That Sinking Feeling

Save my life/ I’m going down for the last time – Head East I missed my turn while driving on East Sandusky Street and decided to turn around in a vacant parking lot. It was late February and slush covered an empty parking lot. My auto became stuck. I muttered choice...
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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Milepost 808 There’s an old saying that goes something like, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” And that’s how this picture came to pass. I’m not sure where you are when you read this but here in NW Ohio, this winter seems to have been...

Some More Little Sheds and Shanties

Milepost 807 While the weather here in NW Ohio has been pretty crummy this winter, it would seem like a great time to do some building… or something. But I think the cold temperatures, the heavier than usual snowfalls and the lack of sunshine just made me lazy to the point...

Sometimes, It’s Just By Guess & By Golly…

Milepost 806 In the previous post, I mentioned building my little watchman’s shed or maybe even a lineside telephone booth… whichever it is, the roof was a real challenge. Originally, I had hoped to cut four triangles of plastic shingle material that I had in the...

Nielsen Nagging

A message came back from the great beyondThere’s fifty-seven channels and nothin’ onFifty-seven channels and nothin’ onFifty-seven channels and nothin’ on – Bruce Springsteen The irony was not lost on me that the Nielsen company that keeps track of...

Do You Remember this One?

Milepost 805 A long time ago, someone had sent me some photos of an outdoor layout that they had visited. One of the interesting models that was in the pictures was this little telephone or watchman’s shed. I thought it neat enough that I decided to build one of my own....

Pre 1930 Rails Facebook Page

Milepost 804 From time to time, I make reference to the Pirates, a loose-knit email group that I share model railroading interests with. Well, some of them have started a Facebook page that is dedicated to early era model railroading. You can find the page hee:...

A Senior Moment

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I’m 64 – the Beatles I’ve always been told to act my age, but a visit to a favorite pizza outlet tested that adage. After order, I paid with a credit card and dutifully signed the receipt. Upon closer...

OMG!

Milepost 803 Can you imagine my surprise when I opened a package that I recently received in the mail and the contents therein looked something like this??!? Some of you “more seasoned” modelers may recognize this as an older, wooden kit of a Nickel Plate stock car...

More on J.J. Young, the Ohio Valley Railroad Photographer

Milepost 802 Back in January of 2009, I wrote about a display in Wheeling, West Virginia, of photos taken by John J. Young Jr. (Milepost 184). John was the unofficial railroad photographer in the Ohio Valley and it is believed he took as many as 20,000 railroad related pictures...