Another Cool Photo

Milepost 1179 Another shared photo that was in my recent mail was this “antiqued” picture from Richard, another one of the Pirates. He has been working on trying to create more vintage looking photographs of his model railroad equipment and seems to be headed in...

Tattoo Who?

With the world turning circles running ’round my brain.I guess I’m always hoping that you’ll end this reignBut it’s my destiny to be the king of pain  –  the Police Can’t predict that I’ll ever get a tattoo. First,...

Some more Neat Modeling…

Milepost 1178 I’m a little late with today’s post as we just returned rather late last night from a train show in Kirkland, Ohio.  Just a word about the Kirkland show… it was well-run and the help there was top-notch. If you live anywhere near there, it is...

It Pays to have Friends

Milepost 1177 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike, “Hey, Mr. Merk; you gonna be home? I want to show you something.”  Sure, why now?  So about fifteen minutes later, he stops by with this really cool two pack of these covered Pennsy...

Manchester by the Sea

I should burn in hell for what I said to you  –  Randi Chandler The films “La La Land” and “Moonlight” both have a huge task ahead. That is, they must prove worthy of their status in Oscar Land in my mind. The REAL envelope, please…...

New Roadbed?

Milepost 1176 I’m in the midst of planning my new layout.  The track plan that I (think I) want to use is pretty much done.  In an upcoming post, I’ll even share some thoughts on the bracing under the layout.  But this afternoon, I was fiddling around...

Some Nice Decal Work

Milepost 1175 A while ago, I got a call from my friend Mike.  He had something that he wanted to share with me and had a favor to ask.  Sure says I so about ten minutes later, the doorbell rings and he has some cool stuff that he had been working on that he wanted to...

TV Time Out

Can’t say I’m a fan of heart-warming TV shows of the perfect family or tales about zombies. Or worse, television stories about zombies pretending to be the perfect family. Nevertheless, time to provide an update on TV shows. “Speechless” is an...

New Accurail NKP Boxcars are in the NKPHTS Company Store

Milepost 1174 I received my shipment of the new Nickel Plate Road 36-foot wooden boxcars from Accurail and as you can see, they are dandy!  The car is all brand new tooling and is the first mass produced model of an older type of freight car produced in quite some time....

First Pictures of REAL Accurail 36-foot Boxcar

Milepost 1173 My friend Eric shared these photos with the rest of the Pirates.  It is the first look that most of us have had of the new Accurail 36-foot wooden boxcar.  The undecorated ones and some New York Central Lines cars have been on the market for a few weeks...