Weekend BS Post (since Roy is slacking)

What are your thoughts about the Car of Tomorrow and today's inaugural race?

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Looks like there will be a big learning curve. Safer for the driver.
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Smart ass! Roy has been busy trying to get his head around no more trains after 35 years and trying to get the car and myself ready to leave for Fl in a couple of weeks.
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What happen, you have to sell off all your HO's Or is this something because of the shoulder?
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No, I'm retireing in 8 day's. So no more working on the railroad.

Shoulder is doing okay, doc gave me the okay to go back to work. So I will for a bit. Fl is planned,we bought a place there last year. I'm going to go down for a couple of months then back to MA for a month. Then back down for a couple more months and so on until the wife can retire.
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And on the way north he's gonna find out about the good food in the mid-west... White Castles...Ruth's restaraunt...Bullwinkles Tavern..... The suckers is gonna gain 15 lbs before I'm done with him...
That'll teach him to win all those bets off me..... <VBG>
Denny
Then back down for

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Denny wrote:

On my last trip to Ohio I stopped by White Castle to see what all the fuss was about. I have puked. Those 'burgers' are about the grossest thing I've ever had. Tasted like a dog food patty between pillsbury pop and fresh biscuits. Those things are nasty!!
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Roy,
Which line? I was a 3rd generation railroader until I got the chance to get a job that didn't have the lay-offs.
Ken
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Really, what railroad.?
I'm 3rd generation as well. Never a lay off though. I started with the Boston&Maine, a freight railroad, which was going real well until the Mellon banking family bought it and did a 'Wall Street" on it. Totally trashed it. Gotta love those republicans.<G>(that'll get miles going). I moved over to the commuter rail side of it when it was split and Amtrak ended up bidding and winning the contract. Then a few years ago the contract was put out to bid and a group mainly from Europe now has it. It is called Mass Bay Commuter Rail. The group is pretty much run by Conex. They have a horrible record in England, to the point that they were pretty much told to leave. It isn't a happy deal anymore so it's time for me to go. Of course it's pretty easy as I have been out of work since last Sept. with this shoulder injury. No remorse at all. Of course I'll miss a lot of the folks I've worked with. It is hard not to after working 35 years with some of them. But life goes on.
Roy

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Grandpa started with the Pere Marquette in 1920. It was bought out by C&O, which is now know as CSX. He retired in 1960. He was a locomotive engineer. Dad started with C&O in 1950 and retired in 1994, spending most of that as a carman and a locomotive carpenter, the last few years were as a foreman. I worked there in 1981-82, got laid-off, then worked there again in 1993, all of it as a carman-welder. My final (shit or get off the list) call-back was in 2002. Officially a 20 year lay-off, as the '93 stint was in a "special project" job that basically meant I was working for 75% of full-rate. Railroad jobs in my area (West Michigan) have had a long history of lay-offs and call-backs. I needed more stability. Now I work in a MI prison as an officer. 20 years time in now (the '93 bit with CSX was during a time when some were trying to illegally get me fired). The POS's are gone and the dept. is a lot better. Lay-offs are a rarity and I can retire in about 5 years at age 52. Not as bad as you might think. I spent too much time in bars during my younger and wilder days that were a lot more dangerous than the place where I work. Railroading does get in your blood and I'll always look at trains differently because of the short time that I worked on them
I learned a lot about working with steel and how to make fine adjustments with a sledgehammer. As Dad told me one time when I was working with him, "Damn it Kenny, it's a boxcar, not a Swiss watch, hit it again with the sledge," after I was trying to measure something down to a 32nd. All the work I did and I'm pretty sure my Dad did, was with freight. Not sure about Grandpa. He's been gone 40 years this December.
Life does indeed go on and we take what we can make and what we're dealt. I hope you have a really long retirement and enjoy every minute of it.
Past my bedtime. Gotta go.
Ken
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I think you were playing with that new found compressor and your inflate-a-date!
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It's now the Car of Today.
The rear wing coming off so easily bothers me. I hope replacing them during a race becomes a simple task.
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wrote:

I think they need to re-design the air splitter also, it looks like it might have been cutting tires or knocking the valve stem off on contact. I really don't like the rear wing, though I know they will not get rid of it, but they need to re-think it's mounting and maybe it's design.
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wrote:

I still like the Superbird wing.
Ken
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