A Little More on those Recent Car Projects

Milepost 1147 The three cars featured in Milepost 1146 are all related to the Nickel Plate in one way or another.  That’s why they are in my freight car fleet.  Some might argue that older wooden cars like these do not belong in the time era I’ve chosen (mid...

Rock Me, Santa

I am a rock. I am an island.  –  Simon and Garfunkel Dear Santa, Hi! How are you? I am fine. Let’s dispense with discussions of whether or not I have been a good boy this year, since that only leads to lies, hard feelings and arguing over that constitutes...

Some More “Cobbled Together” Project Cars

Milepost 1146 After working on the car mentioned in Milepost 1145, I was on a roll so I turned my attention to a few old car bodies that had been sitting on the paint booth for quite some time.  The bodies were a gift from a friend several years ago and I had repainted &...

A Real “Fixer-Upper”

Milepost 1145 Every once in a while, at a train show, swap meet or flea market, one can find a “gem in the rough.”  Such is the case with this old MDC 50-foot plugdoor boxcar.  I don’t usually get 50-footers as my philosophy is that longer cars make...

Coupler Sag

Milepost 1144 After a way too long hiatus from the workbench, I was downstairs the other evening building a few boxcars from some floors given to me by my friend Dave.  I had somehow acquired several boxcar bodies w/o floors so he graciously gave me some extras he had. All...

Cold Again?

She’s so cold, she’s so coldShe was born in an arctic zoneShe’s so cold she’s so cold, cold, coldI dare not touch her my hand just froze  –  Rolling Stones It’s odd to hear some in Ohio complain about the start of yet another...

Ongoing Planning for the New Layout

Milepost 1143 I don’t want this blog to deteriorate into an ongoing discussion of the merits of CAD software but in this case, I think a little time is warranted.  So bear with me for a little time because I think there may be something here for everyone who is in the...

The Santa Train…

Milepost 1142 There is a time for both the true meaning of Christmas as well as a time for all of the joy that Santa Claus brings to the hearts of children, young & old, everywhere.  A lot of that joy is captured in this video… While I’m sure that times have...

An Excitable Boy

What will it take till you believe in me The way that I believe in you? –  Billy Joel One of my many failings is that I give up on my teams too easily. A fan should remain to the bitter end, right? That theory was tested last Saturday in Columbus where my Ohio...

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Milepost 1141 I do hope that everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and that you didn’t eat too much along the way… Well, now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are going head-long into the Christmas season and I didn’t think there was a better way to start things...