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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1721483)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Is there an Amtrak Loco #666? Just curious.

Well not yet, but watch this space.

As there are 70 ACS64's ordered #666 may be here in a few weeks. However I cannot find any definite info on whether they will use 666 or not.

Maybe David knows

PS. Of course Amtrak already run a service #666



The Keystone, Harrisburgh to NY on a Saturday and Sunday, which apparently the ACS64's are now used on, so if #666 is used then it might well be on service #666 that would be something!!
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1721475)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well " Siemens in Sacramento, CA." will need something to do when these run out.

Today on the 6 #655



Wonder why they don't arrive in order, the last one was 656.

Also today another high hood through Chesterton, this time leading!!



Another GP38-2 5106, only a short consist, I often see several a day like this, mostly coil cars, not seen a high hood leading before though.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1721050)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Had an odd day today and nearly didn't get round to watching the cams.

However I did in the end and caught 656.



Not only that but on the end was



The return of the Cripple Creek Sheriffs Railcar.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1720870)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Did you catch them coming back on 6 this afternoon? 6 was here at least a couple of hours late, but not horrendously so.


I did indeed



All present and correct!!

Also caught Caritas arriving on the City of New Orleans.



Early morning shots are not as good there, sun is in the wrong place.

Also the SWC 4 brought this in yesterday.



Nice Baltimore and Ohio dome car.

I am slightly annoyed, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus train went through Chesterton early this morning, about 5:10.
Heading for Moline IL. I get an "alert" but as it happens I was asleep!! Still October and November they will be at Toledo, Cleveland, Rosemount and Chicago, just have to hope I can see it then!!
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1720566)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Now this post will have a lot of pics even for me :-)

While waiting for the daily Amtraks to pass Chesterton, the gates went down and this appeared



CN 8948 an SD70-M2 (DC traction motors) not that unusual

Then this followed



CN 5763 and SD75I, followed by yet another



CN 5624 also an SD75I. Well that's 3 CN locos, any more?



Now this is a bit more unusual, 4618 a cowl bodied C40-8M notice the BCOL under the number, stands for BC Rail, (British Columbia).

And more?



2601 a C44-9W shows the difference between the body types.

And we are not finished yet!!



Well another cowl in the shape of 5529 a SD60F

And finally bringing up the rear



BCRail 4643 a C44-9WL

BC Rail is currently being operated by Canadian National on a 99 year lease.

There is a bit of Canadian intrigue around that.

BC Rail
6) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1720491)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
What any poster does or does not think is totally their own opinion, mod or ex-mod.

A moderator is just an ordinary poster who is willing to help try and keep the forums orderly. Nothing more, the "power" that you seem to believe exists, is possibly with the forum admin.

My posts to any thread offering "advice" on the thread is just that advice. I hope I don't issue "orders".

The reason this thread is here is because there are still unanswered questions as to exactly what happened, it was thought at the beginning it may have been a terrorist act, and my still be

If any OP feels that perhaps their thread needs moving then they can contact the mods.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 84 (Message 1720490)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
grape
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1720316)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well these made a pleasant change from the parade of mostly black and white NS locos



Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (ICE) 6215 an SD 40-2

Followed by ICE 6211 also an SD 40-2



ICE has a strange history the precis of which is it was part of CP, then sold, off then brought back again,
in fact the lead loco ICE 6215, was at one time CP 5744. So ICE is currently part of CP, whose shining ambassador was the third in line.




Obviously CP are from the school "paint don't move freight" :-)

From what I can see from other pics, it was last painted around 1991!!

However to be fair to CP it seem they occasionaly splash out on a can or two of paint.




Ex SOO Line SD60 6042, transformed in 2013 to CP 6247

Just ignore the one in front as it seems they don't wash them often either!!
9) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1720260)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
greedy companies in the US!


Please define greedy and give examples, also I assume you are saying that only US pharmaceutical companies are greedy?

I personally do not know anyone who has been mistreated by the US health service, quite the reverse.

So please lets get a little perspective.

Thank you.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1720236)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I don't know trains are like buses, none for ages then two come along at once!!

Well to be fair, exactly the same one :-)

9-1-1 returned yesterday, this time leading and heading east, I prefer this pic.



Apparently only going to Elkhart so perhaps it will be back again later!!
11) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1720235)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
This thread has wandered a bit from the original intention.

So if someone wishes to start a thread about different countries healthcare systems it might be more appropriate.

Also perhaps posters with a negative viewpoint could please rather than rubbishing a country, come up with ways to improve said system, rather than just saying it and therefor the country is rubbish.

Also as has been stated first hand experience of that countries health care system and constructive comment will be better accepted than a slanging match.

Remember no country is perfect.

Thank you.
12) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1719747)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
"Filter" is your friend!
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719718)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I suspect most of us here are dying breed.

This worries me a lot more than anything MS might do

Facebook has a billion users in one day

I suspect most of them posted pictures, told people where they were or where they were going, what time they would be home and when they will be on holiday and posted pictures of their pets and or kids.

So many Facebook users have little or nothing hidden. Peoples lives are there to see. If you doubt me how do you think I tracked down the Kenzie impersonator, via an open Facebook account where all the pictures were on show.

How many of those billion who use Win 10 will even care what MS does.

It is a new world where privacy is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Of course we don't like it, but I am not sure there is much we can do to stop it.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1719697)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Finally today have added this one to my "seen" list

Just went past Chesterton heading west.

SD60E NS 9-1-1 "Honoring First Responders"



Now I just need NS 6920 "Honoring our Veterans"
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1719220)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Seems IPH are quite busy around Chicago.

These just left on the California Zephyr.



Is it me or is the dome car green?



Well whatever colour, I would still like to ride in one!
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 84 (Message 1719112)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Pack
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 84 (Message 1719084)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
boots
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1718680)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
So here is a bit of an oddity.

Most US deisel locomotives have what is know as a "long hood" and a "short hood"

Normally the long hood (usually the back) is high and the short hood (normally the front) is low, however there are still quite a few of these out there.

"high short hood"


Demonstrated here by GP38-2 NS 5168

The most surprising thing about it is that as delivered to The Southern Railway between 1968 and 1972, they were originally used long hood forward.

One reason was to protect the crew in case of an accident, another was it apparently placed the engineer on the right side with a good view of the signals, not really sure about that.

They are apparently mostly used as switchers where the direction changes all the time so it is not so important.

Just so you can see the difference here is a low short hood GP38-2 you have seen before.



BNSF 2661

Of course now days all main line units have full width "safety cabs" as demonstrated by C44-9W BNSF 5479 in the picture. These provide better crew safety and better visibility.

NS 5168 as you can see in the first picture was being used as a second unit so visibility was not important.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part II You wouldn't believe what they found! (Message 1718493)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I thought this a very good movie on the subject.....
The Imitation Game.

Yes I have seen it, but having read up on the subject and visited Bletchley Park, lets just says, I think it was a bit more complicated than that :-)

But you do have to try an tell the story in a couple of hours and keep people entertained

It was a good film with some excellent acting.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part II You wouldn't believe what they found! (Message 1718483)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
In the last few years I have become interested in the work of Bletchley Park and the Enigma machines.

I understood mostly how the Enigma machines, however I recently discovered this

Enigma Simulator

It gives you a small virtual Enigma machine that works exactly the same as the real ones did. You get the three most common versions.

It comes with extremely detailed instructions and for me whilst using it allowed the last few pieces of the puzzle to drop into place.

And here is that last paragraph in the machines "default setting"

HZEMH NVPJA XTMAG NNZMM FPEOX YXWMY YOEIU KAFEW XTWPC BLCDM YSYWS GMZZO JUIRF NYZEP ZMGTA ABZYL KYHRN XDMVQ YLOUP SLRFN RRVFV FFWQW

You can copy and paste messages into it for encoding and decoding.

I thought some of you might be interested.


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