Saturday, October 23, 2021

A blast from the past!




Bobby Freeman


Well, do ya wanna dance and-a hold my hand
Tell me I'm your lover man
Oh baby do ya wanna dance
Well, do ya wanna dance and make romance
Squeeze me all through the night
Oh baby do you wanna dance
Well, do you wanna dance under the moonlight
Squeeze me all through the night
Oh baby do you wanna dance


Well, do ya wanna dance and-a hold my hand
Squeeze me if I'm your man
Oh baby do you wanna dance
Well, do you wanna dance under the moonlight
Squeeze and kiss me all through the night
Oh baby, do you wanna da-ance
Well do ya wanna dance and-a make romance
Kiss and squeeze umm yeah
Do you waanna dance

Well, do ya wanna dance and-a hold my hand
Squeeze and tell me I'm your lover man
Oh baby, do you wanna dance
Yeah, do ya wanna dance under the moonlight
Squeeze and hug me all through the night
Oh baby, do you wanna dance
Well, do-ya do-ya do-ya do-ya
Wanna dance
Do-ya do-ya do-ya do-ya
Wanna dance
Do-ya do-ya do-ya do-ya
Wanna dan-ance




Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday Night Steam



A real workhorse!!







The origins of the Climax are credited to Charles Darwin Scott who worked at sawmills located in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania. Around 1878 he began experimenting with his geared-locomotive design that could be put to practical use in logging applications, similar to the Shay which was first sold in 1880. After believing he had a useful design, Scott decided to market it to the Climax Manufacturing Company whose plant was located less than 10 miles away in Corry, Pennsylvania (the company was soon renamed as the Climax Locomotive Works after it began producing locomotives on a large-scale basis). A prototype was completed in March of 1888 and sold to Imel, Powers & Shank who had logging operations near Scandia, Pennsylvania at Hodge Run in Warren County.


More information on the Heisler steam engine can be found here:


ALCO #17 - Rod Locomotive 

(MIKADO 2-8-2T)

Soon after delivery of the locomotive to the Crossett Western Company of Wauna, OR in 1929, much of the Crossett timber lands were involved in the series of major forest fires known as the Tillamook Burn. The little saddle tank engine worked throughout the 1930’s and early 40’s hauling out the salvaged timber from the burn.
In 1942 the locomotive was sold to the Hammond Lumber Co. of Samoa CA. and renumbered as #17.  Once again fire played an important role in it’s life when, in 1945, a large fire burned out a series of trestles while the locomotive was sitting in a woods logging camp known as “The Gap” It was determined that the cost to rebuild the trestles was too great and #17 was left sitting in the middle of the camp unused for years.
In 1965 a local mill owner named Gus Peterson purchased #17 from its current owner Georgia Pacific.  Mr. Peterson built a road into the old campsite, dismantled the engine and trucked it out piece-by-piece.  Mr. Peterson quickly went to work reassembling and restoring her to operation. On September 27, 1966 #17 operated under her own power for the first time since the forest fire of 1945 and for the next few years operated on Mr. Peterson’s tourist line known as the Klamath & Hoppow Valley RR.
The gasoline shortages of the 1970’s spelled the end of the Klamath & Hoppow Valley and the #17 was mothballed again. In 1980 it, along with 2 other locomotives were sold to Tacoma lumberman Tom Murray Jr.  Mr. Murray had the 17 disassembled and shipped by truck to Tacoma, WA. and then sent on to the shops of the Mount Rainier Scenic RR.
During the 80’s the #17 sat outside the shops while restoration work on other locomotives progressed.  Work finally began in 1994 and finally in January 1995 a fire was lit in the #17’s boiler and she joined the other operating locomotives of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. To this day she is a mainstay of the summer operations of the Railroad.















Today's funny :o)



Getting bolder.....

They are coming closer to the deck now:





 The didn't get this one!


 Just some nice popcorn clouds:








 A pretty tree:





 Bella eating hay:

 Mr. Handsome:



 Watching over his girls:



 Time to go back to the pen:


 All in!






Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A really, really unusual.....

 ...... musical instrument!!!!




Mouth Organ
The khene is a Lao mouth organ whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown. The khene is the national instrument of Laos. The khene music is an integral part of Lao life that promotes family and social cohesion and it was inscribed in 2017 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Today associated with the Lao people of Laos and Isan, other similar instruments date back to the Bronze Age. In Cambodia, it is used among the ethnic Lao population of the province of Stung Treng and is used in lakhon ken, a Cambodian dance drama genre that features the khene as the premiere instrument. In Vietnam, this instrument is used among the Tai peoples and the Muong people. The most interesting characteristic of the khene is its free reed, which is made of brass or silver. It is related to Western free-reed instruments such as the harmonium, concertina, accordion, harmonica, and bandoneon, which were developed beginning in the 18th century from the Chinese sheng, a related instrument, a specimen of which had been carried to St. Petersburg, Russia.


Today's funny :o)



Added wild river. Press backspace to remove.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a saloon and sat down to drink a beer.

After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said "Who owns the big white horse outside?"
The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched his gun belt, and said "I do....why?"

The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and said, "I just thought you’d like to know that your
horse is about dead outside!"

The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside and sure enough, Silver was ready to die from heat exhaustion.
The Lone Ranger got the horse water and soon Silver was starting to feel a little better.

The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said, "Tonto, I want you to run around Silver and see if you
can create enough of a breeze to make him start to feel better." Tonto said, "Sure, Kemosabe" and took
off running circles around Silver.

Not able to do anything else but wait, the Lone Ranger returned to the saloon to finish his drink.

A few minutes later, another cowboy struts into the bar and asks, "Who owns that big white horse outside?"
The Lone Ranger stands again, and claims, "I do, what's wrong with him this time?"

"Nothing, but you left your injun runnin!"




A pretty.....

..... sunrise:


The flowers are starting to bloom on the front steps:


Hubby getting tid of the leaves:


He did a good job!



A beautiful, cloudless blue  sky:


The boids hang upside down to get at the sunflower seeds:


Damn deer ate my yellow rosebud:


A snack for the gang: Celery and hard boiled eggs:









Friday, October 15, 2021

Friday Night Steam

 Big Boy time!!!!

Big Boy No. 4014

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were "hinged," or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. They had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which meant they had four wheels on the leading set of "pilot" wheels which guided the engine, eight drivers, another set of eight drivers, and four wheels following which supported the rear of the locomotive. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyo.

There are seven Big Boys on public display in various cities around the country. They can be found in St. Louis, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.  Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 from the RailGiants Museum in Pomona, California, in 2013, and relocated it back to Cheyenne to begin a multi-year restoration process. It returned to service in May 2019 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's Completion.

Vital Statistics

Tender Type: 14-wheeled
Water Capacity: 25,000 gallons
Fuel: Coal**
56,000 lbs.
Gauge of Track: 4 ft. 8-1/2 in.
Cylinder: Diameter: 23 3/4 in.
Stroke: 32 in.
Driving Wheel Diameter: 68 in.
Boiler: Outside Diameter: 106 9/16 in.
Pressure: 300 lbs.
Fire Box: Length: 235 1/32 in.
Width: 96 3/16 in.
Tubes: 2-1/4 in. Diameter: 75 x 22 ft. 0 in.
4 in. Diameter: 184
Wheel Base: Driving: 47 ft. 3 in.
Engine: 72 ft. 5 1/2 in.
Engine & Tender: 132 ft. 9 7/8 in.
Weight in Working Order,
Leading:   97,000
Driving:    540,000
Trailing:   125,000
Engine:    762,000
Tender:    427,500
Evaporating Surfaces,
Square Feet:
Tubes: 967
Flues: 4,218
Fire Box: 593
Circulators: 111
Total: 5,889
Superheating Surface,
Square Feet:
Grate Area: 150
Maximum Tractive Power: 135,375 lbs.
Factor of Adhesion: 4.00
**Original configuration. Now converted to No. 5 Oil

Bringing the Big Boy Back to Life

Dare to compare ...

How does No. 4014 compare to a diesel locomotive ... or a Boeing 747? Take a look!


Today's funny :o)

H/T to Glenn H.!!!








A plane from the local airport made a few rounds over Coopville:





 It was truly the perfect Fall day yesterday! Didn't last, but it WAS nice while it did!



 The dogwood leaves are almost gone:



 The little tree next to the shed dropped a bunch of it's leaves on the roof:



 Nice pears from our tree!!!

 Benji is getting so many white feathers!

Two ravens visiting:





Wednesday, October 13, 2021


 The fascinating history of the screw! Well worth your time, so grab a cuppa and enjoy!


Today's funny :o)









Just some random pics from yesterday....

Carried the camera around with me for most of the day...


 The front yard - need leaves?

 Lots of berries on the bush:


 At the dump - that truck was enormous!


Lots of fog:

Just some oak leaves:

 This was supposed to be torn down. Things move very slowly here:


 The local florist:


A field of left over pumpkins:

 Some Victorian homes in town:



 Went for hay - getting horribly expensive:


 Straw - $9.00 a bale!!!!!!!!!!








 These guys stay all Winter:


 A big rooster!


 Tons of mushroom from all the rain we've had:




 A new yellow rose bud! Yay!


A sunny afternoon in Coopville:




 Slug trails - we get a lot of those critters - yucky!


 The gang going back to the pen: