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New Nickel Plate Boxcar

Milepost 1293 This is an unusual one.  When the Nickel Plate ordered some new boxcars way back in the nineteen & teens, the 36-foot wooden boxcars that they ordered were rather unique.  First, they were among the first freight carts to use stamped metal ends. ...

Milepost 1292 My friend Paul sent me this one.  It is an article referring to the longest load ever hauled by the Nickel Plate Road.  By clicking on the image above, you should get an image large enough to easily read. I’m not sure of the source of the article;...

A (Hopefully) Well-deserved Vacation

Milepost 1291 If my posts have seemed a bit strange lately, it’s because I wrote some of them about a month in advance.  Last November, Mrs. M. and I signed up to take a much needed(?) vacation “down south.”  I’m not one to typically want to get...

The Cut…

Milepost 1290 Well, as you can see, the deed has been done.  In case you are new to my musings, I’m in the middle of building a new layout and in spite of my best efforts at drawing, measuring and contemplating, once I had a large portion of the base done, I realized...

Very “Vintage” Movie Clips

Milepost 1289 We have Mr. Edison to thank for this series of “moving picture” clips of railroading in the late 1890s – early 1900s.  One of the Pirates alerted the rest of us to this one.  The movie camera and even photography itself was still...

Lucky Buck?

So please, please, pleaseLet me, let me, let meLet me get what I want this time  –  the Smiths There was great joy when a family member had secured tickets for us to attend the Big Ten football championship in Indianapolis this December. Watching my Ohio...

Running on Empty

Kids want a savior, don’t need a fakeI wanna be elected  –  Alice Cooper Is it my imagination or is everybody with a pulse running for president of the United States? The posturing, the donors, the gamesmanship, the half-truths. And that’s just in the...

Protest Movement

Free meCan’t you hear that’s what I sayFree meAnyhow or anyway  –  Roger Daltrey Recent headlines of a poor Kentucky clerk caught my attention. Her beliefs conflicted with her job duties. Many took pity on her and a presidential candidate rushed to be...

Seeking Connections, Still

Someday we’ll look back on this/ and it will all seem funny  –  Bruce Springsteen Go ahead, Eric, take the plunge. Those words were spoken by an acquaintance who a.) was excited for me to finally purchase a smartphone or b.) wanted me to finally stop...

Easy Prey

Let’s say I got a habit,Let’s say it’s hard to break,Let’s say we got to do something,Before it’s just too late  –  Neil Young It’s easy, sometimes too easy, to pile on when someone is down. But some people, I think, invite such...

 

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