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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 1098 In preparing for the NKPHTS booth at the NTS, I wanted to have a small display of NKP or related models just to show that there were models for all of the different scales. I had a friend... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
Oh, love, you wouldn't lie to me Leading me to feel this way - Boz Scaggs For no good reason, I was tempted to purchase a new automobile. There's nothing wrong with my current six-year-old vehicle that has served me... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1097 Yes, a lit lantern in the hand of the train crewman on the back of a caboose! That is really something. my electronics friend Mel has been at it again. This time, he found some sub-miniature LEDs and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1096 For those of you who have been around for a while, you know I'm working on a new layout. But first, I had to get rid of the old one. This wasn't an easy decision since both my... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1095 A special thank you to all of you who stopped by our booth at the recent National Train Show in Indianapolis. It was a huge success as we got to meet quite a few members and added a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Hello, it's me I've thought about us for a long, long time Maybe I think too much but something's wrong There's something here that doesn't last too long Maybe I shouldn't think of you as mine - Todd Rundgren After... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
Athearn says 1958... dlm
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Milepost 1094 My friend Joe shared this with his Nickel Plate friends; I thought I'd do the same with you. Video dlm Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1093 There are times when I really wonder about some of the people selling on Ebay. Just this morning, I was looking for various NKP cabooses and ran across an older Athearn kit for a bay window caboose that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
For a moment, I had to suspend some logic at the start of the movie, "The Shallows." In this tale, a college-education surfer, played admirably by Blake Lively, decides to surf on a desolate beach while her friend stays at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1092 Just a few more days until the National Train Show takes center stage in the world of model railroading. The show will be held in Indianapolis this year this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I'll be spending a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1091 In getting ready for the National Train Show in Indianapolis coming soon, I needed a little help from some of our N scale Nickel Plate modelers. I received a nice note from John who shared three links with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
You're not the only one/ With mixed emotions - Rolling Stones So the Cleveland Cavaliers are champions of the NBA universe. Mixed emotions for me. As a fan of the N.Y. Knicks, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Steelers, there is no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1090 We had occasion to travel to Columbus the other day and that took us down Rte. 23 past Marion. From the highway, you can easily see the old coaling tower that still spans the NS tracks there. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Can't say for sure Chris but in looking back at old Ford photos, that distinct duck tail on the cab appears to have started around 1958. I have a farm friend that I'll ask; he may know better than I do.
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Milepost 1089 When we get the track laid and the important scenery features of our layout done, it's time to add the little things that make it interesting. Here's one that you can think about... If you have been a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1088 I just received word that there is a new Athearn vehicle soon to be released from Athearn. It's an F-850 flat bed truck with a boom on it. See Ford Truck for more details. This one will fit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
You're my favorite mistake - Sheryl Crow I like to think of myself as a savvy shopper, but a recent trek to the grocery proved otherwise. I try to eat healthy. (Honestly!) On one shelf of the produce area were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1087 The Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue, Ohio, will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this weekend (June 25 & 26) with extended museum hours and lots of additional activities that will be of interest and enjoyable for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1086 One of the details that a lot of modelers overlook are the trucks under their freight car fleet. A lot of those have become standardized over the years but back when loads were getting heavier and trains were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? - U2 I've always thought that it was easy to wear your team colors when your favorite squad is riding in first place. But what if your favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
Thanks! I think it might need to be a bit taller and have less roof overhang but considering what I had to go with... I'm satisfied. I have the materials to make one in HO as well for my layout. W won't do a "step-by-step: but I'm sure there will be at least one post from that project.
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Milepost 1085 The tower project was completed but when I looked through those big windows, it looked more than a little bare in there so I decided that I needed some furnishings for the tower operator. A quick search on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1084 It's time to wrap this project up so let's take a quick look at where we are at right now. We built the main structure, the porch, added the windows and doors, struggled with the roof and added... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Sometimes I just want to punch you in your perfect teeth - Iron Man to Captain America So after years of destroying buildings and such, the thought has come that maybe our superheroes need to watch out for any collateral... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark