Projects…

Milepost 976 So… what projects are you working on model railroad-wise?  Currently, I have three in some stage of construction or planning. From a long time ago, the construction of the Arcadia, Ohio, wooden LE&W tower is in its early stages.  I’ve...
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Rebel Without a Cause

Well, maybe I’m a little rough around the edgesInside a little hollowI get faced with some things sometimesThat are so hard to swallow  –  Tom Petty Still amazed at the continued uproar with the confederate flag. I think it’s great that some...

Driver Mystery Solved!

Milepost 975 I have received many very favorable comments about the posts concerning my friend David’s great O scale layout which was featured at Mileposts 969 & 970.  But one question has come up several times and I’m here to lay to rest the mystery. One of...

PLEASE, Don’t Ignore those Flashing Lights & Crossing Gates

Milepost 974 This is a simple message and a heartfelt plea from me to you… PLEASE do not ignore the flashing lights & crossing arms at a railroad crossing.  As far as I know, the trains are undefeated in contests with automobiles (or any other vehicles) in grade...

Thank You For Not Participating

And though you came with sword held high/You did not conquer, only die  –  Procol Harum I expected letters to the editor containing harsh comments and predictions of Armageddon in response to a Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is constitutional....

Getting Stuck in the Hole…

Milepost 973 This is a “picture story” that will be pretty easy to understand but does well explain the concept of “getting stuck in the hole,” as experienced from time to time by prototype railroaders.  One of the places that I do like to watch...

Updated Coupler Gauge from Kadee

Milepost 972 If you are using Kadee couplers on your railroad cars, you NEED at least two of these.  The new gauge, Kadee #206, is on the left and the older one is on the right.  The biggest advantage of the new one is that now it is made of plastic.  Normally,...

Boo Who?

Why can’t we be friends?  –  War Hate to admit that I wasn’t shocked when some New York Knick fans booed its newest member. As a Knick fan myself, I was embarrassed by these alleged fans. The NBA draft recently was held in the Barclay Center of New...

Santa Fe Perishable Merchandise from an Earlier Time

Milepost 971 One of the NKPHTS members sent the link to this video out to the rest of us as it closely resembles Nickel Plate High Speed Service operations in moving perishable merchandise from the West Coast to eastern markets.  As noted in the film, the NKP was one of the...

A Visit to a HUGE O Scale Layout — Part II

Milepost 970 I wanted to share some more photos of my friend David’s very large O scale layout with you.  Read the previous post (Milepost 969) for more about his layout. Finally, here I am at the throttle of a lash-up of NKP diesels on the point of a 60-car coal drag!...