Patience is a Virtue?

Need a little patience, yeahJust a little patience, yeah  –  Guns n Roses Patience, we are told as children, is a good habit. But it’s hard. We’ve all been in trying situations that test our sanity. Traffic is a test. We’ve all been behind a...

Back at the Workbench Again

Milepost 1155 With Christmas winding down and the New Year under way, I headed back to the workbench to do some honest-to-goodness modeling for a change.  I had purchased a few older Walthers kits at a flea market a while ago and decided to get busy and build one. ...

Waving the Flag for the Nickel Plate Road!

Milepost 1154 Mrs. Merkel & I recently took a week-long vacation cruise along the West Coast of our country.  Believe it or not but there was NO railroading involved this time around.  But that didn’t prevent me from waving the flag for my favorite railroad...

Hello, I Must Be Going

Take a picture sweetie/ I ain’t  got time to waste  –  Prince Comes a tale from the daily docket of our newspaper of an unusual driver who allegedly was speeding on a county highway. REALLY speeding. Now, law enforcement officials tell us, correctly,...

Another Solution for Coupler Sag

Milepost 1153 Back at Milepost 1144, I mentioned my solution to a car with some coupler sag.  To put this post in perspective, you may want to go back and take a look if you haven’t seen it yet. Another solution that I’ve found for caging couplers that sometimes...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Milepost 1152 There is always a sense of optimism at the beginning of each year. We all make resolutions that probably won’t come to pass but we make them anyway… and if we get part of the way to meeting them, we are that much farther along. Personally, I’m...

Sometimes, You’re Better off if You don’t Ask!

Milepost 1151 A few days ago, I received an email from my friend Jerry who lives in the Columbus area.  He was telling me that he saw an unusual train on the NS (or maybe CSX since they run side-by-side) but couldn’t really figure out what it was.  It was string...

Oh Ye of Little Faith

Don’t give upYou’re not beaten yet  –  Peter Gabriel A New Year’s resolution of mine is to cure my poor habit of giving up when my team is down. I literally threw in the Terrible Towel on Christmas Eve when my Pittsburgh Steelers were...

An appropriate Christmas Story

Milepost 1150 Merry Christmas everyone! I thought you might enjoy this story as part of your Christmas celebration.  This is from a NKPHTS publication featuring various caboose articles. dlm The Night God Rode 1047… Back about 1892 the Nickel Plate began equipping cars...

Christmas Day will Soon be Here!

Milepost 1149 Tis the season!  I do hope that you and yours have a very wonderful Holiday Season.  During all of the hustle & bustle of the Christmas Holiday, it is my sincere wish that you have a moment to stop and reflect on the true meaning of this most joyous...