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    Good morning sleepy heads. The stove is hot and so is the coffee and water for tea. The special for today is ham and eggs along with bacon and hash browns. The local has brought in fresh squeezed O.J. We also have whole wheat toast with home made jam.

    Its a windy 49 here this morning blowing us to a high of 56. The weather service has issued a wind advisory for us today as well. I thought I'd slip out this afternoon for a little hunting, but 45-55 wind gusts make hunting from a tree stand more exciting than it should be. So instead we'll fire up the brush cutter and trim along the fence line. After that we'll change oil in the garden tractor to get him ready for winter. After I'm done a shower will be in order then retire to the computer room, check the forum, and do railroady stuff.

    Time to put more wood in the stove, do the dishes, then have a coffee and look over the forum. Have a good day and God bless.
    Scott, from the wilds of Carroll County, Ohio

  • #2
    Good Morning, Scott...

    Thanks for the coffee. I have rail, ties, and turnouts on order, but won't see any of it for a good 3 weeks. While waiting I hafta build a new hobby bench to help organize the 'train room' in the basement. In the meantime, I'm reading up on wiring and DCC. I also hafta locate a good wiring & DCC reference book, something that's up-to-date. Well, time to get going here...gotta get to Da Office. See ya!



    • #3
      Lots of wind here overnight as well, leaves from my wooded area are hundreds of feet farther than they usually get this time of year.

      Right now it is cloudy, cool and still breezy rain has let up and is said to be ending with some of that yellow orb showing later in the day.

      I worked myself through a computer problem yesterday, as I was working on programing my Alco project with the QSI unit the screen went black and the computer failed to respond. I went into a panic mode, checked everything I could think of, went through all the "If X then do Y" lists on the help site for HP/Compaq and still nothing, even pulled the trap door on the back and fiddled with the memory. Finally I posted here and another forum asking for suggestions and then decided to go do something else as I was sure I'd roasted the laptop. Out in the driveway I got in my truck and turned the key......just a light rattling sound from beneath the hood. The battery was shot there! A quick trip to town after jumping the truck and I had a new Interstate put in. (The Doll, who manages the car shop, had not an hour earlier reminded me the battery in the truck was old and to think about replacing it. Sure hate it when she's right, and so soon!) Anyway a few hours later I decided to tinker with the laptop again and was going to put things away and in untangling the wires for the QSI unit and the power cord to the laptop found the plug on the wire from the wall outlet to the box like unit, technical talk here, was loose and not fully plugged in. Correcting that condition, plugging it back in firmly, I then plugged the laptop back in and all the lights came on and it worked well. Proof of the adage that sometimes a fresh look at a problem after a break can reap positive solutions.

      Last evening I watched the first, and last, Detroit Tigers game against the Minne Twinkies, as the local sports guy calls them. Should have worked on the computer earlier! Detroit had plenty of chances and just couldn't close the deal.

      Gotta run, road trip Wednesday is at hand.

      All have a good day.

      BE SAFE!!!
      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

      Cedar Swamp
      SW of Manistique, MI

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      • #4
        Good morning from northern New Jersey. It rained all night, but the sun is now shining. Scott, we are supposed to get some of that wind here today, too.

        I got my outdoor stuff done yesterday, so I should have some time a the modeling bench today.

        Have a great day!


        • #5

          Originally posted by k9wrangler

          ... the power cord to the laptop found the plug on the wire from the wall outlet to the box like unit, technical talk here, was loose and not fully plugged in. Correcting that condition, plugging it back in firmly, I then plugged the laptop back in and all the lights came on and it worked well....

          The attention span of a computer is defined to be the length of its power cord...
          Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


          • #6
            Good morning from Indiana, where the sun is shinning after a rainy day yesterday. Harvest is in full swing here with combines, trucks, and tractors all over the place. Like a hive of honey bees!

            Not much in the way of modeling recently, but I am hopeful that will change before to long.

            Have a great day and thanks for breakfast Scot


            • #7
              Steady rain in the Merrimack Valley this morning, but my train is on time. I was thinking I might open the lounge today, but you beat me to it. Good thing too, as the train is pretty bare bones, and I'd have had to either go back 50 years for sandwiches, fruit and soft drinks from the train butcher, or 3,000 miles east for a bite off the snack trolley while I read the Guardian.

              I got a good deal of carpentry done in the past few days, but the Colorado vacation is looming and I won't get any track laid in my staging yard for a couple of weeks.


              • #8
                Good Morning All!

                Not much to report from Buckeye land on this damp and cloudy Wednesday other then I cancelled my walk till later this afternoon.Yesterday I saw a brace of CSX CW40-8s running light toward Lima..I also saw a NS SD70/SD40-2 unit consist on a West bound freight.I notice they have block part of the street off where the new North-West connector will be built..When I go out this afternoon I will check the area for any signs of activity..

                I shall have a cup and look over the forum.

                Have a good'n! :up:


                • #9
                  A late good morning crew. The morning started out cool and drizzly and now the sun is put and the temp is near 70.

                  I spent last evening at the club working on a major yard rebuilding project. I’m leaving town tomorrow for a week and a half and I’m looking forward to seeing how much progress the work crew makes when I get back.

                  Have a good day.

                  "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh


                  • #10
                    Good afternoon all from northern Maine where it has been raining all day. Oh well, better than snow but I'm afraid once the rain stops and the wind comes up we will lose our beautiful fall foliage.

                    Did some sceniking on what will be known as the Birch Bend section of the HKVRR last night. I'll let you guess what might be a feature of the area.

                    Who knows what will be on tap tonight?

                    Have a great day,

                    Dave :erm:
                    "there\'s something happening here, what it is ain\'t exactly clear"


                    • #11
                      Good afternoon, guys. It's a sunny one now, but we've got big storms and a major cold front on the way for tonight and into the coming weekend. The weather weenies are talking about inches of rain and freezing temps. Yikes!

                      Well, I spent most of the day today rebuilding the drive unit and blade assembly on my gas-powered edger. The so-called "quill assembly" broke last summer, and in the owner's manual Sears shows it as a single assembled unit. Furthermore, the part # indicates it's a 1-piece (assembled) unit. So I ordered the part last week. When it arrived, it was actually eight or nine component parts, all in sealed Briggs & Stratton boxes and bags! And no diagrams or instructions of any kind! :erm: Since the old drive unit was broken beyond repair, I figured I couldn't hurt anything by completely disassembling it and seeing how it went together that way. To make a long story short , my strategy worked, and I was able to assemble the new drive unit. All told it took me about 3-4 hours, but everything works fine once again. And that's pretty much been my day today.

                      Have a good one everyone.