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Happy New year everyone. May 2009 bring all the good things in your life that you desire. Raise a glass to health, happiness and long freights that run in your backyard.
 

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Geeeez Dave, your about 12 and half hours early
....... what did you start your new years party early...
HE HE HE
HAPPY NEW YEARS TO EVERYONE, and may the trains keep rolling all year long....

Nick...
 

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THE NEW RIVER & WESTERN wants to add it's best wishes for the new year

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.
 

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From here in the UK - from the directors and staff of the Vibona Bridge RR and their partner-line, the Lake Gleep and Blinn RR Extension -

A very Happy New Year to all!!

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Love is: Having someone to poke you out of a nice warm bed just after midnight to go out in sub zero temperatures and complete "First Footing"!!!

Happy New Year Everybody!!!!

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Hopefully, 2009 will be a better year than 2008 turned out to be. It started out looking iffy and it lived down to our worst expectations! I don't do resolutions but I will make an effort to patronize my LHS and do my part to keep our hobby moving forward!
 

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Good Lord.. can you believe I showed up an hour early to work today.... That's a trend I want to stop in it's tracks... Happy New Years Day all.
 

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Posted By ralphbrades on 01/01/2009 7:55 AM
Love is: Having someone to poke you out of a nice warm bed just after midnight to go out in sub zero temperatures and complete "First Footing"!!!

Happy New Year Everybody!!!!

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Ok Ralph What is "First Footing"? That sounds like a quaint custom.

Enlighten Us.

Oh Yea Happy New Year to you and your Family
 

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First footing is a tradition mainly from Scotland, (like "herself"!). You have to go out of the house before midnight and bring back into the house a coin, a lump of coal, a piece of bread, some salt (and most importantly for "herself") a dram of Whiskey from a new (unopened) bottle!!! These will usher in the New Year and bring wealth, warmth and a welcome -to all who visit the house. The person who does this must be a tall dark male, if a female does it or the person is fair haired then it is for naught and the reverse happens for the next year. The Whiskey was given to me over Christmas by "Cousin Ralph" in Napier were we had our Christmas holiday. The Napier area produces fine wines, rums and a decent "brandy" and ermmm (well the whiskey in the area comes from Japan).....

Standing on the front door step five minutes before midnight in sub zero temperatures and then having to wait for Big Ben to chime wasn't the hard part.

Drinking the whiskey was....


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Very interesting custom Ralph. Thanks for Explaining it.

Anyone else got and old Customs for New Years Eve They want to share?
 
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