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    • July 4, 2019 7:40 PM EDT
    • I see a LOT of possibilities ! I myself would be more inclined to do a plate girders like in the beginning coming out of the house .

    • July 4, 2019 7:11 PM EDT
    • Mason comes on Saturday. Almost ready, just the track and some drain pipe to lift.  Obligatory 'before' pictures...

    • July 4, 2019 5:26 PM EDT
    • I don't recall if the trestle I'm speaking of was designed to be filleld in or not. Probably not as I think the fill job was part of a bunch of upgrades done to handle heavy standard gauge cars.

    • July 4, 2019 12:17 PM EDT
    • Be careful building a fill trestle, they weren't designed to last. The look might be a tad rough.

      I wonder if a foam rock viaduct, wouldn't be more practical. 

       

    • July 3, 2019 11:26 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      I like the trestle idea. Why not make that a winter project?

      It's been on the list for a while.  I have wood to mill up when I get done with all these "gotta do" projects.  Need to do some research on EBT wood trestles. There was a plan for a coal delivery trestle in the latest FEBT Timber Transfer magazine. The only long wood road trestle they had was filled in with waste and became the "long fill" approaching the Runk Rd. bridge.  I don't recall that there were any photos of it. Need to dig out my books and see.

    • July 3, 2019 5:13 PM EDT
    • I like the trestle idea. Why not make that a winter project?

    • July 3, 2019 4:50 PM EDT
    • As I have shifted my focus to getting other things done before my Denver family -1 show up in 3 weeks, the weeds have begun to take over again

       

      I have hired a mason to rebuild a the flagstone stairs, patio and walkways.  To give him access I must lift all of the track from the basement window (Escap'e) including all the raised track to Coal Dump Curve. Thusly, all trains are annulled until the mason is done and I can get it all put back. I may end up enlisting my son to help.  I sure would love to replace all that pressure treated board roadbed with a nice Cedar trestle, but there just isn't enough time.

       

      This is the least scenic area of the railroad so there are not many pictures. This one from 2011 when the new East Escap'e Bridge went in...

       

      And these during grade realignment in 2011...

       

      And finally, this one from 2013...

       

      I finally got around to repairing and painting that door last summer

       

      So far this afternoon I have moved about a half ton of BFR's that were being saved for a future project. Trying to work in the shade as it's close to 90 in the sun. I only have two more days to remove years of accumulated clutter and all the track.

       

    • June 9, 2019 8:09 PM EDT
    • Sure does John.  Got the official word this afternoon while we cleaned the boat out on the lake :) 42 days and counting.

       

      The East End gardening is about done.  I'm sure the weeds will be back before the kids arrive, but hopefully not as bad. Got out and took a few cell phone shots this evening. No trackwork has been done. I put down a little ballast for photos when the plantings went in, but nothing is straight or level. The track geometry crew has been called. Waiting on a call back

       

      My neighbor and I are speaking again. She got mad at me when I protected the engine house from her trash cans after a high wind forecast by tying some rope across her trees. Last weekend  I bailed her out by loaning her a pressure washer wand. Now she's my best friend (lord help me). Anyway - she came over while I was weeding here and asked if I would like her to replace all this border trash with Hosta and I almost did a happy dance   Something is eating the Creeping Jenny but the Solomon's Seal has exploded. It loves this spot...

       

      Focus could be better, but I'm too lazy to dig out the camera...

       

      While we were beached on an island today I was noticing a lot of native plants that thrive in the same light as I have here. Going to take some buckets and potting soil next trip!

    • June 8, 2019 11:16 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      I got a lot done today. Winter debris have been cleared from the entire line and the upper portion has been weeded except for the rust garden. I didn't take time today for pictures; maybe tomorrow. Boss says I must finish the RV repairs before I work on track. Less than 5 weeks until grand-kids arrive. One for the first time and the other since she was a baby.

       

         Nothing like visitors to get a railroader's butt in gear!

       

    • June 8, 2019 9:25 PM EDT
    • I got a lot done today. Winter debris have been cleared from the entire line and the upper portion has been weeded except for the rust garden. I didn't take time today for pictures; maybe tomorrow. Boss says I must finish the RV repairs before I work on track. Less than 5 weeks until grand-kids arrive. One for the first time and the other since she was a baby.

    • June 6, 2019 11:36 AM EDT
    • I use paraffin-based sprays, not toxic to animals, humans, bees.

      I was using neem oil, but it can burn plants.

      We have a spider mite issue here because of the mild climate year round, so you must spray several times a year.

      this stuff never harms plants, and can be used on ornamentals and fruit trees.

       

    • June 6, 2019 8:09 AM EDT
    • My old layout had over 60 of these trees and my current layout, 70+ and I have yet to lose one.  The key is to make sure they get watered a lot the first year and then every few days after that.  Trim the bottom branches and thin the trees out every year, this prevents spider mites and trees from dying on the inside.  The trees do not do well indoors, they should do fine in the filtered sun but I think being indoors the air is to dry for them, especially in winter.  

    • June 5, 2019 12:14 PM EDT
    • Rooster is disturbing …. You opened your self for that one …  

    • June 4, 2019 8:16 PM EDT
    • Preying Mantis Spider Mites on a Rooster before dusting is disturbing

       

       

    • June 4, 2019 8:14 PM EDT
    • Bruce D. Chandler said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      There is that, Bruce. But you don't want to be bringing them home with you either. 

      That's for sure.  I tried getting some Preying Mantis eggs, but that didn't work out for them...so...I've got a bunch biting the dust...

      Hopefully the Preying mantis eggs turn out all female sluts then they will bite the heads off of everything after mating allowing the Dwarf Alberta spruces from Walmart to succeed and thrive!

    • June 4, 2019 8:07 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Survived they did, healthy they are not.  I put them outside in early May and kept them in the sun and watered, but the damage was done. Yesterday trimmed off all the dead which included some new growth. This is what is left...

       

       

      My plan is to knock the dirt off the roots on the bare side, then plant two close together and see how they do over the summer.

       

      @Andy - What do you spray with. I still have two survivors on the layout and would like to protect them.

       

       

      EDITed because my proof reading skill improves by ten fold after hitting POST

      "WACKOFF" the bottom branches and even them up. Then plant them deeper like tomato plants(that love the water) in turn making scale trees.

      Spider mites only reside on Roosters which require a regular feather dusting cause they are dumb and don't know any better.

    • June 4, 2019 11:21 AM EDT
    • For spider mites, I just use the jet stream setting on the nozzle to knock off the bugs and their eggs.  Probably not as effective as chemical warfare, but then, dihydromonoxide has been used as an industrial solvent since well before the Industrial Revolution.  I hit the trees once a week, when I remember it.

    • June 3, 2019 9:20 PM EDT
    • Jerry Bohlander said:

      Sevin is highly toxic to bees, and many other things, including you.  I would suggest you may not want to use the product in the long term

      Search and see for yourself

       

      Regards

       

      Jerry

      I read the included pamphlet and agree it's nasty stuff.  I can't believe it's approved for use on fruits and vegetables.  This will probably be the only bottle I buy.

    • June 3, 2019 7:38 AM EDT
    • Sevin is highly toxic to bees, and many other things, including you.  I would suggest you may not want to use the product in the long term

      Search and see for yourself

       

      Regards

       

      Jerry

    • June 2, 2019 9:19 PM EDT
    • I bought the Sevin in a hose mix bottle. Dang stuff kills EVERYTHING; maybe even the neighbor cats.  The run through the RR all the time. No stopping them.