The Elusive Wooden Railroad Tower in Arcadia, Ohio

Milepost 1287 Sometimes it seems like the less likely you are to finding something, the more likely you are to dig harder and deeper.  That’s the case with the elusive Arcadia, Ohio, crossing tower.  I’ve written about the tower previously and how I had at...

Wait, What?

Stop dragging my heart around  –  Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty So the Super Bowl hype is finished; Another football season is over. Time for my Steelers to ponder this long, demoralizing season; Time for my Ohio State Buckeyes to retool for the next football season. How...

Something New for N Scalers

Milepost 1286 When a bunch of us “Nickel Platers” get together, one of the topics that most always comes up is that this seems like the Golden Age for Nickel Plate modelers.  It seems that barely a month goes by that we don’t hear of something new being...

Port Clinton Railroad Bridge in HO Scale

Milepost 1285 The phone rang the other night and my friend Mike was on the other end.  “Hey Merk, did you see the January RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN yet?”  I had to admit that I had briefly scanned through it but hadn’t really sat down to take an...

The Chocolate Solution

I’m so tired, I’m feeling so upset  –  the Beatles Waiters have a thankless, grinding job, with picky customers who are hard to please. Overall, I’d give a good grade to waiters in this town and I try to apply a generous tip to show...

My Shay Story

Milepost 1284 If you ever have had one of those days where you are looking for one thing and you find something else, you will be able to relate to this story.  For some reason, I had thought about that joke my neighbor Andy used to tell about the two drunks so I wanted to...

One Man’s Trash…

Milepost 1283 It is often said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  That is certainly the case with my model railroad “storage unit.”  When I worked at the newspaper several years ago, this was sitting in the basement and was going to...

Hello, 2018

Tho’ my life was in a rut “Till I thought of what I’d say Which connection I should cut  –  Peter Gabriel Never have been a fan of New Year resolutions. Why wait until Dec. 31 to improve one’s life? Just make that change, right? Yet I...

A Next-door Neighbor and his Favorite Joke

Milepost 1282 Through the years, we all collect cars. locos and other model railroad things that have a special meaning to us.  This is the case with this Deep Rock tank car.  It was a car that ran on the model railroad of our neighbor, Andy Bartok, when I was growing...

A REAL Blast from my Past

Milepost 1281 Every so often, my wife & I get together with some of my few remaining cousins and have dinner… usually at Sugarcreek which is kinda/sorta in the middle for all of us who typically attend.  Well, a while back, we were getting together and my cousin...