Been a while since we heard from him.I hope he is alright and running his model of 765.

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Wait a minute,.... LASHUP!!!!

Let's see here.... tick, tick, tick,.....

I am trying to be funny but I truly hope everything is good with him. I still look up to him and enjoy his posts. He's a very genuine person with a great personality that I've seen.

I'll look up his last visit now.

Thanks for asking! I’m here and doing fine. I just don’t post here very often these days. Very funny, Engineer Joe. You know that using the word “lashup” will always get my attention!  

I still do a lot of IT work for OGR. I’m glad my office is in my house. I haven’t left the house for several days and I don’t have to go anywhere this week until Friday...doctors appointment. I have an N95 mask to wear for that.

I’m not running anything these days. The Lovely and Gracious Linda and I moved to Columbus, Ohio a little over two years ago. We downsized to a much smaller house with no room for a layout. That’s ok, though. We moved here to be closer to family. Between our three grandchildren and their activities and traveling the country in the motorhome, there’s no time for building a layout anyway.

All the best in this very unusual time.

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It’s possible. My voice is used in the NKP 765 Legacy Berkshire. Lionel may have used my voice in a few others, too.

seaboardm2 posted:

Been a while since we heard from him.I hope he is alright and running his model of 765.

I miss his comments on what Ed Dickens has been up to.

"...... We downsized to a much smaller house with no room for a layout. That’s OK, though. We moved here to be closer to family. ...........there’s no time for building a layout anyway."  (Richie Lashup)
 
That is so sobering, after having disassembled a lot of other modelers layouts I fear the need to see mine gone one day.   So much time..... so much therapy.  Like building sand castles against an incoming tide. 

 

 

Tom, this wasn’t a big deal for me.  I didn’t have an O gauge layout, other than the little roll-away layout I built for the kids back around 2009.

Rich I didn't realize you had moved to Columbus.  I live in the Powell area, so once things go back to normal, you are welcome to bring any of your O gauge locomotives over to stretch their legs on my layout.  It's nothing special, but my six year old son loves running out MTH Imperial 765 on it pulling the Polar Express.

Chris

Rich, I will extend an invitation too if you are driving down I-71 and pass the Wilmington exit. I would love to share my Shady Hollow Scenic Railroad layout with you. It is just me and my pup, Ranger. We make that trip to Columbus every other month. Ranger is a tripawd with cancer so he goes in for follow-ups. 

 

Tumbleweed56, Ranger Rick, I appreciate the invites! When things come back to room temperature on this Covid-19 thing, maybe I’ll take you up on the offers.

With regard to my O gauge locomotives stretching their legs, I only have two.  I have a Lionel NKP 765 Legacy Berk and a Norfolk Southern NKP Heritage diesel that forum member Engineer Joe gave to me a few years ago. I was never a big collector or O gauge operator. I think I also have an MTH 2-rail NKP Berk, but since the move, I’m not sure where it might be! Guess I should look for it. 

Rich, glad to hear you are enjoying your new found traveling time and being with family.  We will be moving to Lewisville, TX in the not to distant future as my better half couldn't stand not being able to see the grand baby (she's 2 now) so she found work in the Dallas area and moved and left me to pack the house all by myself.   I was so surprised when you said you didn't really have a layout, whose was the one you did the DCS video on.  I thought that was your layout and really liked it and I thought you were a big collector of O gauge trains.  You learn something new every day .  Keep on having a great time but please don't become a stranger on the Forum. 

Rich Melvin posted:

Thanks, Joe!

And thanks again for the gift of that wonderful NKP commemorative diesel.

Glad to hear your o.k.A few years ago you were in my neck of the woods.You went to spencer to the NCTM.Which is about 68 miles from my home town of monroe n.c.I have a few berkshires in my collection.I have 1 lionel 736 mth railking Erie 2 C&O1L&N Mth premire 765 and 1 lionel TMCC Virginian.

Good to hear Rich is doing okay. I figured maybe he was using the cover of the current craziness as cover to track down all those people who proudly use the term lashup and give them all uber wedgies without the authorities knowing....

If I ever get to the place where my wife wins and we get a hankering to travel around in an RV or have a small house, I'll get myself a Z scale train in a suitcase. There is this person in the UK who takes old, vintage suitcases and builds a layout on the inside, really cool business model

J. Motts posted:

...I figured maybe he was using the cover of the current craziness as cover to track down all those people who proudly use the term lashup and give them all uber wedgies without the authorities knowing....

LOL...big time! I wonder if there's such a thing as an on-line wedgie?

...I was so surprised when you said you didn't really have a layout, whose was the one you did the DCS video on.  I thought that was your layout and really liked it and I thought you were a big collector of O gauge trains....

The DCS video was shot on Bill Bramlage's first layout...18 years ago! Bill was a very gracious host and allowed us to take over his basement and den for four days while we shot that one.

I've never been into collecting anything. That aspect of the hobby just didn't interest me. I am an operations guy. Ed Boyle did his best to "convert" me many times, but it didn't take.

seaboardm2 posted:

...A few years ago you were in my neck of the woods. You went to spencer to the NCTM. Which is about 68 miles from my home town of monroe n.c...

Yessir...I was in Concord, NC (just down the road) on a flight layover for one of my corporate flight clients. We had some time to kill, so we went up to Spencer to visit the museum and see how 611 was coming along. My co-pilot was astounded that everyone in the roundhouse knew me when we walked in! The steam locomotive community is a small one.

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Rich Melvin posted:
J. Motts posted:

...I figured maybe he was using the cover of the current craziness as cover to track down all those people who proudly use the term lashup and give them all uber wedgies without the authorities knowing....

LOL...big time! I wonder if there's such a thing as an on-line wedgie?

...I was so surprised when you said you didn't really have a layout, whose was the one you did the DCS video on.  I thought that was your layout and really liked it and I thought you were a big collector of O gauge trains....

The DCS video was shot on Bill Bramlage's first layout...18 years ago! Bill was a very gracious host and allowed us to take over his basement and den for four days while we shot that one.

I've never been into collecting anything. That aspect of the hobby just didn't interest me. I am an operations guy. Ed Boyle did his best to "convert" me many times, but it didn't take.

seaboardm2 posted:

...A few years ago you were in my neck of the woods. You went to spencer to the NCTM. Which is about 68 miles from my home town of monroe n.c...

Yessir...I was in Concord, NC (just down the road) on a flight layover for one of my corporate flight clients. We had some time to kill, so we went up to Spencer to visit the museum and see how 611 was coming along. My co-pilot was astounded that everyone in the roundhouse knew me when we walked in! The steam locomotive community is a small one.

Your pretty well known.An operator of a pretty famous locomotive.That was brought back from sitting in a park for years.Funny thing I first saw 765 in the back of a book about trains.She was pulling mordern day boxcars.Been a fan of that type of steam locomotive ever since.I saw a news story about 765 a few years ago.Coming off a rebuild.This around christmas time.I showed to my mother the news story.And said "Mother when I said I wanted a train for christmas thats is what I wanted."She looked at me with a smirk on her face.She said "Yea I like to see you lay the track down for it."I looking at her I said "Well I never thought about that!"We both laughed about that.Any way great to hear from you.Take care now.

Rich Melvin posted:

. I think I also have an MTH 2-rail NKP Berk, but since the move, I’m not sure where it might be! Guess I should look for it. 

I think you left it at....Beans.   Maybe check there when they open back up? 

When you do get settled in Columbus, be sure to checkout Northstar Cafe for breakfast:  https://www.thenorthstarcafe.com/

Glad everyone seems OK.

GregM posted:

If you want to know if Rich is okay, just post a vertical video.  Usually elicits a quick response.  

How about posting a vertical video of building a lashup? That would do it.

RoyBoy posted:

How about posting a vertical video of building a lashup? That would do it.

Oh my God!

That would likely send me into orbit!

Seriously, I got another good laugh from this one. 

Okay, I'll bite.

Apparently I never knew the term "lashup" was verbotten.  I recall one time at the HO+N Club that OGR Member Stuart were members of, I mentioned lashup and he told me don't let any of the O gauge guys hear you say that.  Can anyone explain the history on this?  Rich, why does that term crawl under your skin?

In the real world, a group of diesel locomotives connected together is called a "Multiple Unit Consist" (with the emphasis on the first syllable as in CON-sist). Locomotives in such a consist are said to be "MU'd" not "lashed up."

The term "lashup" was coined when TMCC first came out. DCS adopted it for their system, too. It was used in the railroad press once or twice by David P. Morgan of Trains magazine, many years ago. But I think someone tactfully informed David that is wasn't a good term to use because it was never used on the real railroads...at least not the ones I was familiar with.

Whenever I hear the term "lashup" I immediately envision several locomotives tied together with a bunch of rope. Someone here (Was it MartyE? I don't remember...) has a great image of just such a thing. It is just such a silly term to me that I have never liked it.

I had to use it in our DCS video because that's what MTH called it...but I hated saying that God-awful word.

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