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    • September 19, 2021 4:23 AM EDT
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      @Bruce:  Thanks!  The PLAYMOBIL crew make the photos more fun.  I also find that by taking the time to stage them, it forces me to slow down and think about what I am doing.  Most of the time, I am operating off a concept and what feels right, so these breaks are important!

       

      Today I chose to focus on "pup-proofing."  The first step was acknowledge that buildings on their preferred route to and from Lake Inferior will now  reside on picnic table when trains are not running.  I also decided to reroute the little siding that serves the waterfront.  This displaced a little house to a corner of the railroad, but it looks nice, so I'm OK with it.  Finally, I went back to our debris corner to locate "pup proof" foundations for the buildings:

      Siting and setting these dictated the rest of the day's activities.  Throughout the day, the 1:1 crew joined in.  The boys helped load two trains of gravel and dirt:

      I like to  use trains to haul things around as it makes the day more fun, is a handy way to hold stuff, and helps identify areas that need a bit of fill.  As it turned out, the day's work would overwhelm Mack and Mike Banana Peal, two little HLW Mac's we acquired second hand who have joined Diesel Dan as MOW work horses.

       

      Meanwhile Y.D. undertook to rebuild a house she made for her PLAYMOBIL years ago that had started to collapse.  Basically, I told her to fix it or salvage the parts.  She dragooned her brother, dug into the scrap bins, and attempted the overhaul:

        

      She is very, very crafty, but this project is challenging her.  While she can "see" folk art and craft projects in anything, applying that knack to an existing project is a new experience for her.  While not a railroad project, I enjoyed her company, the skills are transferrable, and the MIK is coming!

       

      Kid-zilla and I got the paving stones set.  I told him to get some water to soak the soil.  He immediately understood that we did that to make it easier to level and to get the mud to flow into air gaps under the paving stones.  I gave him the privilege of setting the buildings in place:

       

      I couldn't help singing to myself:

      The Church's one foundation,

      A recycled paving stone...

      I figured since I got this stone from accumulated debris behind our church, this was a good use for it!

       

      The final setting looked like this:

      This picture actually came much later in the day.  Anytime I move track, it seems I end up jiggling 15 other pieces out of position, so I used this day as an opportunity to address issues all around the Triple O.  I use sectional track and, over the years, I found that some of my attempts to get things running left connections pinched our out of alignment.  Sometimes the answer has been new radius curves.  Sometimes it has been little stumpy pieces of track to fill a gap.  Today it was a combination of hard looking, trail and error, and re-looking.  Our inner loop in particular had suffered from numerous "half fixes" over the years.  Fixing these surveying issues of course led to electrical issues (I shudder to think what it might portend for the alignment through the sugar mill!), and I was only able to restore the outer loop to full service by nightfall.  Someday, I'll convert some locos to battery power.   In the meantime, there's always Diesel Dan

       

      My in-laws arrived sometime amidst all the dirt flinging and track laying, and a stash of new roofing material arrived.  A pair of shears and some Shoe Goo finished off the marine supply:

      Our 1:24 crew, like the rest of us, was pooped and ready for the MOW train to take them home.

       

      Funny how a plan to simply rehabilitate a few old buildings has led to an opportunity to rehab the rest of the railroad and to rethink how we maintain it.  We've still got to seal some things up, do something about that water tower, reroof a little farm house, re-clad HardieBacker structure, and get the canopy back over the observation tower.  Not to mention, there is that Cricut to get and signage to make, Christmas Thomas to repower (Finally saved up for a new STAINZ chassis!  Will flow the parts soon...), a railroad crane to build, and a way-ahead to fix Charlie the Railtruck to decipher, and all before the Mik!  

       

      Work will get in the way of progress on any front next week, but I am satisfied with today's push.

       

      Enjoy the rest of your weekends!

       

      Eric

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    • September 19, 2021 7:32 AM EDT
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      Looking good all

    • September 19, 2021 9:25 AM EDT
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    • September 19, 2021 10:02 AM EDT
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      Love the progress on all fronts, next weekend looks cool enough to get back out and get some stuff done on my RR. 

      AlsoI know you are ex military, and I  like the high and tight military cuts on the boys. Takes me back to when I was a kid, Navy dad kept us high and tight until we got into high school, then we could let it grew out but not become a "dammned hippy"LOL

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    • September 28, 2021 3:13 AM EDT
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      @Pete L.:   I hope your weather has cooperated!  We should be back at it this weekend.  This project has been a needed moral boost and a surprisingly good learning project.  As for the hair cuts, the boys got shorn the first time when someone complimented me on my "daughters."  O.S. has maintained a high and tight.  Kid-zilla and the ladies had preferred his longer hair.  This time, i took him to the barber shop! 

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    • October 4, 2021 4:07 AM EDT
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      Update:

       

      I scored some refurbished over-the-joiner rail clamps, so installing these took precedence.  Shockingly, only my 1:24 scale buddies joined me over the last few days sweating in the tropical sun installing them!

      Oma'o (Green), one of the previously mentioned  recent acquisitions, has been pushing my tools and clamps around the mainline all week helping me find troublesome areas and carrying clamps and tools!  Naturally, we (the 1:24 gang and I) missed the "tree" (rosemary) that had struggled laterally across the track at some point this summer.  The branch tore the chimney off a caboose and led to a splendid wreck that broke the hook off one coupler and snapped the pin holding the hook of another coupler to its loop.  Kid-zilla even caught the fact one of the axels had popped out of the journals from the force of the wreck!  He made the repair without seeking advice and bragged about that repair at dinner.  

       

      MOW work always takes precedence.  If the trains don't run, no one really cares about the rest of the garden.  I did have time to address a little farm house:

      It has held up well despite a hackneyed attempt years ago to install a solar yard light:

       

      The photo on the right shows just how well these little open framed structures have held up over the years.  I am glad I had the foresight to place all of them on paving stone foundations.  I do think that made the difference.  To date, the only serious rot has been the plywood used to wall the garden center.

       

      I replaced the bit of roofing material with the hole with another scrap, affixing it with Shoe Goo.  Y.D. wanted aluminum on top, so I cut up my scrap cans and affixed them over the roof's apex. I also replaced the windows with the last bits of the Plexi-glass Sheet of Unknown Origins (Pete L., your supply is next up for full exhaustion!  The Mik is coming!) The building got a "Bill Barnwell" LED lamp, and, stealing from him and others, the  battery box got a coat of brown paint to emulate a wooden box:

      Every last Sharpie in this house has disappeared, or it would have gotten Barnwell-ian lines to make it look like a wooden crate.  The building sits rather far back, so "close enough" is "good enough."  I left touch up painting to Y.D., but her sister actually said the building looks good and weathered in place.  Too bad I forgot to take a picture!

       

      I had just enough time today to turn my attention back to the church.  A running sight gag around the Triple O are re-purposed bits of epee blades.  When a blade snaps, it becomes the most expensive tomato stake, slowly rusting until it finds new purpose on the Triple O.  Here, one blade prepares for the transformation:

      Opal, who with the rest of the zoo, was exhausted from the attention received at the annual Blessing of the Animals, was clearly not impressed! Shoe Goo served to hold it in place:

       

      Some alleged charity also conveniently sent a small cross that I affixed to left over piano wire from Diesel Dan's rehabilitation.  This is the first time I ever tried to use CA accelerator.  That stuff is life changing!  Why did I never use it before?!?!?  The net result looks pretty good, and Pastor Kamakane seems pretty pleased to welcome the local paniolo to evensong.

       

      Still need to get that CRICUT to make the signs, but, for the moment, the church is pau.  I should mention the little shed in the background is another of my father-in-law's donations.   He made one for each of the kids to decorate as they see fit.  This one recently drifted back out to the railroad.   Hmmmm....

       

      Three projects left to go...I am going to hold fire on replacing the stairwells up the little switchtowers you can see here and there.  With the dogs, there is simply no point.  These are actually wired into the tracks, so removing them from the railroad is not in the cards for the moment.  I have to replace the safety rails and thatched roof of our observation tower, but, this, too is wired to the tracks and must be done in situ.  I'll wait for a less brutally hot day.   Finally, there  is my father-in-law's water tower.  I am still debating my way forward.

       

      Oh, and, yes, after contending with that tree, and making repairs, we did just run - and enjoy running - trains as the sun set over the Ko'olaus!  

       

      Have a great week!

       

      Eric

       

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    • October 4, 2021 7:40 AM EDT
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      Look at the bright side, Eric. You could live here in the NE US where we have rain, snow, sleet, hail, the occasion tornado and the inevitable hurricane that wreaks havoc on buildings.

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    • October 5, 2021 12:27 AM EDT
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      @Ken:  That's why I settled here when I transferred to the Reserves! 

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    • October 5, 2021 4:23 AM EDT
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      Hawaii is on my travel bucket list just to see the "Arizona Memorial" and the Missouri.

      (My dad served on the Iowa during the Korean War)

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    • October 9, 2021 2:50 PM EDT
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      @Ken:  The USS Missouri Memorial has done an excellent job maintaining and interpreting the service of the ship and her crew.  When the WWII vets were still with us with the strength to go aboard, I had the privilege of escorting a sailor of the battleships USS Pennsylvania, and, if memory serves, USS North Dakota, during a ceremony commemorating the end of the War.  It was amazing watching these men transform from greying veterans into 18 year old volunteers the moment they crossed the quarterdeck!  I had to run to keep up!

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    • October 9, 2021 3:01 PM EDT
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      We have the New Jersey parked across the river from where I live, and sad to say, I haven't had a chance to run over to see her yet.

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    • October 9, 2021 4:12 PM EDT
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      Ken Brunt said:

      Hawaii is on my travel bucket list just to see the "Arizona Memorial" and the Missouri.

      (My dad served on the Iowa during the Korean War)

      I would also recommend the Punchbowl, among others!   Hawaii is a special place and I've been there a lot (but never lived there).   I have done the Arizona and other tourist thingies and enjoyed them all.  I first visited Oahu in the 1960s to visit with my Dad who was on R&R from Vietnam(hard to believe I was ever THAT young!).   Later I visited there because when I was in school, my Dad was stationed at Schofield Barracks and I would visit on breaks.  (It was pretty cool because he had just got his helicopter rating so I got tours in an OH-58 - nice way to view the island!)   After Jean & I were married, part of our honeymoon included a visit to Oahu.  My Dad was an 0-6 (Full Colonel) so he got us (I was only a 2nd LT and probably could NOT have gotten the time of day) a two room cottage at the beach at Fort Derussy -  (THINK Waikiki!, but it's ALL gone NOW)   We also visited my folks up at Schofield.   

       

      Later we had several "club" trips to Maui courtesy of my employer.   Lots of fun, especially in the winter, just to call back home and rub it in!  (We had rented a Mustang convertible and called my daughter who was in college in Fredericksburg, VA - she was so jealous!)

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