Angel B Gone

I can’t understand the way it goesI don’t wanna knowNo, I don’t wanna knowCuz everything I know makes me feel so lowNo, I don’t wanna know  –  Sheryl Crow Sure, there are worse fates in this life to suffer compared to having a funny TV...

People & Trains :(

Milepost 1045 Some railroad friends & I were having an email discussion about trains people and noise.  One of the guys in the discussion passed along this little gem… Had one guy buy a house beside the railroad tracks going to one of the mines.Back when coal was...

Well, the Slow Process has Begun…

Milepost 1044 As part of my birthday celebration, Mrs. M. took me to Columbus yesterday to visit The Train Station.  I think I’ve written about them in the past but they are one of the few remaining “all train shops” that I’m aware of.  Anyway,...

What’s Mine is Mine

Can’t take it with youEverybody knowsCan’t take it with you when you go  –  Allman Brothers Band Comes a tale from the police docket of an out-of-town traveler who was stopped recently on West Main Cross Street for a traffic infraction. The driver...

MTH Releases 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone

Milepost 1043 “Most” model railroad fans really like big steam.  It doesn’t matter much if their favorite road didn’t have any monster articulateds; they will find a reason to run one or more of them.  I’m no exception… if you have...

Canadian Pacific Railroad Video

Milepost 1042 This is a very good video about Canadian railroading in the Rockies in the winter.  It’s about twenty-one minutes long but done very well.  It is set in the 1950s; the only thing that would have made it any better would be if it was done in color....

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore?  –  Carole King Many folks, me included, do not care for dramatic changes. Sure, you can argue that changes make life more interesting, but that’s a tough sell in my opinion. Over recent weeks, three...

Downturn in the Railroad Industry

Milepost 1041 From time to time, we talk about what is going on in the REAL railroad world and, according to an article I recently read, things aren’t as hot as they once were.  The chart above shows the percentage change from one year to the next of ALL freight that...

Another Project!

Milepost 1040 My friend Paul sent me a page from an old 1912 railroad maintenance manual about Van Dorn ends.  You may remember a few years ago, I got some “blanks” from my brother-in-law who is a machinist and was able to build a car with them.  Ever since...

Flashback Time…

Milepost 1039 For those of you who have been here for several years, you might think that this car looks vaguely familiar.  Well, it may well look like something you have seen in the past because way back in June of 2010 at Milepost 359 (I think), I showed a couple of...