Another MoW Piece

Milepost 1191 At the same time I picked up the W&LE hopper that I talked about a while ago, I was also able to grab this boom tender car for a couple of bucks.  It will be added to my MoW train but not as a tender; I’ll just pile some other junk on it between the...

Mid-life Crisis, Anyone?

These days there’s so much going onNo one seems to want to knowI may be just an old soldier to someBut I know how it feels to grow old  –  Elton John So a family member inquired about the availability of my vehicle, a 2010 model. I had no plan to sell my...

Working on my MoW Train

Milepost 1190 Now that I let the cat out of the bag regarding the latest MOTY, my post back at Milepost 1187 might make a little more sense.  I have several older cars that I plan to convert to MoW service including a caboose, an old crane tender and a reefer or two....

NKPHTS Announces MOTY for 2017

Milepost 1189 The Model of the Year (MOTY) introduced by the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society for 2017 is a Nickel Plate Maintenance of Way car based on the new 36-foot wooden boxcar from Accurail.  As the wooden boxcars aged, some of them were...

Slip Away

What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is  –  Dan Quayle The young grocery employee tried not to look frightened, but I think I worried her. I had been retracing my steps inside a grocery...

I may be Needing One of These…

Milepost 1188 Many years ago, Lionel offered something rather unique in its line of electric trains; a pink train to try to attract young girls to model trains!  I don’t think the project was too successful since I don’t know that they ever followed up on many...

Some Funky Kitbashing

Milepost 1187 If you have been reading my ramblings here for any length of time, you know I enjoy building models… and those models don’t necessarily follow convention or rules.  Such is the case with this little project. A long time ago, Model Die...

Another Save from the Scrap Yard

Milepost 1186 Recently, the NKPHTS had a presence at a train show in Kirkland. These shows are always a chance for us to get out and “wave the NKP banner,” but do take a lot of time (and money) to attend. But one of the benefits is that those of us who work the shows...

Sorry to Say

It’s likely that we’ll sit here scratching our headsShe don’t say that she loves meAnd I don’t send her no flowers  –  Dave Mason One of my many peculiar habits is hearing about divorce decrees, specifically the length of a fated marriage....

The Unfortunate Direction ALL Hobbies are Taking…

Milepost 1185 Do you recognize this?  It is an Excel small V gouge.  It is the kind of thing that you used to be able to walk into most any good hobby shop and find hanging on the wall in their tools section.  But today, they are almost impossible to find…...