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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1582359)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
CN owns the Algoma Central now, and runs the Canyon tour train, but the other passenger services on the line are still run by Algoma. The train that goes all the way to Herst and back still does whistle stops, and there are many resorts and cabins along the line only accessible by rail. If you give them 24 hours notice, they will drop or pick up you and your gear (boat, snowmobile or whatever) just about anywhere on the line.

22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1582334)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Just finishing up our annual trip to see the fall colours, this year it included a one day rail trip. The Agawa Canyon excursion is run by the CN, on the old Algoma Central line north of Sault St. Marie, Ontario. The CN bought a new (to them) set of Electromotive F40s and rail cars a few years ago just for this seasonal run.

The train leaves the Soo very early. Our hotel was just across the road from the station, so it wasn't too much of a hardship.


The cars were in pretty good shape. I'm used to riding historical trains, and a lot of times "historical" means "in rough shape". Not these.




Typical scenery on the 4 hour ride to the Agawa Canyon.


Heading north the train had two locos at the front, and one at the rear. No facilities to turn trains or engines at the Canyon, so the two front ones were run around and added to the third on the south end for the trip home.


All set for the run back to the Soo.


I'll add some scenery shots to the Scenery thread in a bit.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Scenery (Message 1582203)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Bernie, that water tower looks like it is leaning a bit...
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : An ugly duckling or not? (Message 1581795)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Airplanes are kind of like kids. The one you work on is the most beautiful airplane in the world - to you.

25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite candy bars (Message 1580904)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
My personal favorite is the Payday. Not available in Canada, so I look forward to my visits to the US. Yanks, don't let anybody tell you that the US never contributed anything worthwhile to global culture.

And deep fried Mars bars are available in a few places in Canada. Usually served by food trucks, I call them A Little Bit of Heaven on a Paper Plate.
26) Message boards : Politics : Canada offers to bring water to 3rd world! (Message 1580444)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Geez, it's space year 2014, the USA is one of the richest countries in the world, and they're still having trouble with a water supply?!

I can understand Saharan Africa having problems, but America?


The symptom is water, but the root cause is money. And a lack of a social conscience.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : book readers (Message 1573189)
Posted 17 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
I recently found a first edition of Pearl S. Buck's Peony for an absolute steal in a used book store. Don't judge the story outside of the time it was written, but it is quite the little page turner.


My mother was a serious Pearl S. Buck fan. I think I still have some of her Buck books in boxes in the basement, along with the poetry books my mother collected.
Taken in strictly modern terms, some of Buck's work seems incredibly racist. But in context, she was one of the first popular western authors to portray Asians as "normal people".
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : book readers (Message 1573046)
Posted 17 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
I have recently discovered Project Gutenberg, to go with a Kindle I "inherited" from my kids. I get their hand-me-downs when they move on to newer technology.

Now on Volume 2 (of 6) of "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Gibbons. Heavy going, but interesting.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Scenery (Message 1572498)
Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
Here is my own shot of one of the sites in Celttooth's last video: The Seven Sisters. One of my favorite spots in Banff. (there is one more to the left, and three to the right, for a total of seven.)

30) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1572399)
Posted 15 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
Can somebody explain how stricter voter ID rules would have prevented Box 13?
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1571872)
Posted 14 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
Tensiometer of some sort.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1571615)
Posted 13 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
A vernier measuring device?
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Is anyone famous left? (Message 1571480)
Posted 13 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
You, me, and Julie, Chris.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Is anyone famous left? (Message 1571211)
Posted 12 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
You and me, Chris.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569966)
Posted 10 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
I'm rather shocked you would make that statement. Currently, this should be discussed in the pun thread.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569784)
Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
Well, some sort of current limiter or protector. If it is not starting a load, is it protecting from peak loads on a line?
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569780)
Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
It is part of the start up wiring of a really big electrical load, probably a large electric motor.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What's for breakfast? (Message 1569685)
Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
Today was home made peach muffins. I love the fresh fruit season.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569434)
Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
Looks like some sort of variable power supply. A portable transformer, or a power supply tester?
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1568437)
Posted 6 Sep 2014 by Profile Bill Walker
It is people like you two that make it difficult to be green.


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