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Courier BlogMaster
Contact the online editor blogmaster@thecourier.com if you are interested in blogging for Findlay Publishing Co.
Interests: nature,hiking,whitewater rafting
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Milepost 1170 Blame it on the rest of the Pirates, my email gang, but it seems like they're continually talking about older cars so I guess that sooner or later, one could expect at least some of that to rub... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
Since you been gone/ since you been gone/ I'm out of my head/ can't take it - Head East My Xoom computer began to act strange and refused to work properly. This tablet was purchased in 2011, my very first... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1169 I mentioned several months ago that I had gotten a new Nikon camera that gets a lot of use while I'm out railfanning. We had some nicer weather a couple of weeks ago so we loaded up and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1168 Those of you who have been in the Findlay/Toledo area for quite some time will remember the price tag pictured above. A trip to Toledo w/o stopping at The Semaphore Train & Hobby Shop "The Train Store" just... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me. - the Beatles That wasn't me you saw speeding Bright Road in a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1167 This is really scary! It is footage of a train derailment from two different locomotives involved. The cause has been determined to be a defective axle that broke. Derailment Video YIKES! dlm Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1166 While building models is a big part of model railroading for me... and I've been a model builder since way back when, it is seldom that I run across a kit that is actually FUN to build. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1165 Some of you have asked if I have my road sections online or even sell them somewhere! I'm truly flattered but, no, I don't sell them and they aren't online... or I should say they weren't online... until... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
My season in ruins - with apologies to the Boss Turned my TV off right when the Steelers turned the ball over in the third quarter of the AFC championship game. It was a fitting play during a 36-17 loss... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1164 Once I had enough of my printed road sections, it was time to lay out my city. A WORD OF CAUTION HERE... don't make the mistake I made and use a water based glue like Elmer's Glu-all to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1163 My recent post about my printed road sections has seemingly created a lot of interest among several of you here. I've had people ask me about them and comment favorably about how they look, etc, so I'll spend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Am I the victim or the crime? - Grateful Dead A melodrama played out near a counter of a convenience store. A harried young mother was in a long line with one child attached to her hip. Another child took... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1162 Mr. Maddox came to see us the other day and he really likes to watch trains on youtube with Grampa. So while we were watching, I ran across this really good video of Deshler, Ohio, surrounding areas and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1161 Intermountain Models has just announced new two-bay hoppers that will be of interest to Nickel Plate modelers like me. They are actually releasing several detail specific cars for a wide variety of road names. There's no announcement on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Helpless, helpless, helpless, helpless - Neil Young Sitting down in front of my TV late one night, ready to watch programming when... Nothing happened. No sound, no picture. Rebooted the cable box and all I got was a floating message,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1160 I was talking to my cousin Steve the other day and he was telling me about progress on his layout. He said that he was ready to mark out and lay some roads on his layout. "I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1159 I was watching some youtube videos the other day (Mr. Maddox can sit and watch them with me seemingly for hours) and we ran across one of a railroad icon that is soon to disappear. Circus Train Video... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Milepost 1158 No picture today. Hopefully that comes later as it is January 17 and the thermometer reads 58° outside! Believe it or not but Mrs. M. and I are headed out to go train watching. Every once in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Sleep pretty darling do not cry/And l will sing a lullaby - the Beatles Grandma was right about many topics. Take, for example, her reliance on Vicks Vaporub. As a child, if my siblings or I had a cold or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1157 One of the newer additions to the den of cut-throats is a Pennsy / New York Central modeler named Jim. He shared some photos with us that I wanted to share with the rest of you since the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1156 For some reason, we model railroaders really like our big steam and manufacturers from near and far take advantage of our weakness. And, since the Union Pacific has begun renovation/restoration of a Big Boy, it's no wonder that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Need a little patience, yeah Just a little patience, yeah - Guns n Roses Patience, we are told as children, is a good habit. But it's hard. We've all been in trying situations that test our sanity. Traffic is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1155 With Christmas winding down and the New Year under way, I headed back to the workbench to do some honest-to-goodness modeling for a change. I had purchased a few older Walthers kits at a flea market a while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1154 Mrs. Merkel & I recently took a week-long vacation cruise along the West Coast of our country. Believe it or not but there was NO railroading involved this time around. But that didn't prevent me from waving the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Take a picture sweetie/ I ain't got time to waste - Prince Comes a tale from the daily docket of our newspaper of an unusual driver who allegedly was speeding on a county highway. REALLY speeding. Now, law enforcement officials... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark