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Altoona, Part II

Milepost 835 One of the more interesting trains that we saw while in Altoona was the tractor train. The entire train was made up of International Case and John Deere combines. The train was headed east so I’m guessing that these combines were headed for an ocean voyage. I...
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A Sidetrip through Pennsylvania on the Way Home

Milepost 834 Many of you know that our daughter is getting married in June of this year. One of the little tidbits that Janet & I wanted at the wedding are these absolutely delicious peanut butter & chocolate covered pretzels that are made by the Boyer Candy Company in...

Stormy Weather, Anyone?

Where might we find a land as white as snow? – U 2 Tornado watches. Flood warnings. Wild fires. Wasn’t it just yesterday that Level Three winter emergencies were all the norm in our area? At that time, we hoped for warmer weather to get back into gardens and onto golf...
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The Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society

Milepost 833 As many of you know, I am the Membership Director of the Nickel Plate Historical and Technical Society. The NKPHTS was founded in 1966, two years after the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, the Nickel Plate Road, ceased to exist due to a merger with the...
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C&O USRA 2-6-6-2 will be Returned to the Rails!

Milepost 832 Folks, this is B-I-G! You can read the announcement for yourself but the whole thing in a nutshell is that the B&O Museum in Baltimore will be transferring C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for restoration and operation on its line....
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Camelbacks

Milepost 831 They were odd looking contraptions built for a specific reason but the camelbacks or “Mother Hubbards” certainly were a unique locomotive. While most locomotives had their cabs in the back of the boiler, the camelback was developed to burn anthracite coal...
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Now THIS is a (1:1) Model Railroad!

Milepost 830 This is a really neat youtube video about the building of the railroad and trains used in the filming of THE LONE RANGER movie. https://www.youtube.com/embed/mdXTXWpIYgQ dlm

Saboteur, please

Everybody wants to rule the world – Tears for Fear During a recent Read For Life spelling bee I was deflated when our Courier spelling team incorrectly spelled “oleaginous.” I felt emptier than a Donald Sterling fan club meeting. But other teams had missed that,...
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Model Power is Going out of Business

Milepost 828 Model Power, a model railroad manufacturer for over sixty years is closing its doors forever. Among other things, they have manufactured lower-end train sets, locomotives and rolling stock as well as a variety of plastic buildings. Recently, they acquired the old...
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More on Vertical Curves

Milepost 828 When I was describing my new RS3 .ocomotive, I had mentioned that it had some issues with vertical curves or elevation transitions. I guess elevation transitions is the correct, engineering term but I’ve heard far more in model railroading circles about...