Something New for N Scalers

Milepost 1286 When a bunch of us “Nickel Platers” get together, one of the topics that most always comes up is that this seems like the Golden Age for Nickel Plate modelers.  It seems that barely a month goes by that we don’t hear of something new being...

Port Clinton Railroad Bridge in HO Scale

Milepost 1285 The phone rang the other night and my friend Mike was on the other end.  “Hey Merk, did you see the January RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN yet?”  I had to admit that I had briefly scanned through it but hadn’t really sat down to take an...

My Shay Story

Milepost 1284 If you ever have had one of those days where you are looking for one thing and you find something else, you will be able to relate to this story.  For some reason, I had thought about that joke my neighbor Andy used to tell about the two drunks so I wanted to...

One Man’s Trash…

Milepost 1283 It is often said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  That is certainly the case with my model railroad “storage unit.”  When I worked at the newspaper several years ago, this was sitting in the basement and was going to...

A Next-door Neighbor and his Favorite Joke

Milepost 1282 Through the years, we all collect cars. locos and other model railroad things that have a special meaning to us.  This is the case with this Deep Rock tank car.  It was a car that ran on the model railroad of our neighbor, Andy Bartok, when I was growing...

A REAL Blast from my Past

Milepost 1281 Every so often, my wife & I get together with some of my few remaining cousins and have dinner… usually at Sugarcreek which is kinda/sorta in the middle for all of us who typically attend.  Well, a while back, we were getting together and my cousin...

Scratchbuilding from my Friend Ray

Milepost 1280 One of the other Pirates described my friend Ray as a “building maniac.”  I’d have to agree based on the email he sent the rest of us the other day showing his efforts in one building “season.”  Some of the buildings above are...

New Special from CLASSIC TRAINS Magazine

Milepost 1279 I know that many of you here follow my ramblings because you are a fan of the Nickel Plate Road just as I am.  I was quite surprised to get an email from Kalmbach Publishing recently announcing a special edition magazine that may well be of interest to us...

Layout Pictures from One of the Pirates

Milepost 1278 Recently, one of the Pirates shared some photos of his layout with the rest of the crew.  He didn’t say much about it so I don’t have much to pass on in the way of further explanation but thought I would share the photos as they do show a lot of...

Bad Day at the Columbus Train Show

Milepost 1277 I’m not one to usually complain about events like train shows where things just don’t seem to go right but in this case, I have to make a bit of an exception.  I attended the train show in Columbus on the 13th and it was bad. 🙁 There were some...