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Archive | August 18, 2019

Why A New Garmin Vivoactive 4 — Possibly A Bigger Display As With The Fenix 6?

by Anura Guruge

 



Yes, we all know that Garmin (and for that matter, Fitbit) love to introduce new models, churn the base and hopefully get a few more sales.

I was surprised to hear that there was to be a Garmin Fenix 6, announced on August 28, 2019 — but then I knew that the the Forerunner 945 and the MARQ Series (and I upgraded from a Fenix 5 Plus to a MARQ Expedition) were squeezing the Fenix 5 series. Then I learnt that the Fenix 6 will have a 1.4″ display as opposed to the 1.2″ found in most Garmin watches of today.

So, this is what I am thinking. Will the Vivoactive 4 also have a 1.4″ display. I have read that its body is fractionally bigger than the current Vivoactive 3. They might be able to squeeze in that extra 0.2″. That would be a biggie.

I could be wrong, but judging from the leaked pictures on the Web, I think I see two buttons on the side. That could be good too. I owned two Vivoactive 3s. I liked the touchscreen. That was what I was used to. I thought I would never be able to use a smartwatch without a touchscreen. I was very wrong. Today, I would not get one with a touchscreen. I like the precision and speed I can get with the buttons on a Fenix or MARQ (or for that matter a Forerunner).

Yes, the Vivoactive 3, by design, doesn’t have many of the high end, esoteric functions found on the Forerunner, Fenix or MARQ. It is meant to be that way for price differentiation. They didn’t need to bring out a Vivoactive 4 to add some of these software features to the existing Vivoactive 3(M).

If you hadn’t notice the whole Vivoactive 3 Series is on sale at Garmin and at Amazon. There are actually some GOOD DEALS on Amazon right now. Go check.

I feel bad for those that bought a Vivoactive 3 in the last few months. I know it has been very popular. Now they are going to feel that they need to trade-up at some point. But, lets wait and see. To I the only justification would be a bigger and better display. That could be a game changer.


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U.P. ‘Big Boy’ 4-8-8-4 At ‘Steamtown’, PA — The Restoration Plans (THE Scoop).

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ONE of the problems.

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The Headlines:

  1. Major problem is asbestos (lots of it) and the huge cost of getting it off.
  2. No plans, whatsoever, for MECHANICAL restoration (too far gone, way too expensive) — so just cosmetic restoration.
  3. Only way to move it, for asbestos removal in a contained, airtight space, is through the Turntable.
  4. Too long for the Turntable — tender needs to be separated from engine.

That is what they have had to contend with.

I lucked out. Got a chance to have a nice, chat with a very knowledgeable, longtime volunteer who was touching up the paint on the beautifully restored (though mechanically inert) Reading 2124. He gave me the scoop.

Unlike the UP 4014 ‘Big Boy’, doing the laps in the Midwest, UP 4012 is unlikely to ever run again. It cost $4.8 million to restore the 4014 and the entire annual budget of ‘Steamtown‘ is $4.2M. Plus, there are no tracks in Pennsylvania that can accomodate the Big Boy. The curves are all too tight! The Big Boy was built for the West!

They have to get it into a contained building in order to get rid of the asbestos. Only way, via rails, is through the Turntable. But, the tender has to be separated from the engine so that they will each fit. This requires the built-in drawbar to be cut. They plan to do that when the weather gets cooler, in September or October. Then they will haul it out via the Turntable.

They also need a new ‘jacket’ for the engine. Restoration will take at least a year.

So, that is the story.



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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — August 18, 2019.

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