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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
« on: August 12, 2020, 07:38:32 AM »
Morning all,

Nothing of note to report from here.

Have a safe day ya'll.

Tom ;D

What Tom said!  ;D


I did a quick Google search to check when the Surge milking machine was invented and it was in the 1920's.  I know that by the very early 50's my grandfather was using Surge machines.  There were some other older style machines still sitting in the barn when I was growing up.  Since I was born in '49 I don't know when he switched to the Surge machines.  I also don't recall the manufacturer of the older machines.   My grandfather sold his dairy herd around 1957 or 58 and immediately stocked the farm with a beef cow calf operation while also taking a job off the farm.  IMO, the choice of hand milking or machine milking likely boiled down to the number of cows to be milked as well as the number of people available to milk.  There was an orange Surge Milker sign on the front of the barn for many years.  It was common at that time for a barn to display tin signs for the type of barn equipment, the seed supplier, and the feed supplier, among others.  Based on the size of the barn in Dario's kit, I would think some type of milking machine would be appropriate.

I want to take a minute to address "free range".  In the 1940's there were still many dirt roads in rural areas.  There were fewer cars and speeds were much lower than they are today.  Also, a larger percentage of the population was engaged in farming.  People not engaged directly in farming would not have been far removed from the farm, especially in rural areas.  Right after WW II my dad's cousin Joe spent his summers on the farm, taking the train to upstate NY from Indiana.  My dad and Joe would ride horses and move the cows along about a dirt road to an unfenced field about a half mile away.  They would nap under some trees wile the cows ate.  Then they would move the herd back to the barn for milking.  When dirt roads were paved, vehicle speeds increased and this was no longer an option. 

The philosophy at that time was to fence any and all land that was unsuitable for crops for use as pasture.  Even when I bought my farm in 1975, it had two large pastures.  One was 23 acres, the other 18 acres.  Both had a some woods, so finding my beef herd was a challenge.  Ditto finding dairy cows to bring them in for milking.  Most farmers fed some grain at milking so it was easier to get them to come into the barn twice a day, but that was no guarantee.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
« on: August 11, 2020, 07:27:43 AM »
Good morning. 

Heat advisory again today, more outside work on the schedule.  Forecast calls for a front to move through this afternoon/evening bringing thunderstorms and a few degrees of relief. 

John, I did check your thread before I went to bed last night.  I'll try to add some info on milking machines, etc., this evening.

Everyone think safety first and have a great day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday - August 10, 2020
« on: August 10, 2020, 07:14:54 AM »
Good morning.

Heat advisory here for today.  Outside work on the agenda, with lots of breaks, not as young as I useta be.  ;D ;D ;D

Hope everyone has a great and safe day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, August 9, 2020
« on: August 09, 2020, 07:45:13 AM »
Good morning.

No rain in the forecast for today.  Outside work on the agenda.  Hope everyone has a great day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday, August 5. Hump Day Already
« on: August 05, 2020, 08:11:53 AM »
Good morning.

Just over an inch and a half of rain at the farm.  Rain here lasted all day and it was more of a soaking type with few heavy downpours.  Winds were not an issue here. 

Barn chores are done, time to get cleaned up and run some shopping errands.  Everyone stay safe and have a wonderful day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday - August 3, 2020
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:20:57 AM »
Good morning.

Headed to Lowe's this morning to pick up a few items.  Still working on lots of odds and ends around the farm. 

That's about it from here...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, August 2
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:52:25 AM »
Good morning Larry, and those arriving later.

It is 74 and humid here, too.  The sky is overcast and showers are forecast throughout the day. 

Lots of odds and ends to catch up today.  Everyone have a great one!

Kit Building / Re: FSM #145 Coal Tower
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:51:11 AM »

Simply stunning modeling!  So much detail and such subtle weathering to bring out the best in the build. Kudos!

Layout Tours / Re: Holland Odessa R.R.
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:48:24 AM »

That is such a wonderful scene!  It really sets the mood with its period details and the hand made trees.  You are really using every inch of space to its advantage.  Cannot wait to see the hotel added to the layout.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday August the 1st
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:45:19 AM »
Good morning.

Overslept for the first time in a while.  Odds and ends today, chasing a short in the electric fence, picking up round bales from the field, etc.

Hope everyone has a great and safe day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday (Hump Day), July 30
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:34:23 AM »
Good morning.

Rain in the forecast again today as another cold front will cross here this afternoon.

That's it from here, everyone stay safe and have a great day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday 29JUL2020
« on: July 29, 2020, 06:47:49 AM »
Good morning.

Fans are running to cool the house before the heat of the day arrives.  Thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon and evening as a cold front passes through the area.  Haying is on hold for another day because of the forecast, still lots of other outside work to get caught up.

Everyone enjoy their day while staying safe!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: FSM #145 Coal Tower Question
« on: July 28, 2020, 08:31:14 AM »

The machinery space portion would likely have some access to allow maintenance of the conveyor itself.  The bearings for the conveyor shafts would have had some type of lubrication.  I checked thru my few reference materials and found both Michigan Central and CN towers of similar design, though both are smaller.  Both had a ground level access door in the machinery space.

As for the small bay, I think it exists only to allow for the larger capacity of the coaling tower. 

I read that some modelers think George based his design on a drawing of a CP tower in an issue of MR back in the early 60's.  If someone could share those drawings it might give you a better answer.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - 7/28/2020
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:10:22 AM »
Good morning.

It was a hot one here yesterday.  The high hit 93 degrees, breaking a 65 year old record.  We had thunderstorms pass through the area last night and there are some showers lingering here this morning.  That's put my haying on hold for a couple days.  Still lots to do here, with some barn chores and machinery maintenance on the calendar.  Time permitting, a trip to the feed store would be good. 

Past time to get outside and start my day.  Hope everyone stays safe and has a great day filled with modeling.

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