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A Great Evening of Train Watching…

Milepost 847 With everything else going on, we did find a few hours to do a little train watching the other evening and it turned out to be quite the show in the 3+ hours that we were there… and it must have been a dispatcher’s nightmare as well! When we arrived at my...
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A Big Day in the Merkel Family!

Milepost 846 Saturday, June 28th, is a very big day in the Merkel family as our daughter, Jayne Marie, marries Ryan Keck. Our daughter works at Blanchard Valley Medical Associates as an RN in ICU; Ryan is a Marine, currently studying to become an RN as well. We are very pleased...
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A Big Day in the Merkel Family!

Milepost 846 Saturday, June 28th, is a very big day in the Merkel family as our daughter, Jayne Marie, marries Ryan Keck. Our daughter works at Blanchard Valley Medical Associates as an RN in ICU; Ryan is a Marine, currently studying to become an RN as well. We are very pleased...

World Cup Crazy

There’s no denying that soccer is a sport that demands athletes be in prime shape. No designated hitters here, buddy boy. Despite the world-wide fascination with World Cup soccer, the sport has not caught on around here. A co-worker mentioned to me – straight faced...
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Ballast Tool Modifications

Milepost 845 My friend Mel has been at it again! This time, he was looking for a ballasting tool to help with the rather tedious task of ballasting track. I’ve not gotten to that stage yet so was “all ears” when he was telling me about his modified ballast...
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Ballast Tool Modifications

Milepost 845 My friend Mel has been at it again! This time, he was looking for a ballasting tool to help with the rather tedious task of ballasting track. I’ve not gotten to that stage yet so was “all ears” when he was telling me about his modified ballast...
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NKP 190 is Quite the Hit!

Milepost 844 You may recall that a couple of years ago, Spencer, North Carolina, was host to all of the NS Heritage Unit diesel locomotives. The event was such a success that they tried something similar earlier this summer and hosted “Streamlined” locomotives like...

A Matter of Trust

It’s so funny how we don’t talk anymore – Cliff Richard Sad to relate, there are hard feelings between Samantha and me. Sam, of course, is the voice inside my new Garmin GPS which I can attach to my auto for directions. Samantha’s job is to tell me where...
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The other Half of my Recent Purchase

Milepost 843 I mentioned a while back that I had heard about Accurail re-releasing their 50-foot plugdoor boxcar in Nickel Plate markings and some limited run cars for Digital Fox and that I had bought some of each. I got two packages a few days later; one with the cars from...
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A Fruitful Field Trip…

Milepost 842 You may recall that over the past couple of months, I have had a few posts about the Findlay, Fort Wayne & Western Rail Road here in my blog. In one of those posts, I mentioned that it left Findlay right along Sixth Street then headed straight (and I do mean...