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1) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1698046)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Welcome back the guy with no name and a deleted posting history.


I suspect that there was a major breach of the Seti Forum database when
User ID: 7787259 decided to become a referee in this playground and
edited all of his posts up to june 3, 2014. The posts weren't hidden, but
rather changed. That's not nice.

There was a moderator that was doing this. I tried to point it out to no avail. ;)

The person concerned was a moderator and moderators can edit their own posts. However moderators cannot edit other peoples posts, only hide or move them.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1697676)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Thank you David for the pictures. For someone who watched the whole thing from the top of that camera pole the close ups were really great.

I assume you didn't see Mr Lincoln himself, a bit spooky as there was his funeral car.

Here he is with what I assume were a selection of VIP's on the Friday afternoon



Apparently they employed an actor for the whole weekend to wander about with his "wife".

Also I actually didn't get the Leviathan leaving, that is the problem with still cameras and no sound, I looked and it was already halfway down the spur leaving behind 8358. Shortly after the Amtrak Exhibition train, now turned reappeared on the spur, and stayed there for a further two days. This was the last shot I took on Tuesday evening.



Place looks a little different. Yesterday morning the train was gone.

As to the non ballasted track, it was not fully installed until late Thursday, in fact the crew were there briefly Friday morning. Leviathan and 8358 were to my knowledge the first vehicles to use the track.

A BNSF loco and what looked like a couple of ballast wagons in tow arrived at the far end of the spur on Tuesday and was there for over 24 hours.

At that point they hadn't even fixed the far rail So perhaps the job "overran" but they need to use the track on Friday.

Also the wooden ties already seem to have already been there. If you look at Google maps "earth view" it is before the track was laid and it seems obvious that there was a track there originally that possibly served the old station. Perhaps the end section had just been "buried and was found to be OK when dug up?

I will let you know what if anything happens now.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1696597)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Busy weekend and not had much time to watch the cameras, however I did notice that the California Zephyr 5 and 6 seem to be in total disarray, the one that left Chicago on Friday has been stuck at Denver and is apparently over 31 hours late. The 5 that left Chicago yesterday has a "service disruption label and hasn't reached Denver yet.

No 5 departed today and no 6 arrived, although I saw what appeared to be and empty 5 or 6 sped through Galesburg without stopping, heading for Chicago.

Then I spied this coming down the wye



Iowa Pacific GP40FH 4135

So was the the new Hoosier State service, well yes and no.



As you can see it was actually attached to the rear of the current Amtrak service. Couldn't see the number on the 2nd engine but the rear was SLRG 4144, now I believe Iowa Pacific.




So what was that about "route learning"!!
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1696030)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well at a wet Galesburg IL things are starting to happen

The problem is that is seems a few people are watching the cameras so the refresh rate dipped to around 5 minutes, meaning a lot can happen you don't see.

Firstly this appeared backing down the track, looked like a BNSF freight loco and something else.



The "something else" turned out to the "The Leviathan"


Built by the same guy who built the Lincoln Funeral Coach.

One wonders why it didn't steam down the spur as it fired up straight away.



The BNSF unit moved forward and is apparently on display as it has some of its side panels removed.

It was during all this that the cameras went into 5 minute pause and so on the next refresh the Amtrak Exhibit Train had arrived and was parked in front, and I saw nothing of it arriving at all!



Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow!!
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (98) Server Problems? (Message 1696011)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
There is no "official outage" read Matt's post

Speaking of outages, this Saturday (the 27th) we will be bringing the project down for the day as the colo is messing with power lines and while they are confident we shouldn't lose power during their upgrades we're going to play it safe and make sure our databases are quiescent.


They have decided to bring the project down "just in case". The COLO expects no irruptions.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1696006)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Yes that is particularly disappointing as Railstream has an HD camera at Rochelle that performs quite well at night.

I am hopeful that if the 6 makes it to Rochelle before 7pm local I can try tonight.

As was expected the "Exhibit Train" left Chicago about 20 minutes ago. Caught me out as I was not expecting anything, but as there is a "wind back" slider I was able to get a pic.



As usual the "Veterans" unit no 42 in the lead. Be interesting to see what they do at Galesburg. Where it is currently looking very wet.

Also today a P32 made a rare appearence at Chesterton on The Capitol 29

No 514 to be exact with 25 leading.



Oh yes and railfan included :-)
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1695747)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I'm a bit surprised to see them setting up the Lincoln car on the portable track they carry instead of on the real one.

Well either the nice new track is not ready yet, or they will be something else on it!

Here it is in place.



Also, NIRC 3 will be coming around the wye in Chicago with one car and METX 401. It has been out of service for months with a bent frame. It's been shuffled around between various Metra shops and is now headed for 47th St. There is speculation that it is being stripped for usable parts.


Yes it did



Fist time I have seen an M36PH, also fist time I have seen one on the airline!



Annoyingly looks like the 5 will get to Rochelle way too late for me.

That would have been quite a good shot!!
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1695654)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Hey guys, could you let some of us outsiders know what the numbers talk is all about. i.e,. 1-6 numbered trains, and stuff like 382 and 383!! I try to follow the talk and the pics but the train buff talk floors me at times :-)

5 and 6 are the California Zephyr, 5 Chicago to SF (Actually Emeryville ), 6 SF to Chicago

3 and 4 Southwest Chief, 3 Chicago to LA, 4 LA to Chicago

381 and 382 are the Carl Sandburg, 381 Chicago to Quincy, 382 Quincy to Chicago

380 and 383 are the Illinois Zephyr, 383 Chicago to Quincy, 380 Quincy to Chicago.

To understand things a bit better, either use the Amtrak track a train from here

http://www.amtrak.com/home

or see the ASM interactive map here

http://www.asm.transitdocs.com/
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1695646)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
4 shows almost to Jefferson City, MO already. 6 is still in OMA, apparently waiting for UP to find a pilot engine.

Yes I noticed.

I assume that will mean if the Amtrak display train was destined for Galesburg, it may not get there now!!

The display train was last reported in Chicago. The route from there to Galesburg is not blocked. It will either deadhead or be on the back end of 381 or 383.

Well that will be interesting in itself!!
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1695641)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
4 shows almost to Jefferson City, MO already. 6 is still in OMA, apparently waiting for UP to find a pilot engine.

Yes I noticed.

I assume that will mean if the Amtrak display train was destined for Galesburg, it may not get there now!!
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1695597)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I just happened to glance at the Galesburg camera and noticed a few people standing around looking expectantly toward the far end of the station

A few minutes later this arrived



The Lincoln Funeral car replica, not by rail but road

They took a break



They are still maneuvering it

More hopefully later.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : In Memorandum Thread or not (Message 1695478)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I can see my attempt to have a civil discussion has been hijacked so that will be the end.

Please remember that not everyone feels the same abut all things and please a little give and take.

And no I do not feel I overstepped. I feel very much that you did
I was asking a perfectly simple question and you got upset.

My mistake was I should have said I am asking this question as a poster on these forums NOT a mod.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : In Memorandum Thread or not (Message 1695454)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
To prevent a repeat of yesterday when people were discussing whether to start one thread for all famous people passing in an RIP thread. This thread will allow a discussion.

Please keep it civil.

Personally I rarely post in the "RIP" threads as it is just a personal thing with me.

However I realise that many people like to express their sadness for the passing of someone who may have been a great influence on their lives or just a familiar face or voice through radio TV or films.

I don't personally see a problem with individual threads, it would somehow seem a little less "personal" to have them all together in one.

Just my thoughts, what are yours.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1695204)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I thought you might recognise Galesburg!

I have to say there is a large amount of freight all day long!!, also with the yard close by you even see this sort of thing.



A BN green 1848 SD40-2, from what I read it is one of the yard switchers which often seem to come just up to the station then reverse back, as it is only a still cam that is the best shot I have got.

If you also notice the track right in front of the museum is being relaid and is missing a rail!

Here is another shot looking the other way and another switcher.



Couldn't read the number. Also see the work in progress.

I had of course hoped that I might be able to see the CZ and SWC when running late as it is about 2½ hours earlier here.

However it is pot luck here was the SWC arriving from LA



And on the other camera.



Well not going to get any info from those shots.

Of course it has allowed me to see for myself something I have previously only read about. The almost mythical "Amtrak Smoke Break" :-)



Where all those addicted stand around in groups puffing away, and any railfan will try to get pictures of all the rolling stock!!

This was the CZ Last night.

Notice also that there are now two rails!

I assume they have been trying to get that finished in time for the weekend.

Hopefully the 6 hour time difference will mean I can get to see something, as I have a busy Saturday and Sunday!!
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (98) Server Problems? (Message 1694897)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
New post from Matt

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=77575#1694895
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1694571)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
As I volunteer to teach IT at the local 60+ club my laptop will be upgraded first thing on the 29th, followed by one of my older non crunching desktops with a GT240 in.

So when I go to the 60+ club on the Friday I will know what to expect if anyone has upgraded their machines. The reason to upgrade my laptop, so I can take it with me to show people what it looks like, and how easy/difficult it is to use.

Still I expect to have my main machine and my only other Win 7 cruncher upgraded within a few days.

I have everything I value backed up in two places so why wait!

Live on the cutting edge I say :-)
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1694296)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Here is something a little different.

I was just looking around to see if there are any other interesting web cams and I found this



Now notice something unusual, yes actual passengers!! This is one of the two cameras at Galesburg IL, situated on the Galesburg Railroad Museum

It is not a streaming cam but refreshes every 30 seconds. The train approaching is the 380 all points Quincy IL to Chicago. It is 7:38am on a Sunday morning and there are about 50 people waiting to board!! It would be considered a "local train" only 4 cars and it takes about 4½ hours Quincy IL to Chicago

Being a 30sec cam the next shot would be boring except the other camera faces north.



P42 65 waiting to depart for Chicago.

The interesting thing is that both the California Zephyr and Southwest Chief also stop here.

For those who like me were never very good on geography here is a map courtesy of http://www.asm.transitdocs.com/



The numbered squares are the Amtrak services, green means on time yellow up to half an hour late and red more than half and hour late.

Quincy is bottom left and the 380 has just left Galesburg.

Chicago is on the bottom left of the blue bit which of course is Lake Michigan. I have also put a pointer in for the Chesterton crossing camera, which the two red squares, 29 and 49 are both currently approaching.

Also you will note the "return service" Chicago to Quincy 381 has just left Chicago.



With 100 in the lead.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1693445)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Bernie, if you're up and paying attention right now, turn on the Chicago camera. 6 has the display train on it, and the veteran's unit.

No sorry at 3:01 am I am in bed, interesting train or not!

Are you familiar with http://dixielandsoftware.net? Its server queries amtrak.com and displays the status of all Amtrak trains in a fairly friendly format. I just learned that if you scroll down the home page, there's a link called the Hitchhiker's Guide to Amtrak, which has a number of other useful features. One of them is a different version of the tracking map on amtrak.com.



Yes use the map and the ASM alerts to find out how late the trains I watch are!!

I have the "Solari" station board for Chicago on a screen most of the time, whist not 100% accurate it does remind me which train is due.

I have realised that I now have videos and still pictures of all the 29 and 49's since the 15th December, and most of the 3,4,5 and 6 since 1st of Jan, of course if they arrive at 3am I just might give them a miss!!

Also I have seen every "trackworthy" P42 except 150 and 196.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1693205)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
OK, so how do I get it back without having to log onto another ISP?

Annoyances aside, here is a an SD40-2 from a company I have never heard of before.



Trans Global Solutions, seems that they do everything "railway related" including locomotive leasing, which I suspect this is.

Still nice to see something different.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1693028)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I am going to post this here, whilst it is a technical issue it is directly related to trains and my enjoyment of them and not really a subject for number crunching!!

I make a lot of use of the "Track a Train" on The Amtrak home page

Most of the time it works fine, the suddenly for no reason it will just load a blank white box, It will affect all of my machines. However any machine that has the page already open and tracking a train will continue to work, if I refresh it then blank page. This can go on for hours or sometimes a couple of days.

Then a couple of days ago when all machines had the problem, I tethered my laptop to my mobile phone and bingo, worked first time, if I kept the tracker open and tracking a train and went back to my broadband, it carries on working.

So it is obviously something to do either my router (BT Home Hub 5) or my ISP as my phone is with a different company.

I had the problem today on my main machine, which has a wireless card installed I never use. I disabled my NIC, enabled the wireless card, tethered it to my phone and it worked. Disabled wireless re-enabled the NIC and map stays up

Anyone any ideas as to what could possibly cause this?

PS I have changed my DNS server a couple of times to no effect.

Oh yes and rebooted my Home Hub, no difference


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