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    • August 1, 2018 11:35 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Paul said - "another pound of beef sandwich at D'Angalo's that we had had on the way down for lunch".  Man, that sounds interesting.  Where's D'Angalo's? 

      On 89 South cross the Connecticut River, the state line between Vermont and New Hampshire.

      Take Exit 20 marked Lebanon.

      At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right at the traffic lights onto the middle lane of 12A west towards Plainfield.

      At the first traffic light turn left.

      The entrance to Dangelo's is on your right.

      The large Number 9 is my favourite. Freshly Grilled Sirloin Steak, Onions, Bell Peppers & Mushrooms with American Cheese.

       

    • August 1, 2018 9:20 PM EDT
    • A big thank you from Toronto as well.  I don't care what the temperature is next year I hope to make it down.  Don't let it conflict with the Invasion!!!!  Thanks to our hosts and hostesses, Noelle enjoyed herself as well.  Incidentally she got to see a lot of what the railroad bug is all about this weekend.

      After all the action in NH and MA we went to Cape Cod to meet old RR buddy Max Sarazen and we also visited LSC member "Cape Cod Todd" Haskins, a prolific modeler who has a very pleasing backyard railroad and some very fine bashes and scratch builds.  Like Johnnychuffchuff, he is blessed with a lovely Irish wife, so Noelle and she had a good ole chinwag - "enjoying the craik" while Todd and I chatted about trains and things out there in the yard.  After that we motored - also through White River Junction, just like the other Canucks - where I bent down, kissed the ground and did appropriate obeisance to the railroad gods.  

      A couple of decades ago in one of the mags there was a most interesting article about this location and the Railroad activities there.  Today a B&M 4-4-0 and caboose are on display under roof, and while we were taking pictures Vermont Central switched some cement hoppers into a southbound train.  Then Noelle decided she wanted to chase up a good location so she could take a pic of an old railroad bridge.  Baby steps - she may be becoming a railfan after all.

      Continuing North, we attempted a meet at Don Howard's home in Northern VT, but  I think there must have been a misprint on the orders.  Don and I missed each other.  All the same I had the opportunity to admire the magnificent country garden which is the creation, I understand, of Don's wife.  We will try to meet-up again some other time.

      Cheers everybody!

    • August 1, 2018 8:13 PM EDT
    • Maybe I could get them to deliver!

    • August 1, 2018 8:04 PM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:

       

      The "Traveling Outhouse Award" should, you know, travel.  Maybe with someone with a giant RV.  You happen to know anybody?

      Jon Radder ?

    • August 1, 2018 8:03 PM EDT
    • Rooster:  puts the speedo conversation on ignore 

    • August 1, 2018 7:46 PM EDT
    • "Did you say you hop to see the speedo in March?"

       

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      Only in your dreams, big guy.  Get back on your meds and tell your therapist your problems are flaring up again.

       

       

    • August 1, 2018 12:10 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      "The "Traveling Outhouse Award" should, you know, travel. Maybe with someone with a giant RV. You happen to know anybody?"

      Hollywood took it to the Garden Railroad Convention and it never left his car.  It was an honor, but the responsibility was above my pay grade.  I once got stuck with "stuffed animals" for a year.  You've got to spread the joy.  I bet Stan can unload it on someone.  Larry Otis said he could use the case to carry his 'Speedo".  Hope to see it at York.  Log the mileage, folks.

      Did you say you hop to see the speedo in March?

    • August 1, 2018 12:09 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Paul said - "another pound of beef sandwich at D'Angalo's that we had had on the way down for lunch".  Man, that sounds interesting.  Where's D'Angalo's? 

      Ric, D’Angelo’s is a New England sub shop chain.

    • July 31, 2018 9:01 PM EDT
    • "The "Traveling Outhouse Award" should, you know, travel. Maybe with someone with a giant RV. You happen to know anybody?"

      Hollywood took it to the Garden Railroad Convention and it never left his car.  It was an honor, but the responsibility was above my pay grade.  I once got stuck with "stuffed animals" for a year.  You've got to spread the joy.  I bet Stan can unload it on someone.  Larry Otis said he could use the case to carry his 'Speedo".  Hope to see it at York.  Log the mileage, folks.

    • July 31, 2018 8:51 PM EDT
    • Paul said - "another pound of beef sandwich at D'Angalo's that we had had on the way down for lunch".  Man, that sounds interesting.  Where's D'Angalo's? 

    • July 31, 2018 5:46 PM EDT
    •  

      Doug Matheson, Paul Anderson, Bernie Goodman and I really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to our hosts Bob, Martha, Stan and Debbie. It was a toss-up as to whether we would go this year. We Canadians tend to melt at anything over 89F. But the weather in Massachusetts was better than the first 3 weeks of July in Ottawa.

       

      Always fun to run trains on Bob and Stan's railways. I was a little frustrated that I could not master the DCC throttle, something I used at Stan's in previous years. But it did give me a chance to learn how to use car cars. However I did manage to scatter them on the ground a few times looking at the railway map on the back of the clip board.

       

      On the trip home Paul said that he would prefer something other than another pound of beef sandwich at D'Angalo's that we had had on the way down for lunch. After an extensive tour of White River Junction we did find a Chinese Buffet that had good food for a reasonable price.

       

      Last year while Doug and I were yakking, we missed the turn from 93 to 89 at Concord. Didn't realize it until we reached Penacook where Don Sweet lives. This year was no better. In the dark Paul and Doug managed to leave Highway 11 somewhere west of Rouses Point and we found ourselves headed for Plattsburg. Probably had something to do with the big GPS screen that was determined to route us through the heavy Sunday night traffic in Montreal. Although Montreal is north and Plattsburg is south?

    • July 31, 2018 1:17 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

       

      Jan got an email from Stan and/or Deb Ames.  He felt we 'accidentally" left the "Traveling Outhouse Award" at his place. 

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      We delivered it to Bob's, after trying to leave it at Al's.  Not sure who brought it to Stan's.  Bob McC, who owns this site and the award is named "The LargescaleCentral Traveling Out House Award" was there.    Bob Hyman, who created 'the Award" was there.  By the way, great modeling effort and a perfect award for this bunch of "Old Farts".  Larry Otis was there.  Even with his wife.

       

       

      The "Traveling Outhouse Award" should, you know, travel.  Maybe with someone with a giant RV.  You happen to know anybody?

    • July 31, 2018 6:59 AM EDT
    • Ken said - "And I'm not sure that I want to thank Ric or not for including me in that CHSL run. Calling it challenging is a bit of an understatement"

      If Ken wouldn't have worked with Jan and I, we wouldn't have tried it.

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      Got back to the Finger Lakes Live Steamers yesterday evening.  Not a bad drive, but we are exhausted.  Too Much fun!

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      Jan got an email from Stan and/or Deb Ames.  He felt we 'accidentally" left the "Traveling Outhouse Award" at his place. 

      .

      We delivered it to Bob's, after trying to leave it at Al's.  Not sure who brought it to Stan's.  Bob McC, who owns this site and the award is named "The LargescaleCentral Traveling Out House Award" was there.    Bob Hyman, who created 'the Award" was there.  By the way, great modeling effort and a perfect award for this bunch of "Old Farts".  Larry Otis was there.  Even with his wife.

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      Don Howard was even there.

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      "HOT POTATO" - that bad smell is out of my truck. 

       

       

       

    • July 31, 2018 3:41 AM EDT
    • Larry Otis said:
      " Rooster " said:
      Richard said:

       but with no pictures it never happened and its all good. Great day

      Richard

      It happened as "General Census"  says so and we will await pictures !

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      Ken, don't let Rooster push you around. He has Trainops envy.

      I saw it happen, Ric saw it happen, Jan saw it happen, Richard saw it happen, if that ain't good enough, TS!..............

       

    • July 30, 2018 9:21 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:
      Richard said:

       but with no pictures it never happened and its all good. Great day

      Richard

      It happened as "General Census"  says so and we will await pictures !

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      Ken, don't let Rooster push you around. He has Trainops envy.

       

    • July 31, 2018 6:15 PM EDT
    • Paul;

        That IS the said event....this year we were off by a week, so the posted dates for 2019, are the correct dates...

        Fred

    • July 31, 2018 6:09 PM EDT
    • Won't that event conflict with the annual American Invasion of Ottawa?

    • July 31, 2018 11:58 AM EDT
    • Bob;

        No offence meant...

      …..but I did post it, shortly after the Invasion was over, and it appeared, but then disappeared later....

             I have no idea why it disappeared...

                Should I repost it ?

                     The whole idea of posting it, was to confirm the dates, so others can make their plans, and not run into conflicts...

        Fred

    • July 31, 2018 11:41 AM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      The Annual "Invasion of Friends" Picnic has been confirmed with the Finger Lakes Live Steamers, for Monday, July 22nd, 2019; after the Annual Invasion in Ottawa, starting Thursday, July 18th, 2019.

        These dates were posted on "Coming Events", but seems to have been removed for some reason, only known to this Web Pages' owner.

       

      Ignoring the dig at me, where did you save it to?  I dont see anything in the event calendar.

    • July 31, 2018 11:33 AM EDT
    • The Annual "Invasion of Friends" Picnic has been confirmed with the Finger Lakes Live Steamers, for Monday, July 22nd, 2019; after the Annual Invasion in Ottawa, starting Thursday, July 18th, 2019.

        These dates were posted on "Coming Events", but seems to have been removed for some reason, only known to this Web Pages' owner.