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Courier BlogMaster
Contact online editor Nabil Shaheen at nabilshaheen@thecourier.com if you are interested in blogging for Findlay Publishing Co.
Interests: yoga,fitness,wellness,holistic health, meditation,nature,hiking,white water rafting
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Milepost 883 So you think you want to be a railroader, huh? Well... take a look at these signals and learn them all. If you are going to operate a train, you need to know how to safely proceed into... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Spent a warm afternoon on the golf course that I had to myself recently. The kind attendant provided me with senior discount rate even though I wasn't sure what the right age was to qualify such a reward. He wished... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Miolepost 882 Lots of times, people complain about the seemingly excessive use of the railroad locomotive's whistle. I don't think it gets used nearly as much today since most every crewman is equipped with a walkie-talkie and audible signals needing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 881 When I was in college in Bluffton during the early 1970s, I often spent quite a bit of time down at the old station taking pictures of passing trains. If I was lucky, they would have a pick-up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Welcome to my world - Horry Callen Hard to please some movie critics. Early reviews of "This Is Where I Leave You" were not kind. Some critics were underwhelmed by the stars in this flick. This story has a family... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
Milepost 880 Back at Milepost 866, I mentioned that RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN was ceasing publication. Well, there is good news about the magazine and its sister publication RAILROAD & RAILFAN; it has been purchased by White River Publishing Co. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 879 OK, I'm not sure just how "new" this car is but it was new to me when I saw it sitting on the hobby shop shelves so I had to check it out. The gondola is from Bachmann... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 878 A few posts back (Milepost 873, Sept. 16th), I mentioned that we had made a return trip to Alaska. Most of you will remember that we were there last year and while we were there, we decided that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 877 It seems like others have been getting the jump on me when it comes to recent modeling projects. I have a lot going on with Society (NKPHTS) business as well as other things that seem to keep my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 876 Really? A crane mounted on a yard locomotive? A BIG crane? My friend Paul has been at it again! This time, his creation is a yard switcher with a front-mounted crane. As usual, his work is above average,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 875 It's a short post this time to share with you what I think may well be one of my BEST EVER railroad photos. We were up just west of the Intermodal Yard at North Baltimore and the sun... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 874 A friend of mine sent me this video about a railroad preservation society based in Cleveland, Ohio. I thought you might find it worth a look. Not long enough for popcorn, but enjoy it anyway! http://biggeekdad.com/2014/08/graveyard-trains/ dlm Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Comes a tale via the daily docket of interesting incidents in our fair community. In one instance, according to city police, a male reportedly exposed himself inside a city convenience store one Tuesday. This occurred multiple times that same day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 873 We were fortunate enough to return to Alaska recently and took a train ride on the Alaska Railroad from Denali National Park down to Whittier. This HAS to be one of the most scenic train trips that a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 871 At one time, the Norfolk Southern Railroad had quite an extensive steam program. It stabled two former Norfolk & Western steam locomotives; the Class A, 2-6-6-4 1218 and the 4-8-4 611 shown here. The locos travelled all over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a time of a successful fake punt, it was a time of missed field goals. But what a weekend of football! And it was only Week... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 871 While I was looking for the John Young photos that appeared in a previous post, I ran across some other interesting photos that I wanted to share with you. So we can start with the Best Friend of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 870 While there were many layouts on display at the recent National Train Show held in Cleveland, probably one that caught the most attention was this monster FREEMO layout. As I undersand it, FREEMO works from a set of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 869 This is the second part of my report on the National Train Show recently held in Cleveland. The first part was published three days ago and can be seen at Milepost 868. Laser Modeling 3 is a newer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Understandably, people were uncomfortable last month during the muggy weather and hot temperatures. Some said they couldn't wait for cold weather. That was an understandable, common reaction to hot weather in August. "Hot enough for you?" people would ask. Of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 868 A little over six weeks ago, the National Train Show was held in Cleveland, Ohio, and I was fortunate enough to attend with several of my model railroad friends. The show is always held as part of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 867 Recently, I featured a post of a photo by John J. Young, a noted railroad photographer in the Ohio Valley. I received enough comments about him that I thought I'd share some of his other work. While I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Don't dream it's over - Crowded House There I was, planning a few events for a much anticipated Labor Day holiday. A golf outing to end this summer, a cookout and quality porch time. Eagerly anticipated the football season opener... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 866 It has been rumored for a long time that Carstens Publications has had some serious financial difficulties. If the rumor mill is to be believed, those financial issues have come to a head and the news isn't good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 865 Back at Milepost 853 then again at Milepost 857, I told you about the Wheeling & Lake Erie station at Kent, Ohio, being in jeopardy of being torn down and then later, rescued from destruction. A cousin in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...