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Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Douglas Harding
 

When using PowerPoint with intentions of showing your program on another computer, ie via a thumb drive, make sure you save the file as a “Package Presentation for CD” file, which is different than the standard save in PowerPoint. Go to file, then save & send, choose presentation package for CD, then choose package for CD, then choose save to folder. This last click will allow you to choose your thumb drive. Your file size will be larger, but it will include all fonts, videos and other special features you worked so hard to create. And it will all be on your thumb drive, not on that computer back at home or the office.

 

A standard PowerPoint file assumes the fonts chosen, videos, and other special features reside on the computer in the exact location as on the computer used during creation. If using a different computer during presentation you will not see your special features.

 

Also be aware that older version of PowerPoint do not recognize some common video formats, esp Microsoft formats. If you plan to include a video clip in your presentation, you may have to convert it. And be sure to try it on another computer to make sure it will work.

 

These are some tricks I have learned doing weekly presentations in two different churches each week.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of BRIAN PAUL EHNI
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:23 PM
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

 

Create on your new iPad, and save to a thumb drive. Someone will have a real computer at the event…. 8^)

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

 

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Bill Welch <fgexbill@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:41 PM
To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

 

We all have our methods and reasons Bill and Tony but unfortunately I suffer from a Chronic Condition known as the "What Ifs" . . .

—What If my computer will not boot up?
—What If I can not find a computer to use with a compatible version of "Keynote"
—What If. . . on and on

Also when Keynote is converted to PowerPoint it does not read all of the formatting and at least in my case the presentation looks like S@#$%^&*T.

As to the points Bill raises, I have never noticed losing any of those things when I convert from Keynote to the Hi-Res PDF. IF they are n the original, they are on the PDF.

So I plan to continue to do what works for me.

Bill Welch


Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

 

Create on your new iPad, and save to a thumb drive. Someone will have a real computer at the event…. 8^)

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

 

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Bill Welch <fgexbill@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:41 PM
To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

 

We all have our methods and reasons Bill and Tony but unfortunately I suffer from a Chronic Condition known as the "What Ifs" . . .

—What If my computer will not boot up?
—What If I can not find a computer to use with a compatible version of "Keynote"
—What If. . . on and on

Also when Keynote is converted to PowerPoint it does not read all of the formatting and at least in my case the presentation looks like S@#$%^&*T.

As to the points Bill raises, I have never noticed losing any of those things when I convert from Keynote to the Hi-Res PDF. IF they are n the original, they are on the PDF.

So I plan to continue to do what works for me.

Bill Welch


Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

np328
 

   I can share your concerns. Several years ago my wife bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and I loved it. So much lighter than the other laptop we had and when we travel, it is such a difference. Best of all, it still has Windows 7 instead of Windows 10. Having said that, because it is smaller and lighter it has a micro HDMI port.  I needed to get a mini-HDMI to 9-pin to interface with most projectors at meets. Now that HMDI equipped projectors are becoming the standard, I might get a micro HDMI to standard HDMI adaptor for those. And these adaptors are crucial links. 
   I have never had problems interfacing the laptop however and for some reason, except at the back rooms at the Chicagoland (former Sunshine) RPM's. So yes, your hesitancy is well founded.

    Of a platform for presenting on, I would suggest you take a look at Open Office. https://www.openoffice.org/  It is a free download, requires only 256 MB of RAM, so it is light on the hard drive. It also works with both Mac and PC. Many years back, when Richard Hendrickson had a presentation on his Mac that was on a CD fail to open, I grabbed my former PC laptop with Open Office and the show went on.
         Yes it does not have all the bells and whistles as full PowerPoint, and at times, rarely for me, a text does not emulate properly, however again, I only recall that happening once. It could have been the text I chose. 

     I do have a full (Microsoft) Office set up on my home PC and Yoga laptop however also have Open Office on both as a back-up. As I stated prior, it requires very little space on the hard drive and does PowerPoint, Word, an a few other office like programs.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jim Dick - St. Paul 


! waRE: [RealSTMFC] Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

Charlie Vlk
 

To amplify Doug and Nelson’s comments on CB&Q Waycars…..

Without researching the issue, the application of Allied Full Cushion Trucks to CB&Q waycars was very limited (to two cars… One wood and one welded steel IRRC).

Side door cars were not unusual in any period on the CB&Q and were applied as needed and not as a class of cars.  The three classes of steel cars had conventional ride control freight car trucks.

Side door cars are different than blind cars without end platforms (sometimes called “Mulelies” on other roads).   The Class NE-5 was used both during WWI and WWII for waycars converted from boxcars as a temporary measure.   The WWI cars did get cupolas and many received end platforms, while the WWII side door cars were more like MOW cars and had the one window on each side with a small all-weatherish extension as a sort of bay window but had blind ends not intended for boarding.

I’ve not seen mention of legal authority to use the temporary cars for the CB&Q because I have not done such research but have run across Illinois Railroad and Warehouse Commission permissions to use non-standard waycars for other roads for specified time periods around 1900.

No doubt the banning of “bouncers” or four-wheel bobbers were motivated by pressure from the Brotherhoods.   The Q built a number of such cars after the turn of the century and they lasted to the 1930s…in what service I am not sure where or why.  There was an earlier class of such cars and in pre-1880 times more bobbers, side door cars, and very short eight wheel cars that show up in a stereopticon photo of the Aurora Shops that is the only record of waycars that look very different from the CB&Q “standard” 28’ and 30’ cars that we know.

The No.7 truck WAS a passenger car truck as it was used under a number of different classes of mail, baggage, cream, RPO, business, and coach cars as well as being the standard waycar truck.   It was almost a clone of the longer No. 2 truck which was a passenger car truck.   The C&NW and UP must have liked the Q design as they also used a clone; even the UP calling it the Q truck.   But many 1880 cabooses were equipped with such trucks on many roads east to west.   Wood Q waycars of 1870 design with No. 7 trucks lasted through the BN merger.   And yes, they were smooth riding at speed.

The CB&Q had only one “transfer” waycar built from a single sheathed boxcar primarily for service at the Western Avenue Yards in Chicago, probably because of the same pressures mentioned for other roads.

Charlie Vlk 

 


Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Tony Thompson
 

Bill Welch wrote:

We all have our methods and reasons Bill and Tony but unfortunately I suffer from a Chronic Condition known as the "What Ifs" . . .

—What If my computer will not boot up?
—What If I can not find a computer to use with a compatible version of "Keynote"
—What If. . . on and on

     I always bring a memory stick with my Powerpoint version on it. If my computer won't boot up, lots of computers will accept Powerpoint because it's pretty much a Microsoft OS standard. But you are right, Bill, do what you feel most comfortable doing.

Also when Keynote is converted to PowerPoint it does not read all of the formatting and at least in my case the presentation looks like S@#$%^&*T.

      Yes, Bill, though I tried to be more tactful about the results of the conversion(s).  <g>

Tony Thompson




Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Bill Welch
 

We all have our methods and reasons Bill and Tony but unfortunately I suffer from a Chronic Condition known as the "What Ifs" . . .

—What If my computer will not boot up?
—What If I can not find a computer to use with a compatible version of "Keynote"
—What If. . . on and on

Also when Keynote is converted to PowerPoint it does not read all of the formatting and at least in my case the presentation looks like S@#$%^&*T.

As to the points Bill raises, I have never noticed losing any of those things when I convert from Keynote to the Hi-Res PDF. IF they are n the original, they are on the PDF.

So I plan to continue to do what works for me.

Bill Welch


Re: Canadian National Eight-Hatch Reefers

John Riddell
 

 

By the way, the CP and CN steel 8-hatch reefers were designed, built and used in general service for transporting over great distances any perishable commodities that required temperature protection in winter or summer.   CP and CN did not think it was economically justified for each railway to build and maintain individual fleets of reefers dedicated to particular service such as produce, fruit, dairy, fish, meat, etc.  A single design was developed for general service. The reefers were fitted with permanent underslung heaters, overhead ice tanks and internal meat hooks when the car was required to transport meat.

 

John Riddell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Tony Thompson
 

Bill Keene wrote:

I am somewhat surprised that you convert your presentations to PDF and not present using the Keynote software. I am curious about your reasons for this as it appears to me that you are loosing the ability to do slide builds and highlight portions of the slides with shapes and/or highlighting. You also loose the ability for seamless transitions. Ditto the overlaying of information. 

     I agree, Bill, and there is no necessity to make the PDF conversion. If one likes Keynote better than Powerpoint, one can always create the talk in Keynote and save a version as Powerpoint, which almost always <g> preserves everything you created. I used to do that, because I do like Keynote, and some projectors don't seem to like Keynote. But after a few disappointments with the failures to get the same exact slides, I have given up and just use Powerpoint, both to create and to show my freight car talks. Powerpoint is fairly clunky, but the process does work dependably. 

Tony Thompson             Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705         www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history






Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Bill Keene
 

Bill,

I am somewhat surprised that you convert your presentations to PDF and not present using the Keynote software. I am curious about your reasons for this as it appears to me that you are loosing the ability to do slide builds and highlight portions of the slides with shapes and/or highlighting. You also loose the ability for seamless transitions. Ditto the overlaying of information. 

Cheers,
Bill Keene
Irvine, CA


On May 24, 2018, at 10:46 AM, Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:

I am hoping there may be people here that have experience using Apple’s iPad that will comment on the questions I have.

The Apple Laptop I have used for years for my annual RPM Freight Car presentations has finally given up and I want to replace it. I no longer think I need a full-blown computer and may replace it with an iPad if this type of device will work for doing presentations. I use Apple’s “Keynote” to build my presentations and then convert it to a high resolution PDF for the actual presentation. There are some hardware/connectivity issues I need to answer since the iPad only has one connection port and even with adaptors not sure if my plan is realistic.

—iPad needs to communicate with the projector. There are Blue Tooth Dongles to facilitate this but frankly I would prefer a hardwired connection. Researching for an adapter. My concern here is that venues like Cocoa Beach, Collinsville and Chicagoland probably have projectors requiring a cord.

—I would like to use the new’ish Logitech “Spotlight Presentation Remote” with its ability to easily spotlight things on each slide when desired while also providing remote advance of slides. (see Ted Culotta’s blog item about this device: http://prototopics.blogspot.com/2018/02/logitech-spotlight-presentation-remote.html) Trying to sort out if the remote can talk to the iPad without an adaptor

I am curious if anyone here has used an iPad for their presentations and can comment on what I have described as my preferences using it? It may be more appropriate to respond to me offline: fgexbill(at)tampabay.rr.com

Thank you,

Bill Welch



Re: MILW SS Box Car 713406

Tony Thompson
 

      Nice looking model, Lester, and a sensible approach to the stand-in issue with the ends. As I conduct more and more operating sessions on my layout, where car ends are frequently not very visible, my worries about most car ends have become less pressing. Not to say I don't care, only that compromises seem less disturbing.
       You "extreme modelers" should simply delete this message and move on, rather than allowing your safety valves to lift while thinking of a reply. <vbg>.

Tony Thompson             Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705         www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history






Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Bill Welch
 

That is my fear Tony. I would like to get by the least expensive way but realize iPad may not work for what I want to do. The repair person I use here for my Apples has second hand machines w/up-to-date OS systems so I may go that route. I am very paranoid about showing up and having some sort of "system/compatibility failure."

Bill Welch


MILW SS Box Car 713406

Lester Breuer
 

I have MILWAUKEE SS Box Car, 713406, an upgraded Accurail kit built, in paint and weathered.  I have posted photos and writeup including changes from kit,  paint, etc. on my blog I started to share photos and writeup on Freight Cars, etc. of modeling projects on my Minneapolis & Northland Railroad Company.   If you would like to take a look please do at the following:

 

http://mnrailroadcab100.blogspot.com/

Lester Breuer


Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Tony Thompson
 

Bill Welch wrote:

The Apple Laptop I have used for years for my annual RPM Freight Car presentations has finally given up and I want to replace it. I no longer think I need a full-blown computer and may replace it with an iPad if this type of device will work for doing presentations. I use Apple’s “Keynote” to build my presentations and then convert it to a high resolution PDF for the actual presentation. There are some hardware/connectivity issues I need to answer since the iPad only has one connection port and even with adaptors not sure if my plan is realistic.

—iPad needs to communicate with the projector. There are Blue Tooth Dongles to facilitate this but frankly I would prefer a hardwired connection. Researching for an adapter. My concern here is that venues like Cocoa Beach, Collinsville and Chicagoland probably have projectors requiring a cord.


      A couple of years ago I tried to use my iPad for giving talks, and as Bill mentions, the connection to projectors is quite variable. Sometimes I also could not get the iPad to start the talk properly. I have gone back to using my laptop.
      Remember, the iPad is NOT a effectively a computer. It has considerably less flexibility and access to machine functions, so it's much more difficult to correct any misbehavior or surprise events.

Tony Thompson             Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705         www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history






Re: RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

al.kresse <water.kresse@...>
 

With C&OHS most presentations are made with the hotel's projectors.  Therefore we put all PPT's on one "nerds" PC the day before and dry-run the PPT's with the projector.  We have folks still working on Windows 7 Pro so we use the "oldest" software to be compatible.


Al Kresse

On May 24, 2018 at 1:46 PM Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:

I am hoping there may be people here that have experience using Apple’s iPad that will comment on the questions I have.

The Apple Laptop I have used for years for my annual RPM Freight Car presentations has finally given up and I want to replace it. I no longer think I need a full-blown computer and may replace it with an iPad if this type of device will work for doing presentations. I use Apple’s “Keynote” to build my presentations and then convert it to a high resolution PDF for the actual presentation. There are some hardware/connectivity issues I need to answer since the iPad only has one connection port and even with adaptors not sure if my plan is realistic.

—iPad needs to communicate with the projector. There are Blue Tooth Dongles to facilitate this but frankly I would prefer a hardwired connection. Researching for an adapter. My concern here is that venues like Cocoa Beach, Collinsville and Chicagoland probably have projectors requiring a cord.

—I would like to use the new’ish Logitech “Spotlight Presentation Remote” with its ability to easily spotlight things on each slide when desired while also providing remote advance of slides. (see Ted Culotta’s blog item about this device: http://prototopics.blogspot.com/2018/02/logitech-spotlight-presentation-remote.html) Trying to sort out if the remote can talk to the iPad without an adaptor

I am curious if anyone here has used an iPad for their presentations and can comment on what I have described as my preferences using it? It may be more appropriate to respond to me offline: fgexbill(at)tampabay.rr.com

Thank you,

Bill Welch


RPM Freight Car Presentation Hardware Question

Bill Welch
 

I am hoping there may be people here that have experience using Apple’s iPad that will comment on the questions I have.

The Apple Laptop I have used for years for my annual RPM Freight Car presentations has finally given up and I want to replace it. I no longer think I need a full-blown computer and may replace it with an iPad if this type of device will work for doing presentations. I use Apple’s “Keynote” to build my presentations and then convert it to a high resolution PDF for the actual presentation. There are some hardware/connectivity issues I need to answer since the iPad only has one connection port and even with adaptors not sure if my plan is realistic.

—iPad needs to communicate with the projector. There are Blue Tooth Dongles to facilitate this but frankly I would prefer a hardwired connection. Researching for an adapter. My concern here is that venues like Cocoa Beach, Collinsville and Chicagoland probably have projectors requiring a cord.

—I would like to use the new’ish Logitech “Spotlight Presentation Remote” with its ability to easily spotlight things on each slide when desired while also providing remote advance of slides. (see Ted Culotta’s blog item about this device: http://prototopics.blogspot.com/2018/02/logitech-spotlight-presentation-remote.html) Trying to sort out if the remote can talk to the iPad without an adaptor

I am curious if anyone here has used an iPad for their presentations and can comment on what I have described as my preferences using it? It may be more appropriate to respond to me offline: fgexbill(at)tampabay.rr.com

Thank you,

Bill Welch


Re: Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

Nelson Moyer
 

Al, the Q waycar trucks in Ed’s photos are the standard Q waycar trucks. I think I remember they were classed #7 by the Q. They had an oak plank at the top, and they had solid bearings. Crews liked them because they gave a smoother ride than the Barber caboose trucks. I don’t believe they were considered high speed, though they were used on hot shot freights between Chicago and Denver. The branchline mixed trains hardly operated at high speed. The highest speed limit on the Burlington-Washington branch was only 25 mph according to the 1943 employee timetable, and that’s the earliest one I have. I think it was higher in the 1930s when passenger traffic was more active, but even then it probably wasn’t over 35 mph.

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of al.kresse
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:24 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

 

This caboose had high speed trucks?  Would that allow for higher mixed-train speeds?

 

Al kresse

On May 24, 2018 at 9:37 AM "Ed Rethwisch via Groups.Io" <edreth1@...> wrote:

The CB&Q had a limited number of side door cabooses ( waycars) but one of the    

side door cars was assigned to Fort Madison for many decades for branch line service.

 

Ed Rethwisch,


 


Re: Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

Douglas Harding
 

Al most CBQ wood cabooses road on wood beam trucks, that looked very similar to passenger car trucks. Some were later fitted with Allied trucks. The later steel cabooses road on more traditional cast steel caboose trucks.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of al.kresse
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:24 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

 

This caboose had high speed trucks?  Would that allow for higher mixed-train speeds?

 

Al kresse

On May 24, 2018 at 9:37 AM "Ed Rethwisch via Groups.Io" <edreth1@...> wrote:

The CB&Q had a limited number of side door cabooses ( waycars) but one of the    

side door cars was assigned to Fort Madison for many decades for branch line service.

 

Ed Rethwisch,


 


Re: Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

al.kresse <water.kresse@...>
 

This caboose had high speed trucks?  Would that allow for higher mixed-train speeds?


Al kresse

On May 24, 2018 at 9:37 AM "Ed Rethwisch via Groups.Io" <edreth1@...> wrote:

The CB&Q had a limited number of side door cabooses ( waycars) but one of the    
side door cars was assigned to Fort Madison for many decades for branch line service.

Ed Rethwisch,


 


Re: Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

Ed Rethwisch
 

The CB&Q had a limited number of side door cabooses ( waycars) but one of the    
side door cars was assigned to Fort Madison for many decades for branch line service.

Ed Rethwisch,


Re: Side-door Cabooses [was Why Transfer cabooses?]

Dennis Storzek
 

On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 09:19 pm, Merlyn Lauber wrote:
I believe the Side Door Ban on the IC cabooses in Iowa was an old Union rule
Considering I can find no Iowa statute that specifically mentions side doors, I'm beginning to think the "ban" was self imposed by the IC, either in response to union pressure or because they had to pay a whopping injury settlement (which would have been imposed by the Iowa state courts and could be the basis urban legend that it's a "law".) I did find a citation to the 1911 statute I linked to the other day in the 1946 court case Fleming vs. Richardson , the complaint being: On complaint of a trainmen's association that the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company was violating section 7972 of the 1939 Code of Iowa, by operating caboose cars on its railroads in Iowa, with but one platform, but no references to side doors. I also found a citation to the 1911 statute in a list of current (2018) Iowa law, but with the disclaimer that the list on the web site may be out of date.

More for general information, and more pertinent to the recent discussion of four wheel cabooses, is this compilation of state laws governing cabooses as of December, 1912. Caboose Laws

Dennis Storzek

 

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