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More on the Findlay, Fort Wayne & Western Railroad

Milepost 814 I mentioned last time that a newspaper clipping piqued my interest in the Findlay, Fort Wayne & Western Railroad and how one could use Sanborn Maps to locate now abandoned railroads in cities where those maps were drawn. The map above shows the FFW&W as a red...
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Findlay, Fort Wayne & Western… Among other Names

Milepost 813 My brother-in-law stopped by the other day with a copy of this newspaper clipping from THE COURIER, showing a photo of the last run of a train between Findlay and Vanlue back in 1932. This sparked a discussion of the line, where it came into town and where it went....

Late Night Choices

When midnight comes around/ I start to lose my mind – Kinks Changes came to late night TV when Jimmy Fallon recently settled into Jay Leno’s chair on the Tonight Show. Former SNLer Seth Meyers then assumed Fallon’s Late Night seat on NBC. My habit was to view...
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If it says Nickel Plate, You KNOW that I’m Interested!

Milepost 812 This one is for real! While this is a drawing and not a photo, it is a drawing of a REAL Nickel Plate Line car. But note that it is not Nickel Plate Road; there is a difference. Back in the late 1800s, there were many, many small railroads and they weren’t...
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Athearn Makes the Trek to Novi as Well…

Milepost 811 Even after the original company was bought by Horizon Hobbies, Athearn remains one of the “heavy hitters” in the world of model railroading and their presence at the show in Novi strongly reinforced that stance. While the once a-staple-of-the-hobby...

“Screw Hitler”

Frank Stokes: You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler...
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Bachmann at Novi…

Milepost 810 As I had mentioned in my previous post concerning the WGH show at Novi, Michigan, I was somewhat disappointed that more manufacturers weren’t present there. One of the companies that was there was Bachmann Industires and their display was a nice one. Over the...
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Novi, Michigan, WGH Show was “Mixed…”

Milepost 809 Perhaps it is simply because I’ve been to quite a few train shows of various sizes through the years that it will take more and more to impress me but I left the recent WGH (World’s Greatest Hobby) model railroading show with mixed feelings and a...

That Sinking Feeling

Save my life/ I’m going down for the last time – Head East I missed my turn while driving on East Sandusky Street and decided to turn around in a vacant parking lot. It was late February and slush covered an empty parking lot. My auto became stuck. I muttered choice...
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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Milepost 808 There’s an old saying that goes something like, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” And that’s how this picture came to pass. I’m not sure where you are when you read this but here in NW Ohio, this winter seems to have been...