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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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There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job' - Terence Fletcher Absorbing. Intense. Recently had the opportunity to see "Whiplash," a movie which rightly gave an Oscar to J. K. Simmons as a relentless... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 943 There are two characteristics that all women say that all men have... we see no need to ask for directions and we won't read instructions! Well, there are times when I unfortunately fall into that category... especially the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 942 Some really exciting developments in 3D printing are being "brought to light." If you are like me and think that this has a real future in model railroading, you may very well enjoy watching this video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihR9SX7dgRo It... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 941 "The number to call is BR-549..." That was Junior Samples' line on the old TV show "Hee-Haw" when he was going to talk about his mythical used car lot. You may remember back in January, I mentioned that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Someone in Harlan is going into the meth business in a big way. Raylan Givens: Or the folks in Harlan are really, really congested. After six riveting seasons, the FX television series, "Justified," prepares to end.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 940 In a day and age where many hobby shops are closing, it was nice to see a new one opening up. We were headed down to Sugarcreek, Ohio, to have dinner with some of my cousins and Janet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 939 An email arrived today with a really sharp video of a very elegant Great Northern locomotive, the 4-8-4 S2 in HO scale. I've not owned any Broadway Limited locomotives primarily because their offerings don't really fit well with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Nobody will know, when you're old When you're old, nobody will know - Rolling Stones The film, "Picture of Dorian Gray," follows a man who wishes to stay young. He remains youthful while a portrait of him ages. An informal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 938 No, this is still "Along the Right of Way," but today I'm going to talk cameras for just a minute. As a regular here, you know that I enjoy photography along with my trains and that many of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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 Mar 28, 2015 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 Mar 26, 2015 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 Mar 25, 2015 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