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It’s Train-watching Time Again!

Milepost 1070 Yes!  The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up.  It’s time to grab the Nikon and head trackside to see what is going on and to see what I’ve missed for the past few months.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that as...

Purple Pain

I only want to see youLaughing in the purple rain  –  Prince Sad news met me at work last week when I learned that rock star Prince had passed away at the age of 57. Able to play several instruments, Prince recorded tons of music and reportedly has a trove of...

Real Life Building Recycling

Milepost 1068 In my previous post, I talked about kit manufacturers recycling certain kit parts to make different looking buildings.  This happens all of the time in the real world and today, I wanted to mention a perfect example of that in nearby Forest, Ohio.  There,...

Model Railroading Recycling…

Milepost 1068 I was reading a piece the other day that talked about how a local group in Bluffton, Ohio, had purchased the old railroad station and moved it to a new location to use for their group’s meeting place.  Not only does this preserve the original building but...

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...