This Space for Rent

Dec 31, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Tinsel Mite

Dust Mite & a strand of the Bob Hope tinsel that was passed down from my father to me.

Dec 29, 2021

New power for the Aroostook Valley

Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

ILW RSX11-E618 (GP9 frame+generator, E9 trucks, 251B/12 prime mover) #1, which replaced the AVR’s two elderly GE 44-tonners in 1990 (financed by the PV&T, which is a large part of why it’s an ILW locomotive instead of a six-axle GMD1) during the PV&T’s (successful) attempt to win back the potato farmers who had been scared away by the 1969 Selkirk Yard disaster.

Dec 24, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Builder's plate Mite

Dust Mite poses with an eBay find; a blank Alco builder’s plate from the 1960s (either that or a reproduction blank.) If it’s a real plate, I suspect it was liberated after Worthington shut the works down and left them as a large attractive nuisance until GE leased them for some of their remanufacturing work.

Dec 23, 2021

Little Fluffy Clouds

Fast moving fluffy clouds @ starbucks

A band of rain creeps up towards the Portland area.

Dec 17, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Bucket Mite

Dust Mite is in a nice cozy bucket, at least until I fire up the torch next time.

Dec 15, 2021

Not actually a crocodile

A giant steeplecab
Very vaguely based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

MTRR #719 – one of the two locomotives made from parts from scrapped E60CP/DC #454 – is the ultimate DC-drivetrained locomotive on the PV&T. The power roadmap for the PV&T is only AC drivetrains (except for the overhead wire, of course; reenergising 2000 miles of 3000 vdc overhead to AC would cost an eyewateringly large amount of money) so the paint shop went out of their way to paint it in the old (post-ww2) GN-inspired orange+gold+green livery as a suitably classy bookend to the series of DC drive locomotives that started 85 years earlier with class A #201 (still in service.)

Dec 13, 2021

Fender day

New fender day

“New” (from a LBS'es free pile) VO fenders on the traditional randonneuse, so I can ride it without getting covered in road filth during the ~5 months in the year where it’s always raining in Portland.

Dec 11, 2021

Friday(ish) Dust Mite Blogging

Time waits for no mite

Tch! Look at the time! Let’s just setenv TZ=HST and call it good.

Dec 07, 2021

Every day is the correct day to post rsc2m photos

578, 579, and an unidentified F unit at the roundhouse in North La Crosse

578 & 579 in North La Crosse – part of a batch of 7 rsc2m slides I just scanned in.

Dec 05, 2021

It’s a sunny day, so it’s time to do some trainspotting

Accelerating (if only slightly) out of the curve

Dec 04, 2021



The aftermath of a car losing control on 17th; it spun, went off the road, then rammed something that buckled the trunk and catapulted the offending vehicle up onto the roof of the Goodwill Donation Center?

Dec 03, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Cap Mite

Dust Mite Cap


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