The Mis-Education of Eric

Does anybody really know was time it is?  –  Chicago Comes a news report of singer Lauryn Hill being two hours late for her concert in Atlanta. Anything’s possible: a tour bus malfunction, wrong directions, bad weather. But Ms. Hill’s...

A Friend’s NKP O Scale Caboose

Milepost 1076 This looks like a kitbash project to me! As part of our booth display at the NTS coming up in July, I wanted to have a few examples of NKP models on display for show visitors to see.  So I asked my friend David if he would kindly loan me a couple of models...

New KRYLON Flat Spray is Worth a Look

Milepost 1075 I have constantly been on the look-out for a substitute for Dullcote spray from Testor’s.  It is a very good product but comes with a hefty price.  It runs from around $5-$6 for a 3 oz. can.  my experience has been that one can will cover three,...

NKPHTS Modelers’ Notebook is now Available to the General Public

Milepost 1074 At the recent NKPHTS spring board meeting, the board of directors approved a measure that would make the society’s Modelers’ Notebook e-magazine available to the general modeling public.  Prior to this time, the MN was a benefit of Society...

Hello Old Friend

You’re not the only oneThat’s feeling lonesomeYou’re not the only oneWith mixed emotions  Rolling Stones  In the back of my living room closet, I found a lost treasure. Well, maybe treasure is too strong a word describing my golf clubs tucked away...

The NKPHTS at the National Train Show in 2016

Milepost 1073   It’s official!  The Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society will be at the 2016 National Train Show being held this year on July 8-10 in Indianapolis.  As the Membership Director of the Society, I strongly feel that we need to reach...

A Couple More Decal Jobs…

Milepost 1072 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike.  “Hey Merk, are you going to be home in the next few minutes?”  When a conversation starts out like that, it usually means he either has something for me or something that he wants to show...

Twist and Pout

I know it’s only rock n roll/ But I like it  –  Rolling Stones This summer I’m thinking about visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio. Of course, it nags me that Warren Zevon and Bad Company haven’t been elected to the hall of fame while...

The Ohio River Railroad

Milepost 1071 Yes, indeed, there was such a line.  I hadn’t heard about it but a friend shared a photo he had grabbed off of Ebay of an old Ohio River Railroad short boxcar.  The picture was dated around the turn of the century; a little early for my 1950s...

It’s Train-watching Time Again!

Milepost 1070 Yes!  The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up.  It’s time to grab the Nikon and head trackside to see what is going on and to see what I’ve missed for the past few months.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that as...