Shouldering the Load

Hurt so good – John Mellencamp You must be weary of hearing people complain about the snow, but allow me to add my complaints. If have to shovel my driveway and porch again this wicked winter, I’ll go crazy. I’ll hit the Bieber-level of nuts. If the Weather...

STRUCTURE PROJECTS Book from Kalmback Publishing

Milepost 801 One of the really cool Christmas presents that Santa left me from the publishers of MODEL RAILROADER is this book entitled STRUCTURE PROJECTS FOR YOUR MODEL RAILROAD. The book is a compilation of nineteen articles that were written by different authors and was edited...

Some Weathering Ideas (Part IV)

Milepost 800 “We interrupt the regularly scheduled discussion of car weathering techniques to inform you that today, February 9th, is the blog author’s sixty-first birthday1 After appropriate merriment & celebration, the regularly scheduled discussion will...

Some Weathering Ideas (Part III)

Milepost 799 The weathering discussion among the pirates eventually moved to the underside of the cars on our railroads. Too often, guyw will weather the sides & the roofs (even the cars’ interiors) but leave the underside of the cars untouched. When you think about it,...

Weather Musings

You’re as cold as ice – Foreigner In five months or so, I bet I will post a whiny blog about how hot and miserable the weather is. But right now, in this freezing Arctic vortex or whatever it’s called, I can’t see that day from where I sit. Mind-numbing...

Some Weathering Ideas (Part II)

Milepost 798 Shortly after Eric’s original post, several of the others joined in and we had a virtual smorgasboard of weathering ideas and examples. I thought I’d share some of those results with you in the next few posts. There are a lot of noteworthy things that one...

Some Weathering Ideas (Part I)

Milepost 797 Model railroading is primarily an indoor sport. Oh, sure, there are some folks who have quite extensive outdoor layouts in the parts of the world where temperature and other elements are conducive to do so. But for the vast majority of us, we do our modeling indoors....

Paying the Piper

Through an exhaustive effort, this blogger was able to track down Piper, the famous Findlay cat caught in a drainage pipe this month at Donnell Middle School. The cat’s plight created a media firestorm. This is an exclusive interview. So how are you feeling today, Piper? My...

Dead Man Talking

Donald E. Miller Jr , right, appears in Hancock County Probate Court Tuesday, October 8, 2013. (Randy Roberts/The Courier) Story

Hancock County Fair Livestock Sale of Champions

Madison Mains tries to get her reserve champion market gilt hog in position for pictures during the livestock sale Monday at the Hancock County Fair.(Randy Roberts/The Courier) Photo Gallery