More on the Jib Crane

Milepost 1194 The small jib crane that I built for the car I featured at Milepost 1193 is probably worth a little more attention.  While I have seen them as parts of other building kits and I even have a small one from Tichy Train Group, I’d never built one as a detail...

More MoW Pieces

Milepost 1193 Back at Milepost 1191, I showed you the beginnings of another Maintenance of Way (MoW) car that I was working on.  It was a crane tender for a “Big Hook,” 250-ton crane used by the railroads to pick up cars & locomotives usually at the site of...

Fun in the Sun?

God speed mother natureNever really wanted to say goodbye  –  the Guess Who SO an acquaintance announced her plan to quit work and head to Florida to live with her daughter. Bon voyage, I said. BUT. Did she think this through? To be fair, she detested her job,...

Another MoW Car (Almost) Ready to Roll

Milepost 1192 Does this look familiar?  Back at Milepost 1187, I told you about cutting some door openings into the side of that old MDC/Roundhouse outside braced caboose body.  Well, over the past few days, I’ve been busy and finished it up… almost. ...

Another MoW Piece

Milepost 1191 At the same time I picked up the W&LE hopper that I talked about a while ago, I was also able to grab this boom tender car for a couple of bucks.  It will be added to my MoW train but not as a tender; I’ll just pile some other junk on it between the...

Mid-life Crisis, Anyone?

These days there’s so much going onNo one seems to want to knowI may be just an old soldier to someBut I know how it feels to grow old  –  Elton John So a family member inquired about the availability of my vehicle, a 2010 model. I had no plan to sell my...

Working on my MoW Train

Milepost 1190 Now that I let the cat out of the bag regarding the latest MOTY, my post back at Milepost 1187 might make a little more sense.  I have several older cars that I plan to convert to MoW service including a caboose, an old crane tender and a reefer or two....

NKPHTS Announces MOTY for 2017

Milepost 1189 The Model of the Year (MOTY) introduced by the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society for 2017 is a Nickel Plate Maintenance of Way car based on the new 36-foot wooden boxcar from Accurail.  As the wooden boxcars aged, some of them were...

Slip Away

What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is  –  Dan Quayle The young grocery employee tried not to look frightened, but I think I worried her. I had been retracing my steps inside a grocery...

I may be Needing One of These…

Milepost 1188 Many years ago, Lionel offered something rather unique in its line of electric trains; a pink train to try to attract young girls to model trains!  I don’t think the project was too successful since I don’t know that they ever followed up on many...