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    Good morning crew, readers, etc. Warm, muggy, and buggy this morning in the Northwest Territory. The coffee urn is ready with Boilermaker Blend and the griddle has pancakes and bacon sizzling. The strange looking K-cup machine has decaf and tea. The smoothie machine will be a big hit today.

    I've got the East coast grandson coming next week and I'm bullet proofing the cave. He's 8 and very much a 'hands on' kid.

    He doesn't understand that 'Papa' isn't a 24/7 watch him every minute kind of guy. Very sharp, but he's 8. I'll take him over to the NKP765 shop one of the days, and let him crawl up in the cab.

    Time to get 'crackin' over here. Too humid to paint.

    Have a Super day!

    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Good morning, Jim and crew. It's another beautiful day in Tidewater Virginia. We have a big weekend ahead of us. Our grandson is getting married tomorrow, so we're driving up to Richmond this afternoon for the rehearsal dinner tonight.

    Got a bunch of things to do...

    Have a good day.

    With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine.


    • #3
      Good morning Jim, George and the rest of the crew. It is sunny and 61 degrees here in northern NJ. We will head into the upper 70's today.

      This morning we head to the dentist for our cleaning and to have him look at at tooth that is becoming temperature sensitive. (Never a good thing.)

      After that we pick up a trailer from UHaul. Chuck is coming up this afternoon to help me load the trailer. Tomorrow we head out to Michigan.

      Have a great day!


      • #4
        Well today has to be better than yesterday. One of Thursday morning model railroad coffee group celebrated his 94th birthday. Nice turnout at the coffee shop of friends and modelers. My Son-In-Law had tagged along as were going 4 wheeling after the party. When we unloaded the machines I noticed that the machine I use was about out of gas and we found that the float on the carb had stuck, thereby draining the gas tank onto the floor of the trailer. SIL is great mechanic and he removed the carb and disassembled it and cleaned it using our basic tool kit. That seemed to fix it and we did 25 miles before leak reappeared so we loaded up and went home ordering a carb rebuild kit on the way.

        As I was backing the trailer into my driveway my wife was standing in the garage saying "You're not going to like this" It seems her fancy expensive washing machine had spit out a load of water on the floor and it was running into the basement over my workbench, an On30 2-4-4-2, strip wood supplies, Grandson's slot car/train layout, carpet/furniture, computer/ceiling tiles etc. Much of the remaining water was happily traveling between the wood floor and sub-floor oozing up between any seams it could find. One garage stall piled with soggy ruined stuff. Restoration crew got here at 4PM and left at 1AM. Fans and dehumidifiers going full bore in basement and kitchen. Insurance adjuster will be here at 10. Washer was repaired by authorized Bosch dealer last week due to faulty gasket on front door. Repairman at 10:30 so he and adjuster and restoration service can hash things out.

        Today has to be better.....

        Mark B.


        • #5
          Sorry to hear of your water damage, Mark.


          • #6
            Morning everyone

            Thought I'd stop by here to get a good breakfast from Jim this morning.

            South Jersey weather is sunny/70ish.

            We are heading to North Jersey today for one of granddaughters senior prom.

            Everyone have a great day!!

            "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


            • #7
              Gosh, Mark, that's terrible! I can sympathize, I had a washing machine dump a load's worth of water over my layout. But fortunately I didn't lose very much (but I still have some buildings put away that need to be rebuilt from water damage.)

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


              • #8
                Good morning Crew, great opening Jim. MarkB that sucks, yes today will be better. Bruce, I thought you were using the movers to move? Or, are you in sticker shock? I was when we moved.

                Not sure what today will bring, so will take it as it comes. Have a great day.



                • #9
                  Good morning crew and thanks for opening up this morning Jim! It looks like it's going to be a nice sunny Friday here in southern NJ, but the weekend looks wet.

                  Mark, that sounds horrible. Good luck working everything out. There's nothing worse than water damage.

                  I continue to be so busy with work, it leaves little time for anything else. I had my op session last Friday and I usually have the railroad re-staged in a couple of days, but not this time. A little here, a little there, and I'm maybe half done. UGH! But, you have to take advantage of the business while it's there. So, needless to say, not much RR progress to report here. I will be attending our Friday night ops session tonight as those represent my 'down time'.

                  Have a great day everyone!


                  • #10
                    Mark, get one of those plastic pans that go under washing machines. It will contain quite a bit of water if it should happen again.


                    • #11
                      Sorry for inundation, Mark. I had a basement full when a sump pump quit. LOTS of mess, wet and soggy. Those clean and dry folks do a good job and are very efficient. Good time for everyone to recheck their insurance coverage.

                      I’ve done more wiring on the layout, making slow progress.

                      Cool and sunny in MI today. We’re on a slight to marginal risk of severe weather, with it more probable to the S and W. Saw fascinating YouTube video this morning of a tornado near Laramie, WY showing it form and then slowly extend to the ground and get rather huge. Luckily it was in the midst of mostly no population and little damage resulted.

                      Everyone have a good day.
                      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                      Cedar Swamp
                      SW of Manistique, MI

                      Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


                      • #12

                        Originally posted by tloc

                        Bruce, I thought you were using the movers to move? Or, are you in sticker shock? I was when we moved.

                        Tom, the movers will take the good furniture and household goods.

                        I am transporting all my garden equipment, table saws, drill press, and a few 4'x8' sheets of plywood I still had - say 1200 lbs of 'stuff'. That would cost about $1200 to have the movers take and the trailer will cost me about $210 plus about $80 worth of diesel for the truck. Plus, we have our son's portable freezer to trasport all the food from our freezers.

                        In about two weeks we will rent a flat bed UHaul for about the same cost to transport my Kubota tractor that the movers estimated to coast $1300 to bring out.

                        After that, it is up to the movers.


                        • #13
                          A few minutes left in the morning, here in my Jersey valley. Marcia and I went for our annual physicals, this morning, and then headed for a diner for a late breakfast.

                          As Bruce mentioned, I’ll be heading his way this afternoon to help him load up a U-Haul trailer. Now I have an idea as to what we will be moving, based on his comments above.

                          I have been working on a Brownhoise pillar crane by JL Innovations the last couple days. The main assembly is ready for painting and weathering. I still have to asemble the operator’s booth and then final assmebly with the cable and hook. This will be part of my mine scene, used for transferring mine props (support poles) from railroad flat cars and gondolas to small mine cars.

                          That’s it, for now!



                          • #14
                            Bruce thanks I figured it might be that but thought about it after I posted.

                            Decided to do something stupid. Instead of ordering on line decided to head to Lombard Hobbies in Lombard, I’ll. Only a 130 miles one way without calling ahead to hold the structures I wanted. Guess what, they sold them before I got there. Being in Chicago traffic on a Friday afternoon I decided to stay at my sister’s without a key to get in. Amazing internet, as she unlocked the house from her phone in Australia. I will stop in Rochelle, I’ll. tomorrow on the trek back home.