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    • July 6, 2019 4:56 PM EDT
    • In spite of high humidity, and 28C temperature, we had a great turnout for our weekly operations on the IPP&W.

        The Storm Gods held off Mother Nature's rash of rain storms, so that everyone had a great time. A full test of the newly upgraded Aristo Stream Liner passenger cars was staged, along with testing two Aristo Heavy Weight passenger cars, now with body mounted couplers. We got rid of he old 6 wheeled trucks, and the HW cars now ride on Bachmann passenger trucks. They track exceptionally well, with no derailment problems. We even intermixed them with the Stream Liner cars, with great results.  The tests involved all possible actions, besides just running in circles. We switched the cars, running them forward and in reverse (Being pushed in a long string, through multiple WR turnouts, and S curves)

        Ric....look for Mike's Blog, which will show up very soon....a preview of the Invasion.

        Fred 

    • July 6, 2019 7:50 AM EDT
    • Fred - "High Humility"  - like that.  Its a good description of how I feel when I feel like I'm melting.

      Rooster - I guess it was the boiler jacket, that shiny, almost metallic, light blue color.

      John - Apple Pie, one of my favorite food groups.

    • July 6, 2019 7:34 AM EDT
    • It was good, too...............;)

       

    • July 6, 2019 7:29 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      ... Jan had a brush with the honorable men and women of the Border Patrol...

       

      A few weeks ago I smuggled an apple pie down to Ken's.  People from Canada are nothing but trouble. 

      They talk funny, too.

    • July 5, 2019 8:02 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      5 July, 2019 - Metamora, Michigan on Bill Hayes's Michigan Central.  Arrived on Tuesday 2 July after Jan had a brush with the honorable men and women of the Border Patrol for trying to sneak tomatoes and grapes from New York through Canada and then bring them in to Michigan.

       

       

       

      In Russia you could possibly be shot for such !

    • July 5, 2019 7:57 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

        Oh yeah, there was the part where I helped clean up the cage. 

       

       

       

      Truth ?

       

       

    • July 5, 2019 7:55 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:
      rode behind the Russian boilered 4-4-0

       

       

       

      Was it boilered or only the hammered jacket ?

    • July 5, 2019 5:42 PM EDT
    • Ric;

       It hit 34C here today with high "Humility"......but I survived and managed to get a lot accomplished.

          Fred Mills

    • July 5, 2019 8:09 AM EDT
    • 5 July, 2019 - Metamora, Michigan on Bill Hayes's Michigan Central.  Arrived on Tuesday 2 July after Jan had a brush with the honorable men and women of the Border Patrol for trying to sneak tomatoes and grapes from New York through Canada and then bring them in to Michigan.  I think she was saved by her constant protector and guard dog, Kassie, who promptly blew lunch when the Border Guards put her in a cage.  That dog is crafty and will use any form of diversion to protect Jan.  Once Jan was acquitted from any felony charges, we were allowed to continue.  Oh yeah, there was the part where I helped clean up the cage.  Truly feel sympathy for what the Border Guards go through on each and every day to protect our freedom.  We'll see if Jan learned her lesson.  Yeah, right. 

      Have been working with Bill, ballasting the Detroit Yard on his Michigan Central.  However, yesterday, we did celebrate the 4th by a visit to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village (scratch that one off the bucket list) and rode behind the Russian boilered 4-4-0 and got to see the Forney up close sitting in the ready at the Round House.  Great Model T's and early American Touring Coaches, plus lots of old stake trucks and draft horses.  Great place to spend a warm summer day in early America.

      We will be here until Monday and then head to Grand Rapids to get a new air conditioner installed on the coach.  Back to Finger Lakes Live Steamers next week to prep for the coming American Invasion and the FLLS 50th Anniversary celebration on the first of August.  Gotta keep moving north to squelch this "Summer Heat" and find that ideal Summer weather of 60 degree nights and 75 - 80 degree days.  Its there, you just have to look for it.  Until then, we survive with a little lemonade and rum (purely for medicinal reasons) and an occasional brewsky to prevent dehydration.

       

       

       

    • June 29, 2019 7:49 AM EDT
    • Rooster said - "I'm thinking the the Golding Luvnasium should have and LSC logo vinyl wrap on it so we can all spot it on it's travels."

      Just read this and thought it could be a good idea.  Advertisement for the site, and anything to cover all this black and all the heat it creates.  Read this to Jan and she responded with an immediate "NO".  I think this is how men have been controlled throughout history.  All the great ideas get squashed before they even get started.  And so civilization was created. 

      Joe Cavanaugh's 1 inch empire is very impressive.  Reminds both Jan and I of Rod Johnston's railroad up in North Bay.  This is a great hobby!  You meet so many great people in all scales.  The adventure continues.

      Just got word, Larry Herget's spouse Carol passed during the night.  They were the creators of Ozark Minatures and always big in live steam and Largescale stuff.  Good people, sorry to hear of this, 

    • June 27, 2019 10:27 PM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:

      Were up in Brockville ON for several days vacation.  We saw you last year too, about the same place.  This is too funny.  

      I remember seeing that post....LMAO

       

      I'm thinking the the Golding Luvnasium should have and LSC logo vinyl wrap on it so we can all spot it on it's travels.

       

       

    • June 27, 2019 9:00 PM EDT
    • Were up in Brockville ON for several days vacation.  We saw you last year too, about the same place.  This is too funny.  

    • June 27, 2019 8:48 PM EDT
    • Yep, I think that could have been us.  We left the Finger Lakes Live Steamers about 1040, so that kinda works to the timeframe.  Did see a number of Super C's in the area, some of the trailers had motorcycle graphics on them.  They all got off around one of the rest stops.  We are headed to the Lake George area for the weekend for a look at a 1 inch railroad owned by Joe Cavanaugh.  This is kind of out of your territory.  You running away?

      Waters too high at home, temps and humidity are both too close to 90 all the time, grounds hot at 3 in the morning and AndyC gets grouchy.

    • June 27, 2019 6:35 PM EDT
    • Hey Ric

      You weren’t eastbound on 90 around Utica today about 1230, were you?  Saw a Seneca with a truck in tow...

    • July 6, 2019 11:52 AM EDT
    • Thought I would share what I've been working on lately instead of trains.  We had another baby boy born in May of last year, so hobby stuff has gotten put on the back burner for a while.

      My 6-year old asked for a tree house for his birthday.  I started this in January, and finished it July 5th.  I tried to do mortise & tenon joinery wherever possible.  About the time I got the tree house dried in, he decided he wanted a swing and a slide.

       

       

       

       

    • June 27, 2019 1:37 PM EDT
    • funny, back when we first started the Fl. GRS the mantis was our logo, Jed even had one he used at meets that he found at a yard show

      logo real one

    • June 27, 2019 10:38 AM EDT
    • We have lots of dragonflys around the pond, but they never light to pose for pics. However, our slow moving praying mantises make good photo subjects.

    • June 27, 2019 5:46 AM EDT
    • I get one at my pond every year. One year I had one that didn't like me sitting near the pond. It would hover about a foot or so in front of my face and try to stare me down.

    • June 26, 2019 11:44 PM EDT
    • Dragonflies are one of the coolest bugs.