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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 1119 One of the more strange things I saw while train watching during our vacation was this sitting on top of a container in a container train. Anyone have any idea as to exactly what it is? The only... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1118 OK, if you have visited here much at all, you KNOW I have a soft spot in my modeling heart for railroad towers. So I was really interested when my friend Mike sent me some info for this... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1117 When you read this, we will have just returned from our little vacation. Our route took us through Altoona, Pennsylvania, to do some serious train watching (and to pick up some peanut butter & chocolate covered pretzels from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1116 While Janet & I did attend the National Train Show in Indianapolis this year, we were there as vendors and not show participants. So it was with great surprise that I opened the pages of MODEL RAILROADER this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong - Buffalo Springfield There's much talk about San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem before games. Some argue that he is disrespecting those who have fought to provide the freedoms... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1115 My brother-in-law stopped by the other day with a really nice gift from his father. This is a painting of a railroad train in a lumber camp. I had visited with his father a few weeks ago and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1114 Well, the weather has finally cooled down a bit to the point where it seemed nice enough to go out train watching again. We hit the trail several days ago and visited Galatea, just east of North Baltimore.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Now you're afraid that we have changed And I'm afraid we're getting older So many broken hearts, so many lonely faces - BillyJoel Spent this muggy summer watching my Cincinnati Reds trying to climb out of the basement of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1113 This is a really neat video of an outdoor layout featuring a C&O 2-6-6-6 Allegheny locomotive. The prototype loco was built down in Lima and there is one neatly preserved & on display at the Henry Ford Museum... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1112 As the caption explains, this is a prototype gauge that was built in a Wheeling & Lake Erie yard to check railroad cars that were routed through an older tunnel on a particular branch. I would think that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Time to review two movies. "Florence Foster Jenkins" was an off-beat tale of a socialite who wants to be an opera singer, despite the fact that her voice sounds like cats trapped inside a sack. Meryl Streep, who can bring... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1111 Accurail has announced its September production runs and there are a couple of cars there that will certainly be of interest to those among us who are Nickel Plate fans (like me, for instance). Click HERE for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1110 We still have some paint work to do so let's get that out of the way while we are in the mood. The cupola gets sprayed red like the caboose body then the actual roof gets painted black.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1109 Last time, we cut the car body apart so no it's time to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. And unlike all of the King's horses and all of the King's men, we can put it together again. OK,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Meanwhile, I ain't a-wastin' time no more - Allman Brothers The unexpected death came with flashing lights. Flashing lights on the face of my alarm clock foretold a problem. A power surge I suspected. But after fiddling with the clock,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1108 OK, get out your straight-edge, your Xacto knife & let's cut up a perfectly good car body! (why is it that THAT sounds perfectly illogical??!?) The technique I like to use to cut apart bodies where I want... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1107 Before we get started, I wanted to mention a few items that I felt I had to compromise on. If you look at the two photos above, you will see that the door in the model is more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Time for/ a cool change - Little River Band Curiosity inside a museum gift shop led me to an unusual purchase. The item in question was a Buddha mini-board that features a small drawing board with a narrow paint brush.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1106 OK boys & girls, it's time to get out the razor saws and hack up another perfectly good model to build a new one. The goal this time... the caboose pictured above. This "combine caboose" became part of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Say what??!? You're modeling the Eastern Ohio coal fields and don't plan on running any "large engines??!?" What about the W&LE 2-6-6-2s? I thought you would have a whole fleet of those! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2016 on Which Way to Go? at Along the Right of Way ...
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Dana, The Company Store is located on the NKPHATS.org web site. I'm not sure but I think it is the second link listed on the left side of the page.
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Milepost 1105 Later on this morning (Saturday), I'll be hopping in a truck and headed for Northwestern Indiana to get the inventory of the NKPHTS Company Store. As of now, I'll be the interim Special Projects Director and the Company... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues - Blue Cheer Before this summer vanishes, it's time for a blog of random thoughts. Not that I've run out of ideas, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
Milepost 1104 This is the last part of a series of three posts dealing with early railroad history in Hancock County. The text comes from an early history of Hancock County which was reprinted by the Hancock County Historical Society... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Milepost 1103 This is the second part of a three-part history of early railroads in Hancock County The Lake Erie & Western was the second railway built through this county. and it is yet the most important road that enters... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...