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    • January 20, 2018 2:40 PM EST
    • Fred Mills. said:

      Time...????...after true retirement, time is whatever you want it to look like. Except for true responsibilities, like doctors' appointments, paying bills, or going to the cafe' for bheer, whine, coffee or breakfast, you are free to do what YOU want, and WHENEVER you want. True retirement happens when you suddenly realise  that you don't have to report for anything, in order to make a living. You can sleep when you are tired, be awake when it suits you, even at 02:00 in the morning...if you suddenly find your mind alive and active.  If in doubt, have a nap.

       You can find that the best time of the day is between the first few minutes of sunrise, until 10:00...you can enjoy silence, hear the birds sing, breath fresh air, and smell the flowers...even move at a slow pace...no need to constantly race...no competition...just plain relaxing and enjoying all the things you missed when you "Didn't have time"...

        Try it....you might enjoy it...live a bit longer, and enjoy better health.   You might even find time to build that model railroad...

        Fr.Fred 

       

      I am retiring in 18 months time, speaking to other retirees at my lawn bowling club the general consensus is when I retire I will be wondering where I found time to go to work with all the interests I have. 

      My wife is retired and she is on the go all the time with her interests.

    • January 19, 2018 9:37 PM EST
    • Fred,

      That is truly sage advice. Spot on. I have been retired since 2004 and love it.

    • January 15, 2018 4:14 PM EST
    • Time...????...after true retirement, time is whatever you want it to look like. Except for true responsibilities, like doctors' appointments, paying bills, or going to the cafe' for bheer, whine, coffee or breakfast, you are free to do what YOU want, and WHENEVER you want. True retirement happens when you suddenly realise  that you don't have to report for anything, in order to make a living. You can sleep when you are tired, be awake when it suits you, even at 02:00 in the morning...if you suddenly find your mind alive and active.  If in doubt, have a nap.

       You can find that the best time of the day is between the first few minutes of sunrise, until 10:00...you can enjoy silence, hear the birds sing, breath fresh air, and smell the flowers...even move at a slow pace...no need to constantly race...no competition...just plain relaxing and enjoying all the things you missed when you "Didn't have time"...

        Try it....you might enjoy it...live a bit longer, and enjoy better health.   You might even find time to build that model railroad...

        Fr.Fred 

    • January 12, 2018 2:23 PM EST
    • When I started planning my indoor layout, I measured 2 feet out from the basement walls and drew chalk lines on the basement floor. I knew 2 feet (3 tracks) was as far as I could reach without knocking cars over. Then I laid track and switches to see what would fit well and provided the most room for switching. When I was satisfied with the 30 x 22 foot track plan, I built waste-high tables for the railway.

       

      The 15 x 11 foot oval was the first section to be removed. Watching a large scale train chase its tail quickly got boring, and the oval took up a lot of space. That part of the room became my train workshop.

       

      The remaining U-shaped layout had a 2 x 30 foot yard (3 tracks wide) along the wall side, and a 4 x 16 foot yard (5 tracks wide) on the open side. As the house was on a ravine lot there was a patio door to back yard and pool. Each summer the U and it tables had to be removed so the patio door could be used. One winter it was not re-installed and the 4 x 16 foot yard was removed.

       

      I found the 2 x 30 foot Time Waster switching yard was enough to test locomotive projects and keep me amused during the winter. A few years later it was transformed into an On30 layout by The Muffin Gang.

       

      Three years later I moved to a small bungalow that has no room for a railway in the basement. But between operating seasons at Fred's, The Muffin Gang still meets at my place every Thursday morning for muffins and hot chocolate. There is also the occasional trip downstairs to my workshop to see the locomotive project I may be working on.

    • January 4, 2018 7:37 AM EST
    • Steve McKenzie said:

      Looks like Mike got one last kick at the cat as 2017 goes out and we welcome 2018 in, a cold one up here in the great white north! Happy New Year from all us here at the OVGRS.

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2018/01/happy-new-year.html

      A great review of 2017.  A Happy New Year to all OVGRS folk where ever you may be.  May 2018 be another great fun running year - once you have all come out of hibernation!   

    • January 3, 2018 10:49 PM EST
    • Looks like Mike got one last kick at the cat as 2017 goes out and we welcome 2018 in, a cold one up here in the great white north! Happy New Year from all us here at the OVGRS.

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2018/01/happy-new-year.html

    • December 2, 2017 7:03 AM EST
    • Good to hear things are well on the IPP&WRR. 

      Our plans are to return to our normal travels north this coming year and llook forward to hearing about the constant improvements to the trackage.

      All the best!

       

    • December 1, 2017 12:37 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:
      KaWhanga! Forgetting all about the noise, I switched on the light to see my second smallest right toe pointing skyward at a 45 degree angle and at right angles to it's fellow mates.

      I hate when that happens! 

    • December 1, 2017 12:30 PM EST
    • Alan you do paint a bucolic scene ...

       

      Brrr December chill dropped all the way to 73 F yesterday! Where did I put those mukluks?

      I was out track side yesterday, but the best I could do was make plans as I hobble about. Yep my rusted metal bits of history will look good along the wood planks supporting my joy.

      A week ago in the middle of the night I heard a noise, I grabbed a torch (flashlight) and made my way in the dark to surprise the thief! KaWhanga! Forgetting all about the noise, I switched on the light to see my second smallest right toe pointing skyward at a 45 degree angle and at right angles to it's fellow mates.

      The Adrenalin provided the necessary numbness to relocate that puppy and a Band-aid secured it to the middle one.

       

      That's not why I posted, I am in disbelief that no time is wasted playing solitaire on your computer!

       

      I announced that I don't have enough and was told I do....

       

      Clean off your work bench, Mr. Taylor has a new challenge waiting for New Years.

    • December 1, 2017 11:29 AM EST
    • I guess winter does have its compensations - that is those of us that who live in a seasonal climate.  It is cool over here - by UK standards, but not North American - just above freezing or so.  It is the northerly winds, down from the Arctic, that make train running restricted even if the sun is shining.  So ops are somewhat short, after all it does a body no good out in the cold for too long especially when you are over a certain age. But the darker evenings do have their compensations.  Sat by a nice open fire - yes, I still have them, reading or looking at railroad books. with a glass of a comforting drink and ruminating over what projects, might or might not, be contemplated in the New Year.  The holidays are just around the corner but I don't expect anything of a railroading nature - I made the mistake of announcing that I had more then enough.   Besides, my favourite manufacturer is no longer in business and what is available in the UK has little appeal to me.  Having made some alterations to the flag stop and depot area back in early October I have to consider how to best operate the new yard.  The new yard allows some switching and the passing loop still free for through trains.

      The spring soon arrives and many of us look forward to the OVGRS operations reports of 2018 and of course the new structures referred to by Fr. Fred.  Who knows what those guys up there in the frozen north will discuss and share with us next year. 

    • December 1, 2017 8:38 AM EST
    • Fred,

      Have a good winter's rest!

    • December 1, 2017 8:21 AM EST
    • Here we are in December, of 2017. No snow here at this moment, but it has tried to get a foot-hold.

       Just to keep this thread alive, and to let everyone know that we are alive and well.  We don't quit living up here in the northland, we just take a break, and rest up for a great burst of energy in the Spring. While resting, we don't stop planning, or having fun. We even try to get maintenance done on our dual fleets of rolling stock.

       George Wellington arrived a week or two ago, with a new pump house for the hazardous waste plant at Cedar Rock. It looks great.

         The operating crews don't stop partying...the next "Beanfest" is on December 10th, here in the IPP&W Boardroom. It is being called an "Annual" end of year bash, but is really an attempt at retaing some sense of order in our operating plans for the New Year.

         New sidings, new buildings, new ideas, and a new year await us, just a few months from now. By adding a change here, and an improvement there, along with full involvement by the operating crews, we keep life in the OVGRS. Yes we all enjoy sitting, and watching our railroad equipment run, but from start to finish, the New Year, brings new challenges, new ideas, and continuous FUN, and Friendship, brought together on our OPERATING railroad. The Winter "Hibernation" just helps us to appreciate the Spring, Summer, and Fall, that much more...

           The Ottwa Valley Garden Railroad Society (OVGRS) is alive and well.  The two railroad companies; the Ironwood Peter's Pond & Western, and the Rat Portage & Mattawa, are still "In the black".

            Friends of the OVGRS, are welcome to offer new ideas; improvements on old ones; and progressive thoughts on the fun and operations of our railroads.  We look forward to greeting you all, in good health, during the coming New Year.

           Fred Mills

    • November 8, 2017 3:15 PM EST
    • I guess I can safely say that operations are over on the IPP&W for the year. Everyone keeps telling me that it has been a GREAT year. We did have 20 full operations, and everyone is itching to start anew this coming May.

          The Winter will truely start any week now, and already plans and suggestions are coming in. Doug has started looking at the other program, to replace RailOps, if we have any problems...just as a back-up, at this stage. Several new sidings seem to be in the works, and car maintenance is getting started.

        We look forward to sharing our operating days with everyone interested, in the coming year, so if Steve, Mike, Bernie, Chris, and many others, keep taking great pictures, this thread should be back here in 2018.

            If you care to visit, please feel welcome.

        Fred Mills

    • October 25, 2017 12:10 PM EDT
    • Interesting!

    • October 25, 2017 8:48 AM EDT
    • Cool.   I always wondered what was done for winter.   Now I know. 

      I sure hope Lawrence survived the rope attack.

    • October 24, 2017 10:57 PM EDT
    • The weather has turned just fabulous lately but we all know what's to come here in the north time to put everything to bed. We've enjoyed a great season of operating thanks to Fred so here's Mike's blog covering the season's closing. But who knows there may still be opportunities to run trains yet. http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2017/10/closing-up-railroad-for-winter.html

    • December 20, 2017 2:30 AM EST
    • Here we are, a year and a half later, just before Christmas, in 2017.

       Ric says "Looking forward to July", way back then in June of 2016. Word has it that he and Jan plan on making a "Single handed" Invasion, again in 2018.

         Since he would in all likelihood, again be using Ken's word "Invasion"; I don't suppose there will be any official warning, unless he and Jan, gang up with Ken. Bruce, and any number of fellow Americans, to make the thrust, of Friendship, into this old Bytown...the original name of Ottawa.

         They sometimes in the past, used the excuse of "Going North" for relief from the heat, of July weather in the South, so I best set up some sort of "Defense" against the lack of ice cubes, cold bheer, and other refreshments. Invasions take a toll on the Invaders, and since they are actually great FRIENDS, of everyone up here, we don't in any way want them to suffer hardships of any kind, doing the deed of invading, and spreading the word of Good Will, along with a welcome dose of Friendship.

        The IPP&W, and RP&M Railroads are already planning for upgrades, and annual improvements in 2018. We will start them as early as possible in the Spring of 2018. In the mean time, we are doing more upgrades in the ore car fleets, and general maintenance on rolling stock. This keeps us busy, during the cold, and wintery weather of January through to April.  All the operating gang met a week or so ago, and are eagerly awaiting Spring, and another great operating year, on the IPP&W/RP&M Railroads.

        Fred Mills

        OK, Ken...I'll now shut up, and remain quiet...but I assure you that I'm very much alive...!!...and I hope you are too, and will remain so...!! 

    • October 19, 2017 12:07 PM EDT
    • Duplicate to above photo.

       

    • October 19, 2017 12:05 PM EDT
    • Yes, it does show up, but the photo IS a bit out of date - I'm sure Ric will get us a better picture "soon".    Missing are Freeman Spur, Memphis and the Power Plant, although you can see where Freeman Spur will be located.

      Large layout is a bit of an understatement.

    • October 19, 2017 7:28 AM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      I would love to see a drone or overhead picture of that massive layout. and I would love to come see it in person one of these days

       

      Working on that, but everyone know my "learning curve" is steep and has many switchbacks.  The BS does show up on Google Earth.  Search on Nashville, Illinois and go south down Illinois 127.  Government spy satellites have been taking regular update photos.  Not sure the reason, but I have opinions about the logic.