rain most of the day. The next few days will remain in the 70's here in S.E. Michigan.

        Nice decal work, Tom.

        Rick, I remember 'back in the day' the long inspection lines at the state sites. No inspection requirement here in Michigan.

        Reading and modeling will take up most of the day.



        • #6
          Still hot and humid in NH, they're predicting it will break Wednesday. Today is my 2 German classes (although they're kinda OBE since we just got back from the trip to Germany and Austria.) I think we're all unpacked etc from the trip.

          Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


          • #7
            Good morning. Thank you opening, Jim, and for the well-wishes on my drive yesterday. It all went smoothly; 9 hours plus stops. I did indeed watch out for the other guy but I'm happy to report that there were few real hazardous drivers and they were usually far down the highway in the blink of an eye, and I mainly had to watch for trucks who needed to move into my lane. My alertness and common courtesy earned me a couple of appreciative flashing of lights. With 70mph being the speed limit in most states, people drive about that rate and the biggest problem is those cars going an inexplicable 5mph below that, like stones in a creek they create traffic ripples.

            On my way between St. Louis and WV I stopped in Terre Haute and ran into a model railroader I know from the Cleveland area, on his way to the convention. Coincidences.

            My time in St. Louis was devoted to meetings with NMRA officers, directors and chairs. I arrived home with a list of NMRA "to do" items; we have a pretty dynamic set of officers who want to move many things forward.

            As for today, I'll do some outdoor cleanup of flower beds, run errands, and maybe visit the modeling desk.

            Have a good one.


            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


            • #8
              A stack of chocolate chip pancakes and a mug of coffee, and now I'm ready to hunker down in the basement - looks like another day (or days in a row) in the 90's.

              Rebuilding an old IMP single dome tank car and working on the soldering skill sets......hope to get that done later this week so I can start prepping it for primer. Hot weather for painting.....bake that paint on!

              If I'm daring I'll head out for a few rattle cans for a project that SWMBO'd is doing......

              So it goes....
              In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


              • #9
                Morning crew. Another hot and muggy day at the River. Calling for rain here this afternoon. Wife's niece and her friend came up yesterday for a week here. Then it's back home for a couple of days for a Dr. visit and then back up. Brother and his troupes are coming an few days.

                Been thinking through some projects that I'll start as soon as River time ends. Unfortunately that'll include some 1:1. The Syudam engine house will be completed by the end of this month finally and I can begin on the corrugated metal project and get that rockcrusher building done. Also contemplating about doing a Great Northern #6 shop switcher in tandem with Louis' project.

                Thake care all and stay cool.

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                • #10
                  Good morning Guys, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge Jim. Coffee, it is the best way as we all know to start off the day.

                  81 degrees, and sunny here in Rhode Island today. Going to be in the 90's by noon I guess.

                  Not sure what today will bring for me. I'll have to play it by ear again today. The NP #6 Shop Loco project is still up in the air with decisions.

                  Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day. I'll see you all on the RR-L Forum.

                  Louis L&R Western Railroad
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


                  • #11
                    Good morning from So. Central Wisconsin where the humidity is at 99%. Over 4” of rain since Friday midnight. Definitely needed it and could use more if it would show up and not cause flooding. I have a neighbor who stopped over last night. His rain gauge had over 7” in the same time frame about 3 miles south of us.

                    There is a model railroader in Verona, nationally known. He is a collector of everything, tools, action figures, Ford cars from 1955 to 1970, trains, real and models. He has a insulated converted milk barn and 2 feeding parlors neatly organized? It’s a place that is so enjoyable to visit. He was asked before Covid about how he plans to get rid of it. He said not worried about it, an estate sale will get rid of it. That’s one sale I will hit up.

                    Swam this morning for exercise, walking is tomorrow. Thanks Jim for opening and the diet Dr Pepper will do.

                    enjoy the day


                    • #12
                      Grey and damp humidity here this morning. It did rain some overnight as the walkway is wet. Not so hot and late day passing of a cold front may take the chest pains out of the air. Been a bunch of a/c wimps here lately.

                      2 cases of C-19 in the Doll’s crew, younger daughter and older girl’s husband with pos tests. One poked, sickest, and one not. Zinc, C and D3 daily here along with mystic incantations and few trips out amongst the “English” have me hopefully feeling fine beyond the annual sinus bs that is default here.

                      Might mow if it dries out, or not, -insert SHRUG icon-

                      Enough from here. Later.

                      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                      Cedar Swamp
                      SW of Manistique, MI

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