Punxsutawney Phil

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Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Alan Lott » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:50 pm

Oh! dear, looks like another six weeks for many railroaders.

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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Ed Headington » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:32 pm

Leave it to our favorite UK forum member to spot this report!! All of us AMericans must be falling down on the job!!! :D

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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Alan Lott » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:24 pm

Well, Ed, I do try to keep the place swept out here, from time to time. :lol:
In the UK Groundhog Day is traditionally known as Candlemas(s) Day. As in much of the world it is a Christian festival and the blessing of new candles.
However the day also has the same meaning as dear old Phil i.e. bright day = more winter. I gather the tradition of Phil stems from the northern European homesteaders who settled in the American North East. February 1st. is often considered as mid winter because it is half way twixt the solstice in December and the equinox in Spring.
Can't wait to get back out into the back yard with an RS3 and a coal train. ;)
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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Ed Headington » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:52 pm

Yeah, coal trains are good. I had my coal train out being pulled by my two GP40's the other day. I recently purchased a speedometer/odometer for my trains. I saw it written up in Garden Railways, and decided to try it. I now have it installed (simple job) in a covered hopper with the power batteries for the locomotives. This way I can put it on any train I wish to monitor. It is a really good product, I am impressed. It operates with your smart phone, in my case, my iPhone. It is well thought out and easy to operate. It is interesting to see the actual distance travelled and the 1:29 distance as well as the scale speed the train is going. Things have been pretty hectic around here lately and I haven't been able to run my trains as much as I would like to, but this has added some interest and fun to the running.

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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Alan Lott » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:13 pm

That speedometer sounds a very interesting feature to have Ed. I like to run trains slowly as well but of course mine is regulated in the old fashioned way - guesswork! ;)
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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by R.J DeBerg » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:52 pm

Well here is an interesting thought. According to Al Rucker on the Today show, said how could Phil see his shadow if its snowing and over cast. Must be the spot lights. So now who you going to believe. Later RJD
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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Alan Lott » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:25 pm

I don't know who Al Rucker is but he is clutching at at straws or being controversial for his ratings. :lol:
If it is snowing or overcast the there would be no shadow as he says, but what that means is that the winter is soon over not six more weeks.
We don't have a Phil over here, but we have the same thoughts about the day. It was lovely and sunny over most of the UK: since then it has snowed over a large part of the country and more forecast for the future.
I'm with Phil on this. :lol:
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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by TomStephens » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:37 am

When is the last time we didn't have 6 more weeks of winter after Feb. 2?
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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by Alan Lott » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:41 pm

I understand that there quite a few folk south of the Mason-Dixon line that do not know much about winter Tom.
Neither do I in my southerly part of England, just colder days and a dusting of snow once every ten years or so. However, a few miles to the north, where there is higher ground and open moor will often see snow.
Aristocraft made a great plow, but I never felt the need for one. Mind you I bet they were good for pushing twigs, snails and other small debris off the ROW. ;)
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Re: Punxsutawney Phil

Post by R.J DeBerg » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:06 pm

For your info Alan: Al Rucker on the Today show is there chief meteorologist. So it appears now all the hype is for nothing it's just a fantasy. Later RJD
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