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

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by N Gauger, Jun 20, 2008.

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  1. sir james

    sir james Member

    HOWDY, sun and 58 today,getting cooler. I had a very nice phone chat with Brutus today, always good to hear from him. We got no world problems solved but did talk about trains and future train plans. Put my boat in its winter spot, seems like I just got it out and back it goes. Oh well have a good Monday...S.J.
  2. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Home again. Came by Lake House as only 15 miles off of I85. Wife has 99% painting done. Mowed the grass and then we came home. Chat later.
  3. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    This won't be as complex as it appears. Instead of the existing tracks being moved to conform to the crossover, the crossover will be expanded to conform to the existing tracks. The crossover will be cut apart at the diverging track then each half of the crossover will be placed into it's respective place in the existing tracks and a piece of straight track will be inserted to join the diverging tracks.
  4. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Good morning.

    It's 73 and clear but like all good things it won't stay that way. The high should be in the mid 80's and it will be mostly cloudy with a small chance of thunderstorms.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 10/6/2008

    Heat Index: 77°F
    Humidity: 85%
    Dew Point: 67°F

    So Far Today
    High: 75°F
    Low: 72°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 11mph SE

    Today High: 85 Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

    Tonight Low: 68 Partly cloudy until late night then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

  5. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Morning all. Beautiful day. Love fall. Hope all have a great week. Got meetign today and tonight. Same for tomorrow.
  6. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Good morning folks

    It was 51 F this morning. High today will be 68 F. There are Frost Advisory posted for north and west of us. It looks like it is getting time to winterize the fish pond.

    We had a great weekend with the Cub Scout Popcorn Show and Sells as we sold almost $900.00. Next weekend will be the crazy one as we have three locations. The third got added Saturday when the church that sponsors us offered us space at their White Elephant Sale. Not much else happened. We did the grocery shopping.

    I never even got a chance to look at a train this weekend. Maybe I will get some modeling in during the week.

    I hope everybody has a good day.
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    :D Nice Tom!! Branching out in the community! :thumb::thumb:

    Sell that popcorn!!! :)

    No need to winterize the pond, It'll be 70 by the end of the week!
  8. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Chief, The big down side to Fall is that it is followed by WINTER
    wall1 :rolleyes:

    Tom, I don't winterize the pond until we get several sub freezing nights. Usually mid November. Don't think I mentioned it but we took a big hit from a Blue Huron. Got about 3/4 of our fish. Most of the large ones. Now have screens over the pond and haven't seen him (or Her) for about 10 days. Any one know it they migrate in the winter? We have several farm ponds and a stream nearby but have never seen a Huron at any of them. Have had the pond for 7 years and this was the first Huron that we have had raid it.
  9. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict


    wikipedia says they migrate for winter :D :D You may have just supplied supper to a hobo :D :D

    I agree with you on all counts!! Winter is fast to come and slow to leave :( :(
  10. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    The big thing right now is if we get a frost. The plants may not survive so I have to sink them in the deep end to protect the tublars.

    A neighbor lost all their fish, about 20 large koi to heron a couple of years ago. Since we are on the Atlantic Flyway and a couple of good flaps of a wing from the National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum I am always worried that we will get one. Our backyard and front yard do get visits from Red Tail Hawks, and Paragon Falcons. Generally they leave the fish alone. I think the hawks may take a frog or two, however.
  11. CSXect

    CSXect Member

    :wave: good afternoon every one. :wave:

    Need some motivation to continue work on layout:mrgreen: Been working on house and cleaning garage after having a yard sale over the weekend.:mrgreen: There is a piece of Boston cream pie calling me................must resistwall1

    Anyone out there know where to find plans for a spin casting setup:confused: Casting and molding is a second hobby for me:cool:
  12. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Came home from my appointment at the foot doc and found a big box (18"x18"x6") by my door. What was in it? My Digitrax DCS50 and 8 DZ125 decoders. After I go through the manual on this thing I'll see about hooking it up. Looking at the back of the unit it appears to be fairly easy. All those decoders will probably take a week to install unless I get on a really good roll, then I could knock them out in a day.
    On my other project, shoehorning a Bachmann LH crossover into my yard area, I looked at the area and noticed right off that the tracks are way too far apart. I have two options. 1) Pull up a bunch of track and re-lay the front part of the inside loop so the tracks connect to the crossover, or 2) cut the crossover in two and work the two halves into their respective places in the passing siding and the inside loop and put in a straight piece of track to join them. In the following photos the choice I made will be immediately obvious. If the mountain won't come to Mohammed then Mohammed must go to the mountain.

    This is how the crossover started out:

    And after being cut in two and trimmed:

    The trackside shed (under the straight piece) and two of the turnouts will be removed. If the turnouts can be salvaged I may be able to use them elsewhere. If not, they'll be ripped out in pieces. The other two existing turnouts will have their diverging tracks cut and the points soldered in the through track position. This is gonna take a while.
  13. Evening all not much happening just drop in to say hi. Looking good Jeff. Always impressed in your modeling skills.
  14. sir james

    sir james Member

    Good Evening All, like RT,just stopped in to say howdy. Train store got the new G gage MTH GG1, Huge. That was a big part of my day as we always hang around awhile. TTFN...S.J.
  15. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Evening all,

    Tom, We still have a few left, but not sure how many as they are scared to death and won't come up to eat. I have an upside down milk crate on the bottom of the pond with a water lily pot on top of it that provides cover for them as well as a lot of plants. We had 30+ fish. Only one koi but some really nice gold fish. I think the heron got most of the big ones. Not long ago I told my wife that we ought to give some of them away as the pond was getting to full, not to worry. The plants that I have seem to be amazingly hardy. I did keep a pair of tropical lilies in the greenhouse the last two winters, but this year with the cost of fuel I am not going to heat it all winter. It will be cheaper to replace the lilies in the spring.

    We have had hawks take birds at the bird feeders a number of times. In a couple of days they are back as

    Jeffrey, that project should keep you out of trouble for a while.
  16. Evening all not much going on here don't know why but if I click the "post quick reply" button I go into a mode where the putor is trying to load you know the circle arrow just keeps going around and around but if I click go advance and then click reply it goes right thru any body else having this problem??:rolleyes:
  17. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Evening. Meetings over. Those tomorrow are postponed so may hit the road to the lake house. Got to get up trimmings left from my trimming shrubs today before meetings. Want to fish some as rain coming in Wed night or Thursday and lasting 36 hours or so. John, got to get my greenhouse ready. Will have to move plants in a week or so if early frost. Now for some popcorn. Will say good night now.
  18. Chief till I goto work don't know what nights I work after saturday of this week but know I'm off monday and saturday and sunday of next week ( figures right lol) anyway If I don't have ot on one of those nights will meet up with you if I do guess we will miss again as I get home around 8:30 and have to be up again at 5:00am and if working nights to I'm working 13 hours days.
  19. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi guys....Just got back from spending a few days with the grandkids...It's the only "thing" that beats trains...!! For those of you that aren't grandpas don't know what you're missing..!!

    Question...I've read several times that ponds are "winterized"...What is it, and why do they need it..?
  20. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    Hi guys, couldn't get on this site for a long time? Nothing much going on today, just another manic Monday as usual. TTFN
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