New Roadbed?

Milepost 1176 I’m in the midst of planning my new layout.  The track plan that I (think I) want to use is pretty much done.  In an upcoming post, I’ll even share some thoughts on the bracing under the layout.  But this afternoon, I was fiddling around...

Some Nice Decal Work

Milepost 1175 A while ago, I got a call from my friend Mike.  He had something that he wanted to share with me and had a favor to ask.  Sure says I so about ten minutes later, the doorbell rings and he has some cool stuff that he had been working on that he wanted to...

TV Time Out

Can’t say I’m a fan of heart-warming TV shows of the perfect family or tales about zombies. Or worse, television stories about zombies pretending to be the perfect family. Nevertheless, time to provide an update on TV shows. “Speechless” is an...

New Accurail NKP Boxcars are in the NKPHTS Company Store

Milepost 1174 I received my shipment of the new Nickel Plate Road 36-foot wooden boxcars from Accurail and as you can see, they are dandy!  The car is all brand new tooling and is the first mass produced model of an older type of freight car produced in quite some time....

First Pictures of REAL Accurail 36-foot Boxcar

Milepost 1173 My friend Eric shared these photos with the rest of the Pirates.  It is the first look that most of us have had of the new Accurail 36-foot wooden boxcar.  The undecorated ones and some New York Central Lines cars have been on the market for a few weeks...

Type F Couplers

Milepost 1172 On a recent train watching trip, a long tank car train, a “Rolling Pipeline” was stopped for a few minutes by the dispatcher to allow another train to clear.  This gave me a good, “close-up” look at the special couplers, Type F...

Welcome Back

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 A note on my desk at work stated that an acquaintance had stopped by while I was out. Hadn’t seen him...

A Neat Little Detail for Cars with Trussrods

Milepost 1171 I’m not sure if you noticed but this ventilated boxcar has trussrods underneath it.  Way back when… before steel construction became commonplace in freight car construction, the floors were made of wooden beams.  Over a period of time, these...

A New “Old” Car

Milepost 1170 Blame it on the rest of the Pirates, my email gang, but it seems like they’re continually talking about older cars so I guess that sooner or later, one could expect at least some of that to rub off.  So it was with this car… a ventilated boxcar from...

Doomed Xoom

Since you been gone/ since you been gone/I’m out of my head/ can’t take it  –  Head East My Xoom computer began to act strange and refused to work properly. This tablet was purchased in 2011, my very first computer! But my marvelous machine was...