Cleveland Shocks

You’re not the only one/ With mixed emotions  –  Rolling Stones So the Cleveland Cavaliers are champions of the NBA universe. Mixed emotions for me. As a fan of the N.Y. Knicks, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Steelers, there is no deep love for all things...

Odds & Ends…

Milepost 1090 We had occasion to travel to Columbus the other day and that took us down Rte. 23 past Marion.  From the highway, you can easily see the old coaling tower that still spans the NS tracks there.  It has to be at least sixty years since it was last used but...

This would be an Interesting Scene to Model

Milepost 1089 When we get the track laid and the important scenery features of our layout done, it’s time to add the little things that make it interesting. Here’s one that you can think about… If you have been a reader here on a semi-regular basis, you know I...

New NKP Truck from Athearn

Milepost 1088 I just received word that there is a new Athearn vehicle soon to be released from Athearn.  It’s an F-850 flat bed truck with a boom on it.  See Ford Truck for more details. This one will fit right in with my railroad era but it is a bit steep...

Bing Oh?

You’re my favorite mistake  –  Sheryl Crow I like to think of myself as a savvy shopper, but a recent trek to the grocery proved otherwise. I try to eat healthy. (Honestly!) On one shelf of the produce area were bing cherries, delightfully...

Mad River & NKP Museum 40th Anniversary

Milepost 1087 The Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue, Ohio, will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this weekend (June 25 & 26) with extended museum hours and lots of additional activities that will be of interest and enjoyable for the entire family.  Even better,...

Fox Trucks

Milepost 1086 One of the details that a lot of modelers overlook are the trucks under their freight car fleet.  A lot of those have become standardized over the years but back when loads were getting heavier and trains were running faster, new designs were constantly being...

Dress for Success?

Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?  –  U2 I’ve always thought that it was easy to wear your team colors when your favorite squad is riding in first place. But what if your favorite team is having an awful season? That’s been my...

Paper Furnishings for DM Tower

Milepost 1085 The tower project was completed but when I looked through those big windows, it looked more than a little bare in there so I decided that I needed some furnishings for the tower operator.  A quick search on the Internet turned up a large selection of...

Arcadia, Ohio, DA Tower Pt. VI

Milepost 1084 It’s time to wrap this project up so let’s take a quick look at where we are at right now.  We built the main structure, the porch, added the windows and doors, struggled with the roof and added the stairs & landing.  The building and the...