Bad Day at the Columbus Train Show

Milepost 1277 I’m not one to usually complain about events like train shows where things just don’t seem to go right but in this case, I have to make a bit of an exception.  I attended the train show in Columbus on the 13th and it was bad. 🙁 There were some...

First Fowlers are Starting to Make their Way into the Retail System

Milepost 1276 Back at Milepost 1258, I shared more information about the new Fowler boxcar from Accurail.  They are now in production and the first “real” models of them are beginning to find their way onto hobby shop shelves and into modelers’ hands. ...

All Apologies

Well I don’t know howBut you’re a big boy nowCome on and take a bowCause you’re a big boy now  –  John Sebestian Dear Kenneth, I am writing this letter to you on this frigid day in January 2018, not to be opened by you until your 20th birthday in...

Lean, Mean Car-building MACHINE!

Milepost 1275 Some of you who know me well may know that our son-in-law, Ryan, is a veteran of the Iraq War.  Unfortunately, while he was there, a vehicle he was riding in was hit with an IED roadside bomb.  The force of the blast threw him against the side of his...

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Milepost 1274 I was sorting through my way too large inventory of unbuilt freight cars the other day and happened to notice something funny about a few of the boxes of the cars yet to be assembled.  Do you notice it? It would appear that the Nickel Plate Historical &...

Hickory House

Milepost 1273 Well, my friend Mel has been at it again.  This time, he’s built the “Hickory House” for his Southern Pacific themed layout.  He started the project back in September and did get it finished by the end of the year… with a few hours...

Liking the Hot Seat

The heat is on, yeah, the heat is on, the heat is onBurning, burning, burning  –  Glen Frey OK, so I was wrong. Shopping for a new auto last spring, I finally decided on a newer model. The dealer informed me this car came with heated seats. Heated car seats? Who...

a Miserable Failure… :(

Milepost 1272 From time to time, I’ve wondered about “cheating” when printing white decals by getting some white decal paper then printing around where the white should be.  Well, I’m here to tell you today that it doesn’t work… at least...

Really Neat California Trains Video

Milepost 1271 OK, so it’s cold outside.  Maybe you have snow on the ground and just want to stay inside and enjoy the warmth of your home and the comfort of your favorite computer chair.  Well, if that’s the case, I have just the thing for you!  A...

Cold Enough for You?

You know that you are(Cold, cold) (as, as) (ice)As cold as ice to me(Cold, cold, cold) (as, as, as) (ice)  –  Foreigner The recent deep freeze was an endless topic of conversation. Cold enough for you?, I was asked often. It could be worse, was my standard...