Things are not Always as they Appear…

Milepost 1138 Last time, we took a look at Greg’s steel mill layout that was on display at the Dayton Train Show.  This time, I’d like to dig a little deeper into some of his techniques as his efforts have underscored what I’ve always said about model...

A Really Nice N-scale Steel Mill Layout

Milepost 1137 On November 5th & 6th, Mrs. M. and I attended the Dayton Train Show which was held this year in Springfield, Ohio.  It seems that the old venue, Hara Arena, has been closed and was not available for the annual event.  So the sponsors of the DTS had to...

Try a Little Kindness

Everybody I love youEverybody I do  –  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young On a recent vacation, I couldn’t help but notice how nice the people were in Boston. Sure, I was only there a few days, but I noticed how they treated the tourists who were wading...

Fall Train Watching

Milepost 1136 It was a beautiful fall day and Mrs. M. said, “Let’s get out and go train watching!”  I grabbed my camera and easily beat her out of the back door and into the car.  We went north through Van Buren, noticing that many of the trees there...

An Old Friend…

Milepost 1135 Have you ever had one of those moments where you were looking for one thing and found something else?  Well, the other day when I was looking to gather up some tools for my little model building demonstration, I ran across this little gem.  It was the...

Exit Poll

When I’m gone, when I’m goneYou’re gonna miss me when I’m gone  –  Landshapes Wrote this blog the Sunday before Election Day, for reasons unclear to me. (For fun, I guessed Clinton will collect 307 electoral college votes. ) The shared...

Convention Modeling Demonstration

Milepost 1134 Some guy by the name of Merkel put on a modeling clinic where he built a shack similar to this one (he gave away the original) in a little less than an hour to convince people that scratchbuilding is not all that hard. His handout can be downloaded by clicking...

2016 NKPHTS Convention in Bellevue, Ohio

Milepost 1133 This year’s convention marked the fiftieth time that Nickel Platers gathered to meet old friends, make some new friends and discuss their favorite railroad.  The convention was hosted by the Mad River & Nickel Plate Museum in Bellevue and it served as...

Lost Weekend

You’re so sad sad sadJust like them others  –  Rolling Stones I depend too much on college and NFL football for my happiness. Sad. A recent weekend was difficult. My Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 before playing Penn State. An easy win, I thought....

A Little Something for You O Scalers

Milepost1132 It’s not often that I get to pass along some info for those who model in scales other than HO but the other day, this was brought to my attention and I felt that it might be some information to pass along to the O scale modelers among us.  These new models...