Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The M46 Rapid Railroad Destructor

Designed in the late 1940’s by the Army Corps of Engineers and Sperry Products Corporation, the M46 Rapid Railroad Destructor was a machine designed to destroy railways in order to deny enemy forces from using them in the case of a retreat. Built upon the chassis of an M46 Patton tank, the Rapid Railroad Destructor would first lift the railroad track into its maw with a winch.  Inside the device was a series of machines designed to totally destroy the railroad.  First, a set of six Browning .50 caliber machine guns loaded with armor piercing ammunition would shoot notches the rails so that it could evenly feed into the device.  Then the ties were smashed by a set of swinging hammers.  Finally the notched rails would be snapped into short sections by a set of rollers.  From the rear would be expelled a spray of woodchips and pieces of metal.  Incredibly, the M46 RRD could chew through rails at a rate of 6 miles per hour.
Only a few prototypes were produced, however the M46 RRD was rejected by the US Army.  The amount of .50 BMG ammunition needed to shoot notches in the rails was prohibitively expensive.  It was also determined that it would be easier and cheaper to use explosives.

Picked up from tank a lot

This Is Banned Book Week

B-26 Maraude

Hillary and Bill

Hump Day

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Work On The Norfolk Southern Crossing Lights at Connelly Mill Road



The Sanders Crowd

Today Is National Coffee Day

I Understand WaWa is giving away free coffee.

Remember Those Days

H2O International Car Show Ocean City

This weekend in Ocean City will be the 18th H2Oi car show  .  Coming in second to the Fireman Convention for general rudeness, hit and runs, and arrests, the H2O Car show is the one my daughter, who works for the Ocean City police, dreads the most.  The Cruisin OC event might place third in the lineup.  A good article on the car show and it's problems is at OC Today

Over at Club Roadster Forum for the event it looks like they are getting ready to party

The rest of the weekend including the thursday and friday is just cruising around with thousands of tuners, partying and getting wasted, and photo ops

Again it brings in money but at what costs to the taxpayers and safety of the residents?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Comments On Thursday

We are having great weather.  The air conditioning is turned off and the heat is not turned on.  it is just a great time of year.

From Delegate Carl Anderton; October 1st is the day brewpubs in Wicomico County are allowed to double their production, so we're using that day to celebrate job creation in our region. Join us at EVO Public House from 6:30pm - 8:30pm! Appetizers and soft drinks will be served and a cash bar will be available.
$30.00 - Individual
$50.00 - Couple

On October 30th at 2 pm the Delmar Public Library at 38481 Sussex Highway will have  a
Delaware Humanities Forum program called Vietnam Mailbag.  The Speaker will be  Nancy E. Lynch

When American troops in Vietnam answered the call to correspond with a young reporter four decades ago, they could not have envisioned the enduring relevancy of their war letters or the rich legacy their words, photographs and memorabilia would leave to succeeding generations. Ms. Lynch discusses and reads selected war letters from her book, Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968-1972, based on her popular newspaper column, “Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag.” She is accompanied by Vietnam veteran Rick Lovekin, a Huey helicopter door gunner, Cobra crew chief and frequent letter writer to Nancy, who shows slides from Vietnam set to 1960s music.

Sounds interesting. 


Delaware National Guard Marks its 360th Anniversary
State Rep. Dave Wilson joined with his legislative colleagues and Gov. Jack Markell recently (8/31) to mark the 360th anniversary of the Delaware National Guard.
The ceremony was held at the Fort Christina National Historic Landmark in Wilmington.  The Guard can trace its origins as a citizen fighting force to an incident that occurred at the site on August 31, 1655.
The area was a Swedish colony at the time and the commander of the fort organized Delaware's first militia by riding throughout "New Sweden" to urge settlers defend the fort against Dutch invaders.
While the untrained Swedes were forced to eventually surrender the post, the occasion marked the first time that a Delaware citizen-militia was called on to perform military service.  From those humble beginnings, the Delaware National Guard grew into a force that has played a role in every major U.S. conflict.
"The citizen-soldiers of the Delaware National Guard have served our citizens well for more than three centuries," Rep, Wilson said.  "Whether it has been fighting conflicts abroad or helping with disaster recovery at home, our state owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served, and who continue to serve, in the Guard."

Vapor shop at the State line Plaza
 Wal-mart has Christmas Trees on Display.  It just gets earlier every year.

In spite of intensive design studies you can not predict everything that may happen in bridge designs.

An American born Asian woman once told me that because of their small frame boyish bodies Asians females have to be careful in accepting a date as American Bi-sexual men tends to home in on Asian women.

The Delmar Maryland election; only two people filed for the three offices.  Karen Wells filed for Mayor and Lloyd Unsell filed for commissioner, both are incumbents.  Since no one filed for the third position of Commissioner they are having an election on November 17th in which write ins will be accepted.  I assume if no one writes in someone name the Mayor and commissioner will appoint someone to that slot. 

Donna Brittingham from Salisbury University spoke to the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society yesterday .  Her talk was about the new library SU is building.  Since everyone doing family tree research in this area uses the Nabb research center and those resources are being moved to the top floor of the new library in 2016 we were very interested in what was going on and Donna explained very well.  For those who may be interested in researching at the Nabb Center but work during the day they do extended hours on 10 to 2 on Saturday and they are until 8 pm on Monday.

is an article about the emperor Nicholas II and empress Alexandra, murdered in 1918, have been exhumed and are being investigated.  A czar can never rest.
The new Delmar Fire department Pumper
Signed by Larry “Yogi” Berra on August 23, 1950, this contract entitled him to $1.00 and a woman’s watch in exchange for the use of his image by the Bowman Gum Corporation for the 1951 Major League Baseball season.
The contract was introduced as an exhibit in one of a series of legal cases over baseball card image rights between the Bowman Gum and Topps Chewing Gum corporations.  A number of major league baseball players granted exclusive rights to their images to the Bowman Gum company for use on baseball cards.  When Topps introduced cards featuring some of the same players, Bowman filed suit.  Included in the exhibits are some of the original cards as well as authentic vintage chewing gum:
from  Today's Document  also from the same site
Berra draft card
Over at Mobile Mug shots is a wide selection of mugshots from Wicomico county
why they smile for a mug shot is beyond me
Blacks make up 25% of the Population in Wicomico county - you do the math when you look at the mugshots
New York City Police searching Nuns for the Pope Visit

I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest day’s work, to bring home their daily bread, to save money and – one step at a time – to build a better life for their families,” the pope said.
“These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society,” he said. “They generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organisations which offer a helping hand to those most in need.”
From the speech given by the Pope - at least he recognizes us.

However Pope Francis  pleaded for greater openness to accepting immigrants. Just how many immigrants have the Vatican City accepted?  It is easy to pass the buck when you don't have to put up with immigrants.  Lets send 10,000 Muslims to Vatican city

and in PRAGUE: Czech President Milos Zeman lashed out at illegal immigrants on Sunday after dozens participated in riots. “You must respect our rules, as we respect the rules when we go to your country,” he said in an interview published on the website of popular newspaper Blesk. “If you don’t like it, then leave.”

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The Artisan's fair is looking for vendors.  Items sold must be made by the vendor.  Contact "The Peddlers Four" in Delmar at 443-614-1824

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meets Tonight