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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 937 From time to time, I've discussed making my own decals using Paint Shop Pro and my ALPS printer. Well, I'm currently working on a Nickel Plate auto rack (yes, the NKP had a total of four of them)... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
And you won't see me (You won't see me) You won't see me (You won't see me) - the Beatles We are in the midst of March madness basketball. There was a time when I devoured the entire NCAA tourney... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 936 Every so often, the topic comes up as to "what is the correct color for...?" and we go through the throes of extoling the virtues of this color vs. that one or this mix as opposed to another.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 935 In a recent conversation I was having with my friend Paul, we were discussing our respective pile drivers and how we both were contemplating building railcar mounted steam shovels. He was wondering how he could use both of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 934 Bowser Manufacturing/English Hobby Shop experienced a robbery over the weekend. According to an email from Bowser, thieves cut through a wall of their shop and stole "hundreds" of locomotives, etc. They have not yet posted an inventory of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings - Led Zeppelin Thank you, Florida. The same state that brought us questionable ballot machines has now provided easy answers to complex matters. Just stop using certain words! Some leaders in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 933 The joys of free-lance modeling are many; the restrictions are few. I am always amazed at the people who will adopt a prototype then model that right down to the last nut or bolt. If that's the way... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 932 As I contemplate the redesign of my layout, I've resorted to some "old fashioned" track planning. A lot of today's layouts are designed right here at the computer keyboard with monitor, mouse and a multitude of track planning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Any way the wind blows/ Any way the wind blows - Joe Walsh As the mercury creeps above freezing, many have complained they are tired of this winter. That's their right, to be sure. One woman at a city business... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 931 Back at Milepost 923, I shared a video of a train blasting through snow. Here's another one for your enjoyment. Check out the guy highlighted in the beginning of the clip. http://videowall.accuweather.com/detail/videos/top-videos/video/4072270303001/train-plow-submerges-man-in-heap-of-snow?autoStart=true This link was sent to me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 930 My friend Jerry sent me one of these images depicting a train scene from "back home" in the Ohio Valley. This first one depicts a southbound B&O EM1 with a string of hoppers with the Bellaire Bridge in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Clearly you came from another planet to tidy up ours - Oscar Madison Got excited when the news was announced that "The Odd Couple" would be brought back this year on CBS. Of course, comparisons would be made to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 929 I was looking for one thing and found something else. The other day, I was doing a web search and ran across this site that has all of the instruction sheets for the old Roundhouse/MDC "3-in-1 kits" that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 928 Since the painting was done and the rigging completed, I was in the home stretch of this project. Decaling was next so I sprayed the cab very lightly with some gloss clear spray. I've learned that a glossy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 927 I mentioned last time that the weight of the rigging was causing the thread to sag and actually pulling the vertical tower back to the point where it would fall down onto the cab. This wouldn't do but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
I can't get to sleep I think about the implications Of diving in too deep And possibly the complications - Men at Work Been following this controversy about a recovery house being considered for women. Guess some near Greendale Avenue... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 926 After the construction part was completed, it is on to the paint shop. Since the last time, I also added the rigging & the line for the driving weight. Painting turned out to be a bit of a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 925 Many of you are probably wondering how I built the hinge that allows the vertical boom to go up and down. Well, thanks to Evergreen Styrene, this is pretty easy to do. They make about six different sizes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
I know. Eerie, right? - Saul Goodman, upon finding two skateboarder friends at a skate park Why should we pull for a shady lawyer who is down on his luck and down to his last dime? Do we care his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 924 After I saw my friend Paul's pile driver, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I had to build one of my own. After all, I had squirreled away an old Tyco crane &... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 923 My friend Denny sent me this video of some SERIOUS snow plowing on the Canadian National. ENJOY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yja2VmZOfdA&feature=youtu.be And... don't forget it's Valentine's Day! Maybe a little something for your better half will pay big dividends the next... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
I'll be the roundabout The words will make you out 'n' out I spend the day your way - Yes The only constant, they tell us, is change. Dunno who dropped that pearl of wisdom, but this feels true. Recently... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
Milepost 922 In past posts, I have hinted at the possible rebuilding of my current layout. The current one has served me well but it has some flaws. I feel kind of like the people who build their own homes;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 921 OK, OK... it's another signal tower or interlocking tower. But you KNOW how much I like the things so just permit me one of my little pleasures. :) This one in particular is very unique. It is an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
They hate us because they ain't us - Dave Skylark Being an intrepid blogger, I recently traveled outside Hancock County so that I could view the controversial, topical film, "The Interview." After all, many news outlets had covered the turmoil... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark