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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Museum Discussion / Re: Signage at Trout Brook and Elsewhere
« on: September 29, 2021, 07:04:53 AM »
So what is a sign? Is a sign on a building saying "restrooms" a sign? Are our station names signs? Is a sign saying "property of WW&F, No Tresspassing" a sign ? Now we must stay on good terms with the town, but getting an ok that an information sign, of a certain maximum size, that is  set back a certain distance from public right of way is not considered a sign under the ordinance, might be a plan. Think outside the box.
M. Nix

Very very nice, some of the photos would make great postcards!
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 05, 2021, 09:09:49 AM »
Wouldn't blue flags be the most appropriate anyway? The car should not be moved until the ice cream serving is done and the power cord is disconnected right?

About ten years ago we were driving through Quebec Canada on our way to Maine, we stopped at a tourist information center to get some information about the roads. The two young ladies there spoke very broken English but the young man spoke very good English. I asked him if he grew up speaking English and he said no, he spoke French growing up like everyone else that lived there but he watched a lot of American television !
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:46:29 PM »
I have a friend that is an electrician, he marks circuits at the breaker and at the outlet or machine so there is no time wasted finding which circuit you have. It saves a lot of guessing. I hope our electrician has the same thought. And yes, you still check to make sure the power is off even when everything is marked.

M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 05, 2021, 04:04:22 PM »
Either way a good map is a must, I measured mine from the house and other buildings just to save wondering now close I am to the lines. For the museum it's a must to have a very good map of the electric, communications, drain and water lines so there's no guessing as to whether a locate is needed.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:36:23 PM »
That looks nice, are the walls of the pit going to be block?
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:33:51 PM »

Plus if you want to dig you have to wait till the Tracer gets there & after the electrical building (power pole)
all lines belong to the property owner so it is not a free service. You don't have to ask how I know.
Interesting, here in Minnesota they locate everything right up to your building, but anything you put in going out from your building is your responsibility. That is to say if it was installed by the utility than it's located for free.

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 30, 2021, 01:35:20 PM »
It ain't pretty, and it ain't neat but a screwdriver (i know use the correct tools)
driven through the can also works.
I guy I worked with did that, he wasn't to handy, still couldn't get the filter off and had to have the car towed to a shop.
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: Video
« on: March 21, 2021, 07:59:01 AM »
It's impressive, I saw them riveting one of uthe wheels together. He bought Dakota Foundry because he didn't want some corporation buying it and refuse to make small and one of parts he needed for the Case. Of course it also fit nicely with his existing company in his business model .
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: BUFF B-52, Air Force, Snoring, and French.
« on: March 10, 2021, 10:12:06 AM »
Some railroaders use FRN for railfans. It stands for Fricking Railroad Nut, or something close to that. Heard it from a young woman whose father worked for thr railroad.
M. Nix

It also looks fine on my old unupdateable I-pad.

General Discussion / Re: RR Spikes/rail/
« on: February 28, 2021, 08:49:12 AM »
While he knows railroading as it is his job,
i laughed when he said that spikes are low carbon steel while holding one marked HC on the head for High Carbon!
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: February Work Reports 2021
« on: February 28, 2021, 08:40:20 AM »
Are you just thinning the trees in that area?
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: Toledo, Peoria, and Western H-10 class
« on: February 14, 2021, 02:44:20 PM »
A nice looking locomotive, very clean lines. Was she built light because of the track or was it just a chance thing that that was the weight when she was built.

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