ISSUE 23

MAY 2004




          Ok, you guys are trying to figure out this title for the CAT TRAIN NEWSLETTER  but it is very simple. I have been in Computerland on a few web pages with this fellow from Oregon, USA who has a International TD-14. The International TD-14 was not a very popular winter freighting cat compared to the International TD-18. When one looks through all the pictures that the old freighters have, the International TD-18 is easy to spot with Dual exhaust stacks because of it being a six cylinder with two cylinder heads. The International TD-14 in the old pictures is very hard to tell from a International TD-9 because they look the same and only had single exhaust stacks. So to keep the readers of the CAT TRAIN NEWSLETTER who only get to see the printed version by mail informed of what goes on in Computerland. I have decided to tell them in this issue how the DUALS RULE came about and about the Crunch Family in Oregon, USA.


          When I bought the fancy dell computer over a year ago, I searched the internet for a place to talk (in computerland, we type everything) International Crawlers or Cats, but there was not a place. So in December, 2003 this fellow from Oregon USA had been in touch with me about his International TD-14. We decided to go to the Red Power web page which is the International Harvester Web Page and talk (type) International Crawlers or Cats. We hit the web page and it was dead, we were the only ones with cats on the web page. So to keep the talk (typing) or topic going we started joking around about each others lifestyles and family. Now this is where it gets interesting because in computerland no one uses their real name for fear of  junk mail. So this fellow’s nickname is CAPTAIN CRUNCH like mine is the KING OF OBSOLETE.


          In Captain Crunch’s case he has a wife and kids, so they all need handles too. The KING OF OBSOLETE got to name the family, the oldest son was given the handle Little Crunch, the daughter is Crunchette, youngest son is Littlest Crunch and even the dog is Bow Wow Crunch. The best of all is his wife who was known as Mama Crunch but didn’t like that so we changed it to Lady Crunch. Which I don’t understand why she is upset, might have something to do with buying cat parts with Lady Crunch’s Visa. Another reason why I don’t think Lady Crunch likes me is because her husband is on the computer talking (typing) every night where he could be on the couch cuddling with her. I hope she doesn’t accuse me of being the “other woman”, that will not go over very well in the great white north where men are men and moose are nervous. For some reason she didn’t like the other choices that were offered like Thirsty Lady, Lady Thirsty all in tribute to the International TD-14 named Thirsty. The International TD-14 named Thirsty which Captain Crunch explains how its named from all the water that went in the rad, “because it was Thirsty”. I think more like all the money that went into the repairs and restoration of the machine, because it was Thirsty for the US dollar, worth twice as much in Canada.

          This is the International TD-14 better known as THIRSTY with Littlest Crunch sitting on the track. Note the lack of hair, all the Crunch kids have no hair. This is because the kids live in fear of being sent to the great white north to spend time on the Cat Trains. So Lady Crunch can’t send them to visit the KING OF OBSOLETE because they will freeze to death.


          Now that I have someone to talk (type) back and forth with over anything related to International Crawlers or Cats. We are ready to take on the world via computers and a two hour time zone difference. So we start talking (typing) and teasing each other about our cats and I always point out that I have never seen a International TD-14 cat. I’m the KING OF OBSOLETE and I own everything that is obsolete or know something about it. I tease Captain Crunch how the International TD-14 was not a good winter freighting cat. The only picture I have of a International TD-14 on the old Cat Trains is one which the cat is sitting in six feet of frozen water. Point proven, I say to him all the time. To go winter freighting one needs the International TD-18 with the DUAL STACKS. It was the most popular winter freighting cat made by International next to the TD-9. The International TD-18 was the freighting cat of choice by Patricia Transport on the Lynn Lake, Mb—Sherridon, MB haul which was moving the complete town. So to keep the life and excitement on the web pages going, we bicker over which is better, the KING OF OBSOLETE is for DUALS RULE and Captain Crunch is SINGLES COOL. The fun has begun, which is really exciting with sayings like SCHOOLBOY’S DREAM–DUALS RULE, it worked for Tool Time Tim, more power–DUALS RULE.


          Then the unthinkable happened, Little Crunch starts emailing the KING OF OBSOLETE from his school computer. It was terrible having at teenager telling me SINGLES COOL in all his emails. So to put a stop to that junk mail on SINGLES COOL, I sent him a picture of Miss Piggy from the Muppet Show posing for Playboy. Well the annoying emails with the SINGLES COOL stopped, I guess the school has strict rules on pigs showing their breasts. All joking aside, I still email Little Crunch to keep him on his young toes and try and convert him over to DUALS.


           To check us out go to , click on new forum, click on IH Construction Equipment. This should bring up the bulletin board where you can enjoy the KING OF OBSOLETE and Captain Crunch and family. Thanks




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