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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 969 For several months, my friend David has been inviting Janet & I to his home for a visit. He is very proud of his O scale Nickel Plate Road themed layout as well he should be. It completely... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 968 It was vacation time for the Merkels so we loaded up the flivver and headed east to Central Pennsylvania and my favorite train watching place, Altoona. I also have to admit that we loaded up on peanut butter... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 967 My friend Mel recently sent me this very good video of the CSX Intermodal Yard at North Baltimore, Ohio. It was shot in January of this year from a drone. It is indeed, very impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpi1jswifac ENJOY! dlm Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Maybe this will be my year - Train A piece of scrap paper holds my ideas for an upcoming vacation. Some activities that once had been considered have since been crossed off this paper, thanks to the oft-mentioned foot ailment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 966 Here's one that is PERFECT for "transition modelers" like me... a 1950s vintage Dairy Queen! Treat your little plastic people to some great soft serve ice cream on these hot summer nights! This is one of the latest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 965 When people know that you like trains and are interested in most anything railroad-related, they send you all kinds of stuff via email. And so it was when I got this little tid-bit from my friend Rita. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
it's the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend - Aerosmith As I pen this blog, my Cincinnati Reds are dropping faster than a telemarketer's IQ. My team is 11 games behind in the National League Central... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 963 As I was taking the pictures of the O scale refrigerator car that I had repainted & relettered, I realized I hadn't mentioned my new, very inexpensive photo backdrop. It is simply a school project / presentation board.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 962 It seems like I'm signed up for every model retailer's newsletter; I get one almost every day. And, I at least take a look at them to see if there any real specials that deserve further attention. One... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 962 (Milepost 961 contains the first part of this two-part post.) After drying it in the paint curing oven for 24 hours, I was ready to paint the car. Since I decided that the underside of the car was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone - Joni Mitchell A foot malady has put play golfing in jeopardy for me this summer. Not that I'm ready to join the PGA... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 961 While I have NO INTENTION of "crossing over" to that other popular scale, I did need an O scale car for a friend of mine. Since I wanted to redo the lettering, I was perfectly content to get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 960 All photos ROANOKE TIMES I saw this article on the Roanoke web site and wanted to share a little more information about the 2156 that recently passed through North Findlay. I didn't know that she was nicknamed WARHORSE.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Want to criticize the newspaper? That's your right. Criticize my Pittsburgh Steelers? That's dangerous territory. Criticize nurses and hospital workers? That's wrong. Recently spent my first ever extended stay in a hospital bed due to a foot ailment. What I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 959 I promised pictures and I'll also promise that you won't get photos every other post. Since this is a railroad blog, I thought I'd tell you that Maddox already knows the difference between diesels & steam locomotives, freight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 958 I am one who is not always on the "cutting edge," of modern technology. I try not to constantly carry a cell phone and it took me quite a while before I bought my first digital camera. But... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Hit me with your best shot Fire away - Pat Benatar Last April the K.C. Royals and Oakland As got into a big altercation on the baseball field after one pitcher plunked a batter. Both benches emptied, punches were tossed... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 957 Funny how some things get started with just an off-hand, casual remark... It was Sunday afternoon, Mothers' Day, and I was just kind of kicked back, relaxing after a very enjoyable dinner with my wife and our family.... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 956 Well, not quite. During a recent train watching trip, I caught these cars attached to the end of an eastbound CSX freight. I suppose that you "could" call them passenger cars but commuter cars would be a much... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 955 Sometimes the simplest fix is the best. That's what I learned when I was updating my recent train show purchase (Milepost 947). After removing the cast-on couplers from the freight car trucks, I added offset shank couplers because... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
There's a hole/ In my life - the Police Was hard for me stay mad at David Letterman, even if he didn't show up at Bowling Green State University where I was a student for an anticipated stand-up comedy concert.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 954 Let's face it; we are surrounded by a wireless world. Our phones are wireless, our computers & printers are wireless... we are even talking about wireless (driverless) vehicles on our roads some day. But are we really ready... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Milepost 953 From time to time, you have allowed me to share some things going on in my personal life that are important to me and today is one of those days. If all goes well, Janet & I will... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Ran across a story that listed the eight greatest albums of music for the ages. An easy way to start a fierce debate, right? For starters, why eight records? Why not 10? Anyway, I couldn't argue with offerings from the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 952 Well, it would appear that winter has given way to summer (not sure where spring went) so we have been out doing some train watching. And, when I find something interesting, I do like to share... which brings... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...