Thank You For Not Participating

And though you came with sword held high/You did not conquer, only die  –  Procol Harum I expected letters to the editor containing harsh comments and predictions of Armageddon in response to a Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is constitutional....

Getting Stuck in the Hole…

Milepost 973 This is a “picture story” that will be pretty easy to understand but does well explain the concept of “getting stuck in the hole,” as experienced from time to time by prototype railroaders.  One of the places that I do like to watch...

Updated Coupler Gauge from Kadee

Milepost 972 If you are using Kadee couplers on your railroad cars, you NEED at least two of these.  The new gauge, Kadee #206, is on the left and the older one is on the right.  The biggest advantage of the new one is that now it is made of plastic.  Normally,...

Boo Who?

Why can’t we be friends?  –  War Hate to admit that I wasn’t shocked when some New York Knick fans booed its newest member. As a Knick fan myself, I was embarrassed by these alleged fans. The NBA draft recently was held in the Barclay Center of New...

Santa Fe Perishable Merchandise from an Earlier Time

Milepost 971 One of the NKPHTS members sent the link to this video out to the rest of us as it closely resembles Nickel Plate High Speed Service operations in moving perishable merchandise from the West Coast to eastern markets.  As noted in the film, the NKP was one of the...

A Visit to a HUGE O Scale Layout — Part II

Milepost 970 I wanted to share some more photos of my friend David’s very large O scale layout with you.  Read the previous post (Milepost 969) for more about his layout. Finally, here I am at the throttle of a lash-up of NKP diesels on the point of a 60-car coal drag!...

A Visit to a HUGE O Scale Layout

Milepost 969 For several months, my friend David has been inviting Janet & I to his home for a visit.  He is very proud of his O scale Nickel Plate Road themed layout as well he should be.  It completely fills his approximate 90’x20′ basement!  The...

A Real Railroad Vacation

Milepost 968 It was vacation time for the Merkels so we loaded up the flivver and headed east to Central Pennsylvania and my favorite train watching place, Altoona.  I also have to admit that we loaded up on peanut butter & chocolate covered pretzels at the Boyer Candy...

Awsome Video of North Baltimore Intermodal Yard

Milepost 967 My friend Mel recently sent me this very good video of the CSX Intermodal Yard at North Baltimore, Ohio.  It was shot in January of this year from a drone.  It is indeed, very impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpi1jswifac ENJOY! dlm

Having Any Fun, Yet?

Maybe this will be my year  –  Train A piece of scrap paper holds my ideas for an upcoming vacation. Some activities that once had been considered have since been crossed off this paper, thanks to the oft-mentioned foot ailment of mine. That injury,...