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

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  1. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    WoW...Awesome engines. Just out of curiosity, how big are they & how much do they weigh...??? That head-on shot made me move to the side...
  2. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

    Steamhead, both engine and tender are diecast, about 21" long and about 8 or 9 pounds. They are giants in 'O' gauge.
  3. pennman

    pennman Member

    \Well thought it was going to be a nice Sat, But the rain that was comming in tonight is here early and has brought ICE with it. Got plenty of fire wood in the house. And Man is it going to be a busy night at the fire house, seems every ice storm they just pile them up on I-24,
    Yall Have fun
  4. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Tony yea and the bad ones are the SUV's:curse: .....people don't stop and think :curse: that 4 wheels skidding on ice are.... 4 wheel skidding on ice....don't matter is they are connected to the drive train or not!announce1

  5. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 1/21/2007
    Sundown Fire Dept., Station 23

    High: 59 °F
    Low: 47 °F
    So Far Today
    High: 52°F
    Low: 48°F
    Rain: 0.50"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 20mph WNW

    Wind Chill: 46°F
    Humidity: 92%
    Dew Point: 46°F

    Now through 07:15 AM CST January 21, 2007
    High: 62
    Through 7 area of light to moderate rain will cover much of coastal southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana...and all of the coastal waters...generally along and south of a line from Kountze to Alexandria. Rainfall amounts of up to 0.25" are possible as this area of rain moves off to the northeast at 40 mph.
    Today High: 62 Cloudy with scattered showers. Not as cool. Highs in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
    Tonight Low: 45 Cloudy with scattered showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds becoming north around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.

    I'll have the french toast today.
  6. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Morning all:wave: . Bout 21, going to stay there today, may get a little light snow.

    Working on the house again today. I should run out of materials sometime around Tuesday. That means I'll have time to work on my layout:thumb: ! We are doing our renovation on the house out of pocket. I get my retirement and disability pay on the 1st of each month, then buy what I think I'm going to need. When I run out I wait till next month. So as of Wednesday I should be able to work on the layout:thumb: :thumb: . I have the foam that needs to go on the bench work, 4 buildings to build which will give me 9 so far, all that need detail and weathering work. Then there is rolling stock to weather, do coupler hight adjustments on and so on.sign1

    Have a great dayannounce1 .

  7. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    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
  8. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    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.
  9. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    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
  10. 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.
  11. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    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.
  12. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    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 is dry

  13. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    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. :)
  14. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    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
  15. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    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.
  16. 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,
  17. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    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 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.

  18. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    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.

  19. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    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.
  20. wrmcclellan

    wrmcclellan Member

    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!
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