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

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  1. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Morning all, bout 5:10AM here. I've plowed the drive for the 2nd time in 12 hours. Still snowing like made and supposed to continue through Friday evening.

    Have a great day!

  2. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Brrrrrr, send some of that cold this way- I've never experienced snow, only for a few minutes actually last year, powdery stuff.

    Also travelled with the train through the Hex River Valley on the way to Cape Town (snow on the mountains, the train's vapour clarkson heater stopped working and we had all our clothes on but that didn't help!
  3. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    I probably won't be on much today. Being that it's the first of the month, I need to pay some bills and make my monthly drive to the LHS in Alexandria. They have some things there I want to look at. I don't know exactly what I'm buying today, but I'm bringing something home. I'm not gonna make a 120 mile drive and come back empty-handed.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 3/1/2007

    Sundown Fire Dept., Station 23

    Heat Index: 77°F
    Humidity: 83%
    Dew Point: 66°F

    So Far Today
    High: 72°F
    Low: 70°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 23mph SSW

    High: 74 °F
    Low: 44 °F

    Today High: 72 Cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Clearing in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

    Tonight Low: 40 Mostly clear. Much colder. Lows around 40. Northwest winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light and variable.

    Who's up for pancakes and OJ?

  4. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Morning. Got Enterprise rental [they picked me up] and out the door to Hampton VA Bass Pro Shops. Back Sunday night. Snow??? We have an average of 7" per year. We are way below that per our weather expert last night on TV. Saw the History Channel's history on freight trains. Later
  5. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Chief, what do you think of Jim Zumbo getting black listed in the sporting industry?
  6. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Good eveniing,

    Tony, I see you are just like me, can't do a job without getting out every tool you own.:)

    Got started on installing TMCC in my Lionel Bethlehem Steel Docksider.
    Now I can run it and did test on operation, horn & smoke control. All works so far. Had to Dremel off some mounting studs for the old light board in the boiler shell and wire the new lighting setup.

    Here is what it looks like so far.



    The tie wrap sticking up in the air is there to hold up the antenna temporarily for testing.

  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Aha..!!! So it's a radio control system...!!! I've always wondered what that was all about. Now I know.
    Just make sure those two little dudes sittin' on the PC board stay put or they might fry their little butts...!!!
    Let us know how it turns out...!!
  8. pennman

    pennman Member

    John, your about right I do have one heck of a tool fetish. but in all seriousnes Thats the only empty room I have to work and store things in right now.
    I havent forgoton either just havent had timeto getto the mail for you yet.
    Nice pics btw.

    Yall have fun,
  9. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Morning all, have now plowed 5 times with a total snowfall of about 18" and another 4-6" expected today with blowing and drifting.

    Have a great day all.

  10. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Geeze Rick - that stinks! We're getting over an inch of rain here - worrying about flooding :( I think this is winter's last throw..... Spring will be here in a few weeks :D
  11. pennman

    pennman Member

    Morning all,
    Sorry to hear about all that snow...
    We hada hellva a day here yesterday, high winds down pours and even a few twister/flatwinds no damage in my area but south of us got hit pretty hard.
    Great morning outside,warm and sunny.
    Yall have fun,
  12. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Well I hope everyone stays safe, warm and dry over the next few weeks, enough of this weather.....i wanna start a garden train!!!!

  13. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Good morning all,

    Rick, No snow here, but we have been getting our share of rain. Not sure how much as I don't have a rain gauge outside, they freeze around here in winter.

    No dampness in the basement as of yet.

    The Susquehanna River is the spot being watched locally, as well as the feeder streams, as the ice can cause problems when it breaks up and causes ice dams.

    Take care,
  14. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    What all that work Jeff when you could have TMCC?

    Wind is is amazing, gusts to 50 mph for the last 24.

    Lots of rain last night also.
  15. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Good evening everyone,
    Today I went on a 6-hour trip to my grandparent's in Bristol TN! Better yet, my grandma says that a new model train shop is opening up nearby! My dad says that it could not be possible to see it this visit, but I just think that it's cool that Bristol has a nearby hobby shop opening near me! I've also been trying to look up if the CNW has any conection to Bristol TN but I'm coming up empty handed. Oh, well, at least I'm at my grandparents! Just so you know, I'm using their computer to type this right now!

  16. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Morning everyone, snows over......

  17. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Last night I decided that it was time to put a decoder in the new AC4400. It runs so quiet on DC that it should just whisper on DCC right? WRONG!! I installed the decoder, placed it on the track and gave it power. I've heard electric can openers that are quieter. I worked on it for a couple of hours to see if I could get it to run quiet, but to no avail. At about 10:00 pm I removed the decoder and rewired the unit for regular DC. I was thinking that maybe it's the decoder that's causing the noise, so I installed it in my Proto 2000 PA1. Expecting to hear a high speed can opener I applied the power and to my surprise the PA eased forward and trundled down the main line with nary a sound. Seems to me that the quiet motors of the RTR Athearn units aren't all they're cracked up to be. I know I won't be buying another one real soon. It's funny. I put a decoder in a cheap BB and it runs without a sound. I put one in an expensive RTR and the neighbors can hear it. Go figure.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 3/3/2007

    Sundown Fire Dept., Station 23

    Wind Chill: 34°F
    Humidity: 81%
    Dew Point: 32°F

    So Far Today
    : 51°F
    Low: 38°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 6mph NE

    High: 64 °F
    Low: 30 °F

    Today High: 65 Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

    Tonight Low: 30 Partly cloudy. Lows around 30. North winds around 10 mph.
    Biscuits and gravy today.

  18. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    I woke up sick today with what appears to be the flu. Well I guess this is a mixed blessing becasue I was going to manure the pig pens but now I have a official excuss to stay inside and start my landscaping. :)

    I did take a look outside and we had a few inches of snow overnight. I'm still going to go out side if I can't get someone to cover for me but at least I didn't have to do the early morning work.

    So even though I'm sick this could be an outstanding train day.
  19. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Good morning. It's Sunday, the 4th day March in the year of our lord, 2007.
    Here's todays weather data for the west central Louisiana area.

    Wind Chill: 33°F
    Humidity: 47%
    Dew Point: 19°F

    So Far Today
    High: 45°F
    Low: 34°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 11mph N

    Today High: 58 Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds around 10 mph.

    Tonight Low: 28 Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds up to 10 mph in the evening becoming light and variable.

    Ham and eggs today and some doughnuts too.

  20. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Good morning guys,

    Quiet day here, went out to breakfast after early church. Ran some trains after lunch. Had the 3 unit PRR FA-2s on a 16 car freight. The Reading T-1 on a passenger run with 4 milk cars attached, the PRR H-3 pulling a small (7 hoppers) coal train and the PRR 1890s 10 wheeler pulling a 3 car excursion train. The amazing part was that everthing ran smooth, no derailments, everything that was supposed to smoke - did, and everything that wasn't supposed to smoke - didn't.

    Sort of a cool nasty day with clouds and wind most of the time with the Sun peeking through now and then.

    Started 8 kinds of pepper seed, some hot & some mild, in the greenhouse and also eggplants. Another week and time for tomato seeds. Spring is on the way. :)

    Take care,
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