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    • August 9, 2020 9:14 AM EDT
    • Kool!   Now I have to get some equipment ready.  I'm very eager to run something.

      See you Saturday

      -Randy

       

       

    • August 9, 2020 4:40 AM EDT
    • Yes, Randy, I vaguely remember that name...............

      And we are still a go. With the limited number of people attending run-what ya-brung will fit in anytime. 

    • August 8, 2020 9:04 PM EDT
    • Hi Ken,  Remember this stranger?

      If the event is still on, I'm game.   Is there a run what ya brung period? 

      -Randy

       

    • August 3, 2020 6:55 PM EDT
    • And you are back on my schedule, so hopefully you'll count me in.

    • August 3, 2020 5:13 PM EDT
    • Unfortunately Marilyn & I will not be attending this year as well.  I hope those that go stay safe and have a good time.

    • August 3, 2020 3:31 PM EDT
    • We are quite fortunate, here in Ottawa, with the Virus, somewhat "Under control", but we can't take chances. And we won't...

          All full operations are cancelled, here on the IPP&W. We do have weekly run sessions for a very limited number of people, and a maintenance day/morning, on Wednesdays.  Again with a limit to the number of people taking part.

          We have taken the time, this year, without operations; to do major upgrades. Spruce has been completed, and now we are looking at Ironwood, as the next job. Without operations, we can shut down the railroad for several weeks, and not cause problems.

           We do recommend WEARING MASKS, and social distancing.  Wearing a proper mask shows you care for your friends' health, and protects them from what you don't know you might be spreading. Refusing to wear a mask is just plain SELFISH, and portrays a "I don't give a dam" attitude.....unless of course a person for some REAL health issue, can't wear one.   Social distancing is VERY important also.

              THE VIRUS IS REAL, and it will spread very well, so don't give it a helping hand....PLEASE. The threat is to all of us, including YOU....

            The US/Canadian Border is closed, and will be, well into 2021.  Up here, we very much miss all of our American Friends, and care very much for their well being, and survival.  Most survive if they contact the Virus, but the after effects can be worse than the initial suffering, and long lasting...DON"T TAKE CHANCES, no mater what political masters suggest.   We are all in this together.

        Fred

    • August 3, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
    • Ken,

      I will not be attending either. I just have too many of the things that you die from if I were to catch it. I had to give up the special Friday night donors event at CRRM for RGS 20  for the same reason.  I have had three guys that are local over for an ops session about a month ago, before the resurge. but have not scheduled any more.

       

      AL P.

    • August 3, 2020 11:39 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      To support Ken's rescheduled event -

      .Ken came and stayed at the Microtel in the Waterloo / Seneca Falls area.  Meals were brought in from take out at local restaurants and simple cook outs were held on the property. 

      And the brownies were great!.................

       

    • August 3, 2020 10:48 AM EDT
    • Bruce, we all have those pains.  You need to drink more Rum.  Purely for medicinal reasons.

    • August 3, 2020 10:46 AM EDT
    •    Real men wear vests and hats!

       

                

       

       

       

    • August 3, 2020 10:45 AM EDT
    • Unfortunately I don't think we'll make it this year.   I just had an MRI and an X-Ray done and the doctor says I have severe arthritis in the lumbar region (I always thought that was wine country in France )

      Anyway, got appointments with orthopedic and neurosurgeon coming up;   I'd like to get their recommendations as soon as I can just to see if I can get rid of the almost constant pain. 

       

      Sure would like to run with y'all!

    • August 3, 2020 10:45 AM EDT
    • To support Ken's rescheduled event -

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        The Finger Lakes Live Steamers hosted a very small, unadvertised, Annual Invitational this last weekend.  After last year's 50th held on this same weekend, this was hardly more than a "good club weekend" in size.  We had a few guests and friends from other clubs.  I think social distancing was well maintained and some people felt more comfortable with masks.  That was allowed and they were treated like the bandits they looked like, but they were still welcome.  Ken came and stayed at the Microtel in the Waterloo / Seneca Falls area.  Meals were brought in from take out at local restaurants and simple cook outs were held on the property. 

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      So with that as an example, I feel that Ken's event can be pulled off with less exposure to "THE VIRUS" or aliens of an alternate life style late night at Walmart (and that is still very scary).  Anyway, those with concerns, please reconsider coming.  Those with problems of being in crowds, we can suggestfully socially isolate you and make you feel like lepers amongst your friends. 

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      Jan and I plan to attend, unless one of us feel sick or we have a case of the desire for social isolation.  We are staying at the Brandywine KOA, so we are even socially distancing, from others, while we sleep.

       

    • August 3, 2020 9:44 AM EDT
    • You gents have this cornfield meets thing all wrong. This was simply two Alpha males pushing and shoving hollering "I ain't backing up, your the one that came at the wrong time!! Now move outta my way or I'll shove ya back to kingdom come"

    • August 3, 2020 9:14 AM EDT
    • I'm comfortable with it and I'd love to come, Ken. 

      Only problem is they're keeping the dang border closed no matter what I want! 

      You know what the sociopaths who run things say: "Never let a good crisis go to waste." 

      I'd expect West Grove, PA to be a corona virus-free zone, just like my house up here in Toronto. 

      I hope everybody who arrives at your place has a great time. 

      Anyway, stay safe, all y'all! 

      Chuffin' along.

    • August 3, 2020 8:49 AM EDT
    • Due to unforeseen circumstances and for the safety of the crews, The April KOPS will held on Aug 15-16. 

      But only if your comfortable with that. 

    • May 20, 2020 8:14 PM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:
      We'll be back in 2021, we hope!

      Yes! Prepare now !!

    • May 20, 2020 8:05 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Man this just gets more fun, every day.  Like Jon, I totally understand.  However, because of the current restrictions, I was really looking forward to getting to that time of year and back to somewhat normal.  Oh well, looks like we'll have to just go with our on plans.  Absolutely unknown and unscheduled at this time.  One thing that you can always count on is that everything is always subject to change.  Everyone stay safe.

       

      Ric,

      If you are Jonsen  https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Jonsen and wanna drive down here and pick up the boxcabs you talked me into building I'm cool with that ! I will put on my mask as it the only one I have. (note the beak zipper)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • May 20, 2020 9:16 AM EDT
    • Man this just gets more fun, every day.  Like Jon, I totally understand.  However, because of the current restrictions, I was really looking forward to getting to that time of year and back to somewhat normal.  Oh well, looks like we'll have to just go with our on plans.  Absolutely unknown and unscheduled at this time.  One thing that you can always count on is that everything is always subject to change.  Everyone stay safe.

    • May 19, 2020 7:25 PM EDT
    • I completely understand Bob.  It's really unfortunate that this has effed up so many people's plans, but it's the right thing to do.

       

      This will be a very quiet summer activity wise, but probably ridiculously loud on our lake as people have nothing else to do.

    • May 19, 2020 7:07 PM EDT
    • Hey folks

       In light of the current situation with COVID, the restrictions around it, the levels of opening up that the states are doing, and numbers of cases coming out of states that have opened back up, I have decided to cancel TrainOps 2020.  There are just too many variables right now for me to feel comfortable having a bunch of people around each other for a couple of days.

       

       Sorry for any disappointment.  We'll be back in 2021, we hope!