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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!...

A Visit to a HUGE O Scale Layout

Milepost 969 For several months, my friend David has been inviting Janet & I to his home for a visit.  He is very proud of his O scale Nickel Plate Road themed layout as well he should be.  It completely fills his approximate 90’x20′ basement!  The...

A Real Railroad Vacation

Milepost 968 It was vacation time for the Merkels so we loaded up the flivver and headed east to Central Pennsylvania and my favorite train watching place, Altoona.  I also have to admit that we loaded up on peanut butter & chocolate covered pretzels at the Boyer Candy...

Awsome Video of North Baltimore Intermodal Yard

Milepost 967 My friend Mel recently sent me this very good video of the CSX Intermodal Yard at North Baltimore, Ohio.  It was shot in January of this year from a drone.  It is indeed, very impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpi1jswifac ENJOY! dlm

Having Any Fun, Yet?

Maybe this will be my year  –  Train A piece of scrap paper holds my ideas for an upcoming vacation. Some activities that once had been considered have since been crossed off this paper, thanks to the oft-mentioned foot ailment of mine. That injury,...

Everyone Enjoys “DQ”, Don’t They?

Milepost 966   Here’s one that is PERFECT for “transition modelers” like me… a 1950s vintage Dairy Queen!  Treat your little plastic people to some great soft serve ice cream on these hot summer nights! This is one of the latest Walthers Corner...

All of This and Train Watching Too!

Milepost 965 When people know that you like trains and are interested in most anything railroad-related, they send you all kinds of stuff via email.  And so it was when I got this little tid-bit from my friend Rita.  It is certainly interesting enough that I wanted to...

Red(s) Faced

it’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend  –  Aerosmith As I pen this blog, my Cincinnati Reds are dropping faster than a telemarketer’s IQ. My team is 11 games behind in the National League Central race, and the chances they...