It has been a long time since i have been here and it is good to be back. This summer has been not one that I enjoyed, work has been unreal and just about to the point of being unbearable, so busy and so much overtime, it ran me ragged. Had to go back to the praries in August, my mother took a turn for the worst, wow what a shock , she broke her hip a short while ago and her health deteriated rapidly, I guess it was the loss of mobility and age that did it.. It was heart wrenching to see her in that shape and you have a feeling of complete helplessness as there is nothing that you can do. It was very tough leaving her knowing that it would be the last time I would see her alive. I was right, wasn't home long and got that dredded call that she passed away, back again to deal with all of that. Just got back two days ago and it is back to work again. Well this time things should have slowed a bit, I am making more time for me and family and of course railroading. Have some catching up to do, lots of reading, here on the guage and have some ideas on the railroad expantion. Thanks for listening, its great to be back. thanks..Ron..