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...

The Underside of the New Layout

Milepost 1180 While we always seem to be concerned about the surface of our layout/benchwork, too often, we ignore what is underneath our pike. I’ve seen really nice layouts that have been improperly supported and “sag” in a lot of places.  While one may...

Another Cool Photo

Milepost 1179 Another shared photo that was in my recent mail was this “antiqued” picture from Richard, another one of the Pirates. He has been working on trying to create more vintage looking photographs of his model railroad equipment and seems to be headed in...

Some more Neat Modeling…

Milepost 1178 I’m a little late with today’s post as we just returned rather late last night from a train show in Kirkland, Ohio.  Just a word about the Kirkland show… it was well-run and the help there was top-notch. If you live anywhere near there, it is...

It Pays to have Friends

Milepost 1177 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike, “Hey, Mr. Merk; you gonna be home? I want to show you something.”  Sure, why now?  So about fifteen minutes later, he stops by with this really cool two pack of these covered Pennsy...

New Roadbed?

Milepost 1176 I’m in the midst of planning my new layout.  The track plan that I (think I) want to use is pretty much done.  In an upcoming post, I’ll even share some thoughts on the bracing under the layout.  But this afternoon, I was fiddling around...

Some Nice Decal Work

Milepost 1175 A while ago, I got a call from my friend Mike.  He had something that he wanted to share with me and had a favor to ask.  Sure says I so about ten minutes later, the doorbell rings and he has some cool stuff that he had been working on that he wanted to...

New Accurail NKP Boxcars are in the NKPHTS Company Store

Milepost 1174 I received my shipment of the new Nickel Plate Road 36-foot wooden boxcars from Accurail and as you can see, they are dandy!  The car is all brand new tooling and is the first mass produced model of an older type of freight car produced in quite some time....

First Pictures of REAL Accurail 36-foot Boxcar

Milepost 1173 My friend Eric shared these photos with the rest of the Pirates.  It is the first look that most of us have had of the new Accurail 36-foot wooden boxcar.  The undecorated ones and some New York Central Lines cars have been on the market for a few weeks...

Type F Couplers

Milepost 1172 On a recent train watching trip, a long tank car train, a “Rolling Pipeline” was stopped for a few minutes by the dispatcher to allow another train to clear.  This gave me a good, “close-up” look at the special couplers, Type F...