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    Default NSNX2011 Group Project Photo Thread

    NSNX2011 has left the Danville and Rigby Junction tracks and is headed south to Kentucky under mysterious, if not suspicious, circumstances. It was spotted at a local distributor's dock where, apparently, it picked up just one small wooden crate. In a photo shot by a local railfan, yard boss, Hiram Q. Hoehandle, is seen conversing with his brother, Hubert, sitting on said crate, possibly discussing the situation! Our intrepid railfan spotted the car being hauled out of town by a MEC ten-wheeler and later caught up with it at Rigby Junction behind a B&M Consolidation, headed south. The journey begins.....

    Adding to the mystery, Hiram has reported that Hubert didn't show up for work today and no one seems to know where he is!
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    Hope theres no major surprises when it arrives in KY. Hubert probably passed out drunk somewhere.

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    Is Hubert friends with Bobby Joe?? That would be bad.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbass01 View Post
    Is Hubert friends with Bobby Joe?? That would be bad.....
    Chuckle, chuckle!!!

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    OK, first some businesss... here's the map!

    This works the same way as the NSN Traveling Car map. Traveling Car participants I have copied your pin info (but not your photo!) and pin location from the other map. Other folks, I've picked a random location in your state and put in some boilerplate text. You'll need to tell me where to put the pin and what to say in the bubble.

    Admins - is there a way to embed HTML content in a post? If so, I can put an embedded version of the map here.


    The car did arrive today safe and sound. I'll have a full report - with pictures - tomorrow.
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    I happened to be out railfanning near the MOW shed at the tail of the wye, and caught a few photos of a boxcar that looked vaguely familiar...



    I noticed a fellow sitting on a crate... he appeared rather oddly dressed for a hobo, more like a railroad worker, but not from around here. And he didn't look too good, either...


    I zipped over to the yard, curious, and asked around a bit. Apparently the fellow's name was Hubert, and he was from somewhere up in Maine. The train crew spotted him when they picked the car up at the Williamson interchange (a slightly over-hard coupling move jostled the door open). He was passed out on top of this small crate, but otherwise unharmed from his long journey. The conductor was able to revive him quickly enough with some water from the cab, and he elected to stay with his box for the ride in to Glover's Bend.

    Apparently, curious about this odd crate, he had climbed into the car at the Rigby Junction yard to poke around while the car was in the yard, but just as he was about to hop down and seal up the car doors, the engineer started the train rolling. The doors slid shut and trapped him in the car, and - nobody being around to notice - there was nothing for it but to ride to the next stop.

    He was fortunate that we've had such unseasonably cool weather this week along the Eastern Seaboard... being trapped in a boxcar like that for days with no water could kill someone in the summer heat. Even so, he appeared to have suffered some delirium or something, as he seemed oddly curious about our cell phones and my digital camera. And it struck me that his outfit looked like he could have stepped right out of one of those steam-era railroad videos you see on YouTube...

    We took him in to town and got him some dinner and a room for the night. He refused to go unless we brought the crate, too, so we tossed it into the back of a company pickup and deposited it in his room at the hotel.

    Last I saw him, after a bit of instruction on the TV and Wii remote (about which he was strangely unfamiliar!) he was settled in happily devouring episodes of "Extreme Trains".
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    Wooo Hooooo! This is going to be GOOD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
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    I think I can safely say that is NOT possible to embed HTML in posts!

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    OK, here's just a few pics to keep you going. I lost the little adapter plate for my tripod so these are all handheld shots. Fortunately, I found the plate this morning, so I will try to get some better ones tonight before I box it up for the next leg of the journey.

    These shots are before the final coat of matte finish, so the weathering is even more toned down now...


    Waiting at the interchange track with the "test dummy" weathered car...


    Being picked up...


    Sitting in the yard. Hubert is not too much harmed by his journey...


    Spotted at the GB Freight & Transfer house...


    Testing out the (new) switchback over the mine. The track is only designed to hold two cars + loco, not three...
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    Well, I stopped by the yard this morning to grab a few more (better) pictures of NSNX 2011, and it was gone!

    The Yard Master told me that the waybill had indicated it needed to be sent to the West Coast, so he had tied it to a passing way freight to make room for the day's outbounds from town.

    He kept yammering on about how business was picking up lately and the yard wasn't hardly big enough to handle it all and how they were going to have to start second shift operations and such...

    I didn't hear half of it. All I could think of was another missed opportunity to get some good shots of that interesting old boxcar. Well, maybe it'll turn up somewhere else.

    Has anybody seen that Hubert fellow lately? He wasn't at breakfast... odd....
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    I will warm up my camera and see if I can catch her on the way in. Where is that battery charger....
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    Looks like we're off to a great start! Thanks TD.
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    I suppose I should document what I did...

    After removing the trucks, I hit the sides and top with a 1:10 white acrylic / isopropyl alcohol wash to age it a bit. Then some 1:4 grimy black down the roof walk (all that soot from riding behind steamers!). Next some 1:1 rail tie brown streaks up the car ends for dirt washed up by the car in front. And then some 1:4 rail tie brown dusted across the bottom of the car for dirt & dust kicked up from the roadbed.

    Finally, I tagged the springs on the trucks with a touch of Bragdon "dark rust". This may or may not have been a mistake, depending on how well or poorly the powder sticks where it's supposed to be and avoids the wheels. Oh, and a light shot of matte finish from a rattle can to seal it all up - which of course faded/dulled all my weathering work so that it's barely noticeable.

    Oh well. Plenty of opportunity for the rest of you to make it look positively banged up!
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    That sounds great, TD, and it looks good, too. I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop over the next weeks.
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    Dang, leave something for the rest of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twoolf View Post
    Dang, leave something for the rest of us!
    Oh, don't worry, it's a very light weathering job. There's plenty more to be done!!
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    Yeah, it's got a long way to travel and I suspect it may pick up some of that red earth in Connecticut before it comes home!
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    I have been listening to the scanner like when NSNX2010 came by but have not been as successful. I did hear some chatter about an old car with a roof walk being moved to the shop for a coupler repair. I checked the shop the next day and must have missed. I prowled around all day Sat with no success and decided to go out just before dinner tonight to see... low and behold, I spotted her in the main yard, partially obscured but found her none the less. I grabbed a couple of pics as light was fading. Looks like the repair crew also did some exterior decorating. NSNX2011 is not officially part of the Borg collective.
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    I called a buddy of mine who works in dispatch and asked what was up with 2011 and he told me she was going to be moved to the warehouse track sometime later this week with the local and promised he would give me a ring when she was on the move. I am HOPING to catch a video.

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    Finally got the call this afternoon. NSNX2011 was ont he move to the warehouse. I hear that she is headed there to pick up 3 casks of rum!!! My favorite!

    I sat up on a hill and was able to catch her coming in. I cut out some of the switching moves cause the video was getting really long.

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