New Special from CLASSIC TRAINS Magazine

Milepost 1279 I know that many of you here follow my ramblings because you are a fan of the Nickel Plate Road just as I am.  I was quite surprised to get an email from Kalmbach Publishing recently announcing a special edition magazine that may well be of interest to us...

Layout Pictures from One of the Pirates

Milepost 1278 Recently, one of the Pirates shared some photos of his layout with the rest of the crew.  He didn’t say much about it so I don’t have much to pass on in the way of further explanation but thought I would share the photos as they do show a lot of...

Bad Day at the Columbus Train Show

Milepost 1277 I’m not one to usually complain about events like train shows where things just don’t seem to go right but in this case, I have to make a bit of an exception.  I attended the train show in Columbus on the 13th and it was bad. 🙁 There were some...

First Fowlers are Starting to Make their Way into the Retail System

Milepost 1276 Back at Milepost 1258, I shared more information about the new Fowler boxcar from Accurail.  They are now in production and the first “real” models of them are beginning to find their way onto hobby shop shelves and into modelers’ hands. ...

All Apologies

Well I don’t know howBut you’re a big boy nowCome on and take a bowCause you’re a big boy now  –  John Sebestian Dear Kenneth, I am writing this letter to you on this frigid day in January 2018, not to be opened by you until your 20th birthday in...

Lean, Mean Car-building MACHINE!

Milepost 1275 Some of you who know me well may know that our son-in-law, Ryan, is a veteran of the Iraq War.  Unfortunately, while he was there, a vehicle he was riding in was hit with an IED roadside bomb.  The force of the blast threw him against the side of his...

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Milepost 1274 I was sorting through my way too large inventory of unbuilt freight cars the other day and happened to notice something funny about a few of the boxes of the cars yet to be assembled.  Do you notice it? It would appear that the Nickel Plate Historical &...

Hickory House

Milepost 1273 Well, my friend Mel has been at it again.  This time, he’s built the “Hickory House” for his Southern Pacific themed layout.  He started the project back in September and did get it finished by the end of the year… with a few hours...

Liking the Hot Seat

The heat is on, yeah, the heat is on, the heat is onBurning, burning, burning  –  Glen Frey OK, so I was wrong. Shopping for a new auto last spring, I finally decided on a newer model. The dealer informed me this car came with heated seats. Heated car seats? Who...

a Miserable Failure… :(

Milepost 1272 From time to time, I’ve wondered about “cheating” when printing white decals by getting some white decal paper then printing around where the white should be.  Well, I’m here to tell you today that it doesn’t work… at least...