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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers, from 19f and clear N.E. Indiana. The coffee urn has signaled READY with Caboose stove blend. The special is Breakfast burritos with/wo chorizo. Oatmeal and raisins are at the end of the line, along with all other beverages.

    I actually got some bench time in yesterday. I bought a caboose kit at the train show, glued 2 pieces of wood together. Hey, it's a start. It's a Gloorcraft wooden caboose. No 'proof of life' from Gloorcraft for at least 15 years. I hope all the pieces were in the box.

    Amishman just 'texted' me, he'll be here tomorrow. [banghead].

    Looks like I need to work on step 2 of the caboose.

    Have a Super day!


    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Good morning from the North Coast, where everything is covered by some kind of white fluffy crap that must have fell out of the sky overnight. It's 28 degrees at 8:00am, and I'm hungry.


    Got a little more done on three different background buildings last night. Still imagineering a few aspects. Even one step forward is still progress.




    • #3
      Mornin' All!

      24, feels like 19, headed for 40 and wonder of wonders... mostly clear here in the northern mitten! Gradually fading moon is high in the sky, but there are actual shadows on the ground! This is shaping up to be a Good Day! And the plumbers just called... ETA thirty minutes or so. Things may actually go according to Hoyle today!

      Spent last evening trying to reduce the volume in an ESU decoder with no luck. Actually read instructions and everything.... A friend offered suggestions I'll have to try today.

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

      in Michigan


      • #4
        Looks like a decent day outside - well, the sun is apparently up and out.....

        Was hoping to work on the magazine today, but no........maybe work on serializing a long, long article......

        Shop time - wrapped up 2 cars and started another kit car for a review. Far more extensive than I was expecting, but that makes for a longer review; so it goes..... Got back into a scratch structure that had been languishing on bench #1......

        Started watching "Wheel of Time". Not sure what to make of it yet other than it seems to be plodding along slightly faster than the speed of slug. Read the books years ago....... Maybe watch another episode today.

        Amishman just 'texted' me, he'll be here tomorrow.
        Not a sentence I had ever expected to read,

        In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


        • BurleyJim
          BurleyJim commented
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          Can't find an Amish person around here without a cell phone. They'll have an 'English' driver but iPhone is their communicator. Waiting to see if they get that 'Star Trek' sound effects ringer.
          Last edited by BurleyJim; 1 week ago. Reason: Grammatical correction

      • #5
        Good morning, Jim and crew. The sun's out, but it's only going to be in the 40's in Tidewater Virginia.

        I have some yard work to do and then a walk. I have some minor repair work to do on a couple of cars, which may be my only train work today.

        Have a good day.
        The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.


        • #6
          18 at one point, now 23 in MI with a chance of 40 in sunlight today.

          Those Amish to have their loopholes, there are more solar panels around their settlements in my area than amongst us "civilians". Ride in horse drawn wagons or bicycles but pay big $$, or better take advantage of free, for folks to haul them around any distance. This group around here allows lawn mowers and nearly every farm seems to have a Bobcat or similar machine. I've never been unhappy with their work, the Detweiler's built my shop/barn, Jake and his boys built my garage and Yutzy the auction empressario has done all my cement work. There is a gal that used to have a bake sale with here horse tied by the road, now has a plywood cutout of the horse next to a camp trailer. Her quality is lacking, I think she could make a month's supply of cherry pies from one can of cherries and a 55 gallon drum of red goo.

          NOt sure of plans, but something will come along.

          Be safe!

          Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

          Cedar Swamp
          SW of Manistique, MI


          • #7
            Originally posted by BurleyJim View Post
            Amishman just 'texted' me, he'll be here tomorrow. [banghead].
            Wait. What? Amish "texted" you? What he use? Pigeon Express?

            Well good morning crew and Jim.

            Cold here and that "fat water" is falling from the sky. Nice day to be inside.

            Yesterday started out by evicting a couple of mice from the shed where I store the lawn equipment. Then I sealed it up tight so they can't get in. Little B's chewed holes in the mulch bags. They stayed even after spreading moth balls all over the place.

            Then it was back to the basement to get the Bridgeport to running conditions. Trammed the head square. Plugged her in to the 3-phase converter, pushed the run button and no joy. Wasn't getting 3 phase power. So, I figured the rotary converter finally bit the dust. Got out my static converter. Hooked it up and, wait for it .. No joy. It was one of those Whiskey Tango Foxtrot explicative moments. Was the static converter shot too? It was a present from my wife's nephew. He'd used it. Was it shot also? Off to Amazon to get another one. It'll be here today. BUT after I ordered it, I went back and did a little more investigation. I never heard the Bridgeport's motor hum, so was thinking it wasn't getting voltage. So I removed the cover of the reversing switch and there it was. the problem was that when I spun the head around to move it to its new location, I had pulled on the cable this causing the pulling out of one of the wires. Hooked it back up and .............. yup it runs. So now I'll have three phase converts. Couldn't stop the one from Amazon since it was on its way already. Oh well. At least now I can finish up the bracket for the generator.

            Stay warm and safe.

            Last edited by Bernd; 1 week ago.
            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds


            • BurleyJim
              BurleyJim commented
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              Wait. What? Amish "texted" you? What he use? Pigeon Express? iPhone.

          • #8
            Good morning guys and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge Jim for our chat and cup of brew.

            Bernd's statement is my thought also. "TEXT"???? Do they do that sort of thing? That is probably why you've had a few things done, that a real Amishman would not have done.
            They are supposed to be the true craftsman.

            It is 34 degrees but sunny here in Rhode Island, the littlest State in the Union. It has been jumping from the 30's to the 50's day after day. It's crazy.

            Well I started a RR track vacuum car project that I hope you will all checkout, and follow the build.

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

            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


            • BurleyJim
              BurleyJim commented
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              Nine kids 7 boys, no zippers, speak Dutch, and arrive in a crew van, driven by an 'English'. Looks Amish to me.

          • #9
            Good morning to the entire crew. With two days left to Thanksgiving, and with 6 of our 9 grandchildren showing up for the feast (with parents), Bonnie is busy preparing those things that can be done ahead of time. Two pumpkin pies and a huge pot of sweet potatoes are on today's agenda. I help out at the potato peeler and mostly try to stay out of the way. I will manage to put the finishing touches on the outdoor Christmas lights so that they and light the way when the Washington State crew arrive tomorrow night after their flight in from Seattle.

            One run out for a few last minute purchases for the feast this morning.

            Have a great day.


            • #10
              Good morning crew from cloudy Portland, OR. It's 44F now with some warming in the forecast, but rain, of course.

              We walked a great rail trail yesterday about an hour from here. All paved with a wood trestle here and there. We overshot the trailhead we wanted; not to worry, we had a nice drive, lunch at a good Mexican restaurant, and discovered a local aptly-named park:

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              Have a great day!


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


              • #11
                One of the "boys" tempting gravity. Just a light drizzle and 20 mph windspeed. The one on the right is NOT wearing the swinging bird feeder as a hat.


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                Take the red pill


                • George_D
                  George_D commented
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                  I hope you have your cell phone in hand with "91" already dialed in.