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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery => Topic started by: Steve Smith on December 05, 2013, 03:53:47 PM

Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Steve Smith on December 05, 2013, 03:53:47 PM
I'm amazed by the speeds they make over some really questionable looking track. Seems that they depend on healthy grass to hold the rails in place!

Aha! The solution to the never ending grass trimming problem on the WW&F!  ;D
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 05, 2013, 04:54:45 PM
Hmm... using heavy turf for road bed stabilization.

This could be a sod story with a happy ending!
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: John McNamara on December 05, 2013, 05:06:54 PM
Oh no! In addition to Fred Morse, Steve Smith, Ed Lecuyer, Ira Schreiber, and Marcel Levesque, we have yet another punster!
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 05, 2013, 08:14:28 PM
It is just a grass routes track.

The Rock Island railroad in its later years was noted for using "gauge grass" to maintain their branch lines.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 05, 2013, 11:22:40 PM
I understand that on some of the grain gathering branches, the Rock was barley able to maintain the track!

I thought about that all evening. Couldn't come up with crop.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 06, 2013, 09:47:34 AM
Looks like Ira and John are a cut above the rest.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 06, 2013, 10:06:36 AM
Ok. Time to mow you all down. It's the only fairway.

I'm hedging that since Start hadn't jumped in earlier, he was green with envy.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 06, 2013, 06:42:25 PM
John is just trying to weed out the others.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 06, 2013, 07:59:31 PM
This garden is thick with punsters. The last I checked, "weed" is plural!
I hope no one accuses me of being the fodder of all these puns.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 06, 2013, 08:14:59 PM
Groan......
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 06, 2013, 08:44:45 PM
Maybe not the fodder but you sure are making hay with them.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 06, 2013, 09:21:13 PM
Ah, the proper amount of fertilizer will start 'em groan!
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 06, 2013, 10:17:16 PM
Hey Ed,  ya better nip this in the bud!

Start  Stop
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 06, 2013, 10:26:44 PM
No, this thread is starting to grow on me.
(like a Chia pet)
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 07, 2013, 05:01:36 AM
Kind of wish I hadn't touched this with a (almost) two foot Pole.
Title: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Skip Breyfogle on December 07, 2013, 06:54:15 AM
You folks have me beet.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Dylan Lambert on December 07, 2013, 12:12:20 PM
It's all pun and games... Now, let's trim out these comments and get back to work!
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 07, 2013, 02:51:16 PM
Speaking of Poles (of which I am one fourth) did you know that Alexander Graham Bellski was the world's first telephone Pole?
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Mike Fox on December 07, 2013, 09:21:14 PM
Yes, this is one of the few railroads in the world that maintains their ballast with a gang mower
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on December 08, 2013, 08:51:26 PM
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnndd we've gone from ivy league to bush league with one stroke of the sickle.  :P
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 08, 2013, 09:46:06 PM
While I was outstanding in a field, I see Mr. Lecuyer has farmed us out to greener pastures. This was just, as we had wandered far and wide with those Rock Island puns.
Far too broad a topic for a two foot forum!

But, while we're out here, I don't know if many folks are aware that the Rock Island's scientific approach to heavy grass right of way stabilization had an unforeseen benefit for poultry farmers adjacent to it's branch lines.

Seems that these chicken farmers had a big problem with foxes raiding their coops. This was severely effecting their profits. One strand of tough right of way grass that had been developed by the Rock's horticultural department (every respectable railroad should have one) happened to be irresistible to young foxes. They absolutely loved the stuff, especially the roots. Unfortunately this grass caused a nasty rash to develop on their tender skin, causing great misery for the little fellows. Ultimately the local fox population declined and with it the poultry farmers distress.

The Rock Island was justifiably proud of their accidental accomplishment and sought to capitalize on this by emblazing a slogan on the sides of their locomotives.

It read..........






"Root of the Raw Kits"
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Steve Smith on December 08, 2013, 11:39:13 PM
John, for that one you deserve the Horn Pun Prize for 2013.

(The Horn prize is sometimes called the NO BELL Pun Prize.)

Noel, Noel,
Noel, No-o Bel.......uh, no.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 09, 2013, 12:37:35 PM
Thank you, so much, for the Horn/No-bell prize.

I understand it is awarded for wringing the life out of a topic.

As much as I appreciate it, I will gladly seed my position.

John
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Tom Casper on December 09, 2013, 01:53:43 PM
This is a fun read with my morning coffee.  It is bringing cheer between holidays with out the HOE HOE HOE!

Tom C.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Mike Fox on December 09, 2013, 09:10:03 PM
And mow mow mow
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 10, 2013, 02:31:00 PM
I think you guys mowed the dead horse...
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Tom Casper on December 11, 2013, 11:26:50 AM
Thanks Hansel, I thought maybe the tread died.  I use this as my funny paper!

Tom C.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 11, 2013, 07:46:41 PM
This thread dead? But we're not done flogging it yet!

I do appreciate Hansel's entry. I had considered wandering into the barnyard and recruiting some animals (if I had a barnyard) to fill the vacancies left by the young foxes, but it seems I was out of stock.

Perhaps someone can take this bull.... by the horns and steer us into the heavy grass before we bale.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 11, 2013, 08:37:58 PM
to fill the vacancies left by the young foxes, but it seems I was out of stock.

Well, we've still got a Fox MOWing the ROW!
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: John Kokas on December 11, 2013, 10:52:57 PM
Ah Yes,  the FOX !!!  Would explain where all the stock went.......
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 12, 2013, 09:17:08 AM
What does the Fox say? ... Cut it out!
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on December 12, 2013, 09:31:49 PM
What does the Fox say? ... Cut it out!
YIFF! Yiff-yiff, yiff-yiff!  ;D
(Sorry, couldn't resist.)  :P
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Mike Fox on December 12, 2013, 09:32:36 PM
Nope. You can clearly hear the fox say mow in the attached 10 second video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk1mAd77Hr4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk1mAd77Hr4)
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 12, 2013, 09:40:17 PM
I think the sophisticated term for the four things he walks on is "Faux pas".
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Tom Casper on December 12, 2013, 10:03:18 PM
Thanks guys, I needed that!

Tom C.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 12, 2013, 10:21:22 PM
I hope that's the end of that tail tale
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 13, 2013, 09:38:46 PM
And the beginning of a red tail!

TAIL me about it!
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Tom Casper on December 14, 2013, 10:13:46 AM
still smiling guys!

Tom C.
Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: john d Stone on December 14, 2013, 10:42:52 PM
Some more interesting "facts" about the Rock Island's heavy grass right-of-way stabilization program have recently sprouted.
As we have previously learned, young fox kits developed severe skin allergies from eating the roots of tough "tie grass".
It would seem that another long term effect was permanently bloodshot eyes.
These poor tormented creatures would stare angrily at their former trackside homeland for hours on end.
This behavior was known as "the raw kit's red glare".
An unauthorized late night "field observation trip" by Dr. Jose Kenucee, the head of Rock Island's veterinary science division (OK, maybe their organization was a bit top heavy) accompanied by his young, often rude yet attractive, lab assistant Dawn Surlylite, prompted a late night dissertation of his findings to a local shotgun-toting farmer who was investigating a strange, steamed up vehicle on his property.
The farmer observed, as he gazed into the doctor's vehicle "ain't science wonderful?"
 
I'll let you know if anything else crops up.

John


Title: Re: Sod Island Lawns (it's a mighty fine lawn)
Post by: Mike Fox on December 15, 2013, 12:19:50 PM
That is just too funny.