It’s Train-watching Time Again!

Milepost 1070 Yes!  The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up.  It’s time to grab the Nikon and head trackside to see what is going on and to see what I’ve missed for the past few months.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that as...

Real Life Building Recycling

Milepost 1068 In my previous post, I talked about kit manufacturers recycling certain kit parts to make different looking buildings.  This happens all of the time in the real world and today, I wanted to mention a perfect example of that in nearby Forest, Ohio.  There,...

Model Railroading Recycling…

Milepost 1068 I was reading a piece the other day that talked about how a local group in Bluffton, Ohio, had purchased the old railroad station and moved it to a new location to use for their group’s meeting place.  Not only does this preserve the original building but...

Two Unusual Cars on the Old Layout

Milepost 1067 A couple of the funkier train cars that I found on the old layout when I was moving things around were this wooden-floored flat car and the blacksmith’s forge car shown below.  The thing that makes this flat car really unusual is that the deck of the car...

Uh-oh!

Milepost 1066 Every once in a while, you get some info that isn’t right… but before you know that it is wrong, you act on it and then, after the damage is done, you realize that your actions were incorrect.  Thus is the case with this old wooden reefer...

“Crack the toughest nut first…”

Milepost 1065 “Crack the toughest nut first…” was a favorite saying of a friend of mine from college.  We worked together on the campus crew one summer and did a lot of tough, dirty work that no one else seemed to want to do.  And we developed a habit...

A Good Story about an Old Wooden Fence

Milepost 1064 Now, everyone likes a good story and this certainly is one so let’s get started with just how the fence pictured above actually came into being.  It is said that the difference between a Northern tale and a Southern tale is that the Northern tale starts...

The Loss of a Friend…

Milepost 1063 It was quite the shock on Tuesday of this week when I learned that my friend and fellow NKPHTS member Bill Quick had passed away suddenly.  He was visiting with family in Virginia, complained of not feeling well and was gone just a few short hours later. As it...

Tasty Taters Delivery Truck

Milepost 1062 Probably about 45-50 years ago, right here in Findlay, Ohio, there was a potato chip company called Tasty Taters.  Now, Tasty Taters were “the” chip to eat in town.  They had quite the following.  In fact, when people came back to town,...

Marathon/Ohio Oil Tank Trucks

Milepost 1061 My new Marathon / Ohio Oil Company tank trucks arrived in the mail recently.  As is the case with most all Classic Metal Works models, they came without the mirrors installed.  I won’t add them until I’m ready for them on the layout....