Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Re: Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:07 pm

dileTTante wrote:Every time I go to Ohio on Amtrak it's through North Dakota. Recently there are many signs of activity there from the oil boom -compared to years ago when all there was to see were the antelopes and missile silos. I met a guy from Washington state who commuted to work in N. D. So maybe the rise in incidents is partly due to out-of-state empty-headers.


I grew up in North Dakota from 1983 to 2003, and things have not really changed much in 20 years, other than all of the hobby shops going away (I do not count Hobby Lobby as a hobby shop).
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Re: Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Postby Arseny » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:52 am

The only thing I know about the North Dakota is the reportage of some Soviet journalists from 1970s.
They travelled across the USA, and somewhere in cafe they were served by the daughter of the governor of North Dakota - she worked there as waitress.
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Re: Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:00 pm

Here is a short video clip taken about an hour into the show. I had just fixed the grade issue with the TT loop (the tables provided were an inch and half different in height, and the third table was not even level). The covered hopper had issues with the grade change, as the 1025s can't take changes like the Kadee 713/714s can, and was thus left on display.
Natasha's doctors certification paperwork can be seen being held down by the speakers that we used to play railroad sounds shuffled with Johnny Cash and Jimmie Rodgers railroad related songs. I have a sneaking suspicion that Nicholle's TT scale pamphlets went so fast because of the cats on them.
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Re: Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Postby Arseny » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:08 am

"Natasha, the Railroad Cat" ? :)

"There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
Saying "Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
We must find him or the train can't start."
All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
They are searching high and low,
Saying "Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
Then the Night Mail just can't go."
At 11.42 then the signal's nearly due
And the passengers are frantic to a man —
Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
He's been busy in the luggage van!
He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
And the signal goes "All Clear!"
And we're off at last for the northern part
Of the Northern Hemisphere!

You may say that by and large it is Skimble who's in charge
Of the Sleeping Car Express.
From the driver and the guards to the bagmen playing cards
He will supervise them all, more or less.
Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
Of the travellers in the First and the Third;
He establishes control by a regular patrol
And he'd know at once if anything occurred.
He will watch you without winking and he sees what you are thinking
And it's certain that he doesn't approve
Of hilarity and riot, so the folk are very quiet
When Skimble is about and on the move.
You can play no pranks with Skimbleshanks!
He's a Cat that cannot be ignored;
So nothing goes wrong on the Northern Mail
When Skimbleshanks is aboard.

Oh, it's very pleasant when you have found your little den
With your name written up on the door.
And the berth is very neat with a newly folded sheet
And there's not a speck of dust on the floor.
There is every sort of light-you can make it dark or bright;
There's a handle that you turn to make a breeze.
There's a funny little basin you're supposed to wash your face in
And a crank to shut the window if you sneeze.
Then the guard looks in politely and will ask you very brightly
"Do you like your morning tea weak or strong?"
But Skimble's just behind him and was ready to remind him,
For Skimble won't let anything go wrong.
And when you creep into your cosy berth
And pull up the counterpane,
You ought to reflect that it's very nice
To know that you won't be bothered by mice —
You can leave all that to the Railway Cat,
The Cat of the Railway Train!

In the watches of the night he is always fresh and bright;
Every now and then he has a cup of tea
With perhaps a drop of Scotch while he's keeping on the watch,
Only stopping here and there to catch a flea.
You were fast asleep at Crewe and so you never knew
That he was walking up and down the station;
You were sleeping all the while he was busy at Carlisle,
Where he greets the stationmaster with elation.
But you saw him at Dumfries, where he speaks to the police
If there's anything they ought to know about:
When you get to Gallowgate there you do not have to wait--
For Skimbleshanks will help you to get out!
He gives you a wave of his long brown tail
Which says: "I'll see you again!
You'll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
The Cat of the Railway Train."

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Re: Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:51 am

Cool! The larger loop is S scale? I can NOT believe your cat is just sitting there. I've never met such a cat.
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Re: Spud Valley Hobby Show (Fargo, ND) October 2012

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:19 am

ConducTTor wrote:Cool! The larger loop is S scale? I can NOT believe your cat is just sitting there. I've never met such a cat.


The larger loop is O gauge. We did pick up a box of S scale trains and tracks for cheap at that show though. Natasha is very calm at train shows, and at train museums. She was like that from the beginning, ever since she snuck into the spring train show in Williamantic, CT back in early 2006. We used a stroller to hold stuff bought at the show, and she hid out in the lower compartment, only to crawl out when I had a tuna sandwich sitting on top. She just sat on the top of the stroller for the rest of the show.
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