Mabry Mill

Milepost 1128 A couple of different times in various posts, I’ve mentioned my trying to build a model of Mabry Mill.  So while it’s not directly related to model railroading… or railroading of any kind, since it was the last major stop on our trip, I...

Wrap My Head Around This

Stand in the place where you are  –  R.E.M. On a trip to the Boston area, I suffered an identity crisis. Since much of our tour visit would be spent taking in all the sights, I felt it necessary to wear a ball cap to protect me from the sun’s rays. But...

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Part II

Milepost 1127 Last time, we took a look at a couple of the steam giants housed at the Museum.  But there are other locos there that perhaps don’t have as big of a reputation as their bigger brothers but are neat to see nonetheless.  One of the more color locos on...

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Milepost 1126 During our recent trip, I made it a point to stay overnight in Roanoke, Virginia, so that we could visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation.  While all facets of transportation are covered, Roanoke is a railroad town and that is clearly shown in the...

The Kids Are Alright

And these children that you spit onAs they try to change their worldsAre immune to your consultationsThey’re quite aware of what they’re going through  –  David Bowie On a tour of the Boston area, our guide led us on a brief walk onto the hallowed...

Something that Looked Vaguely Familiar…

Milepost 1125 During our recent visit to Altoona, I was delighted to be tracdkside early enough to catch the arrival of the east bound PENNSYLVANIAN.  As it pulled into the station, I realized that it had a private passenger car in tow. For a minute, I thought I...

Kitbashed Southern Pacific AC-9

Milepost 1124 These shots speak for themselves.  My friend Mel has been reworking some of his earlier efforts in kitbashing a Southern Pacific AC-9 from an old 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward from Rivarossi.  His work is just something else. Mel grew up in Espee Country and...

Newer, Safer Tank Cars

Milepost 1123 In spite of the recent dip in crude oil prices, the ” rolling pipeline” is still a mainstay on America’s railroads.  Most any major line anywhere has seemingly endless strings of tank cars either carrying crude oil or refined oil products to...

Some Things Never Change

It was a seminal moment in my life that cemented what I had already believed. During a bus tour of Boston, our group visited the John F. Kennedy Museum, a mixture of political and social history. On the bus, we each had assigned seats, the better to keep track of the 49 members...

I learned something…

Milepost 1122 From time to time, I’ve seen rail joints painted blue as in this photo.  While we were in Altoona, the railroad was doing some track work along the line around Horseshoe Curve and the equipment was being refueled near a grade crossing where I was taking...