Black or Blue?

Milepost 989 Quite some time ago, we talked about how the Nickel Plate Road almost made it into the modern era as it was the proud owner of THREE, modern, 89-foot auto racks.  As a model project for interested HO scale modelers, the Nickel Plate Historical &...

Layout Visit — Part IV

Milepost 988 After passing Pittsburgh Junction, we head on towards Nelms Mine & Tipple. This part of the Wheeling traverses through an area in Eastern Ohio that is rich in coal deposits. The original reason for the construction of the Wheeling & Lake Erie was to connect...

Phone Home

i’m not the one that you’ll be breaking in i’m not the one who could be taken in  –  the Cars Have no real good reason to resent school children, EXCEPT … Seems when I drive past a school grounds, I see a child with a cellphone. A mere...

Layout Visit — Part III

Milepost 987 We head on south and east towards Jewett and pass the small Bowerston station along the way.  Jewett is not quite the size of the town depicted here; I’m not even sure if they have a stop light but the work on this downtown scene is really an example of...

Layout Visit — Part II

Milepost 986 If you missed part one of this multi-part post, please read Milepost 985 first. There is a map of the layout and photos of some of the areas we visited earlier. You may recall that last time, we had just passed the interlocking tower and were about to head under...
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Mission Impossible Rouge Nation

Benji: She tried to shoot me. Ethan: That doesn’t make her a bad person. Satisfying. That’s what I felt watching “Mission Impossible Rogue Nation.” Tom Cruise, as Ethan Hunt, has built a reliable movie franchise, based on the popular TV series,...

A Fantastic Visit to a Fantastic Layout!

Milepost 985 Some time ago, I happened to connect with Jim Talbott through the Nickel Plate Historical Society. Jim models the “new” Wheeling & Lake Erie in the 2007 time period AND a portion of his layout depicts the steel mill where my dad and my brother both...

You’ll Find Trains in the Most Unlikely Places

Milepost 984 About the first part of July, there is a local produce stand, Wolfe’s Produce, that opens its doors and offers fresh goodies from its own gardens as well as other items from around the state.  Since my wife is a big tomato fan, we went out to get...

Railroad Control from Deep Under New York City

Milepost 983 An old high school friend of mine sent me this video the other day.  It shows, in part, how vital railroads were to the war effort during World War II and how, sometimes, one just gets lucky when they plan things so far in advance. I’ve watched this a few...

Not Following You

I’ve got no time for you right now Don’t bother me  –  the Beatles May sound strange and counterintuitive that a newsperson and entertainment fan like me would not spend the time to delve into the public tribulations of others. But there are only...