Posts Tagged ‘Home’

Away from Home

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Away from Home
electric trains
Image by Gerry Balding (Back from hols; slowly catching up)
One from the archives. This scanned slide dates back to the end of June 1998.

I visited the Isle of Man as part of a group from Inside Track Holidays to take part in the 125 celebrations of the opening of the steam railway. Many special events and trains were put on for the group on all the island’s lines.

This is perhaps the most unusual. As part of the celebrations, Manx Electric Railway car No.33 was transferred to run special trains on the Isle of Man Steam Railway. The steam railway is not electrified so the trolley pole was removed from No.33 and a diesel generator was placed in a 4 wheeled van at the rear. This provided the power for the traction motors.

We had a trip from Castletown to Douglas chartered for our group. However, when No.33 arrived from Douglas there was a small problem to resolve. The van had to be at the rear of the car, but the car couldn’t move unless the generator van was attached…….

The solution was to uncouple the van and get 6 of us human volunteers to push the van around the loop and onto the rear of the car for the return trip.

The picture shows car No.33 awaiting to depart for Douglas.

If I remember, the trip was at about 5 pm after the last steam train had gone. It was a very fast run – rather cold and windy with a sea mist coming in. Although it was a private charter, we did stop to pick up some passengers stranded after they missed the last service train. I also have vague memories of a stop at Port Soderick (the last station before Douglas) as the brakes were starting to smell……..

A memorable trip all in all.

Home Invasion by Astronauts – ET the Extra-Terrestrial

Friday, December 21st, 2012

One of my all time favorite movie scenes. This scared the Christ out of me when I was a kid. The mother drops her coffee in utter shock at seeing the withered alien. “The man from the moon! The man from the moon!” cries the young daughter. They rush downstairs – open the door – and then…HHHHHHOOOOOO……HHHHHHHOOOOOOO…..the ominous breathing of wordless, faceless astronaughts in full gear, who lurch forward with their arms out like zombies, trying to grab the hapless mother and children. I especially love the “AAARRRGHHHH!!!” yell of the second astronaut as he tries to grab them. “This is my house! This is my house!”

St Pancras International Train Station :: Home of the Eurostar

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

St Pancras International Train Station :: Home of the Eurostar
lionel trains
Image by ATOMIC Hot Links
Trppin in Europe & UK 2010

Navy Sailor & Eagle Bus “Home of the Brave,” Miniature Electric Train Exhibits at the Nixon Presidential Library

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Navy Sailor & Eagle Bus “Home of the Brave,” Miniature Electric Train Exhibits at the Nixon Presidential Library
electric trains
Image by DominusVobiscum
A Navy Sailor & Eagle Bus "Home of the Brave." The Richard Nixon Presidential Library yearly Christmas season miniature electric train exhibit of Antique and LEGO miniature trains, villages. Displays include videos, memorabilia – Two rooms of running trains in villages, mountains and cities. 1) The Atrium Southern California LEGO Train Club exhibit. 2) The special exhibit room of LIONEL and other collector electric trains, in action and on display. Some Wind-up Robots and toys are also included.

Major need of help with 9th grade Geography take home test!PLEASE HELP!!!? part 2?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Question by : Major need of help with 9th grade Geography take home test!PLEASE HELP!!!? part 2?
31) if you were traveling to disney world in orlando what scale map would you use?
a) small scale
b) large scale

34) continental drift is a geography fact?

a) true
b) false

35) what area has most of the earths mass?

a. Core
b. Mantle
c. Magma
d. Crust

36) What “sphere” occupies the most space on and above the earth?

a. atmosphere
b. lithosphere
c.Hydrosphere
d. biosphere

38) The great Lakes of North America were caused by what event(s) /

a. A meteors striking earth
b. volcanic eruption
c. Glacial action
d. Tsunamis
E. earthquakes

25) quadrants on a map are usually?

a. North, South
b. East, West
c. northeast, southeast
d. northwest, southwest
e. ALL

24. this one of the effects when a sphere is displayed on a flat surface?

a. Disortion
b. Projection
c. application
d. 2-+
e. 3-g

23. The process of putting a sphere on to a flat surface

a. Disortion
b. Projection
c. application
d. 2-+
e. 3-g

26. What is another name for Letitude?

a.Meridians
b. Grids
c. Projections
d.Parallels
e.Distortions

13. the 2 areas of the united states and Canada that are most alike ,are both called the “Breadbasket” of their countries. THESE two areas are

a. Northeast and Core Provinces
b. South and Pacific Coast Provinces
c. South and Prairie Provinces
d. Midwest and Prairie Provinces

20. A Geostationary satellite has what type of orbit around the earth?

a. polar
b.Equatorial
c.Quadrilateral
d.Synchronous
e. elliptical

21. Which system would be best to use for a police department to track of the location of the police cars?

a. GPS
b. GIS

22) Which system would be best to use for a police department to determine how many police cars to deploy in various zones of the city?

a. GPS
b. GIS

8) The term that is originally used for the original inhabitance of Canada is

a. Eskimos
b. First Nations
c. Apaches
d. Aardvarks

9) the transportation type that helped to populate the Western sections of North America were

a. trains
b.cars
c. airplans
d. helicopters

Best answer:

Answer by Mr. Smartypants
31. If you were traveling TO Disney World from far away (say, Canada) you’d use a large scale map. If you were traveling INSIDE Disney World, you’d use a small scale map.

34. This is a trick question. Continental drift is a scientific -theory-, not a fact. But it’s pretty well proven.

35) The mantle is 85% of the volume of the earth

36) Lithosphere

38) The Great Lakes were scooped out by glaciers

25) This one I don’t understand. I was taught the quadrants of a map are northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest.

24. Distortion

23. Projection

26. Latitude is parallels. (because lines of latitude are parallel)

13. The ‘breadbasket’ are the midwest states and prairie provinces.

20. Synchronous

21. GPS “Geo-Positioning Satellite”
b. GIS

22) GIS, Geographic Information System

8) First Nations

9) Trains (Oh, come on, this one is pretty easy!

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Major need of help with 9th grade Geography take home test!PLEASE HELP!!!? part 2?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Question by : Major need of help with 9th grade Geography take home test!PLEASE HELP!!!? part 2?
31) if you were traveling to disney world in orlando what scale map would you use?
a) small scale
b) large scale

34) continental drift is a geography fact?

a) true
b) false

35) what area has most of the earths mass?

a. Core
b. Mantle
c. Magma
d. Crust

36) What “sphere” occupies the most space on and above the earth?

a. atmosphere
b. lithosphere
c.Hydrosphere
d. biosphere

38) The great Lakes of North America were caused by what event(s) /

a. A meteors striking earth
b. volcanic eruption
c. Glacial action
d. Tsunamis
E. earthquakes

25) quadrants on a map are usually?

a. North, South
b. East, West
c. northeast, southeast
d. northwest, southwest
e. ALL

24. this one of the effects when a sphere is displayed on a flat surface?

a. Disortion
b. Projection
c. application
d. 2-+
e. 3-g

23. The process of putting a sphere on to a flat surface

a. Disortion
b. Projection
c. application
d. 2-+
e. 3-g

26. What is another name for Letitude?

a.Meridians
b. Grids
c. Projections
d.Parallels
e.Distortions

13. the 2 areas of the united states and Canada that are most alike ,are both called the “Breadbasket” of their countries. THESE two areas are

a. Northeast and Core Provinces
b. South and Pacific Coast Provinces
c. South and Prairie Provinces
d. Midwest and Prairie Provinces

20. A Geostationary satellite has what type of orbit around the earth?

a. polar
b.Equatorial
c.Quadrilateral
d.Synchronous
e. elliptical

21. Which system would be best to use for a police department to track of the location of the police cars?

a. GPS
b. GIS

22) Which system would be best to use for a police department to determine how many police cars to deploy in various zones of the city?

a. GPS
b. GIS

8) The term that is originally used for the original inhabitance of Canada is

a. Eskimos
b. First Nations
c. Apaches
d. Aardvarks

9) the transportation type that helped to populate the Western sections of North America were

a. trains
b.cars
c. airplans
d. helicopters

Best answer:

Answer by Dianna
31. a
34. b
35. b
36. i guess a
38. c
25. e
24. a
23. b
26. d
13. d
20. d
21. skynet. a
22. b
8. b
9. a

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Will my new Yorkie puppy be ok left home alone while I am at work for four hours at a time?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Question by Annalisa R: Will my new Yorkie puppy be ok left home alone while I am at work for four hours at a time?
I bring home my baby Yorkie in three weeks. While she’s still potty training I plan to keep her in my bathroom with a baby gate up instead of closing the door. Her crate will be on the floor with it’s door open, and I will have piddle pads for her to use in the corner. I will be leaving a radio on for her to try and keep her from feeling too lonely, and toys for her to play with. I work 9-5, but everyday at lunch time I will come home and spend time with her. When I’m home with her I will be using the “Crate Training” method to potty train, but while at work she will use piddle pads, and I will take the piddle pads outside to the same place where I take her to go potty, so that she will understand that’s where she should go. I will not punish her for accidents and I will praise her when she potties outside. She is a good eater and hasn’t had any problems with low sugar. I decided to get her when my brother worked out of our home but now he’s moving out. Any advice would be appreciated.

Best answer:

Answer by mmcrobinson
She will be fine with the 4 hours at a time stretch..

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Major need of help with 9th grade Geography take home test!PLEASE HELP!!!? part 2?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Question by Emily: Major need of help with 9th grade Geography take home test!PLEASE HELP!!!? part 2?
31) if you were traveling to disney world in orlando what scale map would you use?
a) small scale
b) large scale

34) continental drift is a geography fact?

a) true
b) false

35) what area has most of the earths mass?

a. Core
b. Mantle
c. Magma
d. Crust

36) What “sphere” occupies the most space on and above the earth?

a. atmosphere
b. lithosphere
c.Hydrosphere
d. biosphere

38) The great Lakes of North America were caused by what event(s) /

a. A meteors striking earth
b. volcanic eruption
c. Glacial action
d. Tsunamis
E. earthquakes

25) quadrants on a map are usually?

a. North, South
b. East, West
c. northeast, southeast
d. northwest, southwest
e. ALL

24. this one of the effects when a sphere is displayed on a flat surface?

a. Disortion
b. Projection
c. application
d. 2-+
e. 3-g

23. The process of putting a sphere on to a flat surface

a. Disortion
b. Projection
c. application
d. 2-+
e. 3-g

26. What is another name for Letitude?

a.Meridians
b. Grids
c. Projections
d.Parallels
e.Distortions

13. the 2 areas of the united states and Canada that are most alike ,are both called the “Breadbasket” of their countries. THESE two areas are

a. Northeast and Core Provinces
b. South and Pacific Coast Provinces
c. South and Prairie Provinces
d. Midwest and Prairie Provinces

20. A Geostationary satellite has what type of orbit around the earth?

a. polar
b.Equatorial
c.Quadrilateral
d.Synchronous
e. elliptical

21. Which system would be best to use for a police department to track of the location of the police cars?

a. GPS
b. GIS

22) Which system would be best to use for a police department to determine how many police cars to deploy in various zones of the city?

a. GPS
b. GIS

8) The term that is originally used for the original inhabitance of Canada is

a. Eskimos
b. First Nations
c. Apaches
d. Aardvarks

9) the transportation type that helped to populate the Western sections of North America were

a. trains
b.cars
c. airplans
d. helicopters

Best answer:

Answer by David
You could’ve googled it, you’d have gotten much better results/answers.

Give your answer to this question below!

Silverstream commuters hurry home as Matangi departs

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Silverstream commuters hurry home as Matangi departs
electric train sets
Image by lancea
Daily commuters head to their Silverstream homes while their Matangi train accelerates north to Upper Hutt. This is the 4:37pm Wellington to Upper Hutt service and is the first time I’ve seen 3 sets of the new Matangi units used for it. Prior to today this service has used 2 sets (2 cars making up each "set" of a Matangi train).

What would you do if you came home and there was?

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Question by ny: What would you do if you came home and there was?
a very cute, picture pretty fluffy hare on your sofa, watching TV and chatting on the mobile, saying: “The human I moved in is very backward. There are no vegetables in the fridge, no fruit, and the environment is not hare proof. It will need a lot of training”; and when it saw you, it dropped the mobile and said: “So? Where are the carrots? Apples? Hare treats and toys? And do not even try to be mean, PETA will hear at once about it – I am an endangered species!”?

Best answer:

Answer by Emi.girl
Call my doctor at once and stop taking hallucinogenics.

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