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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers! The coffee urn is READY with Getoffyerduff blend. The special Luftwaffles and smoked sausage, scrambled eggs on the side. Oatmeal for the elderly. All other beverages at the end of the line. Clear and 46f in N.E. Indiana before daybreak.

    I played around with a few other engines yesterday, mostly doing preventative maintenance and thinking about severely weathering them to match their age. I'm conflicted, as in their 'day' most were well maintained, and didn't as grungy as today's equipment looks. We went to #1 grandson's final football of the season last night, and were at the front of the traffic line waiting on a CSX coal drag. Most probably originating in Ohio, heading towards Gary, IN. The lead FP40 looked like it hadn't been washed from the first day in service. The 120+ coal hoppers were so marked with graffiti, we had a heck of a time trying to read an car numbers. The train had been on a siding, and by the the time it past, was about 20 minutes of waiting.

    The game was a 'defensive battle' and my grandson the quarterback, scrambled in with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter, for the only score in the game.

    Time to get going on today's projects, what are you up to?

    Have a Super day!


    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Good morning, Jim and later arrivals. It got down to the 40s last night here on the NH seacoast, but the sun is out and we may see 60F. I'm off to Seashore for another day of 1:1 track work. Although yesterday was mostly digging & delving in a swamp preparatory to a culvert replacement. I'm working on a couple of operations documents for my layout and need another evening in the attic before I try to schedule another op session.


    • #3
      Good morning Jim, James and the rest of the crew. It is 43 and heading into the upper 60's today under sunny skies here in S.E. Michigan.

      Plenty of turkey and deer sighting around here lately. I'm watching a doe right now, about 20's from our deck.

      Yesterday I pulled three large bushes out of the ground. They had out grown there location and I wanted to reclaim the area for other plantings. Chain and cable attached to the back of the truck made fairly quick work of the job without much manual labor.

      A few errands this morning then I will clean up the area where the bushes had been and plant some spring bulbs there.

      Have a great day!


      • #4
        Good morning Jim, James, Bruce, and those arriving after me. It's a beautiful, pleasant morning in northern WV.

        Yesterday I touched up some ceiling paint in various places around the house since I had the can open. Next is the walls, next week after the convention.

        I started filling out the form to take with the rolling stock I hope to sell at the convention later this week. Also did some financial paperwork. And we did get in a good several miles of walking. The day went fast.

        Have a great day, everyone!


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


        • #5
          Good morning, Jim and crew. It's a sunny day in Tidewater Virginia. We're supposed to be in the 70's. After a walk, I need to start pulling clothes for a long trip we have coming up.

          Have a good day.
          With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine.


          • #6
            Good morning Crew. Thanks Jim for opening and a fine breakfast.

            Did some outside cleanup yesterday and played electrician, a thankless job. Dad, they aren’t straight! Took the level and showed her they are straight and level. We ended up compromising, I fit them to her eye! I won’t tell her, they do look pretty good.

            44f degrees now heading to 72. Have a great day


            IT’s OK not to be OK

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            • #7
              Good morning Jim, James, Bruce, Mike, George, Tom and all incoming crew. Thanks for the chat and cup of brew this morning Jim. Always the great way to start the day.

              Jim, like you, I've always strayed away from weathering locomotives to heavy, they did maintain them and kept them cleaned. Plus I don't trust myself to doing a good weathering job on locomotives. Rolling stock is another matter. I don't mind weathering that kind of stuff.

              Good luck in the attic James. That's where the magics happens.

              Bruce, the older I get, the more large bushes I pull out. Less trimming and work to keep them maintained.

              Like in the police department, my work was never done until the paperwork was completed. Good luck at the convention.

              George after a year of being locked up for covid scare, enjoy your trip, and enjoy your time away.

              Tom, I'd rather be a electrician, than to be cleanup any day.

              Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. See you all on the forum.

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


              • #8
                Bright sun and 50s already. Had a long day yesterday driving up to Copper Harbor and back. The weather was near perfect in the 60s and all sun. It was a long drive home arriving after 10. There was a hard frost in away from the lake yesterday.

                Not sure on plans. I’d like to get the muck boots back on and get at some more cedars in the swamp but the mindset isn’t wrapped around that idea yet

                I’m not big on weathering locomotives, either, I have a couple I have but generally think that model weathering usually goes overboard.

                Well off to see what the day has in store. The ceee-ment crew is working next door. The Doll has already been over chatting and hugging Jake the boss, “cutey” or “sweety” depending on the day. Really good dude we got to know real well when he did lots of work for u$

                Be well.

                Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                Cedar Swamp
                SW of Manistique, MI

                Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


                • #9
                  Mornin' All!

                  58, headed (they say) for 72, and nicely sunny here in the northern mitten this morning, although the "mares' tails" are beginning to work in in advance of tomorrow afternoon's expected overhead leakage.

                  A couple of appointments will eat the time until around 1430, then it's back to figuring out what the station platform should be and how to make it look like that. Original thought was that it was cinders, which were common back in the day, but another good look at the photographs indicates that it more probably was either poured concrete or (perhaps) asphalt. Having prepared the base for the cinders process, this is not welcome news, but there it is, and I think I have a way to get the concrete process going without landing in the funny farm. It's good to have friends!'

                  Oh... and for the record, months ago this became an "inspired by" project instead of a "model of" project due to additional photographic information appearing after (naturally) I had completed the major structural work, so in all honesty, I can do whatever I want. But this "ya gotta do it Right" thing still haunts me....

                  Make it a great day, All, and stay safe!

                  in Michigan