Friday, October 30, 2020

Friday Night Steam

 Let's go on a Halloween train ride!!!!

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The leaves are changing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and that means its time for the GHOST TRAIN to once again haunt the tracks of the Tweetsie Railroad. By day, the park operates as its usual family-friendly self, with engine 12 taking guests on a fun train ride through the Wild West. But as the sun falls the park undergoes a startling metamorphosis into a home for many harrowing haunts. Those brave enough to enter this terrible realm may find themselves being whisked away into the unknown behind engine 13, its two terrible eyes lighting the way into the dark forest. Some of those passengers might just live to tell the tale...



Todays funny :o)

H/T to Glen H.!!!






It was .....

 .....  chilly, wet and yucky yesterday:

Getting bigger!

Bert and Ernie (They are all wet too!)

Play time!

It was such a miserable day - I made them spaghetti!

Our local weather guru has snow in his forecast - I hope he is wrong!


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Why pets bite.....








Today's funny :o)


An absolutely brilliant idea! 
Here's something that perhaps we can all agree on:
The vaccine should be tested on politicians first.
If they survive, the vaccine is safe.
If they don't, the country is safe.
Hard to fault the logic on this...


Early morning sky....

 .... yesterday:


Had rain and the pen and the run were a soggy, poopie mess:

Let the gang out so I could clean it:

They ran to the garden to look for any leftover goodies:

Got everything clean with lots and lots of fresh hay:

Even did the coop!

This is what is left of the kitten's new toy:

It sure is cute, BUT makes a mess!!!!

Hubby already loves it though!


Monday, October 26, 2020

Meet a bunny fluffer!








Today's funny :o)







....... I can see the mountain!!






Still some leaves left on the trees:




The geese have been leaving for the past few days:


Vultures looking for a tree to roost in for the night:

It was cold again yesterday morning:

Benji and the gang:


Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday Night Steam

 A BIG H/T to Terry for sending!!!

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WOW! Not only a Railfan's dream photo shoot, but the steam whistles were singing today! Kudos to Chris Pollock & The Strasburg Railroad Leadership! Special thanks to the Strasburg Rail Road Company for hosting this cam. Visit them on the web and check out their steam excursions, events and everything they offer:

Canadian National 89
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Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderCanadian Locomotive Company
Serial number922
Build dateFebruary 1910

 • Whyte2-6-0
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia.63 in (1.600 m)
Wheelbase49.71 ft (15.15 m)
Adhesive weight120,600 lb (54.7 t)
Loco weight141,800 lb (64.3 t)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity10 long tons (10 t)
Water cap6,000 imperial gallons (27,000 l; 7,200 US gal)
Boiler pressure170 lbf/in2 (1.17 MPa)
Heating surface:
 • Firebox
166 sq ft (15.4 m2)
CylindersTwo, outside
Cylinder size21 in × 26 in (533 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gearStephenson
Valve typePiston
Train brakesAir

Performance figures
Tractive effort26,300 lbf (116.99 kN)

OperatorsGTR » CN
Strasburg Rail Road
ClassGTR: GTR E-12
CN: E-10-a
Power classCN: 26%
Number in class9 of 24
  • GT 1009
  • GT 911
  • CN 911
  • CN 89
  • GMRC 89
  • SRC 89
LocaleCanada/ Vermont/ Lancaster County, PA
Retired1950s (revenue service)
Current ownerStrasburg Rail Road
DispositionOperational, based in Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Great Western Railway of Colorado/Strasburg Railroad 90
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Strasburg Railroad No. 90 at Leaman Place, Pennsylvania in 1989.

Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderBaldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number57812
Model12-42 F
Build dateJune 1924

 • Whyte2-10-0
 • UIC1′E h
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia.56 in (1,422 mm)[1]
Axle load38,000 lb (17,000 kg)[1]
Adhesive weight190,000 lb (86,000 kg)
Loco weight212,000 lb (96,000 kg)[1]
Fuel typeCoal
 • Firegrate area
54.3 sq ft (5.04 m2)[1]
Boiler pressure200 psi (1,400 kPa)[1]
Cylinder size24 in × 28 in (610 mm × 710 mm)[1]

Performance figures
Maximum speed50 mph (80 km/h)
Tractive effort48,960 lbf (217.8 kN)[1]
Factor of adh.3.88

OperatorsGreat Western
Strasburg Rail Road
  • GW 90
  • SRC 90
RetiredApril 5, 1967 (revenue service)
Current ownerStrasburg Rail Road
DispositionOperational, based in Strasburg, Pennsylvania


Today's dsffunny :o)







The new critter.....

...... is still here!


 We'll keep it downstairs in the workshop for another week or so and then it can come upstairs!


 He  (I think it's a he) loves his toy rat!



 Some flowers are still around, too:




 And some tomatoes that the frost didn't get!


The gang eating breakfast on another foggy morning:


 Hubby playing with the leaves:


 PS: Cats poop a LOT.........

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Good Morning!

Say "Hello!" to the newest critter in Coopville:

Our son gave us a feral kitten that had been born under his neighbor's shed. He was afraid the coyotes would get it. No one wanted it because it was so small.

We have NEVER had a cat before - so it's going to be a learning curve for us and this little fella/gal.

It's a feisty little thing and escaped the mesh chicken pen I had it in. Had to get a cage for it to stay in while we tame it!

Will be back on Friday with an update.

 (Oh, what did we get ourselves into)??????


Monday, October 19, 2020

Today's funny :o)







First frost....



 Frost on the garage roof......

 ..... and on the deck:


 The leaves on the ground were encased in it!


 Some flowers, too!


 Garden time for the gang! They always find something to eat!


 Hubby trying to keep up with the falling leaves!



 Time to light the fireplace!





Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday Night Steam

 Gear heaven!



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Here we capture the process of firing up the largest steam traction engine in the world. The 150 CASE Road Locomotive was originally built in 1905 by the JI CASE Co. None of the 9 engines survived until we brought one back to life building it from scratch to the original prints. In this video we set a plowing record for the 150 Case pulling 36 John Deere Bottom plow. The plow is constructed of 3 John Deere plows mounted together as they never produced such a plow before. For more information on the project and the 150 Case check out






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Kory Anderson's re-creation of the legendary Case 150 engine pulls four steamers uphill to recreate the event photographed at the Case factory in Racine, Wisconsin in 1907. Kory unveiled his unique engine in 2018 at Andover, South Dakota. Here you see the big 150 in action at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minnesota, during the 2019 Labor Day weekend show.







Today's funny :o)






A beautiful, windy day in Coopville!

 A "perfect" Autumn day! Glorious!