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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 1200 A recent trip to Fostoria gave cause to stop at the Iron Triangle Rail Park. There I noticed that the "new" caboose that the organization had recently purchased was sitting there ready to be loaded onto the track... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Working my way back to you, babe, with a burning love inside - the Spinners "Ambitious" is not a word that I would use to describe me. The last two springs I have been derelict in planting seeds in my... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Schaadt in the Dark
Thanks for sharing. Somewhere on my workbench, I have one of those very small Xacto hammers that fits into their large handle. You are right; something like that comes in handy once in a while.
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Milepost 1199 So... what is your favorite modeling tool? Well, if not your favorite, what tool or tools have you had the longest that you still keep around the workbench and use? This thought crossed my mind because a couple... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1198 My grandson, Mr. Maddox, just loves to watch train videos with me on youtube. Well, the other day, we were watching primarily Fostoria & Deshler so I decided that a change of pace might be in line. Then... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
You think that I don't even mean A single word I say - the Bee Gees Full disclosure: I am not a great speller, my only saving grace as a writer for this newspaper is that when I notice that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1197 Apparently, Atlas is following up on their O scale cars with similar offerings in HO. There's a new NO Nickel Plate offering that is due in hobby shops now. Read all about it at: Atlas dlm Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1196 On Saturday, May 6th, the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society held it spring board meeting here in Findlay, Ohio. As the "local," I more or less hosted the event which was held at St. Andrew's United Methodist... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Vivian Mitchell: Despite what you may think, I have nothing against y'all. Dorothy Vaughan: I know, I know you probably believe that. Time to catch up on movies I've watched. (And if you haven't seem "Manchester by the Sea" by... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1195 I received an email from my friend Mike the other evening and it included a link to a really good video of some steam action in NW Ohio. The original film was shot by Don Krofta who was... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1194 The small jib crane that I built for the car I featured at Milepost 1193 is probably worth a little more attention. While I have seen them as parts of other building kits and I even have a... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1193 Back at Milepost 1191, I showed you the beginnings of another Maintenance of Way (MoW) car that I was working on. It was a crane tender for a "Big Hook," 250-ton crane used by the railroads to pick... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
God speed mother nature Never really wanted to say goodbye - the Guess Who SO an acquaintance announced her plan to quit work and head to Florida to live with her daughter. Bon voyage, I said. BUT. Did she think... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
No doubt she was! :)
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Milepost 1192 Does this look familiar? Back at Milepost 1187, I told you about cutting some door openings into the side of that old MDC/Roundhouse outside braced caboose body. Well, over the past few days, I've been busy and finished... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1191 At the same time I picked up the W&LE hopper that I talked about a while ago, I was also able to grab this boom tender car for a couple of bucks. It will be added to my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
These days there's so much going on No one seems to want to know I may be just an old soldier to some But I know how it feels to grow old - Elton John So a family member inquired... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1190 Now that I let the cat out of the bag regarding the latest MOTY, my post back at Milepost 1187 might make a little more sense. I have several older cars that I plan to convert to MoW... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1189 The Model of the Year (MOTY) introduced by the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society for 2017 is a Nickel Plate Maintenance of Way car based on the new 36-foot wooden boxcar from Accurail. As the wooden boxcars... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is - Dan Quayle The young grocery employee tried not to look frightened, but I think I worried... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1188 Many years ago, Lionel offered something rather unique in its line of electric trains; a pink train to try to attract young girls to model trains! I don't think the project was too successful since I don't know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1187 If you have been reading my ramblings here for any length of time, you know I enjoy building models... and those models don't necessarily follow convention or rules. Such is the case with this little project. A long... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Thanks. I looked and these are the "new" Wheeling & Lake Erie markings. My main interest is in the "old" wheeling that became a part of the Nickel Plate in 1949. Thanks again! dlm
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Milepost 1186 Recently, the NKPHTS had a presence at a train show in Kirkland. These shows are always a chance for us to get out and "wave the NKP banner," but do take a lot of time (and money) to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
It's likely that we'll sit here scratching our heads She don't say that she loves me And I don't send her no flowers - Dave Mason One of my many peculiar habits is hearing about divorce decrees, specifically the length... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark