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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 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 16 hours ago 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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Milepost 1185 Do you recognize this? It is an Excel small V gouge. It is the kind of thing that you used to be able to walk into most any good hobby shop and find hanging on the wall in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1184 Reprinted from HGR blog... Chuck Klein, left, accepts sponsorship contribution from Matt Williams, right, at HGR. On Sept. 28 – 30, The Nickel Plate Road Historical and Technical Society (NKPHTS) is hosting its annual convention in Cleveland, one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
So let's leave it alone 'cause we can't see eye to eye There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy There's only you and me and we just disagree - Dave Mason A recent blog of mine centered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1183 About 3-4 times per year, my wife & I get together with family at a restaurant in Sugarcreek, Ohio. It is pretty much equidistant for the four groups that come there. We have lunch then spend the next... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1182 Yep, I've had it! I'm tired of short circuits, I'm tired of assembling models, I'm tired of stringing wire all over the place... I'VE HAD IT! Kadee couplers don't reliably work. Cars don't track properly and spend more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Look where all this talking got us, baby - Live Again, the public docket section of the newspaper has been following the travails of young couple being distracted by authorities. You know the story: an officer patrolling our parks finds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1181 When people know you like trains, they are always getting you train things or sending you train links. Such is the case with this video from my friend Don. I had heard about Howard's layout but have never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1180 While we always seem to be concerned about the surface of our layout/benchwork, too often, we ignore what is underneath our pike. I've seen really nice layouts that have been improperly supported and "sag" in a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1179 Another shared photo that was in my recent mail was this "antiqued" picture from Richard, another one of the Pirates. He has been working on trying to create more vintage looking photographs of his model railroad equipment and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain. I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign But it's my destiny to be the king of pain - the Police Can't predict that I'll ever get a tattoo.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1178 I'm a little late with today's post as we just returned rather late last night from a train show in Kirkland, Ohio. Just a word about the Kirkland show... it was well-run and the help there was top-notch.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1177 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike, "Hey, Mr. Merk; you gonna be home? I want to show you something." Sure, why now? So about fifteen minutes later, he stops by with this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
I should burn in hell for what I said to you - Randi Chandler The films "La La Land" and "Moonlight" both have a huge task ahead. That is, they must prove worthy of their status in Oscar Land in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1176 I'm in the midst of planning my new layout. The track plan that I (think I) want to use is pretty much done. In an upcoming post, I'll even share some thoughts on the bracing under the layout.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1175 A while ago, I got a call from my friend Mike. He had something that he wanted to share with me and had a favor to ask. Sure says I so about ten minutes later, the doorbell rings... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Can't say I'm a fan of heart-warming TV shows of the perfect family or tales about zombies. Or worse, television stories about zombies pretending to be the perfect family. Nevertheless, time to provide an update on TV shows. "Speechless" is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1174 I received my shipment of the new Nickel Plate Road 36-foot wooden boxcars from Accurail and as you can see, they are dandy! The car is all brand new tooling and is the first mass produced model of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...