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This photo was taken during a visit in 2006 to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The Pioneer Zephyr number 9900 has recently been refurbished and installed in its own display hall. That's Bill trespassing on the exhibit.

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ASTRONOMY: Here is some information about The Moon
The moon spins like the earth but, instead of one revolution per day, a revolution takes 27 days, 7 hrs., 43 min., 11.6 sec.
One moon phase (full moon to full moon) takes 29 days, 12 hrs., 44 min. at 2,287 mph
As the moon goes through it's phases there is:
  • new moon
  • waxing crescent
  • 1st quarter (appears 1/2 but, is really 25% through it's orbit)
  • waxing gibbous (3/4 full)
  • last quarter
  • waning crescent
As the moon phase is about 29-1/2 days and, the average month takes about 30-14 days, you can see how eventually there will be two full moons in one and the same month. The second full moon, in the same calendar month, is called a 'blue moon'.
As days go by, and a person is not paying attention to the moon, you can easily tell if the moon is going to be full or, if it was full by remembering the famous words "what's up DOC". Think of the O as a full moon then, note the curve in the D and C. When the curve is the D, it is going to be full. When the curve is like the C, it is going away from being full.
Exeligmos is described as 54 yrs. 1 mo. for a solar eclipse to come back to the same spot.
Samos is described as 18 yrs. 10 days. Three Samos equal one Exelgmos.
Every full moon for every calendar month has it's own common name. The names for the months are as follows:
Month Known As
January Wolf Moon
February Snow Moon
March Sap Moon
April Pink Moon
May Flower Moon
June Strawberry Moon
July Buck Moon
August Sturgeon Moon
September Harvest Moon
October Hunter's Moon
November Beaver Moon
December Cold Moon
In addition to the names commonly used in the USA, there are some additional names used by the earlier tribes and nations. Please visit the site in this link to see an impressive list of names from those peoples who were here before the Europeans came.
What's New

2018-02-07 Added an update to the Marx 333 - No Single Reduction

2018-01-09 Removed references to Guest Book - Never did work right

2017-12-24 Improved a caption on the Restorations page

2017-07-23 Added a note about signal Mast Heights in Techniques

2017-06-28 Added 4 photos from the old N-Scale ZOT: Thunderbirds and a Container Crane.

2017-06-10 Rearranged Empire Builder under Restorations

2017-05-25 Added a link to a page of essays on a variety of model railroad topics.

2017-03-14 Added a link to a page of American Indian names for the Full moons.

2017-03-14 On the ZOT backdrop page, added a link to Clouds Technique and some photos showing the thickness of some of the elements.

2017-02-19 Added a second link to Dave Farguhar's blog. This one is for repair of Marx reverse units.

2017-02-03 Started a page with information about the venerable Marx 999 steam loco

2016-12-26 Handy list of Netflix Search Codes

2016-12-11 Added a link to a page describing Marx couplers in Dave Farquhar's blog

2016-12-06 Added a link to Brittney's history site. Also fixed a few broken links.

2016-08-20 Added a couple of paintings

2016-07-21 Added a link to a page with some information on the Great Northern Railway - Thanks Julie

2015-08-15 Removed some old references

2015-04-17 Added a direct link in the navigation panel for Hustlers, Huskies, Porters and Davenports

2015-02-19 Updated links to Yahoo Groups

2014-09-07 Updated the pages of the Critter Gallery and ...

2014-09-07 ... the Critter Prototype information

2014-08-31 Updated the TCAMG Photo Album Index - Version 12.

2014-08-06 Added a link to a page for the Relay For Life 2012 1000 Mile Run for Cancer Research

2014-08-02 Added a link on the 'Links' page pointing to the S Scale Herald on line magazine

2014-07-31 Added the photo album index for prewarOgaugetrains group on Yahoo

2014-07-29 Added links to a information about several portable and Modular layout systems

2014-07-28 Added links to a couple of S-Gauge Organizations: East Coast and Baltimore

2014-04-17 Updated the new ZOT Power and Wiring page.

2014-05-07 Updated the page for Marx items to avoid when kit bashing.

2014-01-22 Added a link to Dales Smith's American Flyer Displays.

2014-01-22 Added a page with examples of some of the critters made in various scales.

2014-01-16 Added a page for the All Aboard Fastrackers modular system.

2014-01-15 Added links to the All Aboard Fastrackers Modules and some videos.

2014-01-10 Added a page with information on H K Porter Diesel locos - prototype and model.

2013-12-21 Added a link to the Binns Road site for O-Gauge reference - especially older tinplate.

2013-11-12 Added a photo taken on a friend's layout.

2013-10-17 Added a link to a page about Marx HO Trains. - Very Handy.

2013-10-15 Added a link to a page about the Transcontinental Railroad.

2013-10-11 Added two pictures on the MOW Kitbash page

2013-06-25 Added some information about The Moon (Thanks Brian)

2013-06-08 Added a Guest Book - Working Again

2013-06-04 Changed All Other Pages to PHP using PHP for the Nav Table

2013-06-03 Restoration Page: Rusty Marx PFE

2013-06-03 Changed Home page to PHP

2011-03-24 Track complete on the new ZOT

2011-03-24 An index of all pages in the site

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