Newer, Safer Tank Cars

Milepost 1123 In spite of the recent dip in crude oil prices, the ” rolling pipeline” is still a mainstay on America’s railroads.  Most any major line anywhere has seemingly endless strings of tank cars either carrying crude oil or refined oil products to...

Some Things Never Change

It was a seminal moment in my life that cemented what I had already believed. During a bus tour of Boston, our group visited the John F. Kennedy Museum, a mixture of political and social history. On the bus, we each had assigned seats, the better to keep track of the 49 members...

I learned something…

Milepost 1122 From time to time, I’ve seen rail joints painted blue as in this photo.  While we were in Altoona, the railroad was doing some track work along the line around Horseshoe Curve and the equipment was being refueled near a grade crossing where I was taking...

More from Cassandra…

Milepost 1121 Since I had quite a few good shots from Cassandra, I thought I’d share a few more with you before I moved on to a few other things from our recent trip. If you get there early enough… right now, that is sometime before about 9.30 in the morning, you are...

Don’t Breathe

With the end of summer, the area rollercoaster rides soon will close for the season. Lucky for you, the movie “Don’t Breathe” provides a thrill ride. The story centers on three ne’er do well young people who want to rob the home of a blind Armed Forces...

Cassandra Crossing — A GREAT Train Watching Place!

Milepost 1120 Each time we go back to Altoona to spend a little time in the mountains and to watch the heavy NS action, Cassandra Crossing is always one of the highlights of the trip.  You can really get “up close & personal” there as the trains pass mere...

What Is This?

Milepost 1119 One of the more strange things I saw while train watching during our vacation was this sitting on top of a container in a container train.  Anyone have any idea as to exactly what it is? The only thing I can figure is that it is a “containerized”...

New Brick Tower Kit

Milepost 1118 OK, if you have visited here much at all, you KNOW I have a soft spot in my modeling heart for railroad towers.  So I was really interested when my friend Mike sent me some info for this new kit.  This one is a bit more unusual as it uses laser cut...

Vacation Time!

Milepost 1117 When you read this, we will have just returned from our little vacation.  Our route took us through Altoona, Pennsylvania, to do some serious train watching (and to pick up some peanut butter & chocolate covered pretzels from Boyer’s Candies), the...

Congratulations Tony!

Milepost 1116 While Janet & I did attend the National Train Show in Indianapolis this year, we were there as vendors and not show participants.  So it was with great surprise that I opened the pages of MODEL RAILROADER this month to see that my friend, fellow NKPHTS...