Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday Night Steam

The 765!

Nickel Plate Road no. 765 is a 2-8-4 "Berkshire" type steam locomotive built for the Nickel Plate Road in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio. Classified as a "S-2" class Berkshire, the locomotive operated fast, heavy freight and passenger trains until retirement in 1958. It is also similar in design to Pere Marquette 1225, also built by Lima.
Following a restoration in 1979 and after a major overhaul in 2005, 765 operates in public exhibition and passenger excursion train service. It is owned and maintained by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS) and listed as no. 96001010 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nickel Plate Road 765
NKP 765 at Owosso Better.jpg
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Lima Locomotive Works
Serial number 8673
Build date September 8, 1944
 • Whyte 2-8-4
 • UIC 1'D2'h
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Leading dia. 36 in (0.914 m)
Driver dia. 69 in (1.753 m)
Trailing dia. 43 in (1.092 m)
Length 100 ft 8 34 in (30.70 m)
Height 15 ft 8 in (4.78 m)
Adhesive weight 264,300 lb (119,900 kg; 119.9 t)
Loco weight 440,800 lb (199,900 kg; 199.9 t)
Total weight 802,500 lb (364,000 kg; 364.0 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 44,000 lb (20,000 kg; 20 t) 22 short tons (20.0 t; 19.6 long tons)
Water cap 22,000 US gal (83,000 l; 18,000 imp gal)
Boiler 89.0625 in (2.26 m) diameter × 42 ft (12.80 m) length
Boiler pressure 245 psi (1.69 MPa)
Superheater Elesco
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 25 in × 34 in (635 mm × 864 mm)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 80 mph (129 km/h)
Tractive effort 64,135 lbf (285.3 kN)
Factor of adh. 4.12
Operators Nickel Plate RoadNorfolk and WesternNorfolk Southern
Class S-2
Number in class 11
  • NKP 765
  • C&O 2765
  • NKP 767
Last run June 14, 1958
Retired May 4, 1963
Restored September 1, 1979
Current owner Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
Disposition Operable, based in New Haven, Indiana at Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society

New York Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 765
Nickel Plate 765 is located in Indiana
Nickel Plate 765
Nickel Plate 765
Location in Indiana
Location 15808 Edgerton Rd., New Haven, Indiana
Coordinates 41°5′16″N 84°56′14″WCoordinates: 41°5′16″N 84°56′14″W
Area less than one acre
Architectural style S-2 class locomotive
NRHP reference # 96001010
Added to NRHP September 12, 1996

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Today's funny :o)


A sign of Spring????

Look at what is poking through last Fall's leaves!

Green!!!   Yay!!!!

Still didn't get rid of that darn rat under the coop.
Went to TS and got this stuff - 'hope it works!

No more Rubbermaid bin to hold the bags of hay - We'll have to find something
 else to store it in. The critter kept running in there. I had to throw out a lot of hay that had rat poop on it.

Those traps are HUGE!

Hubby filling up the bait stations:

The bottoms of them are smeared with peanut butter.

The critter made a tunnel in the dirt under the coop!

The gang cannot get under there, so they are safe!

Have never seen a rat in Coopville before...

Maybe I should get a cat.....


Monday, March 26, 2018

Jellyfish Lake


Jellyfish Lake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jellyfish Lake
Ongeim'l Tketau
Jellyfish Lake aerial (March 2008).jpg
Aerial view, looking west
Location Eil Malk, Rock Islands, Palau
Coordinates 7°09′40″N 134°22′34″ECoordinates: 7°09′40″N 134°22′34″E
Type Meromictic
Basin countries Palau

Max. length 460 m (1,510 ft)
Max. width 160 m (520 ft)
Surface area 5.7 ha (14 acres)
Average depth 30 m (100 ft)
Water volume 1.71 million m3 (60 million cu ft)
Surface elevation Sea level

Frozen Never
Islands None
Jellyfish Lake (Palauan: Ongeim'l Tketau, "Fifth Lake") is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau. Eil Malk is part of the Rock Islands, a group of small, rocky, mostly uninhabited islands in Palau's Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu. There are about 70 other marine lakes located throughout the Rock Islands. Millions of golden jellyfish migrate horizontally across the lake daily.
Jellyfish Lake is connected to the ocean through fissures and tunnels in the limestone of an ancient Miocene reef. However the lake is sufficiently isolated and the conditions are different enough that the diversity of species in the lake is greatly reduced from the nearby lagoon. The golden jellyfish, Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni, and possibly other species in the lake have evolved to be substantially different from their close relatives living in the nearby lagoons.

Learn about Palau here:


Who knew?


Today's funny :o)


Sunrise, sunset, the love shack and Charlie's butt

It was a VERY quiet weekend!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

At the Hop!

Danny and the Juniors!

 *From their website:

*Danny & The Juniors, individually Frank Maffei, Danny Rapp, Joe Terranova and Dave White, began singing together in the early 1950's at ages 13 and 14 in Philadelphia where they were fans of the local rhythm and blues radio stations. It was there they heard the first stirrings of a new music soon to become known as Rock 'n Roll. The Juvenaires, as they were called then, quickly decided to become part of the new movement and began to perform the new songs as well as their own original material at school dances, local clubs and restaurants.
At that time, record companies were engaged in a frenzied search for young people who could perform the new music. It wasn't very long before they discovered the youths, re-named them Danny & The Juniors and recorded them singing one of their own original songs called At The Hop.
The song quickly became a monumental hit on five continents reaching #1 on the pop, country and rhythm and blues charts. It stands today as the #23 all-time biggest record according to The Billboard Magazine List Of #1 Hits. The Group immediately followed with another hit, Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay, which became an anthem of the era, plus dance classics Twistin' USA and Pony Express. These were the first of a string of eleven charted recordings. Their latest albums are the 1992 MCA' release Rockin' With Danny And The Juniors and the 1997 Collectibles release Danny And The Juniors - Classic Golden Greats.
Early in 1958 Dick Clark presented Danny And The Juniors with a gold record for At The Hop on American Bandstand, the first of many awards and accolades they would receive over their career, including Best New Group of 1957 and the prestigious Philadelphia Music Alliance Achievement Award more recently.
With the success of At The Hop, Danny And The Juniors began touring with the other early legends and founders of American Rock In Roll such as: Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Platters in the famous Alan Freed Big Beat Show, as well as appearing at many of the nations top nightclubs, arenas and fairs. To this day they have traveled millions of miles and entertained millions of people in all fifty states, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.
Danny And The Juniors have made almost fifty American Bandstand appearances and have been on numerous television shows -- from the old Patti Page Big Record Show to Nashville Now more recently. They've also been featured in three motion pictures and their songs have been in many more. Danny And The Juniors have been covered in many important national publications including Life, Billboard, Cashbox and Teen. The latest of these is a recent USA Today article that points out the broad appeal of Danny And The Juniors and their music across many demographic categories.
Now, in their fifth decade as performers, the group still appears at a multitude of venues including conventions, theatres, clubs, casinos, fairs and festivals. Their wholesome, fun-loving stage show is embellished with comedy, impressions, bright costumes and audience participation -- while still preserving the rich history -- and is regarded as one of the best in the business.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Night Steam

People just having fun with wonderful steam power!

How many of these do you want???


Today's funny :o)


Dey was wrong.....

We were supposed to have a terrible Nor'easter on Wednesday.

All the scho0ls were closed and some highway were shut down.

We waited...

... and waited


When we woke up Thursday morning, there was only an inch or two of the white
 stuff, but it sure WAS windy!

By early afternoon it all melted away!

Even the robins came back:

The snow melted in the run, so the gang enjoyed some treats in the sunshine:

Supposed to get one another one on April 1st. Will just have to wait and see.....

Wednesday, March 21, 2018