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  • TRAINS1941
    Morning everyone

    Rick thanks for opening and the coffee.

    We are heading to Wayne to see Diane's aunt.
    Diane is staying with her for a few days .
    I'm coming back home.

    Her eye is something they think will just go away by itself.
    It has nothing to do with her rentia.

    On and the HONDA didn't make one day home. The same thing happened to it yesterday.
    There coming to get it today.
    I think old "NELLIE" with a 196,000 miles on her is tired!!

    Everyone have a wonderful day!!

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  • friscomike
    Good morning folks,

    Rick, thanks for coffee. Hope you enjoy the day.

    Kyle, good luck at the doc's today. Friends all reported much improved vision after surgery.

    Larry, nice job chopping the wood.

    Ron, the funk is a plaque on us all, but it passes.

    Jerry, hope Diane's eye is better.

    Karl, how is the great north?

    It's a beautiful day in the Piedmont. For the first time in many, many years, going to try to play golf this afternoon. I hope the knee holds up. It will be good to get away from boxes for a change.

    Have fun,

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  • Rick
    Good morning everyone.

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

    Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

    Larry, I saw your update and hope everyone else sees the wonderful job you're doing.

    Ron, I don't remember you complaining about the cold when you were at home and it was much colder.

    Jerry, all the best to Diane in regards to her eye.

    Kyle, good luck with the eye procedure.

    Tom, maybe preparing for the podcast will get you out of your modeling funk.

    Karl, safe travels and neat looking car.

    Mike, Philip, Louis and everyone else, stop in and let us know what you're doing.

    Realestate agent coming this morning to take pictures.
    Have to do a little clean up before he shows up.
    After that not much else planned.

    Have a great day everyone.

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  • Larryc
    Morning One & All,

    Rick thanks for the coffee. Yes i was glad not to make that drive, however the crap wasn't
    nearly as bad as the Idiots thought and now it's melted. The wood shopping is done and hope
    to post an update later.

    John that certainly is an alarming read....looks like the farmers and growers will have to go old
    school and use organic manures instead which would be healthier anyway.

    Karl is that photo going to be your transportation up North? Nice looking travels.

    Tom sounds like a lot of guys here are in a "modeling funk".....hope it's not contagious, but it'll
    pass soon enough.

    Mike yes all the "nasty stuff" has melted....yippee. Have a safe trip to Atlanta and back.

    Kyle best of luck with the eye procedures and hope it all goes well for you. Then you'll
    really be able to see what your doing.

    Jerry congrats on finally on getting the Honda back. It should have been "no charge" with
    the aggravation that you went through.

    Ron that's pretty chilly for Virginia, glad it's going to warm back up soon. Still has to be better
    than Canada.

    The rest of the Crew hope all's well in your world.

    A sunny 34 with a high of 45 here in New York. Grocery shopped early this am so we can eat the
    next couple of weeks. Not sure what the day will bring.....still waiting for a warm up so I can get
    back outside.

    Enjoy your day and be well!!!!!
    Last edited by Larryc; 04-20-2022, 10:26 AM. Reason: Can't spell this morning.

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  • elwoodblues
    Good morning Rick, Karl, Tom, Kyle, Jerry and the rest of the crew that drops in later.

    Rick, thanks for the coffee.

    Kyle, good luck with the cataract removal, you will notice a huge difference when done.

    Jerry, glad to hear that the Honda finally got repaired.

    Well, It's just COLD here in VA, last week it was in the high 70's this morning woke up to 34F, had to warm up the car to get rid if the frost . Currently 52F so it is getting better. I'm thinking winter is newer going away. It is supposed to be in the high 70's come Friday. Enough about the weather.

    No modeling for me, like other people here, just not in the mood. For me these funks only last a couple of weeks and I get them often enough.

    Have a great day everyone.

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  • TRAINS1941
    Morning everyone

    Rick thanks for opening and the coffee.

    Weather in South Jersey sunny/40.
    Later on 58!

    Errands to run this am.

    Nice looking car Karl.

    Tom it will come back I'm kind of in the same funk.

    Gotta run the little woman is calling.

    Everyone have a wonderful day!!

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  • kyle_creel
    Mornin' everybody. Well today I start my eyedrops protocol for cataract removal in my right eye tomorrow. The Dr. said it was so large and dense that she can't tell if there's anything else going on in my eye like retina problems, but doesn't think there is. I get the left eye done on May 12th; then I'll be able to see again. To think I've been working on the RR and driving and everything else looking through the bottom of a dirty milk glass for a right eye and fuzzy double vision for the left eye for about 18 months. I sure will be glad when May 13th gets here. Doc says it'll take 2-3 days for me to notice the improvement in my right eye 'cause the cataract was so large and dense; but I should be seeing nearly 100% better by Sunday. She's gonna wait 3 weeks to do the left eye just to make sure everything's healed in the right one. Now I'll be able to see how bad if I screwed up the RR anywhere. Ya'll have a wonderful day; stay warm and travel safe.......


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  • friscomike
    Good morning,

    Rick, thanks for coffee.

    Jerry, congrats for car return. Hope the doctors find what is up with Diane's eye.

    Karl, safe travels.

    Louis, how was the Grand Daughter visit? Did she get you to the trains?

    Larry, did all that nasty stuff melt?

    It's a bright cool morning at 38F, brrrr. This afternoon should warm to 74F, hope so. We are taking a couple of oriental rugs to be cleaned this morning. Unfortunately, the shop is on the north side of Atlanta, almost an hour away.

    Have a fun one,

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  • tloc
    Good morning from a gloomy looking morning in So. Central Wisconsin. 42 now headed maybe to 49f degrees but with rain this afternoon. With Terry being back the TV is constantly on again. The weather guy was so excited during the broadcast about today’s rain. Now, it is possible we get a 1/4” and he was like a kid in the candy store. Or a model railroader with a new locomotive. I guess people get their excitement where they can.

    2 full days so far not doing anything in the train room or work bench. I have so little interest it is starting to bother me! I even last night was thinking some retail therapy would help. When looking online last night, I regret to say, nothing, I mean Butkus, was purchased. Things I put in the shopping carts I emptied out.

    I was invited to appear on a Podcast about Model Railroading yesterday. Talking some about the shelf layout overall but mostly about my Paper Mill complex and how I built it and how I operate it. If I say yes, It would be recorded in about 6 weeks.

    The lawns need to be edged on the south facing side. Nothing else seems to be growing. Where there are flower and plant beds the grass that abuts those areas has grown. Terry says though its not my issue anymore as we don’t own the house the daughter does. I hate this asking permission stuff. We still have not decided if we stay here or build a cottage a bit away from the main house. I would still have access to xx the pool and train room!

    Enjoy your day

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  • k9wrangler
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    Be well all.


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  • Rick
    Good morning everyone.

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

    Sunny, with a high near 57.

    Jerry, thanks for keeping the lounge warm.
    Going to have to keep the fire going to keep it that way.
    Also, congrats on getting the car back.

    Larry, glad you avoided that drive and is the wood chopped?

    Karl, that is a better looking paint scheme than what they have now.
    I keep waiting to see one of the new Acela's shay been testing but no luck yet.

    Louis, hope you had a nice time with the granddaughter.

    Mike, congrats on the fence approval.

    Tom, there's a bunch of those warehouses around here.
    Never heard them called tilt-ups.

    Ron, what's going on in Va.?

    John, why is the RR refusing the shipments?

    Wouldn't you know it, just as I posted being held they gave us the signal before the third Amtrak came through.
    Got back to the yard in time.

    TGIF [:-party]

    Have a great day everyone.​​​​​​​

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  • john_holt
    This was in my inbox this evening.....

    Engineered Food Supply Collapse? Union Pacific Railroad Restricting Rail Shipments of Nitrogen Based Fertilizer During Spring Planting

    In recent news, a leading manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products was informed Union Pacific rail lines were reducing and limiting shipments of fertilizer during the planting season this year.
    CF Industries made this announcement on April 14th:
    CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, today informed customers it serves by Union Pacific rail lines that railroad-mandated shipping reductions would result in nitrogen fertilizer shipment delays during the spring application season and that it would be unable to accept new rail sales involving Union Pacific for the foreseeable future. The Company understands that it is one of only 30 companies to face these restrictions.
    CF Industries ships to customers via Union Pacific rail lines primarily from its Donaldsonville Complex in Louisiana and its Port Neal Complex in Iowa. The rail lines serve key agricultural areas such as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and California. Products that will be affected include nitrogen fertilizers such as urea and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) as well as diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), an emissions control product required for diesel trucks. CF Industries is the largest producer of urea, UAN and DEF in North America, and its Donaldsonville Complex is the largest single production facility for the products in North America.
    “The timing of this action by Union Pacific could not come at a worse time for farmers,” said Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “Not only will fertilizer be delayed by these shipping restrictions, but additional fertilizer needed to complete spring applications may be unable to reach farmers at all. By placing this arbitrary restriction on just a handful of shippers, Union Pacific is jeopardizing farmers’ harvests and increasing the cost of food for consumers.”
    On Friday, April 8, 2022, Union Pacific informed CF Industries without advance notice that it was mandating certain shippers to reduce the volume of private cars on its railroad effective immediately. The Company was told to reduce its shipments by nearly 20%. CF Industries believes it will still be able to fulfill delivery of product already contracted for rail shipment to Union Pacific destinations, albeit with likely delays. However, because Union Pacific has told the Company that noncompliance will result in the embargo of its facilities by the railroad, CF Industries may not have available shipping capacity to take new rail orders involving Union Pacific rail lines to meet late season demand for fertilizer.
    The application of nitrogen fertilizer is critical to maximizing crop yields. If farmers are unable to secure all the nitrogen fertilizer that they require in the current season because of supply chain disruptions such as rail shipping restrictions, the Company expects yield will be lower. This will likely extend the timeline to replenish global grains stocks. Low global grains stocks continue to support high front month and forward prices for nitrogen-consuming crops, which has contributed to higher food prices.
    CF Industries intends to engage directly with the federal government to ask that fertilizer shipments be prioritized so that spring planting is not adversely impacted.
    Natural News noted:
    The implications of this are nothing short of catastrophic. It affects not just fertilizer but also DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) which is necessary for all tractors, transportation trucks, construction equipment and other machinery that use diesel engines.
    Without DEF, you can’t run tractors. And to the “Green New Deal” lunatics who think that halting all diesel engines will magically make the world green (while they absurdly try to suck all the CO2 out of the atmosphere, which will kill all plants, by the way), you’re about to experience the starvation, chaos and violence that comes from shutting down agriculture. Good luck to all.
    Spring crops will FAIL across North America if they don’t get nitrogen

    This orchestrated halting of fertilizer shipments appears to be a deliberate attack on the North American food supply.

    Eat, drink and be merry, my friends, for tomorrow you may DIET !.............whether you want to or not.

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  • k9wrangler
    I see a press release from either Amtrak,or Siemens that Amtrak has some new power being deliverered in new colors…..

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    Beats the old silver bricks.

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  • k9wrangler
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    Maybe you should have CHUCKED a log on the fire but then if you could, would you? Darn….got a splinter, in my mind. Just thinking about it….chuck that idea!

  • Rick
    Stopped at Midway interlocking waiting for a couple of Amtraks to go by.
    Looks like we’ll get home a little later than usual.
    Second one just went by.
    Waiting for one more.

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