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Project 365 – August 6-9


August 6 – Shadow is one of our new foster kittens.  He took less than 10 minutes to find the one inaccessible part of the bathroom.  Strangely, it’s the second time in my life I’ve had to use a Thermal Imaging Camera to search for a cat.  This is after we removed a panel to access him.


August 7 – My friend Jim has THE best place in the world for a model railroad, at least in August.


August 7 – long day for Beth.


August 8 – one thing I never expected to find at the Desert of Maine was a butterfly garden.


August 9 – a quiet night on the railroad.  As I type, I can hear thunder in the distance.

Project 365 – July 18-21


July 18 – Undertow?  What undertow? Last day at the beach for a while.


July 19 – My nemesis.  A while back I converted all of my RC steam locomotives to use one Specktrum DX6 transmitter.  It works great, until it doesn’t.  Then I can’t run anything.  The blown fuse on the motherboard also provided the excuse I needed to open the case and remove the spring on the J-bar ratchet.  (I know, it’s all gibberish.  My steaming buddies will understand.)


July 20 – with the DX6 repaired, it was back out into the yard with Fowler for some evening steaming.  Andy and Scott have added Summerlands Chuffers to their C-21 and Mogul respectively.  I’ve liked the ones I’ve heard before, but these two are LOUD.  Both locos peaked at around 98 dB trackside in full chuff.


July 21 – Not much photogenic today.  Work and rework in the shop today.  The foreground is an IP Engineering coach under assembly, and the rear is one being repaired from my previously botched assembly job.

I need to get out and find more things to photograph and write about, it would seem.

Cabin Fever – P365 for January 16, 2010

DSC_5560.JPGSo I’m in York, PA for the Cabin Fever Expo.  I met a local group down here for the chance to run our steam trains in the middle of the winter.  Unfortunately, I spent most of the day running trains or shopping, so I don’t have many good photos.

I would like to send a quick shout out to Moody Tools.  I found some great stuff from them for my toolbox, and they’re made right in Warwick, RI.  I bought mine from the RJR Cool Tools booth.  (So far they’ve both satisfied the Three Rules and deserve a plug.)

While I’m plugging businesses, I should mention that I had dinner at the Colosseo Ristorante here in York and it was fabulous!  If I’m ever back in town, I’ll need to eat there again.  Maybe next year.

Ruby waits patiently while a logger passes
something unexpected

Today’s Project 365 shot has nothing to do with the model engineering expo.  I caught it in a local parking lot near dusk.


I’m hoping for some great photos tomorrow, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.  No restaurant reviews, I promise.

Steam season is back!

We had the first Monday Night Steamup of the season today at Larry Mosher’s. Larry pointed out that the days are as long now as they will be in August, and the weather finally got nice enough to run.

Larry ran his K28 with a good string of stock, Jessie brought Ruby and tried out some loaded ore cars for ballast, and I had a great run with Ericka’s Accucraft S-12. #1249 pulled a short string of PFE refers and proved she could run well at both slow and express speeds.

Larry’s just finished re-doing the layout for better steam operation. It’s now all one level, with large steaming bays. The landscaping allows the trains to duck in and out of sight as they run. The relatively cool weather this evening made for some nice plumes.