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    Default Running Bear's Coffee Shop LXIV

    This is the new place. Grab a cup and a seat.
    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.


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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Peoples Republic of Absurdistan


    Good morning gang,
    Another work week begins, sigh.
    NCE über alles!!!
    Oh, let's see what this button on Decoder Pro does!

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    Good morning in the new place. Rain will be moving in shortly, so I guess I'll drive the truck to work today.
    My cat hasn't been acting its normal in the last couple days. Not eating as much as he normally does. lays around more. He's a feral cat and keeps his distance for the most part. Stays outside all the time.
    Yeah, his eyes glow like that all the time.

    When ya absolutely positively need model railroad fun, choose the D&J Railroad.

    Visit the progress of the construction of the D&J Railroad at:]

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    Good morning. Wet and mild here in central MD.

    My post on page 100 of the old place can be viewed here:

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirfoldalot View Post
    I'm not entirely sure what you are calling a "window-mounted heat pump"? Are you are referring to a window a/c unit ?
    If you have an outlet for the drain -- try getting a dehumidifier. ...
    Sherrell - it looks like an A/C window unit on steroids, but functions as a heater in the winter and an A/C in the summer. As for the dehumidifier, I haven't had any problem with humidity [or the lack thereof] in the 4 years since I built my layout, so I'm going to hold off on that for now. [Nowadays I'm using it for heat, so water drainage isn't a problem.]
    - keN in Maryland

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    Ken, maybe he found another sucke--eh,, place that feeds him, and he's not as hungry as usual.
    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.


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    Good Morning All. 67° and raining. It started about 45 minutes ago. Weather forecasters say to expect thundershowers around noon??? My back porch weather report is always more accurate! Had a great Easter egg hunt at my brothers house yesterday. There were 40 of us. The rules have changed a bit. The eggs for all those over 55yo are now restricted to being hidden between waist and shoulder height. Whew! Also the restriction on "no cocktails until you find your egg" was lifted. Of course I have been ignoring that one for prerogative as the family patriarch! Sorta like raising the speed limit to reflect what everyone is really doing anyway. Headed for a funeral later today in Dallas. An old grade school buddy passed away last week. It will be crowded as he was the third-born in a family with 13 children. Interesting situation growing up in a four bedroom house...there was a boys bedroom and a girls bedroom with four apiece. The rest shared a mixed bedroom until an older sibling of their sex moved out and there was room in one of those rooms. All 13 shared one bathroom though.
    Didn't really have a lot of time in the train shed after I got home, so I just piddled around and tried to straighten some stuff out.

    Curt - Good news about the SIL. Good advice on the probiotics also.
    Chet - Just go for it and quit thinking about it! I didn't need those 4 SD40-2's that I pre-ordered a few weeks ago, but sometimes impulse buying is just fun. After all, variety is the spice of life!
    William - Welcome back to the Coffee Shop. We have missed you. Thanks for the wonderful Easter message. And don't mind Beady, he's just an old curmudgeon. Just stay off his lawn!
    Eric - Sounds like a good place. I just wondered where the layout space came from. The bridge looks real good. Ah! The extra parts. LOL
    Ken in Md - My wife doesn't understand the concept either. It is easier (and less expensive) to maintain heat/cool than it is to force instant changes!
    Terry - Dang, you had to get up really early to open up this morning. Thanks.

    Everybody have a great day.


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    Good morning everyone. 63 and raining, off-and-on rain and storms all day. I need a big cup of coffee and a couple of sourdough doughnuts, please.

    Great weekend crammed with lots of stuff, including many hours in the train room. MOH spent many hours in the kitchen fixing a big Easter dinner for the family. Yesterday our granddaughter was dedicated at church, then everyone came over for lunch - 11 of us, including our kids and families, visiting in-laws from NY, and a family friend. Granddaughters had their annual egg hunt - the 7-month-old's first hunt!!

    Made significant progress on the layout, wiring my first two TO's for remote operation, adding several sections of roadbed and track, and doing some landscaping. Got to get back to putting structure kits together - the town looks more like a "ghost town" right now.

    I remembered Dave's posting of the NP and GNR time tables last week. I bought a N Y Central timetable at a recent train show, and thought I'd post that today. 1946 is before the era that I'm modeling (late 50's to early 60's), but the reason I bought it was the headline on the open page - - -

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    I'm something of a WWII buff - read everything I can get my hands on about the war - and to see that advertisement about "first post-war vacation" was interesting.

    Anyway, I'll see ya later. Have a good day everyone.

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    All - Forgot to ask in my earlier post: in HO scale, what is the optimal distance you use between track centerlines on parallel tracks? In researching, I find that 2" (51 mm) is minimum for straight sections of parallel track, and slightly wider (2 1/4" or about 57mm) for curves. That seems to be something close to NMRA standards, but just wondering what the consensus is out there on this forum?

    I do understand that to a degree the distance depends on engine and car size. I don't run anything larger than 60-footers, so I don't need really wide curves.


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    Good morning to all. 41 degrees to start off the day. Should make it into the high 50's by afternoon.

    Eric - Nice to have you back posting. Sounds like you have a nice place where you are. Again, the bridge is a nice looking and a flat black would probably be the best color for it.

    Johnny - I'm also a WWII buff and also read a lot about it. My father was in the Navy and stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th, but was pn a cruiser escorting the carriers when the attack occurred. That hooked me. Followed the Pacific theater and also when I was in the Navy visited many site in Europe where some areas were still being rebuilt from the war. This was in the late 60's. Also like to follow what the railroad did here during the war to move troops and supplies heading to war.

    Willie - I'm not going to part with $225 for the RDC. (so far) I am running out of room to store locomotives and rolling stock on the layout. I saw Karl's spring cleaning post yesterday and was tempted by the Great Northern box cars but did restrain myself.

    I did get a bit of work done on the layout yesterday besides doing some outside work. I had few grade crossings that had to be completed and finally got started on them after not doing anything with them for ten or fifteen years, if not more. Now it is time to work on older parts of the layout that have been neglected and need upgrading. Nice to be that far along.

    ................................ Chet

    Video - Switching in Churchill -
    VIDEO Tour of the layout -
    New cab ride -

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnsf971 View Post
    Ken, maybe he found another sucke--eh,, place that feeds him, and he's not as hungry as usual.
    I don't think so. He stays on the back deck all day, just sleeping in the shade.
    When ya absolutely positively need model railroad fun, choose the D&J Railroad.

    Visit the progress of the construction of the D&J Railroad at:]

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