Roads Anyone?

Milepost 1160 I was talking to my cousin Steve the other day and he was telling me about progress on his layout.  He said that he was ready to mark out and lay some roads on his layout.  “I have just the thing for you,” explains I. “What’s...

A Railroad Icon Makes One Last Tour…

Milepost 1159 I was watching some youtube videos the other day (Mr. Maddox can sit and watch them with me seemingly for hours) and we ran across one of a railroad icon that is soon to disappear. Circus Train Video This video features the famous Barnum & Bailey, Ringling...

So… this is January??!?

Milepost 1158 No picture today.  Hopefully that comes later as it is January 17 and the thermometer reads 58° outside!  Believe it or not but Mrs. M. and I are headed out to go train watching.  Every once in a while, I like to catch some winter trains but that...

Vixen

Sleep pretty darling do not cry/And l will sing a lullaby  – the Beatles Grandma was right about many topics. Take, for example, her reliance on  Vicks Vaporub. As a child, if my siblings or I had a cold or sore throat, she would go to her medicine...

Some GREAT Modeling from one of the Newest Pirates

Milepost 1157 One of the newer additions to the den of cut-throats is a Pennsy / New York Central modeler named Jim.  He shared some photos with us that I wanted to share with the rest of you since the models are really good looking and the modeling itself is very high...

New Big Boy coming from Broadway Limited

Milepost 1156 For some reason, we model railroaders really like our big steam and manufacturers from near and far take advantage of our weakness.  And, since the Union Pacific has begun renovation/restoration of a Big Boy, it’s no wonder that there are new...

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,...