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A Crummy Gift

A “Crummy” is Railroad slang for a Caboose and that is what I got as a gift on October 17th from a good friend of mine at the office.  Steve knows that I am into trains and he decided to pull an office prank on me by taking an old cardboard box from his new lawnmower and some scrap-wood and build a caboose.  He then hauled it to the office along with tools to make final adjustments and hook it up to my hitch that is an imitation railroad coupler.  Once he had it attached he let the rest of the office in on it and then sprung it on me.

What a laugh!  I truly enjoyed it and would pack it up inside the 4×4 and take it home to get it set back up in the driveway before Lisa knew I was home.  When she saw it she started laughing wondering where the heck I got it at.  She insisted on taking a photo of me with my new train car and she says we should at least keep it until X-Mas to put out with the rest of the display.

So, from Steve’s garage to mine the Caboose goes.  Thanks Steve; it brought a smile and a fun laugh!!!!!!!

My new Yellow Crummy all hitched up and ready to head down the Right-of-Way behind our 4×4…

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Posted by on 10/17/2012 in Other, RRAdventures

 

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2011: September Outing

Lisa and I just recently took a long weekend getaway down to Colorado Springs that we used as a base camp for various day trips in the region.

We started the day touring the Garden of the Gods

Toured Miramont Castle.

This wasn’t planned to be RR destinations but what did I find in the castle!

For dinner we went to The Airplane Restaurant and ate inside Boeing KC-97 tanker (Texas Air Guard #30283 / US Air Force #283) which was a used to fuel fighters.

 
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Posted by on 09/16/2011 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10d

I continue to track down more RR items on my list in La Junta, CO with several items are all grouped together. First item is the BNSF Signal Deportment Office, also here is the old AT&SF Passenger Depot now used by Amtrak and BNSF. I also find another build marked as AT&SF but not sure what it was historically. Also will grab a few BNSF roster shots

Just down the road is also the old AT&SF Freight Depot…

Over at McDonald’s is a Caboose that I understand is AT&SF #999645 even though there are no markings left on it…

My last items on my list take me into residential territory as these are depots from other places that have been moved here are turned into homes. The first one is the Fort Lyon Depot that you can still see it’s Combination layout. The other two are the Combination Depot from Cheraw and McClave that have been combined together into a home.

Well, that’s the end of my daylight and we will pack up and head out of La Junta come morning for one last day of travel towards home…

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Static Display (Frisco, CO)

We decided to head into the mountains with family this weekend to escape a record heat wave. As part of our weekend we did some shopping in several of the mountains in the area where we were staying. We came across a store called the “Antique Train Barn” that had a unique entrance that later was found to be the entire car; D&RGW #120 which I will post more image of soon.

 
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Posted by on 07/26/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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World Travel – Greece 2007 – Part VI

We return to mainland Greece, this time to a different hotel in Athens with a different view of the Acropolis. We enjoy another evening including stopping by our favorite restaurant. There were some great night shots of the city we took from the roof. Come morning we left for the airport and returned to the US via Germany.

 
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Posted by on 05/11/2007 in World Tour

 

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World Travel – Greece 2007 – Part V

We travel back to the Cyclades Islands of Greece this time making port in Santorini. This is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. The city of Firá (Phira); which is a different pronunciation of “Thira”, the ancient name of the island itself.

Just before our arrival the previous tour’s cruise ship sank here. EEK!!!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 05/10/2007 in World Tour

 

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World Travel – Crete 2007

We sail next to the Greek island of Crete. Our chosen destination here is the Minoan Palace of Knossos Heraklion. This was once a great structure built around 2000 BC and destroyed about 300 years later.

 
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Posted by on 05/10/2007 in World Tour

 

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