For those who don’t know me, among my many interests is being a Lionel electric train collector. Over the weekend I went to a big train show in my area. There were literally thousands and thousands of items for sale or trade.
Right off the bat I spotted a number 6517 Lionel Lines “radio dispatch” bay window caboose. These items were produced from 1955 to 1959. The one I saw had a $40 price tag on it.
Well, it was early on in the day, so I kept going. Sure enough, about an hour later, I found one with a $20 price tag on it. Even better, it was a variation to the main production line.
As you can see in the second photograph, the wording on the far right that says “BLT 12/55” and “Lionel” is double underscored. This variation only happened to a few of these cars – the majority were produced without the double underscoring.
On the way out, I went back to take another look at the one I had originally turned down.
It was still there.
Still priced at $40.
And, I noted with some satisfaction, it did NOT have the double underscoring!
That, my friends, is a bargain. Just like what you get with the Damage Prevention Councils of Texas.
Your 23 DPCs of Texas work every single day to get you information on how to be a safer excavator. Free lunch meetings are held every day at councils across the state.
Here’s the current list on our website: http://dpcoftexas.com/events
Have you attended a DPC meeting? You’ll find utilities, contractors, private excavators – in short, anyone and everyone interested in protecting Texas’ underground infrastructure.
Our five Damage Prevention Managers cover the state for these functions, and happily present at other functions. I was a guest speaker at a Texas Society of Professional Surveyors monthly meeting just last week. Our goal, as stated on our website, is to “provide an optimal forum where stakeholders can share information and perspectives; and then work together on all aspects of damage prevention issues.”
The entire crux of the matter is making sure you call 811 before digging. It’s fast, it’s easy, and in Texas it’s the law.
Even better, putting in that locate ticket request is free, as is the subsequent locating of the underground utilities in your dig area.
Twenty bucks for my caboose was a bargain, but getting the DPC and 811 services for FREE is the biggest bargain you’re likely to see!
Come join us!
Until next week, safe digging!