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santafewillie

Well-Known Member
Good Morning All. 62° and clear here this morning. High yesterday only reached 78°, back to normal today and tomorrow with 90°. They're now predicting 37° for Friday night. Must be the weather that Chet is getting tonight. At least we won't be seeing single digits.
Mexican omelet for me this morning Flo.

Thanks for the likes and comments yesterday for the background building; Louis, Chad, Jerome, Lee, Joe, Chet, Tom.

Out in the train shed yesterday, I finished up weathering the rest of those Athearn covered hoppers, but only one picture came out as postable; sorry, no legs in this one.
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Over on the layout, I added some more ground foam to some bare areas here and there. Just filling in some blank spots. I am kinda at a lull right now, I don't feel like building anything, I don't feel like weathering anything else, I don't feel like doing scenery right now, and I don't feel like starting another project area yet. I am not even in the mood to finish the one that I am currently still working on. I haven't run out of other things to do yet either, there's several hundred figures waiting for paint, at least three dozen ground throws waiting to be installed, have to kickstart the underdeck lighting at some point and freshen up some original areas of the layout. Phew! I guess that I'll just run trains, which I did for about an hour yesterday. :)

Joe - Good news from the doc. I always consider it good when they want to see me again! A year from now.
Greg - Continued best wishes on your rehab and recovery.
Lee -
Willie. Great progress on the building I thought when you got old you lost the hair on your legs my is slowly vanishing and I’m only 50 years old what’s the deal Willie
It's all of the protein from my red meat and beer diet!

I guess that folks are running out of commemorative days. Today is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day!

Where is everyone else today, I am not usually first in the Coffee Shop?
Everybody have a great day.
 

Raincoat2

Well-Known Member
Good morning everyone. 47 and clear here. Nice day in store, but that ends tonight. Fall / winter will be paying us a visit.

Cambria Area, Chet, Boris, Lee, Sherrel, Wheeler, CCoffran, Chad, Louis, and Willy, and anyone I may have missed - as always, thanks for the likes and comments on my post of the steamer yesterday. And thanks for the well-wishes on my wife's birthday.
Lee - Those are good looking photos from your layout. How big is your layout, and what do you model (location and era)?
Chet - Glad you had a good and profitable time at the car sale, and a safe trip home.
Willy - What can I say - all the (in)appropriate comments have already been made!!

Not much to report from the train room or the modelling bench. Been out in the wood shop finishing the items I'll offer in the upcoming craft fair. I'll post a photo of that later this month. Did a little more landscaping on the lumber company site. Almost finished. Will post a photo later this week. Ran trains just for a few minutes - need more time, more time!!

In the meantime, here's a photo of one of the structures I'm most proud of - the train station at Pine Valley. The passengers are looking down the track to watch the train come in.
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That's it for today. Have a good day everyone.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
Good morning. 27degrees with light snow. Did not get any where as much snow that was forecasted. Was supposed to get 6 to 8 inches but as of now only a little over an inch. More is in the forecast for today. Single digit temps for tonight.

Greg
- Nice photo. corners can be a pain to work with but you made excellent use of the space.

Chad - Those wrecks on the autobahn can be bad depending on the speeds in the area of the accident. My last duty station was on the USS Little Rock, flag ship for the 6th fleet home ported in Gaeta, Italy. From there I traveled quite extensively. Did a lot by train until my BMW was ready. I had a cousin who worked for BMW and ordered a Bavaria. This was in 1970. The car was ordered to American specs and my cousin drove it until I could get up to Munich to pick it up. Managed to get enough miles on it so when I brought it back to the states I only paid duty on a used car. Not many people knew what BMWs were back then. They were not yuppymobiles back then.

Beady - Cool photo of the recruits. Willie had to be somewhere in there.

Lee - Nice switching photos. Also like the layout photos. You should post more of them.

Willie - Can't get over how nice the weathering is on the hopper. Sweet.

Johnny - That station really looks good. busy place.

With the outdoor scenery being white, I think a visit to the train room is in order for today.

May as well post a layout photo.

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Later
 
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TrucTrain55

Well-Known Member
Willie. Those hoppers look great! And thanks for the insight

Johnny. I try to stay around 1962-65 era but sometimes I flip to modern also. Thanks for the complement

Chet. Thanks for the complement and I’ll try to get more pics it just a 6X8 right now


Cold morning 36 degrees sorry no updates. Have a great day everyone
 

GarryCBQ

Well-Known Member
Howdy ...... Not much model railroading to report ...... Doing other stuff..... We were in Nashville Today afternoon and evening. .... Yesterday, I took the boat out of the water for the winter. The boat has been winterized, and I'm getting it ready for storage.....
 

Bruette

Well-Known Member
Good morning Everybody!

Another busy morning, working before dawn. I occasionally still do some consulting. Seems my services are in demand lately. In the past 20 years I've said no far more than yes. I thought the requests would dry up eventually, but I was wrong. I guess a reputation for honesty, integrity and an ability to make profit keeps the phone ringing without advertising or making cold calls. If only I had the energy to do more. Oh well, I'll keep "cherry picking" and punch my ticket on the gravy train when I can. As my son would say "easy money"!

I hope to catch up with all the posts I missed soon.

God bless you all!
 
Lee- You have a real nice variety of vehicles on our layout. It sets your era very well. I like the photos of your industries. Some signs would tell us more about them.

Johnny- your station is highly detailed and creates interest to examine all aspects of the scene. I almost feel like I am waiting for my train to arrive.

I'm certainly enjoying the layout scenery everyone is sharing today.
Chet- Your school yard scene is very realistic looking. I built the same school house about 15 years ago, but mine did not look as good as the one you have. Your children and swing set are great foreground accessories while your cars fill the background space.
 

Sirfoldalot

Plucked Tailfeathers
Staff member
Greetings Railfans: A late morning from the West! Only supposed to be a 75* high today as compared to the 88* high yesterday.
Getting to the "older stage in life" - anything between 60 - 95 degrees is acceptable, and even up to 105* is tolerable with the low humidity in the 10-20% range of most warmer days.; however, with the intensely clear sky, temperatures above 85* really feel hot in the direct sunlight.

A quick note on the baseball playoffs - Has been some pretty good games, but I have never seen so many wildly thrown pitchers - especially hitting the dirt in front of the plate! I know that they are throwing harder than ever as witnessed by the fact that it seems that no one can "go the distance" anymore, but I would think that control could be worked on for sure. I have to admit that I have shown a greater interest in the game here lately ... still pulling for Washington and Houston!

What's happening around here ... after 60+ years of aviation ... I finally bought myself an altimeter from the Bey! I don't really know why, but I have just always wanted one while living and driving around West of the Divide. I just like to know where I am vertical wise and it is very interesting to see the 140-foot change in elevation just going across town here and especially across country.

OK - The "new" refrigerator is supposed to show up here in about an hour and I still need to crawl under the sink to shut off the waterline - it seems a valve was NOT installed at the wall where the ice maker is hooked up.

Still, have a couple of papers to locate and email/fax to the tax accountant in order to finish the return for 2018. Nothing like waiting until the last minute?
 
Still, have a couple of papers to locate and email/fax to the tax accountant in order to finish the return for 2018. Nothing like waiting until the last minute?
Sherrel: Why postpone the inevitable? :eek: Then again let 'em wait. :rolleyes:.
[QUOTE="Sirfoldalot, post: 464759, member: 2010"]I finally bought myself an altimeter[/QUOTE]
Coming out of retirement? o_O
Lee, Chet, Johnny, and Willie: Nice work, nice photos, and a few good ideas I am tempted to steal.

It's wet, it's damp it's raining and it's chilly, with temperatures dropping through the fifties.

I watched last nights game between Dallas and the Capitals. The caps (and the DC crowd), appeared too nonchalant, and the Caps blew their lead, tied the game with 30 seconds left, and lost it in the first 30 seconds of the overtime period. Sheesh! :rolleyes:.

This place is quiet today.

Boris
 

chadbag

Well-Known Member
Strange weather today. Yesterday mid 60s, and did not cool much in the night -- 5AM was 57F. But by 7Am it had dropped all of a sudden to 50F and by 9am it was 42F. Currently 44F at 12noon. Sunny earlier, then overcast, now a bit sunny again. Supposed to get "frozen mix" today maybe. Then cold tomorrow, highs in the upper 30s, then slowly warming again. I think we are all getting a cold front.

Chad - Those wrecks on the autobahn can be bad depending on the speeds in the area of the accident. My last duty station was on the USS Little Rock, flag ship for the 6th fleet home ported in Gaeta, Italy. From there I traveled quite extensively. Did a lot by train until my BMW was ready. I had a cousin who worked for BMW and ordered a Bavaria. This was in 1970. The car was ordered to American specs and my cousin drove it until I could get up to Munich to pick it up. Managed to get enough miles on it so when I brought it back to the states I only paid duty on a used car. Not many people knew what BMWs were back then. They were not yuppymobiles back then.
Thanks Chet for the comments. That would have been fun. I saw a few Bavarias around when I was younger. BMW did not have its current reputation when I was a kid, though we knew what they were -- funny looking esoteric German cars.

The autobahn accident was scary. Luckily no one died. It was the A94 on the north side of Landshut, and I had just gotten on the exit prior near Essenbach. It was foggy, and being end of Feb, was cold. I had pulled over to the side and stopped after getting on the autobahn to wipe the frost off my outside driver side mirror. I then accelerated quickly back on so that some dumb-@ss whipping through the fog fast would not rear end me. Up ahead I saw a bunch of flashing blinkers. In Germany, people put their blinkers on when going slow as a warning and that is what I though it was. I probably got up to around 50mph in my acceleration onto the autobahn, so as to avoid being rear ended as I got going, and started to slow down to the 30mph (50 kmh legal speed limit in fog) when I saw the lights. I thought at first it was slow traffic and started to slow down even more and then I realized they were stopped (remember it was foggy). I braked and came to a stop, slightly sliding to the left so I was in between the two lanes (two lane freeway). I very lightly hit the car in front of me, R Front corner to L rear corner. The kind that breaks the light and puts a small dent in, as I was practically stopped. Being in between lanes I pulled into the fast lane and drove up behind the person stopped there (and about even with the car I had brushed up against) and got out of my car. A bunch of people were milling about (probably in mild shock). Totally stupid as more cars came up fast behind us and ran hard into me (or one parked behind me and that one got hit hard and pushed into me). We who were milling about could easily have been hit in the follow on as we wandered around. Anyway, my car was hit from behind and pushed into a car that got pushed into a small trailer. My car had basically dents and damage to every piece of sheet metal but was still drivable. The point I was at was actually in between the off ramp and the on ramp of the exit one down from where I had gotten on.

The accident started when a large tractor trailer truck or large truck of some sort entered at the on-ramp and someone came up fast behind it and drove underneath the trailer up to the windshield. That person was hurt badly but no deaths. Other cars stopped or tried to stop and then were hit from behind. So of the 64 cars, they were in a bunch of groupings behind the original accident. It was not one big pile of 64 cars, but 3 or 4 piles of cars (one group then those who stopped safely behind them would get rear ended, etc).

As I was in the fast lane when the cops came (and they flew over the accident site after the fog lifted and took aerial photos) and I was charged with driving to endanger and driving to fast for the conditions. However, I had a lot of witnesses who had seen me parked on the side of the autobahn as I wiped my mirrors, that I was not in the fast lane while driving, and who also had seen that I had safely parked (and no longer in my car) behind the car I was alleged to have run into (not the first one I brushed in the right lane but the one in the fast lane I had parked behind). I had "lawyer insurance" (everyone in Germany does) and the deductible was more than the fine but we went to court, which was an interesting experience, and there were 2 or 3 other people also charged in the same case. We all told similar stories about some idiot businessmen in big cars who had run into us from behind and pushed us into others , and the police officer admitted they had no idea what really happened and had just tried to work it out from the aerial photos. My witnesses did not even get called. The judge dismissed the charges and said everyone should pay their own costs. So while I paid a bit more than the fine would have been I had no record and no points on my German license. The same lawyer also worked to get me paid for the damage to my car and worked out deals with the two insurance companies who handled the two drivers behind me, each paying half. But it took more than a year -- closer to two years -- to get my money back as I had no collision coverage on my car.

Interesting aside is that in Germany, the insurance company does not send an adjuster to figure out value etc. You call an independent aduster who inspects and makes a report and sends you a bill, which you send to the insurance company. The idea is to remove conflicts of interest. Also, the default is that you keep the wreck and so they subtract a nominal amount from the total value and that is your settlement. You can then sell the wreck or rebuild it or whatever. (This is for a total loss situation -- obviously not when it is less than a total loss, in which case they pay the costs determined by the adjuster). I had a friend there who owned his own body shop and he asked me how much I wanted for the wreck. I told him a value (which was probably 500 DM more than the nominal value) and he said ok, he would sell it for me, give me that much, and then we would split the rest. I think the nominal value was like 3000 DM and I told him 3500 DM and he sold it for 6000 DM. He got 1250 DM out of it and I got 4750 DM out of it. I couldn't complain.

Sorry for the long missive. It brought back memories from the experience, which was a scary experience in the actual accident and a learning experience thereafter.
 
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Good Afternoon Everyone: Sunny and very nice outside. Today's the first day that I will be going outside in such a long time that I don't recall the last time I was outside.

Perhaps a long week before I get to attempt the basement stairs and at least see the layout. I remember the last time I ran the layout I pulled a freight into a siding and didn't clear the fouling point when I stopped it and a train following it hit the last cars of the freight derailing many cars and the wreck remains which requires re-railing many cars to clear to main.

Ordered a present for the Mrs since she has been through a lot with me in the last two months. It's a framed picture of Brett Favre with Bart Star and Aaron Rogers standing together in a portrait style photo. Cathy has met each quarterback except Rogers which will happen some day. She is the real football fan of the family and when she was in football pools where you had to pick the winners of each weekly game she would win or be in at least third place most seasons. She played against some seasoned football pool veterans.

Several years ago she traveled to Canton, Ohio to watch Brett Favre be inducted in the Football HOF here she met many players and became a friend of Packers President Mark Murphy for at least several hours while they sat together at the same table at a football function.

Her football room is much larger than my layout room!!!

Nothing else new and no train stuff to report.

Take care..........

Greg
 

Beady

Well-Known Member
What's happening around here ... after 60+ years of aviation ... I finally bought myself an altimeter from the Bey! I don't really know why, but I have just always wanted one while living and driving around West of the Divide. I just like to know where I am vertical wise and it is very interesting to see the 140-foot change in elevation just going across town here and especially across country.
Things are fairly flat here in the Mitten. I live at 840 feet altitude, and there's not a lot of variation on a daily basis. OTOH, I really enjoy watching the Garmin's various altitude readings on our road trips. Going through the mountains, it's fun to see whether you're going to hit the next 1k feet before you start back down. I-70 rises more than 5k feet in just 30 or 40 miles west of Denver (highest point 10k+ ft). The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is ~8k feet and the floor, a mile below that, is still 2k ft higher than where I live. OTOH, in San Diego (La Jolla, actually), two miles inland is below sea level. As a point of reference, WW2 bomber crews went on oxygen at 10k ft; myself, I start to feel it at 7k and become ill at 10k.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
I just saw on one of the weather stations that Chet’s area may have some snow on the ground.
Terry

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Curt - Nice job on the Truck Train cars. Excellent weathering.

Chad
- I worked as an accident investigator for the Florida Highway Patrol for 7 years when I first got out of the service and I can tell you through experience that it can be near impossible to put blame on any single person in those large chain reaction accidents.
 
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Good afternoon.
Chet: Wow, whatta surprise! eh? Looks like 3" to 4" on the ground already.
Curt: Those Truck Train flats are nice. Great work.

I started this project, two layouts or ten years ago:
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The Sylvania Cafe is a kitbash of a Smalltown storefront, and a Pola three story multi family. It has Woodland Scenic stick on LED lighting. The model is based on a restaurant and saloon in what was a twin house on the corner a block from where I grew up.

Boris
 

MikeInHubCity

Well-Known Member
Yo:
Checking in. Many nice photos / models / individual efforts and humorous comments this morning. I am learning to utilize the like tool.
HVAC guy was here this morning to set up the system for the winter, and change the humidifier filter. I changed the air filter, yesterday.
Now, we are good to go.
It's considerably cooler today. Yesterdays 82°, with considerable clouds and a cool breeze. I think I will wander down to the train room, and work on a few of my ongoing projects.
Yesterday's visit with the Cardiologist went well. Everything is status quo, but my cholesterol is a little high...Changing my eating habits is difficult, but as y'all were discussing yesterday, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!
Alex Ovetchkin threw the first pitch, and inspired Mad Max to pitch a fantastic game, one that he doesn't have to atone for. Now, it comes down to one game between the Nats and da Bums in LA...
While watching last night's game between St. Louis and Toronto, I became annoyed with the multiple advertisements for Sports Betting from multiple Sports Book organizations, one after another. My first thought was, and Pete Rose is still banned”?
Lee:
The Penn Line F-7 is so cool. Penn Line was mainly known for their PRR steam models that were later manufactured by Bowser.
Willie: Great background project. The Walthers module sections are great to work with, too bad Walthers mishandled the marketing and gave up on the product.
Johnny: Scenery is looking good. Congratulations to your Wife on her 65th.

Boris

Joe- so are Buck Weaver & Joe Jackson.
 



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