Theme and Variation

So let’s leave it alone ’cause we can’t see eye to eyeThere ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guyThere’s only you and me and we just disagree  –  Dave Mason A recent blog of mine centered on the topic of a young couple...

A Really Neat Gift

Milepost 1183 About 3-4 times per year, my wife & I get together with family at a restaurant in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  It is pretty much equidistant for the four groups that come there.  We have lunch then spend the next two-three hours “catching up” with...

I'm Quitting the Hobby…

Milepost 1182 Yep, I’ve had it!  I’m tired of short circuits, I’m tired of assembling models, I’m tired of stringing wire all over the place… I’VE HAD IT! Kadee couplers don’t reliably work.  Cars don’t track properly and...

Still Too Much Talking

Look where all this talking got us, baby  –  Live Again, the public docket section of the newspaper has been following the travails of young couple being distracted by authorities. You know the story: an officer patrolling our parks finds a young couple...

Howard Zane's Basement Empire

Milepost 1181 When people know you like trains, they are always getting you train things or sending you train links.  Such is the case with this video from my friend Don.  I had heard about Howard’s layout but have never seen a video of it that is anything like...

The Underside of the New Layout

Milepost 1180 While we always seem to be concerned about the surface of our layout/benchwork, too often, we ignore what is underneath our pike. I’ve seen really nice layouts that have been improperly supported and “sag” in a lot of places.  While one may...

Another Cool Photo

Milepost 1179 Another shared photo that was in my recent mail was this “antiqued” picture from Richard, another one of the Pirates. He has been working on trying to create more vintage looking photographs of his model railroad equipment and seems to be headed in...

Tattoo Who?

With the world turning circles running ’round my brain.I guess I’m always hoping that you’ll end this reignBut it’s my destiny to be the king of pain  –  the Police Can’t predict that I’ll ever get a tattoo. First,...

Some more Neat Modeling…

Milepost 1178 I’m a little late with today’s post as we just returned rather late last night from a train show in Kirkland, Ohio.  Just a word about the Kirkland show… it was well-run and the help there was top-notch. If you live anywhere near there, it is...

It Pays to have Friends

Milepost 1177 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike, “Hey, Mr. Merk; you gonna be home? I want to show you something.”  Sure, why now?  So about fifteen minutes later, he stops by with this really cool two pack of these covered Pennsy...