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    • January 3, 2017 5:48 PM EST
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      OK, California law just changed allowing the recreational use of stoning agents..., so I'm in.  

    • January 3, 2017 10:37 PM EST
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      as per my email, could you add 2 doors please, thanks, Pete

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    • January 4, 2017 4:37 PM EST
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      The challenge looks great as always, and I would love to participate again, but there is just no way for me this year.   I'm currently living in a tiny motel apartment for the next month and a half.  This puts me about an hour and forty five away from all my tools and shop.  I'm also concentrating hard on the new job and arrive slightly spent when I get back to my temporary man cave.  I get to travel back home on the weekends to be with my wife and son, but I dare not spend the time on the challenge when I'm there.    I did bring along a couple hoppers that I can letter in the free time since that only requires a few "tools".   So I will get some railroading in.  

       

      I'll be watching you all work your magic, which I'm sure will help keep me plenty entertained.  Good luck every one, and don't forget rule #1 ....

       

      Have fun!

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    • January 4, 2017 4:51 PM EST
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      Randy normally I would say no excuses but that sounds pretty reasonable.
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    • January 4, 2017 5:05 PM EST
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          We will miss you a lot, but sometimes life is more important than model railroading....I think, right? Yeah, well...yeah it is!

       

         edit: ps, I loved that freight house you did last year, hope you put it to good use.

      This post was edited by John Passaro at January 4, 2017 5:14 PM EST
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    • January 4, 2017 5:28 PM EST
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      Stick with it Randy.

      I remember a quotation from a recent book: "It can't always keep getting worse."

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    • January 4, 2017 5:48 PM EST
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      Lou, its always darkest before it all goes black.

       

      Seriously Randy, I am glad that after all the false starts, and planning and preparations, things are finally moving in the right direction for you. Even though you are running away from the Brugh, and all of us in it, I wish you well.

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    • January 4, 2017 8:17 PM EST
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      Thanks guys, and yes John the freight house was out on the layout all year. It's now packed and ready to put back out once the layout goes back down at the new place.

      Lou, this is far from bad, perhaps a bit in convenient for a month or two but the new job is awesome. My first project is working on the double end PCC trolley refurbishment!

      David , yup there were a lot of false stats and dead ends, but to me it was all completely worth it to finally land where I did.

      Yeah, guys I'm real happy right now. So let the build begin and it will add a few more smilies yet to my life, even if I can't play this year.
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    • January 4, 2017 11:52 PM EST
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      Randy,

       

      great to hear that things are going well even if a bit inconvenient

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    • January 5, 2017 6:31 AM EST
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      PCC refurbishment. WOW! that's cool. I thought most cities were scraping the olde PCCs for the new LRVs. After all, the original PCC design is from the 1930's

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    • January 5, 2017 5:27 PM EST
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      All Stone Kits were mailed today!

       

      Be on the look out for a small Priority Mail box.  

      Most boxes are scheduled for delivery on Saturday 1/7/17,  and a few are for Monday 1/9/17.

       

      Everyone got all the extra stuff they asked for.  

      The hard part will be waiting the extra week before you can start actual construction.

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    • January 5, 2017 5:58 PM EST
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      Not really Dave, plenty for me to do until the start scrounging through the garage looking for the plywood and lumber scraps I'm going to need, as well as the parts bins for the windows and other details. Also need to print out the cutting templates for the wall panels. Can't do my usual cheapskate build this time as this will go outdoors so gotta make it tougher than my usual work.
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    • January 5, 2017 6:15 PM EST
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      I'm travelling and just had a chance to check emails and if it is ok to get off to a late start in mid January count me in. 

      Those stones look like a great start to an interesting build and I have been tipping my elbow at many English and Irish pubs.

       I think the hardworking lads of the Rock Root and Pup Poop RR deserve a place to grab a pint and the Taylor stones would make for a strong foundation to a pub.  

    • January 5, 2017 8:42 PM EST
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      Todd Haskins said:

      I'm travelling and just had a chance to check emails and if it is ok to get off to a late start in mid January count me in. 

      Those stones look like a great start to an interesting build and I have been tipping my elbow at many English and Irish pubs.

       I think the hardworking lads of the Rock Root and Pup Poop RR deserve a place to grab a pint and the Taylor stones would make for a strong foundation to a pub.  

       

         We can't have a challenge without you! Besides, you're right, that great Irish barn you did last year needs a little old stone Irish pub to go with it.

       

         Speaking of people we can't do without, where art thou Travis?  And what about Mr. Triple R Boomer Keel?

       

       

       

      This post was edited by John Passaro at January 5, 2017 8:52 PM EST
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    • January 6, 2017 3:59 AM EST
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      I'm here John.. :-) I have been working O/T out the wazoo..... I haven't come up with a idea yet. Would like it to be railroad related. The stone looks pretty cool. Dave hit it off this year again..!

    • January 6, 2017 3:39 PM EST
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      Jan 1-13 Planning and drawing, but no building.  I assume this means that I can start doing CAD programming?

       

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    • January 6, 2017 6:25 PM EST
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      I would think you are OK. I mean my engineer finished up the CAD drawings and now my plans are at the printers. Should have blue prints done this afternoon and they can be delivered to the appropriate government agencies for review. We finished up the environmental impact study yesterday and the local tribe is reviewing the cultural study tomorrow. I think we should have permits issued by the 11th and a precon meeting will e the 12th. I am hopeful I can break ground on the 13th.
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    • January 6, 2017 7:09 PM EST
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      Wow Devon, for someone that is constantly beaten for Devoning, you sure got a jump on the paper trail part of things. My non existant RR is going on the we own the land and we will do what we want, course of action. Mrs Landowner may at a later date come in with heavy explosives and re arrange things

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    • January 6, 2017 7:24 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:
      We finished up the environmental impact study yesterday and the local tribe is reviewing the cultural study tomorrow. I think we should have permits issued by the 11th and a precon meeting will e the 12th. I am hopeful I can break ground on the 13th.

       

      Did you do a FONSI?

       

      Been a while since I worked on NEPA projects with the last one being for a high voltage transmission line through the Chino Hills State Park.  But I do CEQA MNDs (air quality, greenhouse gases, noise) on a regular basis for various developers here in CA.  Done literally over a thousand.

       

      I did this one for Olsen Development in La Habra just last month.:

      http://www.lhcm.org/DocumentCenter/View/5055

       

       

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 6, 2017 7:28 PM EST
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