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bnsf971

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Back home from the dealer.
They replaced the transmission, couldn't duplicate the issue with the air conditioner, aligned the front end, and set an appointment to repair the hail damage.
Considering the possibility of them trading me out of this Colorado, and into the truck I originally wanted. The salesman agreed if I traded to get away from a transmission problem, only to get another one, it isn't the best situation for any of us.
 

chadbag

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Back home from the dealer.
They replaced the transmission, couldn't duplicate the issue with the air conditioner, aligned the front end, and set an appointment to repair the hail damage.
Considering the possibility of them trading me out of this Colorado, and into the truck I originally wanted. The salesman agreed if I traded to get away from a transmission problem, only to get another one, it isn't the best situation for any of us.
Check your state's lemon laws. Some states say that more than 2 trips to the dealer for the same issue in one year is a lemon, or similar. Just be aware of what they are so that if it gets to that point you can take the appropriate action.
 

GarryCBQ

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Good evening .

Thanks to all who offered well wishes and prayers in response to my post a few days ago. My heart failure condition was acting up, and as a result my lungs were filling with fluids. I had a very rough weekend. Today, I am at a favorable turning point. Fluids in the lungs are decreasing, and coughing has improved.

Last Thursday, doctors doubled my daily dosage of Lasix , and evidently that is why I am improving . I have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning . Hopefully , I will be close to recovered by this weekend.

Sorry I have not been able to keep up with your posts, but I hope to catch up eventually.

Happy Model Railroading
 

tootnkumin

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Good evening .

Thanks to all who offered well wishes and prayers in response to my post a few days ago. My heart failure condition was acting up, and as a result my lungs were filling with fluids. I had a very rough weekend. Today, I am at a favorable turning point. Fluids in the lungs are decreasing, and coughing has improved.

Last Thursday, doctors doubled my daily dosage of Lasix , and evidently that is why I am improving . I have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning . Hopefully , I will be close to recovered by this weekend.

Sorry I have not been able to keep up with your posts, but I hope to catch up eventually.

Happy Model Railroading
That's a post we can all like Garry, Good to hear you're on the up and up.
 

Bruette

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Boris, thanks for the details! I greatly appreciate you taking the time to fill in the blanks and add things I would never have known otherwise. "I love that stuff!"

Curt, I think you are right. I have a full, finished attic, but I doubt it will be enough. I'm thinking I'll have to have multiple levels to accommodate all the stuff I have. I still may end up building shelves for displays.

Great flatcar and load!

Terry, I'm glad something went right for you. Is that one of those transmissions that was a joint project with at least Chevy and Ford, maybe others collaborating on?

Beady, there you go again! Another good and bad post, but as usual the good far out weighed the bad. Now I keep thinking "poor little bird".

Chet, I can say my wife is short handed at her store with 7 open positions. I see signs everywhere for "help wanted", even with wages beginning at $11/hour for unskilled workers. Some of these signs have been up for years.

My daughter works at Costco and they have 25 openings they have not been able to fill, no prior experience required, for full time union workers and they can make over $40,000 in their first year.

Seems to me we have an extreme shortage of unskilled workers. Why is it the policy of this administration to focus on high paid professional immigrants and keep out unskilled workers? I think we have enough chiefs, we need more Indians, or maybe we need the entire tribe!

Sherrel, you got to love Spiderman!

Garry, that is great news, thanks for sharing! :)
 

Bruette

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Good morning Everybody!

My time is short this morning. I got a respiratory infection and it threw my sleep schedule off. I was up and down all night and finally fell into a deep sleep at 4am.

I missed most of the ball games I wanted to watch because I fell asleep on the couch! I did wake up in time to see the Nationals bullpen blow the game. Fastball count, 2-1, (should have been 1-2, but that's another story) go ahead runs on 2nd and third, good fastball hitter at the plate with first base open. Yeah, throw a fastball down the middle, great idea, shithead! Cardinals win 4-2.

I have to get breakfast ready for my grandson, drop him off at school, go to the bank, take my Mom to get her hearing aids adjusted and what ever else she needs to do. I'm going to warn her about my infection, but if I know her it will be "damn the torpedoes, we are going in". It's no wonder where I get my bull headed crap from.

Have a great day Everybody!
 

santafewillie

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Good Morning All. 72° and clear here in beautiful North Central Texas. Only reached 94° yesterday, a welcome respite from the heat.
Good Morning Flo. Are those your famous homemade frosted raisin croissants? I'll have a couple along with a handful of bacon.
Getting ready for the vacation trip starting this Friday. We will stop overnight in Baton Rouge LA after lunch in Lafayette LA. Saturday takes us to the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum in Gulfport MS, which I have visited before while some of their layouts were still under construction. Probably eat lunch there as well. Then on to Gulf Shores AL to meet up with my wife's sister and some other friends at a house that they are renting. We'll actually be staying in a condo a couple of miles away due to the lack of an elevator at the house, it's also a couple hundred $$$ cheaper!. Leave to come home Thursday.

Thanks for the likes and comments from all regarding the progress on my current project; Patrick, Sherrel, Chet, Jerome, Curt, Justin, Tom, Z, Louis.

Not a lot of activity in the train shed yesterday. Nothing that I had planned got done. Other stuff took up more time than expected so I just ran some trains and tidied up a bit.
Since I have no progress pictures, I will re-post these shots of last spring's project of a small rural town.
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And a close-up of "Jack's Back Yard".
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Here's a shot of Bad Bart falling off his motorcycle.
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Patrick - If you're going the DC route, then Atlas Selectors 215 can route power from two different power packs to four separate blocks. They can be connected to each other in series to route power to additional blocks.
Chet - Not bad at all for a couple of F units. Did you have to add any weight to the engines, or did they weigh OK out of the box?
Terry - Good news on the pickup. Hope that it lasts longer now.
Garry - Certainly glad to read the good news on your recovery efforts. Continued best wishes and prayers from me for a complete recovery.

I notice that today is National IT Professionals Day, celebrating people like Patrick for holding our "stuff" together, and catching all of the virus's. Hope that he's using a vacation day today.
Everybody have a great day today and every day.
 

Sirfoldalot

Plucked Tailfeathers
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Garry -- Good to hear that you are improving ... hope/pray that it keeps going in the direction that "WE" all want.

Louis: Laughed out loud at your comment about the pitching - priceless!
I couldn't sleep either, so we can suffer today a little together. Matching couches anyone, who's on first?

Curt: What is that thing (load) on the flatcar? It looks neat, but I cannot figure it out?

"Z" - Nice to see you here at the diner. Did you get your "free" meal for a newby?

Thanks, everyone, for the Birthday Wishes! I remember when I would wish myself older - not so much anymore.
Filled up the propane cylinder for the grill - dumbcoft forgot to turn off the gas last time - and had a nice T-Bone for dinner with huge shrimp on the salad ... the pups each had a nice bone after dining.

Supposed to be 84* today, was 89* yesterday and the record for today stands at 105* in 2000.
 
Good morning y'all. The regional NOAA site is down, so I have no clue what today's forecast is until I turn the TV on. :confused:

Garry: I'm happy that the doctors have your situation controlled, and that you are improving. Get well man!

Louis: Laughed out loud at your comment about the pitching - priceless!
Louis ( and Sherrel): Keep in mind these are well paid MAJOR LEAGUERS :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Willie: It has occurred to me that your attention to detail and use of figures really enhance your towns and bring them to life.

Curt: The loaded flat is awesome. What are you planning for your next project?

The NHL pre-season started last night, unfortunately, I was unable to see any of the games. The Devils split squad won one and lost one, while the Capitals won in OT. These games mean nothing in the overall scheme of things, but it's always cool to watch young prospects trying to make the team.

Boris
 

chadbag

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9am and 49F. It was low 80s yesterday and at 1am was still 72F. Cold front and rain came through in the middle of the night. Supposed to be rain showers possible today, high around 74. Tomorrow Sunny and 80F. Thursday rainy and 69F high. That time of year of every changing weather.

Back in July I mentioned that my wife was in a car accident, when a guy pulled out right in front of her. (Based on witness statements and my wife's recollection of what happened right before, it seems she was in the left lane of a two lane each direction road, and a guy passed her on the right and she was in the blind spot created by that guy so the guy pulling out waited until the guy passed and pulled out in front of her). We settled last week with the insurance company. I am not happy with the end result but based on the criteria that the insurance companies use (which I think is the broken part), we got a reasonable deal. I pushed it up to people above the adjuster and the manager did do his best to get more into the settlement based on the restrictions he was under. My problem is that they take 2 "comparables", make proprietary changes for mileage etc. (and won't tell you how they arrived at those adjustments -- actually their third party company does and the insurance people don't know eitehr) and then claim your vehicle is worth the same, eve if things like KBB say otherwise. They won't accept KBB data, which is wrong. (Normally the KBB is lower than their typical settlement but in our case would have been worth $3k). Everyone else uses KBB for determining oan value, trade in, private sale, etc. What is worse is that the comparables they used were out of market since our car is not one that has a lot out there so they had to search all over the country. But the guy did do what he could to minimize the adverse changes to the "comparable" value that their valuation form had added in. Anyway, we settled as I saw no use in trying to push it further as they said the next step is for me to hire a guy and they hire a guy and they both figure out a value. It then goes to an arbitrator if I don't agree. It was not worth that.

Have not had much chance to do anything train related for a couple weeks due to the day job and family matters. Trying to get back to my DIY LED boards I was working on this summer on the weekend if I can.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
Good morning.52 degrees to start off the day with an expected high only in the mid 60's.

Garry - Very happy to hear that you are feeling better. Hope there is more improvement.

Ray - Was that MRL tank car made out of gold, a misprint of the price or just way over priced. Don't see it going any where at that price.

Curt - Like the flat car and the load you put on it. Thumb up.gif

Terry- Glad that you got some things worked out with your truck. I agree with Chad about checking on the Lemon Laws in your state.

Chad - It is always a pain trying to deal with insurance companies. It seems that the person always seems to get the short end of the stick dealing with them. We had an incident years ago when my wife had a pickup pull out right in front of her on a snow covered road and spun out. Entirely the other drivers fault. As in you case, her car was totaled and they were offering a pittance. I really got pissed off with the other guys insurance company with his offering and had actually grabbed him by the front of his shirt and was in the process of dragging him across his desk when he made another offer. I had just replaced the engine in the car and it was in perfect shape and the agent offered to have a guy who I happened to know give his appraisal on her car. It did work out as we ended up getting top dollar on her car.

Willie - Guess it's time that you start packing. I remember your posts from last years trip. I really like your photos even though they are old ones. The F-7's had no weight at all added to them. They just had heavy frames. Other club members had a hard time believing how much they could pull.

Speaking of F units, I did go for an additional F-7A unit even though Sherrel DID NOT start a go fund me page. Those F units decorated for the Northern Pacific were a limited run and I can remember how hard it was to find them. The ones I have are F-7A #6009A, B unit 6009B and the one that I managed to pick up was F-7A number 6009D. Not re-numbering necessary.

Willie had a good idea posting older photos. Here is a before and after photo of the entrance to my town of Logan.

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Good Morning All. 72° and clear here in beautiful North Central Texas. Only reached 94° yesterday, a welcome respite from the heat.
Good Morning Flo. Are those your famous homemade frosted raisin croissants? I'll have a couple along with a handful of bacon.
Getting ready for the vacation trip starting this Friday. We will stop overnight in Baton Rouge LA after lunch in Lafayette LA. Saturday takes us to the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum in Gulfport MS, which I have visited before while some of their layouts were still under construction. Probably eat lunch there as well. Then on to Gulf Shores AL to meet up with my wife's sister and some other friends at a house that they are renting. We'll actually be staying in a condo a couple of miles away due to the lack of an elevator at the house, it's also a couple hundred $$$ cheaper!. Leave to come home Thursday.

Thanks for the likes and comments from all regarding the progress on my current project; Patrick, Sherrel, Chet, Jerome, Curt, Justin, Tom, Z, Louis.

Not a lot of activity in the train shed yesterday. Nothing that I had planned got done. Other stuff took up more time than expected so I just ran some trains and tidied up a bit.
Since I have no progress pictures, I will re-post these shots of last spring's project of a small rural town.
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And a close-up of "Jack's Back Yard".
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Here's a shot of Bad Bart falling off his motorcycle.
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Patrick - If you're going the DC route, then Atlas Selectors 215 can route power from two different power packs to four separate blocks. They can be connected to each other in series to route power to additional blocks.
Chet - Not bad at all for a couple of F units. Did you have to add any weight to the engines, or did they weigh OK out of the box?
Terry - Good news on the pickup. Hope that it lasts longer now.
Garry - Certainly glad to read the good news on your recovery efforts. Continued best wishes and prayers from me for a complete recovery.

I notice that today is National IT Professionals Day, celebrating people like Patrick for holding our "stuff" together, and catching all of the virus's. Hope that he's using a vacation day today.
Everybody have a great day today and every day.
Hey I ate at a place like Jacks once. Best food ever!
 
So I had a case of the Mondays yesterday. Working on removing a broken clamp from a hose inside the engine bay of one of our fleet cars here at work. The screw driver I was using to try to pry the the clamp apart came loose. My thumb slams into something in the engine bay. To which I jumped yelled lots of cuss words and ran around the shop like I was on fire. I suppose I thought I could outrun my pain. It didn't work to say the least. Now in my line of work you kinda need to have a high pain tolerance. But this one actually brought tears to my eyes it hurt so bad. So after I collect myself and get bandaged up I go back at it. Fix the car and sit down to assess the damage to my thumb. Well looks to be a black thumb nail for awhile. Perks of being a grease monkey.
 

Bruette

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Justin, don't sell yourself short, you are a Commercial Auto and Truck Mechanic. Possibly a Senior Commercial Auto and Truck Mechanic, I don't know how long you have been doing it.

A grease monkey fills the grease fittings (if there are any), changes oil and tops off fluids. They are not even qualified to do a PM, let alone work on the cooling system.

Sorry to hear about your injury, Ice will be your friend. It's like being a baseball catcher, injuries are part of the job. Try to be like an old-school baseball player when you get hurt, don't let anybody know it hurts. ;)
 

Bruette

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Sherrell, I was not laughing when I was watching the ball fly off the hitters bat and end up in the stands for a ground rule double.

Sorry to hear you could not sleep. It's bad enough when these aches and pains keep us up. I'm happy with 4-6 hours of sleep. Last night I got 8+, in stages. I fell asleep on the couch before 4pm because of this virus. I feel better now, I hope you do as well.

Patrick, don't blame me ;) You have kids in school? My grandson brought this virus home to me from school. Virus distributors they should call schools.

Be glad you have sick days. Keep that in mind if and when you think about going into business for yourself. I did not have a sick day for more than 15 years. That is until I was unconscious in the hospital. No sooner then I woke up I was asking to be released. I wasn't coughing up a lung, just handfuls of blood. All I could think about was how much money I was losing, even when the priest was giving me my last rites. At least the priest never sent me a bill, but everybody else that walked into my room did! "Yep, he is dying, that will be $1000 please."

I hope you feel better soon.

Chet, do you have Merlin's magic wand?
 

Bruette

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Boris, now you are talking! I love spring training and pre-season football for the same reason. I love watching the young players giving their all trying to earn a spot. It's how I have been watching the Orioles all season, it's been one long spring training.

I understand if a pitcher makes a good pitch or even a smart pitch gone wrong and the hitter drives in the winning run, but... last night my reaction was "why not go get the batting-tee and let him hit?" The result would have been the same.

When Earl Weaver retired for the second time he said "I can't work with this generation" that was more than 30 years ago, it's even worse now! I had all the patience in the world for amateur players, but if I would have been lucky enough to manage in pro-ball I would either get locked up or fired, probably both!
 

Bruette

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Ok the couch is calling me.

Sherrel, I only have one long couch, you are more than welcome to the love seat. I don't bend well anymore. The chair with the ottoman is pretty comfortable. If you insist I'll flip you for the long couch, but when I say "flip", I don't mean a coin. ;)

"Who's on first?" Forget about it, I'm signaling for a pinch runner, I got no wheels. It's September, the bench is full!

Have a great day Everybody!
 
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