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    • July 31, 2019 6:40 AM EDT
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      31 July, 2019 - Finger Lakes Live Steamers, Marengo, New York

      The 50th Anniversary Celebration is officially scheduled to begin tomorrow, 1 August.  However, people started arriving yesterday.  Over 200 people are registered and it should be a fun and busy event.  The facilities are looking good and trains will be running on all 3 gauges.

    • July 31, 2019 7:21 AM EDT
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      Bernie, and I should arrive there on Friday morning, Ric...

            Fred Mills

    • July 31, 2019 10:45 AM EDT
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      Fred Mills. said:

      Bernie, and I should arrive there on Friday morning, Ric...

            Fred Mills

       

      Noelle and I also shall arrive Friday morning.  Yay Steam!!!!  Rooster doesn't know what he's missing.... Here's cinders in your eye, kids.  Heh, heh! 

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      Fred Mills. said:

      Bernie, and I should arrive there on Friday morning, Ric...

            Fred Mills

       

      Noelle and I also shall arrive Friday morning.  Yay Steam!!!!  Rooster doesn't know what he's missing.... Here's cinders in your eye, kids.  Heh, heh! 

    • August 12, 2019 9:03 AM EDT
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      12 August, 2019 - We are home.  Last night was the first time in Carlyle since June 17th.  Nice to be home, but we are already planning our next trip.  Headed for the Michigan Central's Fall Ops over Labor Day Weekend.  Bill Hays wants us to arrive a few days early to work on the Car Float.

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      Our recent travels and adventures are well documented.

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      For more info, check out -

      American Invasion 2019

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2019-07-27T17:25:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=2&by-date=false

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      Finger Lakes Live Steamers

      https://fingerlakeslivesteamers.org/

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      TrainOps2019

      http://largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/29268/train-ops-2019/view/post_id/389273

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      Mill Creek Railroad

      https://www.millcreekcentral.com/

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      This hobby of "Operations with Model Trains" offers us a chance to see great railroads and visit wonderful people enjoying the same things we do.  I hope you enjoy us sharing it.  Its our way of documenting memories for ourselves, also.

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      Someone "Mike?" came up to me at the Mill Creek Railroad.  We introduced ourselves and shared a moment, but the weekend is a blurr of fun.

       

       

    • August 12, 2019 9:09 AM EDT
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      I'm surprised you remember how to get home......................

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      "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Martin Luther King Jr

    • August 12, 2019 11:38 AM EDT
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      Welcome home....  Since you are home and had that rain,

      could you please send some down here??

       

    • August 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT
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      Ric has a home ?

       

       

      If this is true why has it not been donated to someone that needs one ?

    • August 12, 2019 9:33 PM EDT
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      Ric Golding said:

      Someone "Mike?" came up to me at the Mill Creek Railroad.  We introduced ourselves and shared a moment, but the weekend is a blurr of fun.

       

      That would be me, Ric.  I was trying to "track" you down all weekend but you were literally a blurr, steaming around the over five miles of track at Mill Creek Central.  When I finally caught you off your steed and packing up I figured that I had better say hi before you took off on the next leg of your and Jan's great adventure. 

      It sure looked to me like you've mastered that awesome Wayne Godshall H-10.  Your "blurr of fun" was fun for all to watch. 

      It was good to meet you in person, although it was brief.  Happy steaming!......Mark "Mike" Betlem

       

    • August 13, 2019 8:15 AM EDT
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      MARK - Truly the pleasure was mine.  I really appreciate the time you took to introduce yourself.  I tried so hard to remember your name, but, at least, I got the "M" right.  The Long Island H-10 is owned by Bob Wattecamp and he has a picture of him in the prototype 113, when he was little.  The engineer, at the time, was a friend of Bob's Dad. The engine is a lot for both of us to run, so we take turns one run at the helm and one run in the jump seat.  Jan usually conducts and protects the back of the train.  Bob's 75 and I'm almost 71 and he has been so generous over the last 3 years to let me share his fun.  We both learn so much every time we run it.  Wayne Godshalls H-10's are really quite the engine.

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      http://www.godshallscustommachining.com/

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      My learning experience this time was to use the "Johnson Bar" in reverse to slow the engine, when I didn't have enough steam pressure to stop us coming down the hill through the tunnel.  A real pucker factor, while living the dream.

       

    • August 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT
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      Ken Brunt said:

      I'm surprised you remember how to get home......................

      A good GPS.

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      AndyC said - "Welcome home.... Since you are home and had that rain, could you please send some down here??"

      You didn't get the rain.  Did it again at 3 this morning and raining now.  I think Lake is going to jump up.

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      Rooster said - "Ric has a home?  If this is true why has it not been donated to someone that needs one?"

      Yes, the Duplex is for when we can't do this traveling anymore.  The Son keeps asking me how I'm doing.  I think he's got other ideas for the Truck when we can't use it as much.  Life - its what's happening while you plan your future.  GOD just laughs.

       

      This post was edited by Ric Golding at August 13, 2019 8:24 AM EDT
    • August 13, 2019 2:28 PM EDT
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      Ric Golding said:

      My learning experience this time was to use the "Johnson Bar" in reverse to slow the engine, when I didn't have enough steam pressure to stop us coming down the hill through the tunnel.  A real pucker factor, while living the dream.

       

       That hill was not originally supposed to have such a steep grade.  Dick McCloy (the founder, owner, designer, "dicktator", and all around fantastic human being....for those not familiar with Mill Creek Central Railroad) worked for three years trying to take the tunnel elevation down eight more inches to lessen that grade but the solid rock would not budge.  It does make for a challenging descent, especially with the grade crossing and main yard immediately at the bottom.  But that's part of the character of Mill Creek.  It forces the engineer to think way ahead and prepare his train for the upcoming (or downcoming) track circumstances.   Kinda like a real railroad. 

        By the time I figured out that maybe it was you chugging by I didn't have much opportunity to study the H-10 or your crew.  It sounds like you have an awesome train and crew.  It was fun watching you and so many others out there living the dream.  It really is a great family activity where everyone can participate. 

       

    • August 21, 2019 7:04 AM EDT
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      Mark,

      The Long Island H-10 is owned by Bob Wattecamp and Jan and I are the part time crew.  The H-10 is 3 years old and I've been fortunate enough to be involved with it, since it was delivered in Florida.  Great engine to operate and just now really getting broke in.  It will be a good runner long after we are.

      Wayne Godshall's Shop builds these along with many other units and they are becoming a standard of the industry.

      http://www.godshallscustommachining.com/

       

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