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  • Morning folks!

    Another pretty day ahead!

    Have a good one!

    Philip
    Philip

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    • Morning everyone

      Rick thanks for opening and the coffee.
      Have fun on the "DINKY" today.

      Looks like the house is full here today that's good to see.

      Weather in South Jersey cloudy/44. Later not much better 48!

      I don't think we are all done with the shopping yet but there isn't much to do. All the kids and grandkids get money!

      Mike sounds like you have much to wear already. You only can wear one pair of pants at a time?

      Can't get in the mood to work on anything on the bench. I guess I'm really just burned out and need a longer break than I thought.
      I have plans to do something else related to building structures but not really train related!!

      Karl have a safe trip North.

      The rest of you I hope your day goes as planned.

      Everyone have a great day!!
      Jerry



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

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      • Larryc
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        Jerry taking a long break from the bench is not a bad thing. That way you can get the "juices flowing again".

    • Almost but not quite noon in Wisconsin. Terry found something she will really miss in the 50th state. We have season tickets to the 2 time defending NCAA Womens Ice Hockey championships. We went to a game last night and in all the years we have been following the team and the last 7 years with season tickets, the game last night was by far the worse we have seen them play. Lost 3-2 but felt like 10-2. They were dominated by the hated Minnesota Gopher ladies who were outstanding. We are #1 they are #5 and depending on this afternoon’s game, it will change on Monday.

      Thanks for the comments on Crosby who actually is a member of the daughter’s family. We are now just temporary visitors in our old house that the kids purchased. (Cough cough, wink wink) He turns 12 weeks old tomorrow and is a lap sitter (mine) when he sees me. He knows already that Terry is not a dog lover and truly barely even looks at her after only a few days.

      The walk this morning was done in 29f degree weather and it was brisk. The SIL has done an excellent job along with his crews to re-do the trail system. He has blocked off trails that are no longer on the property and changed the connections and cut a few more trees to join up existing trails.

      Talked to my sister last night around midnight but 7 on Maui. She supervised the movement of the brother’s furniture and personables that were moved into Pods that will be stored in his garage on the new housing site. She said they were very careful but terribly slow movers. She said her movers in Illinois would have done the 6 hour quoted job on Maui in less then 2 with her Illinois guys. Island time is a real thing. She will close out the house tomorrow with both realtors present and catch a flight to Pasadena afterwards.

      Just hitting a pizza place on Campus after the hockey game. The pizzas on Paradise are not really very good. This from a guy who seldom has ever found a terrible pizza. If I was in my 40’s I would start a pizza place in Makenna but I would not even finance one now.

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      • Philip
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        Nice photo Tom!~

    • Clouds and 31 as the sky brightens and passes thru the varying shades of grey. 100% chance mid day of who knows what falling from the sky. I'll be keeping an eye out to see what actually develops from the forecast sloppy and snowy thru the North as we're headed N tomorrow. If the snow they talk about develops, there will be a change in vehicles. The Doll's 4runner is better equipped at this time for snow. The plan was to take the Tacoma as I have a gun safe I bought that is in the back that is still wrapped in cardboard and I don't want to get it wet.

      Great looking scene, TomO, that looks like a fine supply of firewood! The cars sure look nice, especially the middle ones on the closest track with all the bark and debris on the decks and on the ground. The background is well executed, as well. Love the trees.

      Watched the GREEN Hoops Team gel and defeat the team from Toledo and then watched Hairball's boys in blue choke the life out the the Iowa team and them stomp them in glee in the Big 10 championship. The "homer" tv guy still moaning about the game they lost to the Green weeks ago as their fans are so good at. They never lose, someone cheats or screws them over.

      Trip prep is the plan for today, most everything will be easy enough to deal with.

      The tax bills came for home and the UP, oh my....

      Everyone have a fine day, be safe, enjoy your activities.

      KarlS
      Last edited by k9wrangler; 12-05-2021, 08:32 AM. Reason: quit stuttering
      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

      Cedar Swamp
      SW of Manistique, MI

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      • Good morning everyone.

        Coffee, hot water for tea and an assortment of cold sodas are ready for your enjoyment.

        Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

        Mike, wardrobe sounds good to me and some adventurous dining choices.
        Enjoy!

        Ron, being cold is bad enough but the wind makes it unbearable.

        Louis, since I'm selling the house everything must go, even the mini layout.
        I'm sure some things will end up in storage, but need to keep that to a very minimum.

        Larry, you've earned a break.

        Philip, hope you were able to enjoy the pretty day.

        Jerry, something not train related?
        Do tell.

        Tom, another excellent picture of the layout.
        Been meaning to ask, what ever happened to the garden layout?

        Karl, hope the trip prep and the drive north are uneventful.

        Used my last personal today.
        Bike ride then breakfast.
        Game time decision if I'll watch football on the back porch or the basement.

        Have a great day everyone.
        Last edited by Rick; 12-05-2021, 10:27 AM.

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        • Philip
          Philip commented
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          Pretty much spend yesterday cleaning and mopping hardwood floors. Another alternate plan.

      • Good morning guys and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening the lounge today. Nothing better than a daily chat and cup of brew.

        Now that's got to be the down side of selling ones home Rick. A necessary evil.

        It is 38 degrees and sunny here in Rhode Island today. We've got a Christmas party to attend today so I guess all modeling bench time is out of the question.

        ​​​​​​​Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. See you all on the RR-L Forum.


        Louis
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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        • Morning Gents,

          Tom nice looking layout scene. I agree with Karl, your detail is very good. So
          will that end up in Paradise as some point?

          Rick thanks for the coffee. Aren't personal days great...enjoy. So when you sell your
          house and are your "walk about" will you be doing any small dioramas just for the
          fun of it?

          Karl any way you look at it, taxes are annoying. You're paying the Gov. the
          privilege to keep your homes for another year; so they can waste the $.

          The rest of the Crew hope all's well with you.

          A partly sunny 34 this morning with a high of 41 here in New York; not bad temps
          for December. Work is progressing on the new store and hopefully some bench time
          today before the present wrapping starts.

          Everyone have a great day. Be well and stay warm.
          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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          • Good morning Rick, Louis, Larry and the rest of the crew that drops in.

            Thanks for the coffee Rick.

            Another cold day here in Southern Ontario as it is presently 12F (got to get used to F seeing as I'll be working in the states in January ) but no wind so the walk with Gracie wasn't too bad although Gracie loves playing in the snow that we got yesterday. Supposed to go up to 46F tomorrow and we have a freezing rain warning for tonight. I'm thinking that by tomorrow night the snow will be gone.

            Got some time at the bench last night, did some touch-up painting and added some colour to the tractors and finished painting the steam engine.

            Have a great day everyone.
            Ron Newby

            General Manager

            Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

            http://cvry.ca

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            • Good Morning and relieved my 15 pound big boy has returned home. He's family ya know?

              Philip


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              • k9wrangler
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                He has a double here in Michigan, Tiger, that also wanders at times but never as long as your’s.

              • Philip
                Philip commented
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                He's pissy sometime Karl.

            • Good morning from Wisconsin. Thanks for the picture comments.

              The pulpwood yard scene is staying in Wisconsin. The 7 pulp cars shown are part of my current 30 pulp car weathering project. I have been trying to figure out if I should add debris to each car. There will be at least one paper mill on the layout in the 50th state

              This is an older picture of the highly compressed pulp yard before weathering on the cars started. Every piece of rolling stock shown here is now weathered to some degree. Even the log loader by the chipper building in the lower left has a new employee added, a new roof that needs a warning light and the unseen pulp car unloader is weathered.





              Not really sure other the the 8 year old grandson has a hockey game at 2. We may go or not but …

              Karl, they are talking blizzard conditions in the UP on TV this morning. I know you are in the UP but you may not be in the path of over excited storm forecasters. No matter be safe heading that way

              Rick, the outdoor setup is at roughly 2 miles of track and thankfully the 600 acres of property we sold in 2020 and 2021 had no track on it. Just lucky in that. The issue has been the 2 locomotives that have constantly been in the shop. This has become the son in laws fun besides his vineyard. I have spent mucho dollars and have been extremely frustrated with this adventure. I should have done more due diligence but live and learn. We have a deal to trade the 2 in against a different but still used sd40-2. Our mechanic will be inspecting the sd40-2 in February before this trade is made. He and the SIL will fly to Tennessee. We were using Terry’s stables as a diesel shop but the horseys didn’t like sharing the space. So out by our “quarry” or the hole in the ground to get rock from. The SIL put up a building for the locomotives and rolling stock storage, his tractor for the vineyard, the loader for loading the Rick. Like I said, a money pit. But he paid for this building, it’s on his vineyard property.

              have a great day
              TomO

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              • Philip
                Philip commented
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                good one... Hit the nail on the head at what lurks ahead in the culinary scheduled events~

            • Afternoon

              Rick thanks for opening. But I'm going to have a Four Roses on the rocks and sit by the fire.
              Something not train related might be going the way Carl A. did. Time will tell.
              Not sure of the scale either.

              I've been out to the stores with the wife and neighbor!
              Just when you thought Christmas shopping was over!

              And yes the "SILLY SEASON" is in full swing out there!

              Karl be safe on the trip North.

              Tom that's a great sign!!

              Philip glad your buddy is back home.

              Everyone have a wonderful day!!
              Jerry



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

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              • Philip
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                TY Jerry! Those model slumps just happen. Push it back like a dinner plate.

            • Thanks for the travel concerns. After discussing it with friends up there and then reading the pessimistic prognosticators pronouncements of impending doom we decided the one element that tipped the scale was up to 60mph gusts and steady ~40mph winds caught our eye we decided to take a 24 hour pause. Gottagetthereitis doesn’t have a seat at the table. I used to comment after investigating a tragic accident in bad conditions, “bet it’s a sunny day when they have the funeral.”

              Checking traffic cams along the route this evening confirm the decision was wise, it will be much colder when we do get rolling.

              We had snow and ice here today, and Hell froze over, the Lions won, had better things to watch, tho, like my eyelids zzzzzzzzzz
              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

              Cedar Swamp
              SW of Manistique, MI

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              • Philip
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                When I was in the military this Major (Rank) had played for the Lions. Can't remember his name to save my life. He was huge! Certainly remember that and he had a career ending injury of some sort playing football.

            • Good morning everyone.

              Coffee, hot water for tea and an assortment of cold sodas are ready for your enjoyment.

              A chance of showers before 7am, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

              Karl, a wise choice putting a 24 hour hold on your travel plans.
              Congrats to the Lions.

              Jerry, can't wait to hear more about this new idea of yours.

              Tom, don't know why but can't see the pics you uploaded yesterday.
              Bummer about the engines and hope the next one will be better.

              Philip, good news about the cats return.
              Great picture.

              Ron, glad you've been able to spend time at the bench.

              Larry, I seriously doubt I'll do any modeling in the van.
              Space will be at a premium.

              Louis, hope you had fun at the party.

              Roland, any progress on your layout?

              Another brutal yet not unexpected by the Jets.
              However, the 'Skins came through with a nail biting win.

              Back to the grind today.

              Have a great day everyone.

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              • Philip
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                Yep, he's home being a cat again! Sleeps all day and out most of the night. I'm not about to change his schedule. The name Indy, for independent, non political I must add.

            • Good morning Rick and all. Thanks for opening the lounge as usual and starting off our day with a chat and cup of brew.

              Its and unusual day at 57 degrees but cloudy with some rain here in Rhode Island today.

              Had a great time at the Christmas party yesterday, hours of a good time, and able to forget about life's problems for awhile.

              Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. See you all on the RR-L Forums.


              Louis
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • Good morning Rick, Louis and the rest of the crew that drops in later.

                Just below freezing weather here but will get freezing rain and then rain with a high of 46F today going down to 18F tonight. My morning walk with Gracie was cancelled this morning as the sidewalks were not plowed and one needs ice skates on the streets . Took a snow day from work today as my commute is just over an hour.

                Rick, "no modeling in the van"? Are you selling your house, buying a van and becoming a van-lifer?

                Spent some time at the bench last night and started weathering the tractors.

                Have a great day everyone.
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                Ron Newby

                General Manager

                Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                http://cvry.ca

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