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    • January 7, 2019 10:19 PM EST
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      Jan's and Ric's Great Adventure 2019

      7 January, 2019

      Location - Ridge Live Steamers, Dundee, Florida

      Yesterday, we completed the Ridge Live Steamers First Ops Session of 2019.  We'll have 2 more this Winter/Spring.  One in 2 weeks and then another in March.  These are great fun and lots of good camaraderie.  Always room for interested train buffs. 

       

    • February 22, 2019 11:14 PM EST
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      22 February, 2019 - The Ridge Live Steamers is having their Winter Meet this weekend.  Great fun!  Over a 100 people were at the pot luck this evening.  Over 40 RV's and better than 30 - 7 1/2 inch, 1/8th scale steam engine, plus lots of diesel/electrics, battery powered and many gas powered unit are here for the annual event. So sitting on a hill, waiting for track to clear, while running a Pennsylvania H-10, owned by "Long Island Bob".  A problem about 500 feet up the track had a number of trains stopped.  So 2 trains up, a guy gets off one of the trains and starts walking back.  I know that face.  Nick Armana (sp?, I'm sure I've screwed up the spelling of his last name), as sure as the day is long, the "Aristo Bear" is walking straight at me. Had a great talk while waiting for the track to clear and continued our reunion later back at the station.  Yes, its a small World and better with all the great friends we've made through this hobby of trains.

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      Nick says he may make it to York.  I asked him to try to swing by the "Drag and Brag". 

    • March 1, 2019 8:52 AM EST
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      People are making it home or moving on to the next railroad from Ridge, after the Winter Meet and pictures and videos are getting processed.  One of my thrills every year is to improve my steaming skills by operating a 1.5 scale H-10 owned by Bob Wattacamp of Long Island.  Here is a you tube video of the H-10, operating around the entire mainline of the Ridge Live Steamers in Dundee, Florida.

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         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtd1_X-6YOM

    • March 1, 2019 1:26 PM EST
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    • March 1, 2019 9:19 PM EST
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      i enjoyed the video, Ric. Thanks for putting it out there. And thanks for the assist, Ken.  I love to see the really large scale equipment running. Do you know by chance if that H-10 was manufactured by Wayne Godshall of Godshall’s Custom Machining in Sherman’s Dale, PA?  They are awesome locomotives!

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    • March 1, 2019 9:28 PM EST
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      Yes, that's one of Wayne's engines.  If he's involved, good things happen. 

    • March 2, 2019 12:01 AM EST
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      Cool. There is a private railroad in Coshocton, Ohio called Mill Creek Central that Wayne frequents. On YouTube one can search for Mill Creek Central and view videos from last year of his H10s running. They put together a 100 car train with two of his H10s doubleheaded in the lead, one in the center and one towards the  end.  It’s a cool video to watch. He told me that next year they are going to attempt a 150 car train. 

    • March 2, 2019 9:09 AM EST
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      Mark Betlem said:

      Cool. There is a private railroad in Coshocton, Ohio called Mill Creek Central that Wayne frequents. On YouTube one can search for Mill Creek Central and view videos from last year of his H10s running. They put together a 100 car train with two of his H10s doubleheaded in the lead, one in the center and one towards the  end.  It’s a cool video to watch. He told me that next year they are going to attempt a 150 car train. 

      Mill Creek Central is on our bucket list.  So many railroads, so little time.  Bob called me the night after that 100 car run and was still hyped about it.

      The skill of keeping all those engines pulling together is probably still above my pay grade, but confidence grows with each turn at the throttle.  The H10 is just now really getting loose and is running better every year.  Great engine.

    • March 25, 2019 8:44 AM EDT
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      25 March, 2019 - Winter is officially over!  Spring is here, we are back in Carlyle and planning the Summer Adventures.  Had a great time traveling to York, Pa. from Florida and got to visit with both Ken and Bev and Bruce and Jean, plus all the guys and gals at the ECLSTS.  Traveled up I-95 from Florida to Fredericksburg, VA. and then took the pickup over the Chandler's to experience DC Traffic.  Wow!  

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      Ken got us from Fredericksburg to West Grove, PA without getting on I-95.  Wonderful ride and traveled through areas of our past with crossing over the Bay Bridge in Annapolis that we sailed under so many years ago.  Truly crappy weather and the Bridge was totally in a cloud.

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      York is always fun and "the Diner" will always be in our memories.  Yep, the stuffed flounder was back on the menu.  Somehow I don't think this was our last visit to this great establishment. 

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      The "Drag and Brag" was a great success and Jan pulled off another party.  Little bitter sweet that this may be the last one, but that's for the future to be written.  Even the weekend of the ECLSTS had conflicting activities that we could have attended and I just wish they could advance this cloaning stuff, so we could be in more than one place at a time.  ;-)  

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      Had a long day of road time on Saturday driving from Ken's to Richmond, Indiana.  It was uneventful and that's just fine.

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      Home by 1300 CDST, yesterday (Sunday), and now come the unloading and adjustment to home life for a couple of months.  Family obligations and local events to pass the time, plus that continuous list of "PROJECTS". 

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      Still living the dream.

    • March 25, 2019 8:48 AM EDT
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      Glad you guys made it home OK. Would have been nice to have had some decent weather, but we enjoyed your visit just the same. 

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