Some Funky Kitbashing

Milepost 1187 If you have been reading my ramblings here for any length of time, you know I enjoy building models… and those models don’t necessarily follow convention or rules.  Such is the case with this little project. A long time ago, Model Die...

Another Save from the Scrap Yard

Milepost 1186 Recently, the NKPHTS had a presence at a train show in Kirkland. These shows are always a chance for us to get out and “wave the NKP banner,” but do take a lot of time (and money) to attend. But one of the benefits is that those of us who work the shows...

Sorry to Say

It’s likely that we’ll sit here scratching our headsShe don’t say that she loves meAnd I don’t send her no flowers  –  Dave Mason One of my many peculiar habits is hearing about divorce decrees, specifically the length of a fated marriage....

The Unfortunate Direction ALL Hobbies are Taking…

Milepost 1185 Do you recognize this?  It is an Excel small V gouge.  It is the kind of thing that you used to be able to walk into most any good hobby shop and find hanging on the wall in their tools section.  But today, they are almost impossible to find…...

HGR “Along the NKP” will be a Sponsor at this Year's NKP Convention!

Milepost 1184 Reprinted from HGR blog… Chuck Klein, left, accepts sponsorship contribution from Matt Williams, right, at HGR. On Sept. 28 – 30, The Nickel Plate Road Historical and Technical Society (NKPHTS) is hosting its annual convention in Cleveland, one of the...

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...