Two Unusual Cars on the Old Layout

Milepost 1067 A couple of the funkier train cars that I found on the old layout when I was moving things around were this wooden-floored flat car and the blacksmith’s forge car shown below.  The thing that makes this flat car really unusual is that the deck of the car...

Apps R Us

Somebody needs to know the time, glad that I’m here  –  the Beatles Last fall, the search was in full swing to buy my first smartphone so I could become a modern person. At the time I swore that I wouldn’t get any fancy devise with apps that...

Uh-oh!

Milepost 1066 Every once in a while, you get some info that isn’t right… but before you know that it is wrong, you act on it and then, after the damage is done, you realize that your actions were incorrect.  Thus is the case with this old wooden reefer...

“Crack the toughest nut first…”

Milepost 1065 “Crack the toughest nut first…” was a favorite saying of a friend of mine from college.  We worked together on the campus crew one summer and did a lot of tough, dirty work that no one else seemed to want to do.  And we developed a habit...

Hats Off

For me, a memorable moment in HBO’s hit series, “The Sopranos” was when mob boss Tony Soprano was in a nice restaurant with a friend. At a nearby table, a young male on a date was wearing a ball cap, much to Tony’s displeasure. And it was never a good idea...

A Good Story about an Old Wooden Fence

Milepost 1064 Now, everyone likes a good story and this certainly is one so let’s get started with just how the fence pictured above actually came into being.  It is said that the difference between a Northern tale and a Southern tale is that the Northern tale starts...

The Loss of a Friend…

Milepost 1063 It was quite the shock on Tuesday of this week when I learned that my friend and fellow NKPHTS member Bill Quick had passed away suddenly.  He was visiting with family in Virginia, complained of not feeling well and was gone just a few short hours later. As it...

Advice and Dissent

So my advice to you is not to take adviceFrom the dealers who are handin’ out the cards  –  Graham Nash  So this boyfriend and girlfriend had been living together for 10 years when the topic of dividing the household expenses drove a wedge between them....

Tasty Taters Delivery Truck

Milepost 1062 Probably about 45-50 years ago, right here in Findlay, Ohio, there was a potato chip company called Tasty Taters.  Now, Tasty Taters were “the” chip to eat in town.  They had quite the following.  In fact, when people came back to town,...

Marathon/Ohio Oil Tank Trucks

Milepost 1061 My new Marathon / Ohio Oil Company tank trucks arrived in the mail recently.  As is the case with most all Classic Metal Works models, they came without the mirrors installed.  I won’t add them until I’m ready for them on the layout....