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  1. #1516

    Lightbulb New NAS SSD Chip 2 Tera/ Timber Ridge Rt Pics/ No YTube today...Sorry

    Good Day all,

    just popped in for a minute, my new 2TB HP NAS SSD Chip is working great, I am still reloading my Programs, about 85% of the Drive is complete now....Been interesting, but it seems to me, this NAS Style SSD works much better than traditional SSD's in the fact it is made to handle Streaming, and Multiple Writes on Disk works good for Trainz........I also adjusted my Battery and CPU GPU thresholds to hold down the excessive heat from NVIDIA GPU......Got my Chilling Fan Board running too, with Summer here, the house is about 20-30 Degrees warmer, so naturally my Laptop runs warmer in Summer too.......Heat is your worst enemy for Electronics in summer Weather.....

    Been playing with Timber Ridge 2021 at night after I get done doing a Room rehab for our Church, the Contractors they hired to paint walls, didn't do a good job, no prep work, they just painted, it may have been the People that hired them didn't explain or want to pay for proper Drywall existing Rehab, I don't know, but I do know when bubbles and Joints show after painting the old walls, thinks weren't prepped, so I am going in, and re-taping several areas of Ugly Wall Board......One area there was no Paper Taping between joints, and it was uneven......

    This little project is going to take some time, but it will be worth it, when I finish.........The good thing, the Church trusted my judgement as they have are seeing the repair work I am doing already and like it........Doing this pro Bono and paying it forward as they say, gives me a good feeling to make a difference........

    No time to do You Tube, I have to run to handle some help for a aging family member relocation..........I got some good ones to Post up later......I promise......!

    So here is some quick Picks from Timber Ridge Rte 2021, I was running some train z late last night......For decompression time.......Love the Route, and still haven't explored it all yet......Check it out.......


    Doing some Spline cars with Logging work here......

    Works ok so far, we had a lot of Logging Spline Cars today.....

    Over view of Logging unloading Camp

    Pick up finished Wood Sheeting Goods here.....Head of to our Customers......

    Headed up to steep hills here soon.....Engine does real well in pulling the weighted products here.....

    Really like the Rock Work done on this Route by Sir Dan Gavel......Really makes this Route Shine, and variety of Shrub and Trees perfectly placed too......

    Look at the detail he did to Rock Face, this took hours to get it just right.......Amazing work here.........From the Author.....

    What a view you have as we watch the Train climb 5-9% grades against surreal Rock outcroppings, I love it...........


    We are hauling in about 25 log spline cars here to unload....Looks like Steam Crane is hot, charged and ready togo to work.......


    Like to know more about Timber Ridge 2021,,,,,,,

    https://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?163711-TRS-2019-Timber-ridge-std-gauge-2021-freeware

    Have a great day all.......

    Last edited by blueodessey; June 24th, 2021 at 10:33 AM.

  2. #1517

    Lightbulb Timber Ridge Line 2021/YTube Pics

    Good Monday Day all,

    It has been a very, very Busy Week, We got our Family Member moved to Assisted living and all their things moved out of the place they had been living in for over a decade, maybe two. They have a really bad problem with Diabetes, and since there are in the late Golden years, they wont be returning home.....Sad to see someone who could have been more proactive about their Sugar levels, now they are regimented to Dialysis 3 times a week......

    Been busy doing a doing rehab project for our Church Group, amazing what a putting some new Cabinets and Fresh Paint can do for an area. Sad thing is they hired some contractors whose work was marginal, and we having to redo some areas that were not completed satisfactory. But in the end it will be a job well done when corrective procedures are implemented.

    As for my Computer, almost all of the programs are reinstalled, just a few left to complete, and will be ship shape, then I need to make fresh disk images.

    Now over to Trainz:
    Happy to say, I have no faulty Assets, I kept a word to myself, that when I get something out of whack, either I fix it, or delete it within the day.

    In the meantime, I'm having a ball playing with Timber Ridge 2021 Route, it has tons of places to play in, have only play in 1/4 of the Route. I highly recommend Sir Dan Gavels upgraded Timber Ridge 2021.....It has lots to offer......



    Full load of Tankers headed to North Engine Fuel Facility Tanks.


    A very Strong Steam Locomotive having no problem pulling loaded Tanks thru town.


    Today's Trip will take us thru a number of Old West Towns as we head to our Destination.




    We are headed out to the Country side.....Beautiful area.


    It looks like a Wye here, actually Sir Dan Gavel as made a perfection of Route Merging into the main lines here......Well done and no speed restrictions either......A little hard to see, on middle Right side here are pristine Waterways......


    Just finished going thru another Countryside.


    Time to head up the hills now, 7% grades in some spots. We may need a Helper Loco?


    My Engineer is handling this Locomotive with great care and expertise.


    Nice Shot of Lake and River area.

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    Blues YouTube Picks of the week.
    BNSF freight train Castle Rock with old ATSF gondolas.

    https://youtu.be/uhY8_YIEAq0

    Rail traffic seems to be finally increasing. Caught this train with some ancient Santa Fe, gondolas towards the rear of the train. Most rail cars have a 50 year lifespan before they are condemned or in need of major overhauls. Those two old cars might be heading for the steel mill in Pueblo where they scrap rail cars.
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    Comments: For DDA40X lovers, and iconic Steam enthusiasts too....Massive Horsepower here,,,,,

    Union Pacific #844 and DDA40X #6936 Denver, Colorado 2013

    https://youtu.be/SDjEferhARw


    Here is some older video of the Union Pacific #844, and the DDA40X #6936 as it travels up the wye in Denver, Colorado in 2013.
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    Santa Fe, 2-10-4, Madame Queen, #5000 steam locomotive on display Amarillo, Texas

    https://youtu.be/rw9dpJ81yCk

    The stunning "Madame Queen", 2-10-4, #5000, steam locomotive formally operated by the Santa Fe railroad. Now on display at Amarillo, Texas. This locomotive is a absolute beast! Built in 1930 by the Balwin Locomotive Works. It runs a very high boiler pressure of 300 PSI. Locomotive and tender weighs 331 tons. Locomotive produces a impressive 93.000 pounds of tractive effort.

    Retired in the mid 50's with a astounding 1,750,000 miles. This locomotive must have been very reliable, and well liked to have been retired with that kind of mileage. Several attempts have been made with plans to restore and run this locomotive, however no progress has been made so far. A few years ago the city offered this locomotive for sale. More information can be found here https://www.amarillorailmuseum.com/ma...
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    Comment: Always use the right tool(s) for the Right Job, case in point here, yes it is expensive, but also is keeping a mainline closed for more than 2 days, as they say, time is money..

    This Crew knows exactly how to do the Job at hand.....

    TRRS 547: Railroad Rail Replacement

    https://youtu.be/MNpUD6iLWNY

    Premiere: Sun Sep 20 at 9:00p ET - Running Time: 26:18
    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - 23 Jul 2020

    Just like any other kind of infrastructure, railroad track is ultimately an expendable resource, requiring periodic reconstruction or rehabilitation to remain in top operational form.

    While the large steel rails of today’s railroads are hardy and can last for decades, over time they are surface worn by passing trains, and are subjected to stress and strain which precipitates in the formation of metal fatigue and internal cracking. While rail grinding does extend the life of the rail, eventually it becomes more cost effective to swap it out for new steel.

    Special thanks to this crew for graciously allowing me to film their work and be good sports about it. It isn’t always easy working in front of an unknown camera lens, but I think this process is so neat and worth sharing with others. I hope that after watching this video you have also come to appreciate the process and honest work these guys do to keep trains rolling.

    CSX Curve Rail Gang at Seymour
    Consist:
    - CSX LRC 200803 Sperling Railway Services Large Rail Saw
    - CSX SP 200703 Nordco Single-Side Spike Puller
    - CSX SP 200714 Nordco Single-Side Spike Puller
    - CSX EX 201005 RCE Equipment Solutions/John Deere 225D Railavator
    - CSX SC 200803 Sperling Railway Services Rail Scrap Retriever
    - CSX TPM 200702 Sperling Railway Services Tie Plugging Machine
    - CSX CA 201902 Knox Kershaw KKA Kribber Adzer
    - CSX EX 201106 RCE Equipment Solutions/John Deere 225D Railavator
    - CSX PC 200713 Rail Saw Cart
    - Progress Rail Chemetron CMW33 In-Track Rail Welding Truck
    - CSX SD 20172L Nordco Production Spike Driver
    - CSX RH 200401 Teleweld Rail Heater
    - CSX RHC 201001 Teleweld Rail Heater Cart
    - CSX AA 200602 Nordco Anchor Applicator
    - CSX AA 200202 Nordco Anchor Applicator
    - CSX SD 20171L Nordco Production Spike Driver
    - CSX SD 20173L Nordco Production Spike Driver
    - CSX RAC 201903 Nordco Rail Anchor Cart
    Location/Time:
    - CSX Grand Rapids Terminal Sub, Grand Rapids, MI, Kalamazoo Ave xing/Seymour, on 23Jul2020 from 09:16 to 13:58 EDT
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    NS Office Car Special Train led by Penn Central Heritage Unit #1073

    https://youtu.be/9xZ1wxtHNrw

    The Norfolk Southern OCS Office Car Special Train led by Penn Central Heritage Unit #1073

    - Amtrak Timetable (Updated May 2017): https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/122/248/...
    - Amtrak Unit/Locomotive Roster:
    http://trn.trains.com/railroads/roste...
    - BNSF Train Symbols:
    http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php...
    - CSX Train Symbols:
    http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php...
    - CSX Unit/Locomotive Roster:
    https://www.thedieselshop.us/CSX.HTML
    - Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php...
    - Norfolk Southern Unit/Locomotive Roster
    http://www.nsdash9.com/roster.html
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    That'll do for today enjoy the week ahead then......

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    Thanks for all the videos and your work with the routes that surely help more than one.

    About the Naranco de Bulnes I will tell you that I knew that region many years ago when you could go up by car to the small village of Bulnes; I think now you can only go up in a funicular.

    Hugs my friend

    Javier

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    Quote Originally Posted by fant_autentico View Post
    Thanks for all the videos and your work with the routes that surely help more than one.

    About the Naranco de Bulnes I will tell you that I knew that region many years ago when you could go up by car to the small village of Bulnes; I think now you can only go up in a funicular.

    Hugs my friend

    Javier

    Good Morning and Hugs to you my Friend,

    Great to hear from you today.......Very happy your enjoying the Videos, I have learned so much more about Railroads,,,,Amazing all the Technology and what goes on behind the scenes between me Train Watching.......

    About "Naranco de Bulnes" I have to read more about that one, I am just off to our Church to work on more on Rehab Project, it is going to be a busy week....So I am trying to get an early start before the Heat comes this morning, Summer is here now.......

    Take care and be safe over there..........Hasta Mañana then......

  5. #1520

    Lightbulb Heat Waves US&Canada/YTube Picks/ UMR 2020 Photos

    Good Tuesday Morning,

    Hard to believe July has arrived, and Summer is fully onboard. Fortunately we haven't hit 100 yet, 85-90's for now, unfortunately Northern California all the way to Canada had some some crazy hot days. Record Breaking, some crazy Weather going on.........Meanwhile we had some friends from the Mid West and they have been getting frequent Rain Storms, one day, they got 4" of Rain, I asked them to send us some for the Whole West Coast and parts of Canada........

    https://www.google.com/search?client...king+heat+wave

    On to Computer, finally got all my Programs lined up and installed now, Win ZIP and Quicken were late to the Game, but they finally made it.....And the final component I needed, which I had overlooked somehow, was all my unused Screenshots in Trainz Routes, only downside I have to go thru it, since goes back 3 years, so I have posted 1/3 of 1500 Pictures. I pretty much know what ones I posted, hopefully won't take to long to sort it out.

    Really enjoying my NAS SSD M2 Chip, it works much better when you have large amounts of Deletions or File Movements.

    My only other situation, I need to do a backup image disk of Drive for preservation and setup my One Drive and Carbonite programs. I think I only want my Pictures backed up on One Drive, and everything else on Carbonite. I might change Carbonite to something like I-Drive depending on how efficient they are.....Have to say Carbonite did give me all the Files to for 100% backup, took about 1.5 days to download it all. But in all consideration, it worked. And I can't really Fault that when you consider how things could have turned out.....

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    Blue's YouTube Pics of the week:

    Comments: This Train was Booking.........!
    CP train at Alliston with ten engines military unit 7023

    https://youtu.be/ry4COP5GTNI

    CP 103/101/113/119 also carrying all the real cars I felt like I was going to freeze to death for a second LOL
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    BIG Derailment Near Front Royal Virginia - I-66 Norfolk Southern Freight Train 12R Linden VA

    https://youtu.be/vTLeJWG9hAg

    Big Derailment Near Front Royal Virginia - I-66 Norfolk Southern Freight Train Norfolk Southern 12R Train Wreck
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    Comments:Seems to me, I have seen this in some Trainz Route's.

    Weebling and wobbling through the grass on the Mississippi Delta railroad

    https://youtu.be/wfdpGpUww30

    Jessica Philpot: So this is my fathers short line. I have worked as the engineer you can see the rails in the cab. This was shot crazy. Secondly it is a constant fight and maintenance issue to keep up the track due to heat and humidity. If you have been to the delta it is awful. We would repair a bit of track and return to that same area the next week to repair a heat kink. Not to mention all the area this track runs on is marsh like. Constant water and changes to the ground. You should pay the delta a visit someday!
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    Comments: Pay close attention after Time Point 1:45 Blink and you'll miss it.
    Once in a lifetime train catch Kamloops, British Columbia 2006

    https://youtu.be/we5B26Yw3cg

    I thought I would upload this video while I was looking through my old tapes. In my 30 plus years of filming trains this one was a first. Right when the last car passed me another train came at that exact moment. Not sure what the odds are for this one, but pretty sure it will never happen again, at least at these speeds.
    Filmed in 2006.
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    The debut of Rio Grande Southern, 4-6-0, #20! Freight and passenger runs.

    https://youtu.be/YzR90P1h9OE

    This is the first official revenue train, for the recently restored, Rio Grande Southern, #20. The locomotive is a coal burning, three foot gauge, 4-6-0 type locomotive built by Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1899 for the Florence and Cripple Creek. It was last run in 1951. This is one of Americas longest and most costly steam locomotive restorations taking over 14 years and costing over $1.5 million dollars. The locomotive is now home at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado where it will be steamed up on special occasions, and run on about 1/3 of a mile of circle track.

    The locomotive looked like it just came out of the factory this day. The locomotive performed very well with no issues to be seen or heard. Passenger trains were pulled first followed by some freight runs. Despite the steep 4% grade near the station, I did not see the locomotive slip wheels which is a real rarity for that location. For more information including photos click link here http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/staff/arch...
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    Comments: If I don't forget will see some

    "Return of the Rock: One Full Hour of Rock Island Rail Action" it's a great story of Fallen Flag, Rock Island!
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    Pictures this week come from UMR 2020 Route........


    Running some Freight Tests for Signal Aspect Checks Etc.

    Made my day to get a Lunar Aspect display,,,,,

    http://cs.trains.com/trn/f/111/t/62494.aspx

    The aspect of a Lunar signal is a bluish white light...Indication is proceed at restricted speed.
    GCOR rule 9.1.11 Most of the time you find a Lunar at yard entrance or sidings, it is used to control access to a yard from a main line, and vice versa.




    Solo Light Engine running down the line......No Derailments so far.....




    Night Run on the UMR


    Little Action on the Beer Run portion of New England Route.......

    That'll do for now, Busy week ahead, and it's already going to be Tuesday........Thank you for dropping by....

  6. #1521

    Lightbulb Grafton & Upton R.R. / YTube Pics/ New England Route

    Good Sunday to all,

    Been very busy with more Spring Cleaning and Sprinkler Timer Replacement.......

    I've been watching some You Tube Videos this past week, and came across a little RR I had not heard of before.

    The Grafton and Uptown RR........Search Google for "Grafton & Upton Railroad


    Grafton & Upton Railroad
    http://graftonuptonrr.com
    The Grafton and Upton Railroad serves the I-495 Transportation corridor in Massachusetts, providing access to all of New England. With a strong focus on safety ...
    ‎About · ‎Contact · ‎Services

    Grafton and Upton Railroad - Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Grafton_and_Upton_R...
    The Grafton and Upton Railroad (reporting mark GU) is a Class III short line railroad in east-central Massachusetts. This 16.5 mile line runs from Grafton to ...
    Old gauge: originally 3 ft (914 mm) gauge
    Opened: 1873
    Owner: Jon Delli Priscoli
    Closed: still operating
    ‎History · ‎2000s renovation · ‎MBTA Proposals

    Grafton & Upton Railroad Company: Map, Images, Roster
    https://www.american-rails.com › Short Lines
    The earliest predecessor to the Grafton & Upton Railroad (reporting marks, GU) dates to the 1870s as a small line which served Grafton. The company was ...

    Grafton and Upton Railroad trains to run through Milford ...
    https://www.milforddailynews.com › news › 2021/01/27
    Jan 27, 2021 — The railroad company will take over the former CSX line through town, with trains moving through about twice a week.

    Friends of the Grafton & Upton Railroad - Home | Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com › category › Organization
    Friends of the Grafton & Upton Railroad, Grafton, Massachusetts. 975 likes. For those who are supporters of the revival of the Grafton & Upton Railroad.
    Videos
    Preview
    18:56
    Freight returns to Milford, Grafton & Upton Railroad - 3/10/2021
    YouTube · South Coast Rail Videos
    Mar 11, 2021
    Preview
    2:23
    Grafton-Upton Railroad Horns - August 1st, 2019
    YouTube · Worcester News Tonight
    Aug 1, 2019
    Preview
    2:12
    Revival of the Grafton and Upton Railroad
    YouTube · HopNews
    Apr 7, 2010

    So Check it out,, I like the Livery Colors too....

    Blues You Tube Picks:

    21Q Wreaks Havoc in Station Square - NS 21Q Derailment Cleanup

    https://youtu.be/RSfN-CHtAlY

    Now I know why it takes so long to clean up a train wreck. The crane picked up the first box on that train car twice , and then picked up the second. Box on that train car twice. Watch the video and see for yourself
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    Walt Disney World Monorail Project - January 2018 Update - EPCOT Monorail Cab View

    https://youtu.be/MlGvfOYzago

    For Future and Existing Monorail Project updates, subscribe to “Monorail Central”
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    Comments: Been watching this RR raise from the Ashes, and it looks pretty good.......And Customers are first in line when it comes to Customer Service.

    Return of the Rock: One Full Hour of Rock Island Rail Action

    https://youtu.be/eqBudnbLugA

    Really Glad to See that they have Three Engine's and a Caboose Painted in The Blue and White Rock Scheme Can't Wait until They start making some Good Money for the Repairs needed on the Rails l would Hate for a Derailment and Cost lots of Money for Repairs l really want this Railroad to make it BIG!!!
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    Comments: Can you tell if this one is on the Ground or on some in-bedded Rails......up believable.....

    Weebling and wobbling through the grass on the Mississippi Delta railroad

    https://youtu.be/wfdpGpUww30

    1:34 is like some kind of strange African safari documentary video or something.

    "Out of the deep vegetation and onto the broad savanna lumbers a large freight train....."
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    The debut of Rio Grande Southern, 4-6-0, #20! Freight and passenger runs.

    https://youtu.be/YzR90P1h9OE
    This is the first official revenue train, for the recently restored, Rio Grande Southern, #20. The locomotive is a coal burning, three foot gauge, 4-6-0 type locomotive built by Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1899 for the Florence and Cripple Creek. It was last run in 1951. This is one of Americas longest and most costly steam locomotive restorations taking over 14 years and costing over $1.5 million dollars. The locomotive is now home at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado where it will be steamed up on special occasions, and run on about 1/3 of a mile of circle track.

    The locomotive looked like it just came out of the factory this day. The locomotive performed very well with no issues to be seen or heard. Passenger trains were pulled first followed by some freight runs. Despite the steep 4% grade near the station, I did not see the locomotive slip wheels which is a real rarity for that location. For more information including photos click link here http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/staff/arch...
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    Comments: You can't believe how bad these tracks r.....It's criminal.....
    World's Worst Railroad Track (2020)

    https://youtu.be/tzNc57PYTeE

    This is not a railroad track. This is a low level roller coaster.
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    Comments: Brother RR helping out Amtrak Brother, this is how it should be....I like it.....
    CSX Helps Amtrak PO90

    https://youtu.be/b8cjPi4HqHg

    After a Failed attempt to get brakes to release, CSX brings a Rescue Locomotive for Amtrak P090
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    Comments: This is a Sad one, about Closed RR Lines, it happens all around the World.

    https://youtu.be/oMKvcYAKrRQ

    Video of the lines that are abandoned by Canadian Pacific in Southern Ontario. As with CN there are still several others that we did not include in this video. We wish we were alive to see these lines still in operation.
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    Tonight's Pictures are New England had been doing some changes on this one, added more Tiles and some Mountains off to the Right Side.........On other side of these Mtn's is Beer Run Module I added.





    Addding a small Chemical Plant over to the Right

    Took a while to get this Tracks angled right for delivery of Tank Cars.......

    Nope we didn't have a major Highway accident, I just threw on all the Assets I thought I would use for this modification I made for Rail Access here.....

    Large Rake of Tanker cars headed to the new Chem Factory Facility on Left here, need to see if my access Tracks and the Switching Tree I made will work out OK?

    Checking mtn Scenary and heights and Density here as I change some the vegetation around......

    New Route on the Right here goes into the Mtns for Beer Line Factories on the other side of these Hills......


    I think this was Alaska Route, I don't remember, it was too dark here.......


    This was an Old Favorite of mine, 2015 Mojave Sub, Mobile Version, I added some more Tiles, because you could see some of Cutoffs when you approached the side of the Mtn's here.......Just a Peeve of mine, I try not to allow for Cutoffs into dead space when your driving by on the Mainline.......

    That'll do for tonight, you all have a good week ahead.......

    Thanks for dropping by.....

  7. #1522

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    A Blessed Sunday to all,

    Sorry I haven't written in a bit on this Thread, I have been working on Building Rehab Project in our Church with some other Folks. We have a meeting area that was first remodeled over 40 years ago, and then several minor changes, new Coat of Paint, new Cabinets etc.......

    So everything was so dated and Old,

    We decided to completely scrap all the old cabinets and other a sundry items.....Extremely old Lighting and Windows.......And once that was accomplished. New Decor and Paint.. After something like 3 Months of working a few days a week. We are almost completed. Amazing how just cleaning out, lots of old and defunct items, the difference it can make.....

    Like any Project, it has not been without Fr ought of some issues, Etc. Now it seems to be resolved and hopefully this Rehab will complete itself within another week or so........

    I have to say, when you get older, you feel really find out that Age does matter, I didn't realize how much old Joints and Arthritis can act up.....But I powered thru it, even lost 5lbs pounds, which is a good thing for me......The best thing, got to see how a good group of People can come together and make it happen no matter what the Obstacles lay ahead, and we surely had some......

    In the mean time, I decided I wanted get a very small Tablet Computer to travel with. The first thing I thought about was how it would work with Trainz and Steam Accounts.......IPad, Tablet, Microsoft Surface, Lenovo, ASUS, all came into thought. Another thing considered here, I wanted a small Computer to serve as a backup, if, when I suffer a catastrophic HD or System Failure? Never like to think that way, but after losing and SSD drive, it was definitely a wake up call. Fortunately it worked out, with Backups from External Drives and Cloud Backups.......(I still need to describe what caused the SSD Failure, and I will separately)

    In addition, I looked over Operating System as number one importance with Trainz, I have seen issues here from other members, with Apple Computers, and decided first and foremost, Apple is not going to be considered as Viable, I am well aware that Apple is terrific for Graphics and Art Work, it really is. But for me, that is not paramount, I need reliability and performance, compatibility. And since I do not build Assets, it nulls out Apple straight out...Not to say I don't like I Pad's, Mr's Blue loves hers....I borrow very occasionally to just fool around with a game.......Other than that I don't....

    Next thing, I wanted a 10-12" Mini Laptop, when all was said and done, I ended up selecting a Lenovo

    "Flagship 2021 Lenovo IdeaPad S540 Business Laptop 13.3" QHD WVA Display 10th Gen Intel 4-Core i5-10210U (Beats i7-8665U) 16GB RAM 1TB SSD Backlit KB Wifi6 USB-C Dolby Win10 + iCarp USB-C Adapter"

    This Computer had what I was looking for, 16 Megs of Ram, 1 Terabyte HD, and no Celeron Processor, they are too slow for me, I tried one before, and Celeron is great if speed is not a priority. It does not have NVIDIA, and it is better not too, in this Case heat, and Battery life........For the size, 13.3" it is terrific and light weight, I also use Kindle for my E Books, that was another thing that was very important in the selection of this model.......

    I am still loading programs, have to say, this little guy is no slouch, he moves like a Tiger.......I am really impressed with Lenovo, looking at "10th Gen Intel 4-Core i5-10210U" it is perfect, I didn't want an i3 CPU and I couldn't go with a 7or 9 it would be too much for this size laptop, Battery play would come into the equation.....Probably looked at 30 different Laptop makes and Configurations, this one was the best for me......So far I am not in any way disappointed with Performance.......

    Graphics is lower end, but display is terrific, so I am installed a Copy of TANE, as I don't think TRS19 will run very well at all on this little, it is asking too much......And it would cause over heating due to Graphic demands......That is what my ASUS ROG is used for with NVIDIA 1050 GTI 4 Megs of VRAM, you have to be realistic here when traveling.......I think the weight of my IdeaPad is 3Lbs for this little guy....Perfect....My ASUS is probably 5-6 Lbs or more.


    Another thing I decided on, I'm using Windows Home on the Lenovo, and not going to upgrade PRO, I don't need that overhead with Sub Laptop.........Just need a few things in Programs.....This is going to work out great, and I believe the Battery depending on use, can last up to 18hrs, there is a Laptop Docking Station that I can buy for this model, a little pricey, but do intend to get it, for the house when I use it here etc.....I encourage you to check out the Specs on this one.......I think I made a good decision....

    Looks like we might get some Thunder Showers today,

    I really we hope we get some Moisture, if you have seen the News, 11 Western States our in Mega Drought, it is really bad, who would have thought? I am praying for some Rain, and we should Pray for Florida and their Floods........Boy could we use some of that Rain Water out here in the West......

    OK, I need to get outside, forgot to mention, we are going thru our Garage, doing a Clean out.....We had a Rodent issue, and it finally resolved itself, little fellers got into our Cleaning Supplies, and it did them in. But I can't tell you the damage from them eating our Plastic Cases and other things, I would say 500-1000$ of Rodent Damage, had to throw out a lot of things, and Mr's Blue is very, very unhappy and sad, some of the things were keepsakes, irreplaceable.....But this is life, it happens......

    Thank you for coming by, I will Post some Pics and Video Picks later in week.......

    Peace and good health with this Darn Virus Variant.....I/we pray for all us in this difficult time.....

  8. #1523
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    Hi Blue! Sounds like you did your research and got a laptop you will be very happy with. I am wondering if you have considered a laptop cooling pad? The way the fans kick in whenever I am running Trainz on my desktop, it makes me think it generates a fair bit of heat, and I know I used to hear the fan on my old laptop too, before it died. Wishing you lots of fun with it in your travels, I always like it when you post where you have been and what you have seen. Hope you get those thunder showers without too much lightning. The smoke from the fires is really settling down here into the Boise, Idaho area today, and I think we are in for a rough fire season. Take care, stay cool, and I look forward to your future posts!
    “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” - R.L.S.

  9. #1524

    Lightbulb Chill Cooling Pads are a Priority with newer hot GPU's we use these days....!

    Quote Originally Posted by Forester1 View Post
    Hi Blue! Sounds like you did your research and got a laptop you will be very happy with. I am wondering if you have considered a laptop cooling pad? The way the fans kick in whenever I am running Trainz on my desktop, it makes me think it generates a fair bit of heat, and I know I used to hear the fan on my old laptop too, before it died. Wishing you lots of fun with it in your travels, I always like it when you post where you have been and what you have seen. Hope you get those thunder showers without too much lightning. The smoke from the fires is really settling down here into the Boise, Idaho area today, and I think we are in for a rough fire season. Take care, stay cool, and I look forward to your future posts!
    Hi Forester 1,
    Absolutely believe in Cooling/Chiller Pads, in the old days, our Laptops did not have the ability to run GPU intensive games as we do now.....You simply did have dedicated GPU's or the amount of V Ram they come with now.....And of course with more Memory smaller Chips, especially with SSD's they generate a lot of heat when working with Programs such as Trainz that heats everything up, I see this both in Surveyor and Driver Modes.

    I'm going thru some older Laptops and Desktops that are obsolete for some of our Adult Family members, and fixing them up for younger Grand Kids in family to use them as Remotes for Zoom to School Sessions, they'll have a second life........

    I almost found out the hard way on my ROG Strix 17" Laptop, last summer one night, my case got almost smoking hot from heat off GPU & SSD Drives. I never thought I would have this kind of heat issue. But it was in the middle of Summer, outside was 105-110, inside our House was close to 90 Degrees during the day, we had that dumb High Pressure stalled over the 4 States, Ca, Nev Utah and AZ corner, for about 2 weeks, plus our Forest Fires out here too. And no onshore winds.

    Shut off Laptop, had to lower my Trainz Settings, and Change my CPU and GPU down a few notches, until I could find a good Cooling PAD.......Ordered one on Amazon and got a COOL-COLD one, never looked back, fans are large and very quiet too....Works like a Charm...However I also needed to clean out all the Dust Bunnies inside my Laptop after 2 years of use.....

    I need to go back and take back cover, all of it, and expose the Cooling Vents, I think I didn't get all the Dust buildup out of them, you can't get all of it out by just blowing compressed air thru Ventilation Slots on Laptop, it requires a bit of tear down, undoing the fan Cords and removing the MOBO Fans too.....

    https://www.google.com/search?client...C9PwPkICKkAQ59

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkBWd0-Uw4k

    Cool-cold K38 Laptop Air Cooling Fan Computer Support Stand Six-Fans Cooler Adjustable Wind Speed Low Noise


    Take care in your area, I am amazed at the Hi Temps from Northern Ca, thru to Canada a week or 2 ago,,,,that's insanity.......

    Thanks for dropping buy too.........And your kind comments.........

  10. #1525

    Smile Some UP Local Consist with added Paint Work....Hope you like....

    Good day all,

    Was out yesterday morning getting Paint supplies for our Room Rehab Project and ran across this UP Industry Crest Yard UP Local waiting on the main for clear signal.....I thought this was one of the most painted ones, especially Boxcar I had ever seen.......

    https://www.google.com/search?client...t+Rail+Yard+Ca

    I have a Video, if I can figure out how to post it, I will.....

    Got to run, me and Mrs BLue have a little Field Trip today, first time in over a year......

    Stay safe and pray for Rain, it has been hotter than a Hen in Chicken Coop around here...Mercy me..........









    Last edited by blueodessey; July 21st, 2021 at 09:45 AM. Reason: Add UP Industry Crest Link

  11. #1526

    Default Garage Cleanout/YTube Picks/ New England and Beer Run

    Good Monday Evening all,

    Another week has passed so quick for me, been cleaning out our Garage after years of putting things in the Garage, and getting to a point, hard to find. And busting at the seams after close to 40 years. Who would thing you can gather up so many things, and then look back OMG.....

    A positive here, I keep some Plywood/2x4, 2x2, Particle Board, MDF, and 1/2 a sheet of Drywall for repairs, but never had place to keep it neatly tucked away. So I took some Scrap, with purchase of 2x6x8'and made myself a nice storage Case to hold all the odd pieces of Plywood, 2 bye's etc.......What use to take up almost 1.5 Feet wide now occupy only 6"s of width, and they are secured by 3 stringers of strong upright 2x2's.....

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...p+wood+storage
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    For those who dislike replacing their Laptops, here is something new that might be of interest for you to check out...

    Hands On With the Framework Laptop: The Most Upgradable Ultraportable Ever

    This unique laptop from a new San Francisco-based maker lets you swap out the ports, all of the key internal components, and even the motherboard!

    Read more about the Framework right here!
    https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/framewo...
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    Blues You Tube Picks of the week:

    [4K] Canton Railroad's Brand New Switcher Slipping in the Heavy Rain!

    https://youtu.be/WT8BMtZh_Fg
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    Comments:Crazy thinks folks do with Trains coming......

    Top 10 Dangerous Train Crash & Crazy Car Crossing Railroad! Train Snow Plow! Heavy Equipment Fails Compilation 2021
    channel that show all Machinery Works:

    - The Heavy Equipment Operator Excavator in Deep Mud, Heavy Recovery and Fails

    - Climbing High The Top Down Cutting Down Giant Trees

    - Agriculture Equipment and Machines

    - Cutting Down Trees with Long Chainsaw, Sawmill

    - Excavators, Bulldozers, Backhoe Loaders, Skid-Steer Loaders, Motor Graders, Crawler Loaders, Trenchers, Scrapers, Common Dump
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    Weird & Unusual Railroad Action! Derailments, Train Wrecks,Crossing Malfunctions Etc!

    https://youtu.be/-5Ymxz4Gp7Y

    Derailments, railroad accidents, street running trams trains, dangerous railway places, trespassing on railroad property, railway car implosion, steam train race, fire trucks wait for train, malfunctioning railway crossing signals etc. I am not anti police. There are bad employees in all lines of work. I worked in public service for over 2 decades working with county government enforcing state and local rules and regulations so I am familiar with law enforcement. The clip with the Kenton County Police Department in Kentucky was a hard decision for me to post. KCPD has 2 officers who I had to file written complaints on: Trevor Rohe and Gary Helton. Also, here is the rest of the story on the girl who overdosed next to me when I was trying to film a train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QRa... The girl was revived with Narcan and lived.
    The imploded railway car / carriage was just west of Cincinnati near Delhi. It was not an exploded railroad car, it was an imploded railroad car! I have lots of videos of inoperable railroad railway crossing gates at level at grade railway crossings so click the link below. Female railroad employees are rare. Railroad maintenance is one area I have not seen a woman in yet. Female engineer and female conductor, yes, but rare
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    World's Worst Railroad Track & the Story of the ND&W Railroad

    https://youtu.be/O0EgQBOiB24

    On August 22nd, 2016 we found ourselves along the former Wabash 5th District between Napoleon and Defiance, Ohio. Today, this line is operated by Pioneer Rail’s Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad Company. Purchased on December 28, 2012 from Spencer Wendelin’s Maumee & Western Railroad - this 51-mile long short-line began operations in January of 2013, serving industries and elevators between Woodburn, Indiana and Liberty Center, Ohio.
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    Comment if a set of Rails is abandoned, then you could do this.....?
    DIY Rail Speeder on Abandoned Urban Railroad

    https://youtu.be/kMexHlDdE10

    I brought my electric railway kart out to an abandoned railroad in the city. It's still not very fast, but now that I've installed a chain guard I can smash through a lot more brush and weeds! We checked out some forgotten industrial rail sidings, old overpasses and trestles, and saw some severe track damage that keeps this track from being used.
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    Comments: for our Steam enthusiast, I think is nice day outing with your favorite Steam Engine......This Dog can hunt!
    AT THE THROTTLE!! Operating N&W #611 in the ENGINEERS SEAT at Strasburg Railroad!

    https://youtu.be/0zvzPnGxPo0

    When Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, PA announced the return of the Norfolk and Western #611 I was thrilled! I finally pulled the trigger and purchased the engineers seat in-cab opportunity and had an incredible experience of a lifetime! Come ride along with me in the Norfolk and Western 611 and enjoy!
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    ALASKA RAILROAD, The Denali Star from Anchorage to Fairbanks : MY BEST RAIL EXPERIENCE SO FAR

    https://youtu.be/Q_Z2pxi5jjk

    Howdy folks,
    Welcome to this trip report bound to Fairbanks, in the heart of Alaska for a special trip report inside the pure Alaskan wilderness. Enjoy and don't hesitate to comment
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    Comments: Forrest can hold lots of Secrets, this one is very intriguing.....Hope you enjoy it......
    Massive Railroad 1,500' Trestle Deep In The Forest Of Maine 90 Yrs Abandoned

    https://youtu.be/GnYnDREi-Z4

    This Was Very Time Consuming Hike But Enjoyable As A Rail Fan, Today In This Video We Walked About 4 Miles Of The Railway, The Railway Runs About 6 Miles Total With The Remaining 2 Miles On The Other Side But You Won't See Anything More, The Other Side Had A Few Washouts But Is The Same As What You See Here And Requires A Few Mile Hike To Reach As Roads Do Not Run Close To It. The Stone Supports You Saw In The Water Were Because It Is Too Deep For Pillars As They Would Have To Be To Long. Online It Will Say 13 Miles Long, That Is Total Including Removed Sections That Do Not Exist.
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    Comments: Out in Arizona just never know what you might find.......
    The Tucson, Cornelia & Gila Bend Railroad--Abandoned Since 1985

    https://youtu.be/9_pKngsR290

    The 42-mile TC&GB, which ran between Gila Bend & Ajo, AZ, operated between 1916 and 1985, first hauling ore, then copper anodes for several producers, most notably Phelps Dodge Corporation. The TC&GB was the last in the U.S. to operate mixed trains (freight & passengers) in common carrier service. The railroad was also pressed into service briefly in 1998 to remove the smelter from Ajo. The TC&GB never did reach Tucson.
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    Tonight's Pics will be New England Routes, some Beer Run part and Night Run

    Overhead view of Tracks laid out for the Beer Run Part of the this Route. Along with some Potential Back Drops I have staged for later placement.

    Lots of area for Industrial Building placement here......And maybe some City Buildings......

    Night runs with Beer Boxcar Loads for our waiting Shipper Plants.....

    My favorite Trio for doing some Shunting around the bewitching hours of Midnight to 5AM

    Just need to watch your speed out here in the Dark.


    Yup it is a chilly night out here tonight.......Thermos of hot Coffee to get us thru the winter Chill.....


    Ah here we go with nice Cold Beer being delivered on-time as promised. They have Games Playing this weekend and the Fans want a Frosty one to enjoy their game.......

    We have quits of few Distributor sites to Shunt tonight, we have Engineer and 2 Brakeman running this gig....And they know their jobs well......

    Well this it for our first Drop-off, quite a few to do after this one......

    That'll do it for tonight. Thank you for dropping by....

  12. #1527

    Lightbulb YTube Pics/ American Mtn's/Alma Routr Pics....

    Good Evening all,

    It has been one of the busiest months I have had in a long. long time all good of course, except, I had to take some time away from my beloved Trainz........

    Had some Birthdays to celebrate, spend a week with our Grand Kids while the Parents take a much needed 5 day respite. And I was finally able to finish our Church rehab, painting, replacing, new Flooring and Lighting upgrades. We are happy to finally get all the Construction phases finished now, after some issues and delays, all normal for Construction and with Covid Safety Parameters in place.

    As well have been working on getting my New Idea Pad Computer setup and working with programs including Trainz, which I found out, TANE works OK, but Trainz Platinum works much quicker even with my i5 CPU vs my i7 on 17" ASUS.
    2021 Flagship Lenovo IdeaPad S540 Business Laptop: 13.3" QHD IPS Display, 10th Gen Intel 4-Core i5-10210U,16GB RAM, 1000GB SSD, Windows 10

    Having a 12.5" for traveling vs 17" makes quite a difference in Weight savings.

    Lets go to my You Tube picks of the week:
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    Christmas Trains In Cincinnati Union Terminal, Lionel Trains & Vintage Model Trains! Toy Trains Yay!

    https://youtu.be/MirYdN3fApo

    Christmas trains layout of Cincinnati. Huge model train layout of the city with steam trains, passenger trains, trolleys and Thomas And Friends. Includes Lionel trains room and Lego Trains. Some of these toy trains are close to a hundred years old. The first 5 minutes show what Cincinnati looked like in the 1940s. You can see the street cars, the inclined railroads, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati Union Terminal etc. Then we see the huge train layout in the basement along with vintage toy trains and Lego Trains. Thomas The Tank Engine and Percy make an appearance along with aerial trams and numerous trestles. These trains were filmed at Cincinnati Union Terminal in the history museum. I wanted to film from Tower A but I found out that it is not open and will not be open for the rest of the year at a minimum. Tower A is the room on top of Cincinnati Union Terminal with a great view of the CSX and Norfolk Southern freight yards. The outro of this video shows a view of Tower A that I filmed from behind the station. Filmed December 12, 2020.
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    Comments:Always use the right tool for the right job, in this instance, a Strong Crane.
    Hoisting Switch Track Segments from Train

    https://youtu.be/4oMEYKCRlAA

    Unloading Prefabricated Railroad Switch Track from Special Rail Car with Giant Crane
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    Comments: This was a merger that almost went thru, they even had the Paint Schemes set.

    The Failure of the SPSF Rail Merger

    In the mid-1980s, two major railroads attempted a corporate merger... and it failed miserably. This documentary tells the full story of the Southern Pacific & Santa Fe (SPSF) rail merger, exploring how it came about and why it failed.
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    Comments: As you know, there are some huge Consists being setup, 3 Miles long? With eleven or more Locos setup front, middle, rear.

    How Distributed Power Works

    https://youtu.be/jDcjIWIvbmk

    Here are some basics on Distributed Power. What it is and how it helps railroads move much longer trains.
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    Comments: Why don't we throw some water on this Fire Storm?

    https://youtu.be/jDcjIWIvbmk

    The train is on fire and moves on along the railway. How to deal with the train fire in Vancouver, Washington and how it could catch fire. The trains ' engine lights up and they burn like a match.
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    Comments:For our Penn Folks! Enjoy.


    The Rise and Fall of the Penn Central

    https://youtu.be/lsrC-UcDZHM

    This week, we return to the United States and June 1970, where after years of poor management, stringent regulation and a loss of market to air and motor transport, the Penn Central, a gigantic railroad formed through the merger of two companies with completely different personalities and methods, collapsed into what was the largest bankruptcy in history at the time, but in its fall from grace highlighted how the over-regulation of the system had led to an inability for all of the railroad firms to compete.
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    Comments: Sometimes the best laid plans of Mice or Man, fall asunder. Always have a Plan "B" and then there is Greed, Power Etc......Sometimes we are our own worst enemy in the Long End of The Game.

    Why did railroad companies mass produce cities?

    https://youtu.be/9viTTRd8iP8

    Railroads founded hundreds of nearly identical towns in the American west. Why?
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    Pics tonight from American Mtn's and Alma Routes by great Route Builders......



    Look at the Color, this is Fall, can't beat it.....



    Double Tracks anyone, I love them........Can run more trains easier.....


    This is another one of my Favorite Steam Locomotives, with some very slick lines on it......


    Imagine looking out thru some Fall Colors to see another cool looking Steam Engine......

    Another Conrail Coal Load coming in off back country route......

    Nice looking Conrail Locomotives pulling out of the yard headed to Points South.


    More Brilliant Fall Colors here, means Winter is not far away.

    90 Day Maintenance Schedule here.

    That'll do for tonight...Thanks for dropping by

  13. #1528

    Lightbulb Market Place Route (Tiny) Docking Station & Portable Surge Protector Discussion

    Good Wednesday all,

    Hoping everyone is staying healthy and well with this horrid Varient! Blessings to all from Blue.....

    So I have been busy tooling around with my Lenova Idea Pad and was going to order a Docking Station for it, but since Weight and Portibility are necessity if my ultimate Goal is to take the little fella over the larger AUS 17" Laptop, then a better way to go, at least in this stage of the new Game:

    I decided on ordering this instead.......(Wont get this till this weekend sometime from Amazon) Excitment is growing by the Day.......LOL...Can you tell Im a true Geek.......I need to go find that Pen Protector for my Shirt Pocket....(Laughs and Applause please)

    USB C Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor HDMI for HP Dell XPS, Universal USB-C Dock Thunderbolt Hub Triple Display to 2 HDMI 4K,VGA,Ethernet,5 USB Ports,100W PD,SD/TF,3.5MM for Lenovo Yoga,Surface...Etc.

    I ordered this, because my little Laptop only has one USB C Port, and I knew this, but I don't like Track Pads, so my Blue Tooth Mouse, with Dongle uses my only Port, now with Universal Hub, it solve that issue perfectly....

    And this item, too....

    Accell Power Travel Surge Protector - 3 Outlets, 2 USB Charging Ports (2.1A Output), Folding Plug - Black, 612 Joules, ETL Listed

    Now why would I need a Surge Protector for Electronics you ask, well, for the vary reason, that your Electric company does not send you a continuous line Voltage of 110 Volts, what you say, I thought it was 110 Voltages, well use your Electrics items are rated 110 Volts, but your Line Voltage, as far as I Know and I have tested this with Volt meter, and seen it sway from high of 117 to low of 90 Volts........

    https://www.google.com/search?client...ltage+in+Homes

    What is acceptable line voltage?
    The nominal voltage in the United States is 120 volts, but the National Electrical Code [NEC 210.19 (A)] specifies an acceptable drop of 5% to farther-est outlet, which is 114 volts. ... The farther away the house is from the a transformer, the more the voltage drop.

    Have you ever noticed an Electrical Motor changing velocity when it is running, it doesn't sound consistent at times, you may have never noticed it, but it does happen.........Nope Blue hasn't been Smoking you know what.......It is very true......And then there are Surges in the Electric Lines too.....Alll normal, but just a fact of live...So you need to protect your Electronics more than anything else....They can fail over time from accumulation of Line Voltage Changes, Electronics do not like this stuff, there only way of telling you, it Circuit Failure, or complete failure......

    What is the difference between clean and dirty electricity?
    Clean electricity is electrical power that is free from voltage spikes and drops. Voltage ripple or noise that is outside the ideal sine waveform is sometimes referred to as dirty electricity or electrical pollution. Dirty electricity can cause electronics to perform poorly, especially microelectronics.

    You get the Point, I have used a Portable Surge Protector with all my Laptops for years......I think it has made a difference.......But you need to do your own research..........

    Over to Trainz, Yesterday I was looking thru the Forum, snooping to see what Routes where around and found this little Gem, downloaded it, played and loved it........And I think you will too......It is very small, I almost think you might say a Diorama of Sorts.........I plan to add on to it.......But it tells a little Story about tiny 2 foot Branch that moves Produce and People thru an area called the MARKET Place........The Author has done a marvelous job, there is one Session that comes with it, but it did not work correctly for me, and there are a few missing items too.....But I just made a Standard Quick Drive Session to try it out.......

    I have to goto a meeting today, so have to run.....If you have more Questions please post here..........


    OurTrain has come to Transfer Station here, cars automatically unload the Produce Loads.......Works great, they will transfer over to Standard Gauge line on Left...I think it is Standard,,,,,,Maybe NG? Sorry

    Here is Market area and you can see the 2 distinct RR Gauge sizes here........

    Traveling thru the Country Side, here, Author has used lots of Cliff escarpments on the Right with Wall Board Scenery embedded into Cliffs.....Well Done Sir.....

    Better look of Cliff areas, it is well but not over done Details along Route......

    A lot of Detail here...........

    Will turn the corner here and hit into a small Switching Yard ahead....

    Autos stop for us as we go through Crossing.......You can see the Different Produce on each Car....

    Small Passenger Stop here with Ladies waiting for small one car Train behind us when we clear, they'll come by and do a Pickup....Check out all the different Flowered Plants usage too.......Phenomenal....

    Pretty heavy Load of Produce, but this little Putt Putt has no trouble pulling it, in Fact, we could pull more cars too.......Hmmm,,,, Blue has smoke coming out of Ears as he thinks of other Possibility's......LOL

    We even have fresh Guernsey Milk too.......Yum.....Yum
    <kuid:458053:104057> Market district vincentrh

    A very small but very detailed route by Franck (alias pinorev). It stages an imaginary 'market district'.
    One session is provided : Market district session.
    All dependencies out of DLS are available at https://sites.google.com/site/marketdistrictbyfranck/

    As always thanks my friends for dropping by, Peace be with you.....

  14. #1529

    Lightbulb Lenovo Ideapad misc/ Play ECML Session/ YTube Pics

    Good evening all,

    I finally finished our Churches Rehab project, it's tough when you clean up after another construction crews mess, and incomplete repairs. Now that all that is corrected, and we concluded our part of the job. Now the task at hand is finish cleaning, sorting out all my tools and some early Spring Cleaning, getting rid of all the stuff, I really don't use or need anymore........

    Over to Trainz, still setting things up in Trainz on my new Lenovo......Graphics is not to Bad, seeing it's an integrated setup, it holds it's own pretty good. SSD-HD is only 1 Tera, unless I can swap in a 2 Tera SSD. Will see later on.....

    I took my Lenovo to Las Vegas for quick 3 day trip to see some friends we hadn't seen since Covid started.......Mr Lenovo performed perfectly, light weight. I very happy with model S540 Ideapad.....One little thing, my keypad is not lighted so it takes some getting use to it....Small price to pay for portability and performance......

    Using Platinum Trainz was also a good move too. It works really well, so now I can interchange Routes between Lenovo and my Larger ROG ASUS 17" Laptop with no issues of Trainz Version.
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    Tonight's Pictures will come from this Crowd Favorite:

    The East Coast Main Line from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley a total of 393 miles. Based around the year of 1976 when passenger trains still used the ‘Widen Line’ from Kings Cross to Moorgate on the underground Metropolitan Railway which is modeled here. With only ten years since the end of steam track-side vegetation is still sparse. The route is in the process of a major rebuild preparing for the introduction of the High Speed Trains and 125 MPH running. Secondary routes includes the 'Joint Line' from Peterborough via Lincoln to Doncaster. Routes from Grantham to Skegness, Newark to Cleethorpes and Doncaster to Hull are also included

    The ECML route is famous for having such locomotives as the Flying Scotsman. In fact there was also the Flying Scotsman named train. The 10.00 o’clock departure from both Kings Cross and Edinburgh at the same time. The world’s fastest steam locomotive Mallard with a record speed 126MPH was recorded at Little Bytham. The ECML has some long level sections along with lengthy 1 in 200's with other steeper sections that you must have the skill to keep your train at speed. The East Coast Main Line, home of the 'Flying Scotsman',' Mallard' and the Deltics.

    Thanks to all content creators around the world not mentioned above. Without you this route would never have been built.


    Taking a Deltic on a Passenger Run Session here

    Full Steam ahead, and see if I can make on time, and proper position stops at the Stations I have never seen before,,Oh what fun.....

    Good thing I had my Message Board turned on, so I know what's coming up.......

    Mighty big and powerful Deltic here.....Wow

    Just leaving one of the passenger stops here with lots of Riders.....

    All loaded up and ready to go, only problem, I got here to soon......OOPS

    Looking out over the Bridge as we pass thru a beautiful city.....Lots of Tracks too......

    Don't ask me to pronounce this Station's name,,,,,Ain't going to happen, a real tongue twister for me.....LOOL

    Got to watch my speed and times, I already got dinged for over


    I didn't finish this Route Session, I missed some stops, over speed......Just made a splash of a day........I need to learn this Route and try again, it was a lot of fun for sure.......
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    Blue's Y Tube Pics of the Week:

    Brand New Welded Rail Cars! Railroad Bypass Close Up! 3 Fast Freight Trains, CSX & Norfolk Southern

    https://youtu.be/qoBlnVB4bUc

    3 Fast Mixed Freight Trains & Rare Catch Of New CWR railroad maintenance of way cars! Railroad bypass close up look and pass through. CSX and Norfolk Southern trains in a hurry in Carlisle, Ohio after leaving Queens gate Yard in Cincinnati. It was awesome to see the brand new continuous welded rail ( CWR ) cars that were headed north just 40 miles out of Cincinnati.
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    Nevada Northern - Getting Locomotive #93 Ready for the Day

    https://youtu.be/J4PhbH5hqig

    Today we are watching as the crew gets locomotive #93 ready for the trip up the canyon to the mines.

    Locomotive #93 and locomotive #81 new both on display for decades at the White Pine County Museum in Ely Nevada, but both locomotives were traded to the Nevada Northern Railway back in the 1990's. 93 was restored to service in 1993. Unfortunately the locomotive was in a minor wreck shortly after and was rebuilt again, now perfect!! AND NO MORE WRECKS!!

    Locomotive # 81 has also been restored and is being tested as we speak and will return to service in the fall of 2021. WOW

    The railroad has two other steam locomotives, #40, the "Ghost Train" and flagship of the railroad and a 0-6-0 saddle tank that is currently torn down in the RIP (repair in place) building where the passenger cars are also kept. #40 will be rebuilt over the next year and will return to service at that time, giving the railroad three restored steam locomotives as well as several early diesel locomotives.

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    Train In The Middle Of The Road! Abandoned Railroad Crossing & Dangerous Crossing With RR Bridge

    https://youtu.be/ymo3FVcORko

    Street Running Local Railroad Switching Freight Train! We follow a street running train in Ohio! Norfolk Southern street runner train doing some railroad switching on the Franklin, Ohio Industrial Spur. This is a railroad branch line or industrial spur that includes railroad track in the middle of the road. The street running section of track is only used by one customer. Railroad maintenance is going on right now so that is a good sign. New railroad ties are being installed and the road bed is being regraded. This industrial spur also has a couple of customers on the other side of the Great Miami River but they don't use the street running track. Norfolk Southern runs trains down the middle of the road a few times a week and they only need a single locomotive to pull the short trains of just a few cars or less.
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    Comments: Hope u enjoy the story on this very unique Short Line!

    RARE Last Electric America Freight Railway, Swapping Cars W/ Union Pacific Railroad At Interchange!

    https://youtu.be/BWivy9t1T7Y

    RARE Iowa short line railroad switching on the last electric freight railroad in America! Iowa Traction Railway uses ancient and historic ELECTRIC locomotives with trolley poles on a branch line railroad in Mason City, Iowa.
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    [4K] Diesel Days at the Illinois Railway Museum! (2021)

    https://youtu.be/S_eBdf0bojw

    The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the country. With their massive fleet of fifty diesel locomotives, half of which are operational, they can really put on a show. This video covers the second and third days of the event.
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    Comments some of you older Folk might be familiar with this Route?

    The 1869 Southwest Wyoming Union Pacific grade and Piedmont Charcoal Ovens

    https://youtu.be/ru7jxw5QZAE

    While we were at the Evanston Wyoming train show we decided to drive the old 1869 Union Pacific grade through Piedmont Wyoming. Once a thriving little town, now a ghost town.

    There are four charcoal ovens here, three are in great shape. Preservation work has been done on them and they are almost perfect. There are also several old homes and structures in "rustic" shape.
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    Open Boxcar, People Broke Into & Stole Bags Of Beans! You Won't Believe This! Champaign Illinois

    https://youtu.be/HGu23Zku0kc

    Boxcar got broken in to and bags of navy beans were being stolen! We found this open railroad car on a long train in Champaign, Illinois. The train was doing some switching and stopped near a road in town. After the train went by us I told Shoestring that I saw an open door and something sticking out of it. We went down the tracks and found it near the Interstate 74 overpass. I have never seen this before. The boxcar is stacked full of bags of navy beans for cooking. The bags say Bayside Best Beans on them. The middle section of the car looks like it is missing a lot of bags and it looks like someone broke into the car and was stealing them. Have you ever seen anything like this before? They might lose a couple more bags if they go across some rough track or railroad diamonds.
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    Well Folks it is past my Bedtime, I'll close for now.....

    Thanks for dropping in and have great Monday ahead.....

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    Thumbs up Nice looking UP Loco / Y Tube Pics.....

    Good Day all,

    Dropped in for minute with some Union Pacific Photo's of Local delivering Boxcar with Paper Products and other misc items......



    Now usually I see the most painted Loco's working this line, but today, well, they had this Beauty working the Local line, must have short on the older models.



    Here's the rest of the consist running a reverse move



    Now these little fellers are the in the usual livery for this part of the line, which handles a bunch of Switch backs for Package shippers. Battery company......Gravel loader.


    Sorry I couldn't get a better shot, he was moving down

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    Nevada Northern Summer of 2021

    https://youtu.be/rBVCIi7NXxw

    Well we are headed back to the Nevada Northern. To check on #81. To ride #93. To say hello to #40. To smell coal smoke. Mostly just to get out to a railroad again! OH! And to check in with Dirt, the cat.

    #93 is running today. Always puts on a great show!! #81 is hot. Not running. Or is it? If not it will be SOON. Last of the last things to get done. Testing any day now. Watch Nevada Northern on Facebook. For now, let's wander around the yard and shops and pet Dirt the Cat.
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    The 1869 Southwest Wyoming Union Pacific grade and Piedmont Charcoal Ovens

    https://youtu.be/ru7jxw5QZAE

    While we were at the Evanston Wyoming train show we decided to drive the old 1869 Union Pacific grade through Piedmont Wyoming. Once a thriving little town, now a ghost town.

    There are four charcoal ovens here, three are in great shape. Preservation work has been done on them and they are almost perfect. There are also several old homes and structures in "rustic" shape.

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    The Rise and Fall of the Penn Central

    https://youtu.be/lsrC-UcDZHM

    This week, we return to the United States and June 1970, where after years of poor management, stringent regulation and a loss of market to air and motor transport, the Penn Central, a gigantic railroad formed through the merger of two companies with completely different personalities and methods, collapsed into what was the largest bankruptcy in history at the time, but in its fall from grace highlighted how the over-regulation of the system had led to an inability for all of the railroad firms to compete.
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    Comments:I think you enjoy this, search this "Ride the Ferrocarril Central Andino!" on YouTube part 1n 2 should show up.........Oh and don't forget to check how close the Rail is to the edges of the Cliff's unreal.......!

    Ride the Ferrocarril Central Andino! Part 3: Inferillo bridge and more!

    https://youtu.be/aumZ2F45ibU

    Part 3 of my journey aboard a northbound freight on the Ferrocarrill Central Andino. (FCCA), which runs from Lima to Huancayo, Peru. This segment takes us from where we left off just outside of San Mateo to just outside of Casapalanca. In addition to the many tunnels and amazing vistas we will pass through several highlights of the line. First off is the famous Puente Inferillo or Hell bridge, a short steel span passing through a tight canyon with high rock walls on either side. We will traverse the Cacray switchback and cross the Puente Anche, a similar steel structure. Unfortunately technical/human error led to me entirely missing the Chicla switchback so I have added in a few photos for this segment. The clip ends as we approach the mining town of Casapalanca which will be featured in the next clip

    And Folks that'll do for today.......Stay safe and stay Healthy........Cheers

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