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Lionel Trains – A Postwar Celebration – Volume 2

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

I decided to make a few videos featuring all of my Postwar Lionel collection. 90% of the trains in the video are original postwar. The rest are Lionel Conventional Classics that have been issued in the last few years. Should be about 5 chapters when complete. Enjoy the Trains! You can almost smell the ozone & smoke pellets! Engines is this video are – 2343 – Santa Fe F3 – 1951 2350 – New Haven EP5 – 1956 2065 Hudson – 1956 613 – UP NW2 1958 (cc reissue – 2010) 2046 – Hudson – 1952 (cc reissue – 2009) 628 – NP 44 Tonner – 1957 2332 – PRR GG1 – 1948 (cc reissue – 2008) 2344 – NYC F3 – 1951 (cc reissue – 2009) 1062 – 2-4-2 Steam Engine – 1963 2331 – Virginian FM – 1955 ( cc reissue – 2008) 2055 – Hudson – 1956
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Dave’s American Flyer Trains, Gilbert S-Gauge, Postwar

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Thanks to my brother Ed from Philly for loaning the steam engines. Thanks to my wife for letting me have 1 small part of 1 small corner of the basement of her house for my layout. You won’t believe what I have to do to keep this. Stayed tuned as I intend to add 2 elevated loops. Thanks for lookin’ !
Video Rating: 4 / 5

My husband isn’t very affectionate of our baby girl?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Question by : My husband isn’t very affectionate of our baby girl?
When he is watching football, he places her over his shoulder (the burp position) facing backwards, she faces a blank white wall, ignoring her for a long time. If she fusses, he turns up the volume. If I give him the look, he just says “what’s wrong, baby?” in an annoyed voice.

When she cries at night and it is his “turn” to check on her, if she is cold-hot-wet-hungry, he doesn’t want to go. Her crib is right by our bed, but he claims it is because I am closer. He doesn’t wake up or pretends not to (he swears he does not pretend, even when she cries loud). If he gets up, he wants to get back to bed as quick as possible. He wants to place a pacifier in her little mouth and “shush” her to sleep, which will only make her more upset. He does not even open his eyes completely, like he wants to not lose the “sleepy mode” of his own.

When I got sick with the flu and when I am too sleep deprived, I nurse in bed (she is exclusively breastfeeding) and the deal was that I would wake him up afterwards if I needed help burping her or putting her back to bed. He takes forever to get up, I have to call many times, and I don’t want to get louder and startle her, but he is so lazy. Then he goes for a t-shirt, for a clean burp cloth, sometimes it takes so long for him to pick her up from me that she starts fussing needing to burp.

I used to leave the house for a few hours on a few Saturdays but I don’t trust him anymore because I come home to see her asleep in her playing chair with a pacifier on and him on the floor with a pillow and a blanket – and that just feels odd, I have no idea how she fell asleep like that, it is not her style. But still he says he “enjoys” being with her, and says he loves her (I think he does, in his odd way).

When she takes long to fall asleep, I ask to take turns holding her and he complains that she wishes she would soothe herself and says he can’t understand why she won’t just fall asleep, period. I explain that she is just a baby and she is learning and he needs to be patient. It does not affect him. He thinks that when she grows up he will enjoy being a parent more, that is what he said.

He has suggested to let her cry herself to sleep with I firmly forbid from start. He insists I should “train” her to a schedule, which I won’t because it would be all work of my own just to stress me and her out. I like following her pace and that will not change. She will have a schedule when she is older and ready to go to school. Anyways, HE would not help me if I tried the schedule.

During my labor and delivery he only wanted to sleep and he was mean to me, wanted to shut the lights off and sleep all the time, did not help me recover.

There are good things about him, though. He does not mind cleaning and cooking, he can do dishes, laundry, etc, even breakfast in bed to me on weekends. He buys her clothes, toys, gear, I never asked him to. He is good at changing diapers but he will never give her a bath.

It bothers me the lack of bonding with the baby and our relationship deteriorating because I resent him for not helping me physically.

He says he loves her, but she stares at him dearly and he does not acknowledge. He talks loud around her when she is tired trying to sleep and she cries and he just walks away.

She is 4 months old now and he has always been like that. I tried talking, explaining, giving him copies of book pages he won’t read, I became bitchy and later apologized, don’t know what to do anymore. If I give him the cold treatment it is hard because he tries to be nice and then goes back to his normal again next day.

Also, we have plenty of sex, and I feel h bribes me, being nicer around her when he wants her to fall asleep soon so we can have sex. Shortly after we are done, if she wakes up, he is sound asleep back to being a lazy d**k. He even dares to say he would like to have more sex and if I say I am too sleep deprived tonight he says “you don’t really have to DO anything, just be relaxed”.

Thanks for reading.

I might sound childish, but appreciate adult opinions, of “been there’s”. If you never experience any of these things, please don’t bother giving opinion.

Appreciate it.
Lotty – Yes, first baby.
Pearl – I did not mention but I do express some milk for him to feed her at night. I have a night job from 2am to 6am from home. She usually sleeps and I nurse her during my break. I watch her sleep on the monitor. If she wakes up when I am on the phone (it is an over-the-phone job), he feeds her for me.
Pearl – I did not mention but I do express some milk for him to feed her at night. I have a night job from 2am to 6am from home. She usually sleeps and I nurse her during my break. I watch her sleep on the monitor. If she wakes up when I am on the phone (it is an over-the-phone job), he feeds her for me.
Kelly – there is no way I will torture my baby just to make my husband more comfortable. I practice attachment parenting, it is best for her. Thank God people are refusing these cry-out, own-bedroom methods more and more, for the sake of happy and healthy babies. thanks for the input anyway
a GUY – if a guy is not ‘into’ babies, why make them?

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Answer by choko_canyon
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Polar Express & Thomas Sharing the same Track

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

My demonstration of running one conventional and one TMCC train on the same line at the same time (“transitional mode”). You are limited by the conventional train (Thomas in this video) because if you change voltage that effects both engines so you don’t do that, but the TMCC remote let’s you slow down the TMCC train if needed. Normally I run both trains slower, but for this video, it was more challenging at faster speeds. I estimate track voltage at around 12 volts which is enough to keep both trains moving at a good speed. Ideally, you want just enough voltage to run both trains, with the conventional one not flying off the tracks when it’s by itself.

Classic Standard Gauge Trains – Volume Two

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Here’s the second video showing original standard gauge trains in action on a double reversing loop layout. The Lionel No. 38 is almost a hundred years old, yet still hammers its way around the track, pulling an orange consist of Nos. 32, 34, 35 and 36 early Lionel passenger cars. The Ives 3235 is pulling a consist of cars 170, 171, and 172. I have been looking for a green 171 for about ten years, but all I can find is the brown/tan colour. The Ives runs the smoothest of all the old trains, due to its cast iron frame and unstoppable motor. A word about the music – these trains were the “Plain Janes” of their era – no State Set or Blue Comet here, just affordable trains for lucky kids in the first quarter of the 20th century. (YouTube has since shut down my soundtrack due to “copyright infringement” of Bobby Darin’s music – I’m sure I was doing them a lot of damage) Notice this time I let the trains speak for themselves, no artificial motor noises. Hope you enjoy the result.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Thomas Collection & Collecting Tips

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

See the good, the bad and ugly as I dig deep into my Thomas & Friends treasure chest. A video covering one of the most common questions I am asked and details part of my Thomas collection. I hope the younger Thomas fans can see clearly just how good the ERTL Thomas & Friends range was. Web Links: en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org www.thomasandfriends.com www.thomasandfriends.com en.wikipedia.org ttte.wikia.com

O Gauge Action on the OCMR Layout

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Running some trains on the club layout in Lakewood. We have my MTH Pennsy Baldwin pulling new Atlas P70 coaches ( note one lettered for PRSL) on track 1 & the upper track 3. We also have my MTH NS SD70M-2s pulling a short stack train on track 1. Lionel DH & LV Alcos pull a short freight on track 2 – 1/8/10
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Lionel Train Series – Postwar Trains – Volume 6

Monday, February 27th, 2012

In this video series, I will be featuring the classic Lionel trains of the postwar & MPC eras. Volume 6 wraps up a look at some of the classic postwar trains by Lionel. Trains in this video are – 2321 DL&W FM Trainmaster 2065 Lionel Lines Hudson 628 Northern Pacific 44 Tonner 623 Santa Fe NW2 2041 Rock Island FA2 621 CNJ NW2 2026 Lionel Lines 2-6-2 Steam Engine 1666 Lionel Lines 2-6-2 Steam Engine 2036 Lionel Lines 2-6-4 Steam Engine Shot on 8/28/2011
Video Rating: 5 / 5

French mainline steam; Swiss electric locomotive; Paris metro cars

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

French mainline steam; Swiss electric locomotive; Paris metro cars

Image by wwwuppertal
Maybe you know Arthur Honegger’s composition "Pacific 231" – it’s a piece for large orchestra which describes the run of a big and fast steam locomotive. Well, the engine he had in mind was exactly the one which has been carefully reproduced by the famous Märklin company in 1919. One sample of these you see in the center of my image. The locomotive on the adjacent track is a Swiss railways class Ae 3/6 I. In the background there are some cars of the Paris Metro.

I took this image in an old engine shed at the station of Erkrath-Hochdahl (near Düsseldorf). The site has been converted into a small railway museum, and it’s the place where a group of enthusiasts and collectors of historic toy trains meets from time to time. The tin plate fans set up two extended make-shift layouts (in gauge 1 and gauge 0 respectively) and enjoy running their classic rolling stock. The meetings are open to the public.

Gauge 0 high speed railcars…

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Gauge 0 high speed railcars…

Image by wwwuppertal
…the one on the right hand side is an original made by Märklin (and was sold under the catalog number TWE 12930); on the left hand side there is a modern modification, made from old Märklin bodies and a new middle car. The prototypes of these vehicles were put into service in the 1930s. Märklin brought out their models immediately.

From time to time a group of enthusiasts and collectors of historic toy trains meets in an old engine shed at the station of Erkrath-Hochdahl (near Düsseldorf). The site has been converted into a small railway museum. The tin plate fans set up two extended make-shift layouts (in gauge 1 and gauge 0 respectively) and enjoy running their classic rolling stock. The meetings are open to the public.

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