Come on back to the caboose and get a cup of coffee [or sweet ice tea] Part I

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  1. Gil Finn

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    Cold and blustery all weekend, having an ice storm here in the Mountain State this morning, I slipped and slid all the way down the drive to the paper box.

    Got up and painted some detail on a C&) F7. Times to get back to bed as it drys.

    Went to a car show last night. Set in a Jag and felt like 007,sign1
  2. Chief Eagles

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    Afternoon all. Back from Sunday School and Lowes. Had to get suet blocks as birds had eaten up one in a few days. Tons of Cardinals here. They love the black oil sunflower seeds. Got 5 black oil feeders, one double sided suet feeder and two thistle feeders. Getting some drops of rain, sleet and a flake or two of snow. Got all my switches and got them installed yesterday. Got to wire them like I want them, now. See it is snowing on the Yanks. :thumb: Stay warm.
  3. CNWman

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    I recorded that on TIVO. That loco is awesome! P.S. what's a hotbox? All i know is that it slows a train down untill it's put off on a different track
  4. Alan d Lambert

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    Hotbox

    It means the bearing surfaces are getting warm or hot . Many times when you see grass fires near railroad tracks, the sparksfrom the friction start these fires and most of the time they are hard for fire depts to get to so they burn out of control.
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    Evening guys,

    Chief, That layout is coming along rught nice. We normally feed a bunch of bird seed, but this year due to the warm weather and a hawk that likes the tast of our birds. :) We have not had a lot feeding yet.

    Getting some snow here, non laying on the ground yet. The birds are already flocking to the feeders.

    Looks like winter is here all across the country.
  6. Gil Finn

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    Project for this nasty weekend.

    I have in HO two F 7;s in the bright C&O paint job, a powered Backman I just bought locally and a dummy Tico.

    There was minor differences in the paint, one had a silver detail on the side, the others hood was orange instead of blue. The trucks were different sizes.

    I painted details from each on the other and got a good match. I also added a windshield to the Tyco which needs lights yet at this point.

    Some car color paint in dark blue I got to paint a repair on my Cadillac matched the blue paint almost perfectly and I used that on the hood of my Tyco.

    Once the windshield glue drys I will take a pic...it is dry

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  7. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

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    I don't know I think it is 17 or so out side with a very light snow. I fed the bolier some more coal so now the house is around 87 with the windows open. I never thought about it prior I love steamers and have my own coal boiler. :)

    After a wild 48 hours the frame work for the layout has been completed and looks great. I just couldn't stop and even worked all Friday night and got a couple of hours last night.

    I am ready for coffee and breakfast now. :)
  8. CNWman

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    thanks for the info, but that's not how it sounded on the documentary. It sounded like it was causing the train to slow WAYYYYYY down 'cause the computer dispatcher thingy kept the Chalenger 7 blocks away
  9. 60103

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    CNW: probably a couple of things here.
    A hotbox happens when a friction bearing axle end and the metal that it's turning in run short of lubrication. The axle end starts to heat up and may eventually melt off. The journal box (where the axle end turns -- see the square lump at each corner of a truck) contains cotton waste (old undershirts?) that helps pull the oil onto the bearing and this may catch fire. (search for my post on Mississauga derailment)
    Anyway, the railroads did 2 things. They replaced the bearings with roller bearings and they installed hotbox detectors that sense when something hotter than expected goes past. Now it just happens that the firebox of a steam loco is nice and hot and down near wheel level, so the hotbox detector picks this up. So there is an immediate message to the effect "Extra 2985 -- Over temperature axle 12" and the train has to slow down to confirm that it's the firebox and not an actual hotbox.
  10. Alan d Lambert

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    HOT box

    60103, I like your reply . that was where I was going but did not know the rest. Hot box detectors weren't fail prof you had to make sure they were working. That came from a neighbor that retired from MOPAC here in Fort Worth, Texas,
  11. oldtanker

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    Moring all, 16 and going to be in the 20s again. Very mild winter for Minnesota!!!

    Got the ceiling tore yesterday and about 6' of wall....new insulation in the wall and wiring! Doing another wall today. All goes as planed!

    Gotta run and get some paint today for the wall and some liquid nails for the layout!

    Great info on hotboxes!

    Have a great day all.

    Rick
  12. jeffrey-wimberl

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    Good morning and top 'o' the day to all of ye.


    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 1/22/2007

    Sundown Fire Dept., Station 23


    Wind Chill: 43°F
    Humidity: 78%
    Dew Point: 40°F


    So Far Today
    High: 50°F
    Low: 46°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 9mph N


    High: 53 °F
    Low: 42 °F

    Now through 08:00 AM CST January 22, 2007

    High: 55

    Through 8 AM...areas of light rain or drizzle and a few showers will occur over the area along and southeast of a line from Cameron to Lafayette to Krotz Springs Louisiana. Over the coastal waters...numerous patches of rain or showers will occur from the lower Atchafalaya River Louisiana to High Island Texas out 60 nautical miles. Isolated patches of light rain or drizzle will occur elsewhere over the region.

    Today High: 55 Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers in the morning...then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. North winds around 10 mph.

    Tonight Low: 38 Increasing clouds. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds around 10 mph.


    Biscuits and gravy today if you please.

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  13. Chief Eagles

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    Morning all. Rain froze to trees yesterday PM. Woke up this AM with ice gone. Warming up fast. Wiring on the backroom today. Want to get switches and etc wired and all done. Have a great one.
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    Hello all!

    Been a while since I posted over here. Chief - SNOWHIO don't last long in the south.

    Sunny and somewhat cold today - 43 at 1 pm. Might rain tonight or tomorrow.

    Just got back from dismantling, packing, and shipping to storage (in Texas) the Grand Central Terminal MTA Museum Annex Lionel layout.

    Took the subway (F line) over to Brooklyn to Trainworld/Trainland to look around. Shelves sonewhat bare after the season I guess. My buddy picked up a K-Line Super Chief diner for a decent price.

    Have a great day all!
  15. jefelectric

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    Good afternoon,

    Chief, I don't think Jeffrey likes gritts, don't recall him ever posting a picture of them. :D

    Roy, Did you ship by rail? :thumb:

    Rick & Renovo, Sounds like you both are making progress on your projects.

    Just got home a little while ago from fitness center. Dr. told me to cut back on the weights as it is agrevating my arthritus, so only doing 3/4 of what I had been.

    Got to order a part for my scroll saw, the lower arm broke. Thought it was a blade when it happened but found out other wise. It is cast aluminum, must have had a flaw as I was doing some easy cutting when it happened. I'm just glad they still list the part as it is about 20 years old. Will find out shortly if they actually have it when I try to order it.
  16. wrmcclellan

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    Well John - the freight elevators to the loading docks are by Track 15, so I guess it was BY rail

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  17. oldtanker

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    Morning all, 16 now, supposed to see 22.

    Got the wall done yesterday and the first coat of mud on, once painted the fridge and the freezer will sit side by side in the kitchen. Only have 2 more pieces of sheet rock that I can put up and I'm done until the first!!!!!!Should be done by noon!! Then its layout time for the rest of the month!!!!!

    Rick
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    Good morning and top 'o' the day to all of ye.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 1/23/2007
    Sundown Fire Dept., Station 23

    Wind Chill: 37°F
    Humidity: 79%
    Dew Point: 35°F

    So Far Today
    High: 43°F
    Low: 41°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 8mph NNE

    High: 50 °F
    Low: 39 °F
    Today High: 50 Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs around 50. North winds around 10 mph.
    Tonight Low: 40 Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Lows around 40. Light and variable winds.

    Bacon and eggs for me today if you plaese.
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  19. Chief Eagles

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    Morning all. There is some orange ball in the sky???? OH, the sun is out. :thumb: Off to se my Dermatologist again. We need to stop meeting like this. I think it is my money she likes [Health Ins that is]. Tanker, I need some sheetrock put up and finished. How about coming down south and doing a 10 foot wall for me. :rolleyes: Got one MTH switch acting up. Hope I can figure it out. If not, got to pull it out and take it back. Got to go. Have a good one.
  20. pennman

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    Well guys another wet nasty day here in TN! I just cant believe how wet and just plane nasty its been all winter, Warmer weather in the near future soon I hope.Going to rain again this weekend,dont see those xmas lights coming down anytime soon.(hell a head start on next xmas..lol
    Yallhave fun now,
    Tony
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