Caveat: Conagher Rail Car Company

[This is a cross-post from my other blog]

My low-effort brag post for the week is the Conagher Rail Car Company, in southwest Ohunkagan. Remember that the city of Ohunkagan, as currently mapped, is stuck sometime in the late 1910’s. So this is the height of the railroad industry and this rail car company plant is conceptually modeled on something like the old Pullman Rail Car company in south Chicago, maybe. I used old maps of the Pullman factory as a guide for laying out this factory.

Screenshot of the map window on the OpenGeofiction site, showing an area mapped of a factory called Conagher Rail Car Company, lots of detail

Here is a link to the slippy map on OpenGeofiction:

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Caveat: Tree #1489 “The local gloom is an objective fact”

This tree was touched by the morning sun at around 8 this morning.

That’s the tallest tree on lot 73. It means that the sun is only a few days or a week away from touching the ground there, as the sun’s angle in the sky steadily increases with the approaching equinox. Because of our position on the north side of a steep mountain, for 13 weeks each year the sun is too low in the sky to reach us – we live in perpetual shadow. That’s one reason why ice persists so effectively on the road. Because of this shadow, the south side of Port Saint Nick (the environs of the vast metropolis of Rockpit, Alaska) is a fundamentally gloomier place than the sunny north side – that’s an objective fact!

Well the gloom is just about over. Which doesn’t mean an end to winter weather: we’re forecast a snowstorm this coming weekend.

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Caveat: Tree #1487 “Deep in the southeast Alaskan slushforest”

This tree was feeling white at the top of ten-mile hill.


Yesterday our telephone landline and DSL stopped working. It was puzzling and distressing because its shutdown was correlated with a moment when I was vacuuming the living room and had moved a piece of furniture, where the telephone happens to be plugged in. So at first I thought the failure of the phone was somehow related to my having accidentally unplugged it or something like that. But after a lot of troubleshooting and trial and error, it seems the whole telephone line (including internet DSL) is dead.

I called APT (Alaska Power and Telephone) but all I got was a machine. I left a message. Maybe because it was presidents day yesterday?

But then this morning I decided to mess around more with the wires involved. Specifically, I switched out the wire connecting the DSL router to the wall – it’s probably 15 or 20 years old, after all. And it had a kind of janky-looking connector on one end. Somehow, my brain works better in the morning than it had been working yesterday afternoon, and I got the right combination and suddenly our phone service was working again. So it was something I’d knocked loose after all – just needed the right things plugged into the right places.

That’s the main adventure here. A bunch of snow yesterday but then rain on top of that, and it all melted again. Just that continuous precipitation with temperatures in the mid 30’s, which seems pretty typical. Not a “rainforest” but rather a “slushforest” really.

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