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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 1287 Sometimes it seems like the less likely you are to finding something, the more likely you are to dig harder and deeper. That's the case with the elusive Arcadia, Ohio, crossing tower. I've written about the tower previously... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
Stop dragging my heart around - Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty So the Super Bowl hype is finished; Another football season is over. Time for my Steelers to ponder this long, demoralizing season; Time for my Ohio State Buckeyes to retool for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1286 When a bunch of us "Nickel Platers" get together, one of the topics that most always comes up is that this seems like the Golden Age for Nickel Plate modelers. It seems that barely a month goes by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1285 The phone rang the other night and my friend Mike was on the other end. "Hey Merk, did you see the January RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN yet?" I had to admit that I had briefly scanned through it but... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
I'm so tired, I'm feeling so upset - the Beatles Waiters have a thankless, grinding job, with picky customers who are hard to please. Overall, I'd give a good grade to waiters in this town and I try to apply... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1284 If you ever have had one of those days where you are looking for one thing and you find something else, you will be able to relate to this story. For some reason, I had thought about that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1283 It is often said that one man's trash is another man's treasure. That is certainly the case with my model railroad "storage unit." When I worked at the newspaper several years ago, this was sitting in the basement... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Tho' my life was in a rut "Till I thought of what I'd say Which connection I should cut - Peter Gabriel Never have been a fan of New Year resolutions. Why wait until Dec. 31 to improve one's life?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1282 Through the years, we all collect cars. locos and other model railroad things that have a special meaning to us. This is the case with this Deep Rock tank car. It was a car that ran on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1281 Every so often, my wife & I get together with some of my few remaining cousins and have dinner... usually at Sugarcreek which is kinda/sorta in the middle for all of us who typically attend. Well, a while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1280 One of the other Pirates described my friend Ray as a "building maniac." I'd have to agree based on the email he sent the rest of us the other day showing his efforts in one building "season." Some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Rose Tico: We're going to win this war not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love! Difficult for me to write about "The Last Jedi" film. I loved this latest Star Wars offering but I feel that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1279 I know that many of you here follow my ramblings because you are a fan of the Nickel Plate Road just as I am. I was quite surprised to get an email from Kalmbach Publishing recently announcing a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1278 Recently, one of the Pirates shared some photos of his layout with the rest of the crew. He didn't say much about it so I don't have much to pass on in the way of further explanation but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
You're not the only one With mixed emotions You're not the only ship Adrift on this ocean - Rolling Stones When Jacksonville raced to a 21-0 lead over my Steelers early in a NFL playoff game, I braced myself for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
Milepost 1277 I'm not one to usually complain about events like train shows where things just don't seem to go right but in this case, I have to make a bit of an exception. I attended the train show in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1276 Back at Milepost 1258, I shared more information about the new Fowler boxcar from Accurail. They are now in production and the first "real" models of them are beginning to find their way onto hobby shop shelves and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Well I don't know how But you're a big boy now Come on and take a bow Cause you're a big boy now - John Sebestian Dear Kenneth, I am writing this letter to you on this frigid day in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1275 Some of you who know me well may know that our son-in-law, Ryan, is a veteran of the Iraq War. Unfortunately, while he was there, a vehicle he was riding in was hit with an IED roadside bomb.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1274 I was sorting through my way too large inventory of unbuilt freight cars the other day and happened to notice something funny about a few of the boxes of the cars yet to be assembled. Do you notice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1273 Well, my friend Mel has been at it again. This time, he's built the "Hickory House" for his Southern Pacific themed layout. He started the project back in September and did get it finished by the end of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
The heat is on, yeah, the heat is on, the heat is on Burning, burning, burning - Glen Frey OK, so I was wrong. Shopping for a new auto last spring, I finally decided on a newer model. The dealer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1272 From time to time, I've wondered about "cheating" when printing white decals by getting some white decal paper then printing around where the white should be. Well, I'm here to tell you today that it doesn't work... at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1271 OK, so it's cold outside. Maybe you have snow on the ground and just want to stay inside and enjoy the warmth of your home and the comfort of your favorite computer chair. Well, if that's the case,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
You know that you are (Cold, cold) (as, as) (ice) As cold as ice to me (Cold, cold, cold) (as, as, as) (ice) - Foreigner The recent deep freeze was an endless topic of conversation. Cold enough for you?, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark