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   Ole buzzard posted on Blessings  As you may or may not know, the weather in eastern Washington State has been hot and extremely dry. Fellow L-Dotter Eagle's Dominion lives in this area, and a forest fire started yesterday just 10 miles from his house. While it is still early, and crews are on it, any shift or increase in the wind could change things dramatically.

A few prayers for E.D.'s safety certainly couldn't hurt.
Yesterday at 08:08 EST .



   MeiDei  Thank you for the information - added to my list.
Yesterday at 12:07 EST .




   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  A Montana Rail Link local freight passes through the Clark Fork Valley following a spring rain on June 3, 2015.
   June 15 at 16:56 EST .

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   Gram77  What a great shot!!!
June 16 at 17:30 EST .


   Bettijo  Gorgeous!
June 27 at 21:02 EST .




   Ole buzzard posted on Jokes  A Montana Highway Patrol officer stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name.

"Fred," he replies.

"Fred what?" the officer asks.

"Just Fred," the man responds.

The officer is in a good mood and thinks he might just give the biker a break, and write him out a warning instead of a ticket.
The officer then presses him for the last name.

The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it.

The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. "Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?"

The biker replies, "It's a long story, so stay with me. I was born Fred Johnson, from Missoula, Montana. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD.

"After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS.

"Got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD.

"Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS. Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD. Then the VD took away my 'Johnson', so now, I'm, Just Fred."

The officer walked away in tears, laughing.....
June 11 at 13:43 EST .

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   Gerty  Don't mess with a biker!
June 12 at 05:58 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Jokes  Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed monitors of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose into everybody else's business.

Several members disapproved of her actions, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told George and several others that everyone would know what he was doing.

George was a man of few words, so he let Mildred rant, turned his back and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, George very quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house...and left it there all night.

Share this with the "Mildred"s in your life.
June 8 at 20:48 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Events  For those of you here that live in or near Northern Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Transportation will be running excursions powered by the newly restored Norfolk and Western Class J steam locomotive this Saturday and Sunday. They will be 102 mile round trips from Manassas to Front Royal. You can get ticket information at fireup611.org.

Here's a picture of the train taken today as it makes it ferry move to Manassas. It is crossing the James River near Lynchburg VA.

   June 3 at 19:23 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Coffee Klatch  For those of you here that live in or near Northern Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Transportation will be running excursions powered by the newly restored Norfolk and Western Class J steam locomotive this Saturday and Sunday. They will be 102 mile round trips from Manassas to Front Royal. You can get ticket information at fireup611.org.

Here's a picture of the train taken today as it makes it ferry move to Manassas. It is crossing the James River near Lynchburg VA.

   June 3 at 19:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for posting, I'm sending it to my niece in VA - sounds like something she & hubby and 3 little ones might enjoy.
June 3 at 19:38 EST .

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   Gram77  What I wouldn't give for a ride!
June 4 at 11:32 EST .

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   Bettijo  Sure wish I were close enough to take advantage of this.
June 4 at 18:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  I live just outside Manassas (Centreville ), I'm going to try to get on this!
June 5 at 21:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  We looked, it's $109 per person! way to much for us.
June 5 at 21:55 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Jokes  .
   June 3 at 19:05 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  Well, Norfolk and Western Class J #611 is back in Roanoke, and has been reunited with Class Y6a #2156 (2-8-8-2 wheel arrangement, left ), and Class A #1218 (2-6-6-4 wheel arrangement, right ). These three classes of steam locomotive were the backbone of Norfolk and Western's freight and passenger motive power from 1940 to 1959. The A and Y6a were freight locomotives (although the As would occasionally power passenger trains ), and the Js were passenger locomotives, which would also occasionally power high priority fast freights.

There is a lot of wishful thinking in the railfan community that all three locomotives could be restored and returned to mainline excursion service. Restoration of #1218 is probably feasible, as it was last used in excursion service in 1992. However, #2156 has not had a fire in it since 1959.

   May 31 at 15:36 EST .

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   Gram77  Question about #2156.......could it once again have a fire in it?
June 2 at 10:48 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I'm reasonably sure it could. It would be an expensive undertaking, though, probably in the range of $3 to $5 million.
June 3 at 19:07 EST .

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   Gram77  Wow, I figured you could just toss in wood and get a good fire going. I truly know nothing intelligent about trains. I just love their strength and beauty.
June 4 at 11:35 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I have a DVD that has short clips of all three classes in action. There is one clip that has two Y6's at the front of a 200 car train, and two more pushing on the rear. On a flat route, one Y6 could handle that train, but once it got into the hill country, it needed help.
June 5 at 12:50 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  This is a builder's photo of Norfolk & Western Class J1 #606. This locomotive was built to the same mechanical specifications as Class J #611, but didn't receive the beautiful streamlining.
   May 28 at 19:27 EST .

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   Gram77  Maybe it has no beautiful streamlining, but you can see muscle!
May 31 at 11:46 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Yes, Gram, the firebox (that part of the locomotive above the trailing truck and behind the driving wheels ) is HUGE!! That is what determines the locomotive's ability to produce steam, thus energy.
May 31 at 15:25 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  Another photo taken during 611's shakedown trip on May 21, as she speeds effortlessly with a nine car train through Thomasville NC.
   May 28 at 19:21 EST .

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