Sometimes, It’s Just By Guess & By Golly…

Milepost 806 In the previous post, I mentioned building my little watchman’s shed or maybe even a lineside telephone booth… whichever it is, the roof was a real challenge. Originally, I had hoped to cut four triangles of plastic shingle material that I had in the...

Nielsen Nagging

A message came back from the great beyondThere’s fifty-seven channels and nothin’ onFifty-seven channels and nothin’ onFifty-seven channels and nothin’ on – Bruce Springsteen The irony was not lost on me that the Nielsen company that keeps track of...

Do You Remember this One?

Milepost 805 A long time ago, someone had sent me some photos of an outdoor layout that they had visited. One of the interesting models that was in the pictures was this little telephone or watchman’s shed. I thought it neat enough that I decided to build one of my own....

Pre 1930 Rails Facebook Page

Milepost 804 From time to time, I make reference to the Pirates, a loose-knit email group that I share model railroading interests with. Well, some of them have started a Facebook page that is dedicated to early era model railroading. You can find the page hee:...

A Senior Moment

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I’m 64 – the Beatles I’ve always been told to act my age, but a visit to a favorite pizza outlet tested that adage. After order, I paid with a credit card and dutifully signed the receipt. Upon closer...

OMG!

Milepost 803 Can you imagine my surprise when I opened a package that I recently received in the mail and the contents therein looked something like this??!? Some of you “more seasoned” modelers may recognize this as an older, wooden kit of a Nickel Plate stock car...

More on J.J. Young, the Ohio Valley Railroad Photographer

Milepost 802 Back in January of 2009, I wrote about a display in Wheeling, West Virginia, of photos taken by John J. Young Jr. (Milepost 184). John was the unofficial railroad photographer in the Ohio Valley and it is believed he took as many as 20,000 railroad related pictures...

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...