Shays at Cass

Milepost 1198 My grandson, Mr. Maddox, just loves to watch train videos with me on youtube.  Well, the other day, we were watching primarily Fostoria & Deshler so I decided that a change of pace might be in line.  Then I thought of Cass Scenic Railroad and their...

Casting a Spell

You think that I don’t even meanA single word I say  –  the Bee Gees Full disclosure: I am not a great speller, my only saving grace as a writer for this newspaper is that when I notice that a word looks funny, it catches my attention. Of course, my...

More New Goodies for Nickel Plate Modelers

Milepost 1197 Apparently, Atlas is following up on their O scale cars with similar offerings in HO.  There’s a new NO Nickel Plate offering that is due in hobby shops now.  Read all about it at:  Atlas dlm

NKPHTS BoD Meets in Findlay

Milepost 1196 On Saturday, May 6th, the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society held it spring board meeting here in Findlay, Ohio.  As the “local,” I more or less hosted the event which was held at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Annex on...

Movie Materials

Vivian Mitchell: Despite what you may think, I have nothing against y’all. Dorothy Vaughan: I know, I know you probably believe that. Time to catch up on movies I’ve watched. (And if you haven’t seem “Manchester by the Sea” by now, go do so!) How do...

Neat Steam Action in NW Ohio

Milepost 1195 I received an email from my friend Mike the other evening and it included a link to a really good video of some steam action in NW Ohio.  The original film was shot by Don Krofta who was noted for his capturing of some really good railroad footage. The video is...

More on the Jib Crane

Milepost 1194 The small jib crane that I built for the car I featured at Milepost 1193 is probably worth a little more attention.  While I have seen them as parts of other building kits and I even have a small one from Tichy Train Group, I’d never built one as a detail...

More MoW Pieces

Milepost 1193 Back at Milepost 1191, I showed you the beginnings of another Maintenance of Way (MoW) car that I was working on.  It was a crane tender for a “Big Hook,” 250-ton crane used by the railroads to pick up cars & locomotives usually at the site of...

Fun in the Sun?

God speed mother natureNever really wanted to say goodbye  –  the Guess Who SO an acquaintance announced her plan to quit work and head to Florida to live with her daughter. Bon voyage, I said. BUT. Did she think this through? To be fair, she detested her job,...

Another MoW Car (Almost) Ready to Roll

Milepost 1192 Does this look familiar?  Back at Milepost 1187, I told you about cutting some door openings into the side of that old MDC/Roundhouse outside braced caboose body.  Well, over the past few days, I’ve been busy and finished it up… almost. ...