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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers from 57f -> 81f N.E Indiana under partly Sunny skies. The coffee urn is READY with Conductor's blend in the 'to go' cups. The crew van had the tires and wheels replaced, and the stolen catalytic converter replaced. Three youths had the charges dropped, because the crime was caused by the pandemic. So it's ready to head to 'The Greek's' for Sunday brunch. If you can't make it, there is some leftover pizza in the fridge.

    I spent to much time yesterday messing that photogrammetry project. Looks like I'll be abandoning it, as it takes a lot more computer than I have here. Just can't see the ROI to invest in the hardware it really requires. Maybe research a DIY 3D Scanner to accomplish the task.

    It was a true R&R day from the 'fitness center', and maybe I'll followup with another one today.

    See you all at the Sunday brunch,

    Have a Super day!

    Jim
    Take the red pill

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    Good morning Jim and the rest of the crew. Temps here are the same as Jim's. The sun is shining now, but clouds are supposed to roll in later.

    Yesterday afternoon we has a few heavy showers move through. Hopefully it washed a lot of pollen off of the trees.

    I finished 'upgrading' 4 pieces of rolling stock yesterday. All four came from the same Estate Sale. Three of them were Roundhouse Log cars, and I will post a picture of them in this month's Photo Gallery.

    On the bench right now is the chassis of a Mantua Shifter. Picked up in a group of locos on e-bay, it was basically thrown in as a freebee. One of its previous owners, in an attempt to 'fix it up' didn't quite reach his goal. I have determined that some homemade axle bearings are the main culprit. My solution is to strip it down to its individual parts and start building it from scratch. If I get the chassis including the side rods, valve gear, etc working properly, I will look for a new boiler and cab since the one it came with must have taken a trip to the floor. I guess that the question might be: "When is a model so far gone that it shouldn't be restored?"

    Have a great day!
    Bruce

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    • #3
      Good morning Jim, Bruce and incoming Crew. Thanks for opening Jim. A beautiful day yesterday in So Central Wisconsin where we topped out at 86. Today the high might be 73f degrees. Currently it is 66 and I am trying to figure out what deck I should be on.

      We partied last night with some folks and thankfully all were gone by midnight.

      Today is our baby boy’s 37th birthday and he is here to celebrate and brought along the g/f and another couple.

      No real solid idea how today will unfold. Enjoy your day

      TomO

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      • #4
        Good morning Jim, Bruce, Tom, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge as usual Jim. It is the best way to start off the day.

        61 degrees and cloudy here in Rhode Island today. Rain expected later this evening to early morning Monday.

        Thanks for the interest in my critter build guys. Things are moving along. Maybe some more slicing and dicing today on the shell.

        Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. I'll see you all on the RR-L Forum.


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

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        • #5
          I call SHOTGUN!!!! R-870 w/00

          Lots of ferrel youngstas running around with evil intent luckily it was just tires and the cat….

          Dittos here on the weather…Bruce’s rain could be seen off to the East yesterday and followed the predominant weather pattern and proceeded to blow off to the East…. .30” of rain as close as Lansing but dry and dusty continues here. It’s cooler which is nice.

          We did have a pretty sky last evening.
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          Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

          Cedar Swamp
          SW of Manistique, MI

          AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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          • #6
            Another day like yesterday but a little warmer; grey and damp and humid.......good office and shop weather.

            Spent yesterday morning doing an NMRA clinic/meet workshop on AP Cars.....and had leftover donuts. One guess what I had for breakfast today

            Maybe fiddle about with some yard work; some pruning and all, but it's hard finding much motivation there today.

            Got two tank cars to finish up at the decaling stage and other projects that need staining. Another tank car and a covered hopper started during that NMRA clinic/meet. Have to sort those out, and decide where in the shop they can rest in the queue.

            Might get creative and make lasagna with some lamb just for the fun of it. Just seems like one of those days with not much of an agenda to it!
            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.

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            • #7
              Good morning, Jim and crew. It's a cloudy humid morning in Tidewater Virginia. We just finished taking our son's puppy for a walk. He's at the age where he's constantly picking up things. There are plenty of sweet gum balls around to keep him occupied.

              I've been running some reliability checks on my switching layout to ensure reliable operations. The trackwork is reliable and the switch motors are doing well, but I have a loco that's acting up. It's a Spectrum 10 wheeler that I installed a sound unit in many years ago. I'm not looking forward to opening the tender and trouble shooting it.

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

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              • #8
                Yesterday it was sunny and hot, we went to the garden store and I planted what we bought. Today it's cloudy and cool with drizzle, good day-after-planting weather. Back to the train room for the B&M boxcars, I'll probably shoot the matte finish on those where the decals are finished.

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

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                • #9
                  Good morning. It's a cloudy 66F here in Morgantown, WV. Lower eighties expected later.

                  I started mowing the lawn yesterday, and I guess I was full of energy because I did the whole thing. I usually spread it over a couple of days. Always have. But I take breaks now and get more done.

                  That means I can do other things today. I have an NMRA meeting later and I'm sure we can fit in a walk before then.

                  Have a pleasant and productive day.

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

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                  • #10
                    Mornin' All!

                    64, headed for 71 under the grey blanket with holes in it here in the northern mitten. Laundry is going, then a grocery run, and then perhaps some decal work or an attempt to paint track. Thrill a minute around here!

                    NMRA Division Zoomery yesterday featured a clinic on a "different approach" to car forwarding. Lots to consider there, and I'd like to see the pdf he said he'd send up for us to consider this stuff. Made a lot of sense, reduced paperwork and simplified operations. Very nicely done!

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

                    Pete
                    in Michigan

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                    • #11
                      Good afternoon, all. I disagree with Dave a bit, 70s are only 'cool' compared to yesterday's high 80s. The sun peeks through now and then, while I'm taking off storm windows. I'll get to the attic because those storms have to come off too, but my wife is due back from a road trip, having fetched an aunt from the Adirondacks, so cleaning and organizing trump modeling.
                      James

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