Sunday, July 18, 2010


Good Sunday morning to you all. This morning we are going to look at a picture of an old locomotive. The picture was taken in 1942, and shows a locomotive from the Chicago and Northwest Railroad. I love old trains, and especially like the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge ride you can take in Northern New Mexico.

Domestic Update:

Wow, this greenhouse project is turning out to be a really difficult project. Definitely the hardest thing I have ever tried to build. Yesterday we got the main arches erected. They are made of steel and are very heavy. They were hard to get aligned properly with the pipes cemented in the ground. It was an all day job, but we got it done. The next step is to get the purlins installed which run the lenght of the greenhouse.


  1. Now if , as a gentleman farmer , you had a small tractor with a loader on it, you could have used it to lift up those arches.

    I have a little tractor that has a 32 HP engine in it and also has a loader on it. I use it all the time moving gravel, and dirt around. Mine is Red, but you should what ever color you heart desires.

  2. xoBruce had an interesting comment on Friday. Can you answer it, PJM?


    I eagerly await an electric train of the Milwalkee Road. Mathan's Mate doesn't believe that they existed.

  4. Judi, xoBruce,
    The question on the radiant floor heating tube. The tube nowdays is very stiff. Not like a garden hose, but almost like PVC piping. As such, it does not have to be pressurized during concrete pour. That is the good news. The bad news is that it is so stiff it is very hard to lay out into the rebar. It has a mind of its own, and it is hard to route it where you want it.

    So, you do not have to pressurize any more. Prior to pouring the concrete, you do pressurize the system with air to check for leaks. You pump it up to 50 psi, and then wait to hours, and want to see no drop in pressure.

  5. Love the locomotive!!

    And congrats on the greenhouse! lots of work but I'm sure that will pay off in the end! Congrats

  6. They use to use electric trains to cross the Rocky Mountains.
    They worked the trains in pairs. One train going up and one train going down. The train going down would use the electric engines in brake mode and return electicity back to the lines and the train going up would be able to use the returned electricty so the juice wasn't wasted.

  7. I believe your next project will be to build shelter for your gentleman farmer tractor.

    Looking good.

  8. Great photo.

  9. You said the Silverton/Durango train was in Northern New Mexico. It is in South West Colorado.


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