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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, 3/29/20
« on: March 29, 2020, 09:22:08 AM »
Morning all,

Yard work and workbench time on tap today.  Not much else.

Have a great one and stay healthy!

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday, March 28
« on: March 28, 2020, 11:09:56 AM »
Morning all,

Guess I'll spend some time at the workbench today.  On my workbench is a small steel ruler that's the perfect size for a lot of things like cutting out signs and posters with an X-Acto knife.  Butty Jim gave it to me years ago and I think of him every time I use it.   :'(

Have a great one and stay healthy!

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Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« on: March 28, 2020, 11:03:28 AM »
Wonderful story Bill!  Keep 'em coming and stay healthy!

The A&S has some activity going on up in Lake Mary as well.  My workbench is currently home to a structure that's destined for the Summit level of the A&S someday.  ;)


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RIP Butty Jim.   :'(  Thoughts and prayers to Claire and the rest of Jim's family and friends.

I met Jim many years ago (I can't remember the exact year) when the bowling team I was on at the time needed another bowler.  In stepped Jim.  I forget how many weeks it was that we bowled together before one night Jim arrived a little late.  He apologized and said he had to drop off some items he repaired at Colonial Photo and Hobby.  My ears perked up.  Maybe was repairing cameras for them, maybe RC cars/planes or maybe, just maybe, it was trains.  So I asked him.  It turns out it was trains.  Up until that point we hadn't realized we shared a mutual in interest in model railroading.  Heck, that's not the sort of thing that typically comes up during an evening of conversation while bowling.  Well, Jim introduced me to Tom (ACL1504) and Bill (Judge) and the rest, as they say, is history.  I'll always be thankful to Jim for that as well as for his friendship over the years.

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday, March 26
« on: March 27, 2020, 02:39:40 PM »

Hey, Opa George.  I remember TMI.  I was attending Penn State Capital Campus at the time.  When leaving the campus using the main road we had a great view of the reactor buildings.  I also worked for a bank in the Harrisburg area as a part time teller. 

It wasn't National Central Bank, was it?  That was our bank back then.
--Opa George

No, it was Pennsylvania National Bank.  If the branches are still around they're now M&T Bank.  One over on Broad Street.  One over in the Allison Hill area (yikes back then!), the Capital Branch (I know where it's at but can't recall the street it was on) and the Lower Paxton Branch just on the other side of I-83 on old 22.  ;D

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday 27MAR
« on: March 27, 2020, 06:50:31 AM »
Good morning - time to sneak out and do a little food shopping before too many people wake up. Another day working at home after that.

Wife just left to get in line at the front door of Target to see if she can score a package of Toilet Paper.  She asked the other day and the they told her they stock the shelves every night except two and people are lined up at the front door when they open so it's gone in almost no time.  Unlike others we didn't hoard a years worth up front (and continue to hoard it).  We only had on hand what we normally have on hand.  But our supply is beginning to run low.   :P  Thank God I have enough glue, paint and kits to hold me over.

T.G.I.F!  At work (at the dining room table) but stalled because of a system issue.  Gotta wait for the rest of the crew to wake up and fix that before I can do anything productive.

Have a great one and stay healthy!

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Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: March 26, 2020, 03:45:57 PM »
Terrific job John!  That's going to look absolutely fantastic when the scenery is finished and there are loco's and rolling stock on the tracks.   ;)

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Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 26, 2020, 01:00:19 PM »
If you want to air dry that paint let Greg take it for a lap or two around the layout.   ;)

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday, March 26
« on: March 26, 2020, 12:43:31 PM »
I fire up the computer around 6 to start work, then get focused on that and usually forget about wishing all a good day here until late in the AM.  Relatively early today to think about joing in.

Same thing here Jerry.  6 a.m. to start and get sucked into issues almost immediately.  Only difference is I'll be doing this a lot longer than you.   :P

Hey, Opa George.  I remember TMI.  I was attending Penn State Capital Campus at the time.  When leaving the campus using the main road we had a great view of the reactor buildings.  I also worked for a bank in the Harrisburg area as a part time teller.  Got a lot of extra hours in when that happened.  We were short staffed in every location and folks were coming in, withdrawing cash and getting the heck out of dodge. 

Have a great one and stay healthy!

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Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FOS Phone Booths
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:32:52 AM »
Nice modelling Bob. The old red ones are still seen in the UK. They are not used for communication anymore though. Most contain a defibrillator to help in "staying alive"..............
Mike

Thanks Mike!  What a great idea for a 'repurpose' of old phone booths over in the UK.  Someday, obviously not anytime soon, the wife and I would like to take a trip and visit Ireland.  That's at least four years out though.  Hopefully we'll be able to do it then. 

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Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FOS Phone Booths
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:28:00 AM »
Bob,

Very nicely done! Cheater, cheater, I'm gonna tell teacher on you! :-\ :-\

Tom  ;D

Oh no!  Don't tell Raymo on me!   ;)

Thanks Tom!  For a little kit these proved to be a bit of challenge.  I'll bring one along with me next time I come down.  If I can find room in the car for it.   ;D

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Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FOS Phone Booths
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:25:53 AM »
Nice. I remember the aluminum/acrylic phone booths looking pretty new in the early 1960s, when I first noticed them.  And there were still wood/glass booths around, indoors at least in downtown Boston.  A quick search didn't turn up a date of introduction (the British are exact about theirs), just roughly mid-50s.

Thanks for the info James!  Yeah, mine are probably a little dirtier than they should be for the era I plan on using them in.  I still haven't found an aluminum paint (I was using Model Masters Acrylic for this one) that really looks like aluminum to my eye. 

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Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: March 25, 2020, 02:16:07 PM »
Wonderful modeling Steve!  Simply wonderful!  ;D  ;D  ;D

Apple Barrel Pavement you say?  I need to get me some of that.   ;)

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wed - 3/25/2020
« on: March 25, 2020, 06:21:02 AM »
Morning all,

I'm having issues with VPN this morning and can't connect to work.  Hopefully I can get it up and running soon.  It's slow as heck when I am connected.  I guess they never planned on having almost all of us (55,000+) work from home.   ;)

Nothing on the modeling front to report.  Just working towards the weekend.

Have a great one and stay healthy!

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It's great to see Avram's safe and sound in it's new home.  That was a fun build and I'm quite happy it's located somewhere where it can be enjoyed.   ;D

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