Hello Old Friend

You’re not the only oneThat’s feeling lonesomeYou’re not the only oneWith mixed emotions  Rolling Stones  In the back of my living room closet, I found a lost treasure. Well, maybe treasure is too strong a word describing my golf clubs tucked away...

The NKPHTS at the National Train Show in 2016

Milepost 1073   It’s official!  The Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society will be at the 2016 National Train Show being held this year on July 8-10 in Indianapolis.  As the Membership Director of the Society, I strongly feel that we need to reach...

A Couple More Decal Jobs…

Milepost 1072 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike.  “Hey Merk, are you going to be home in the next few minutes?”  When a conversation starts out like that, it usually means he either has something for me or something that he wants to show...

Twist and Pout

I know it’s only rock n roll/ But I like it  –  Rolling Stones This summer I’m thinking about visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio. Of course, it nags me that Warren Zevon and Bad Company haven’t been elected to the hall of fame while...

The Ohio River Railroad

Milepost 1071 Yes, indeed, there was such a line.  I hadn’t heard about it but a friend shared a photo he had grabbed off of Ebay of an old Ohio River Railroad short boxcar.  The picture was dated around the turn of the century; a little early for my 1950s...

It’s Train-watching Time Again!

Milepost 1070 Yes!  The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up.  It’s time to grab the Nikon and head trackside to see what is going on and to see what I’ve missed for the past few months.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that as...

Purple Pain

I only want to see youLaughing in the purple rain  –  Prince Sad news met me at work last week when I learned that rock star Prince had passed away at the age of 57. Able to play several instruments, Prince recorded tons of music and reportedly has a trove of...

Real Life Building Recycling

Milepost 1068 In my previous post, I talked about kit manufacturers recycling certain kit parts to make different looking buildings.  This happens all of the time in the real world and today, I wanted to mention a perfect example of that in nearby Forest, Ohio.  There,...

Model Railroading Recycling…

Milepost 1068 I was reading a piece the other day that talked about how a local group in Bluffton, Ohio, had purchased the old railroad station and moved it to a new location to use for their group’s meeting place.  Not only does this preserve the original building but...

Two Unusual Cars on the Old Layout

Milepost 1067 A couple of the funkier train cars that I found on the old layout when I was moving things around were this wooden-floored flat car and the blacksmith’s forge car shown below.  The thing that makes this flat car really unusual is that the deck of the car...