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Freight Car Pools

Milepost 849 This one is new to me. The other evening, I was visiting with my friend Merv and we were discussing some pictures in a freight car book that he had. Some of those cars had numbers in addition to the regular car number and neither of us were sure what they were for....
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A Great Evening of Train Watching — Part II

Milepost 848 As I mentioned in my previous post, we had a chance to do a little train watching recently and it turned out to be quite the evening. We pick up the action here as a west-bound container train heads through on track #1 and those guys on that coal train STILL...

Jersey Boys

Maybe I expected too much from the Clint Eastwood-directed film “Jersey Boys.” I gave this movie a solid B. This flick traces the life of singer Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons from their humble beginnings in New Jersey. While I’m not an ardent follower of...
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A Great Evening of Train Watching…

Milepost 847 With everything else going on, we did find a few hours to do a little train watching the other evening and it turned out to be quite the show in the 3+ hours that we were there… and it must have been a dispatcher’s nightmare as well! When we arrived at my...
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A Big Day in the Merkel Family!

Milepost 846 Saturday, June 28th, is a very big day in the Merkel family as our daughter, Jayne Marie, marries Ryan Keck. Our daughter works at Blanchard Valley Medical Associates as an RN in ICU; Ryan is a Marine, currently studying to become an RN as well. We are very pleased...
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A Big Day in the Merkel Family!

Milepost 846 Saturday, June 28th, is a very big day in the Merkel family as our daughter, Jayne Marie, marries Ryan Keck. Our daughter works at Blanchard Valley Medical Associates as an RN in ICU; Ryan is a Marine, currently studying to become an RN as well. We are very pleased...

World Cup Crazy

There’s no denying that soccer is a sport that demands athletes be in prime shape. No designated hitters here, buddy boy. Despite the world-wide fascination with World Cup soccer, the sport has not caught on around here. A co-worker mentioned to me – straight faced...
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Ballast Tool Modifications

Milepost 845 My friend Mel has been at it again! This time, he was looking for a ballasting tool to help with the rather tedious task of ballasting track. I’ve not gotten to that stage yet so was “all ears” when he was telling me about his modified ballast...
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Ballast Tool Modifications

Milepost 845 My friend Mel has been at it again! This time, he was looking for a ballasting tool to help with the rather tedious task of ballasting track. I’ve not gotten to that stage yet so was “all ears” when he was telling me about his modified ballast...
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NKP 190 is Quite the Hit!

Milepost 844 You may recall that a couple of years ago, Spencer, North Carolina, was host to all of the NS Heritage Unit diesel locomotives. The event was such a success that they tried something similar earlier this summer and hosted “Streamlined” locomotives like...