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PostPosted: October 27th, 2002, 4:23 pm 
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A word on the Budd cars: We had them for donkey's years in Nova Scotia 'til the government robbed us of our railroad. (Except for a direct line to Halifax)
We called them "Rail liners" or "Day Liners".
I saw them sitting mothballed in Halifax a few years back, don't know if they're still there. I'll look next time I'm in the city. They were an absolutely vital link for Sydney and other points in Cape Breton and Northern NS, and were always packed, sometimes with folks standing in the aisles. Via scuttled them because they were "underused".


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You guys really have me considering this trip. Think you can coach a rookie American? Before committing let me give a brief background.

I was a California Boy Scout and remember one Camporee where we got an inch of wet snow the first night, they cancelled the camporee and gave us all a blue ribbon for surviving the night! I moved to my present local (western New York) as a teen, and have spent hundreds of nights in tents since then, but only once have I pitched a tent on the snow.

I have spent a lot of sub freezing nights in a tent though, my boy scouting activities keep me sleeping outside all year round. Astronomy and hunting adds many more hours to my winter outdoor time. My current tent was chosen for its extensive use of screening, the frost forms on the tarp and doesn't fall in the tent in the morning.

I should have all the gear I need except snowshoes. I do have a friend that makes his own, and this trip gives me the incentive to give it a try myself.

I have a 10-11 hour drive to Sudbury, so I would need a recommendation on where to spend the first night before the train. Wouldn't mind catching some fish through the ice, could use advice on equipment as well. Anybody interested in doing some star gazing if I bring a small scope?

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Tony


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Tony ... of course you'd be welcome. There are enough of us in the Sudbury area that I'm sure we'd find a place for you to crash the night before the train.


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Tony With your expieriance there will be no problem for you to not only survive but thrive . As for a place to stay in Sudbury you are welcome to stay with us and 2 others here in town have offered a bed . So give it a try .


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Something else you gear nuts might find interesting is a gizmo that allows quick construction of superior igloos, from pretty well any type of snow.

http://www.greatshelters.com

I haven't seen one in action, but it makes sense and looks like an excellent, fun idea. However, I wouldn't use it instead of a tent, since a tent affords emergency shelter when needed, and sets up faster.

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Are we going to set a date soon?


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Let's keep this to the planning thread that's currently running just so we don't have to check two different posts.

I'll lock this one off and we'll keep the date planning to the one that's in the link above.


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