A Great Gift from a Friend

Milepost 1115 My brother-in-law stopped by the other day with a really nice gift from his father.  This is a painting of a railroad train in a lumber camp.  I had visited with his father a few weeks ago and he proudly showed me his efforts with brush & paint. ...

Sunset Along the Line…

Milepost 1114 Well, the weather has finally cooled down a bit to the point where it seemed nice enough to go out train watching again.  We hit the trail several days ago and visited Galatea, just east of North Baltimore.  The traffic was ho-hum; we saw four including...

Where Have You Been Hiding?

Now you’re afraid that we have changedAnd I’m afraid we’re getting olderSo many broken hearts, so many lonely faces  –  BillyJoel Spent this muggy summer watching my Cincinnati Reds trying to climb out of the basement of the National League...

A Lima-built Locomotive Showing her Stuff!

Milepost 1113 This is a really neat video of an outdoor layout featuring a C&O 2-6-6-6 Allegheny locomotive.  The prototype loco was built down in Lima and there is one neatly preserved & on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Boyd Travis from...

A Neat Little Project…

Milepost 1112 As the caption explains, this is a prototype gauge that was built in a Wheeling & Lake Erie yard to check railroad cars that were routed through an older tunnel on a particular branch.  I would think that with some Evergreen Styrene strip stock and perhaps...

Movies Catch-up

Time to review two movies. “Florence Foster Jenkins” was an off-beat tale of a socialite who wants to be an opera singer, despite the fact that her voice sounds like cats trapped inside a sack. Meryl Streep, who can bring out the best in any role, plays the would-be...

New Cars from Accurail

Milepost 1111 Accurail has announced its September production runs and there are a couple of cars there that will certainly be of interest to those among us who are Nickel Plate fans (like me, for instance). Click HERE for the complete run of new cars. dlm

New Kit-bashed NKP Caboose — Part 4

Milepost 1110 We still have some paint work to do so let’s get that out of the way while we are in the mood.  The cupola gets sprayed red like the caboose body then the actual roof gets painted black.  I just used a brush for such a small area.  In addition,...

New Kit-bashed NKP Caboose — Part 3

Milepost 1109 Last time, we cut the car body apart so no it’s time to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again.  And unlike all of the King’s horses and all of the King’s men, we can put it together again.  OK, OK… so I’ve been baby-sitting...

Time After Time

Meanwhile, I ain’t a-wastin’ time no more  –  Allman Brothers The unexpected death came with flashing lights. Flashing lights on the face of my alarm clock foretold a problem. A power surge I suspected. But after fiddling with the clock,...