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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 989 Quite some time ago, we talked about how the Nickel Plate Road almost made it into the modern era as it was the proud owner of THREE, modern, 89-foot auto racks. As a model project for interested HO... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 988 After passing Pittsburgh Junction, we head on towards Nelms Mine & Tipple. This part of the Wheeling traverses through an area in Eastern Ohio that is rich in coal deposits. The original reason for the construction of the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
i'm not the one that you'll be breaking in i'm not the one who could be taken in - the Cars Have no real good reason to resent school children, EXCEPT ... Seems when I drive past a school grounds,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 987 We head on south and east towards Jewett and pass the small Bowerston station along the way. Jewett is not quite the size of the town depicted here; I'm not even sure if they have a stop light... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 986 If you missed part one of this multi-part post, please read Milepost 985 first. There is a map of the layout and photos of some of the areas we visited earlier. You may recall that last time, we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Benji: She tried to shoot me. Ethan: That doesn't make her a bad person. Satisfying. That's what I felt watching "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation." Tom Cruise, as Ethan Hunt, has built a reliable movie franchise, based on the popular TV... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 985 Some time ago, I happened to connect with Jim Talbott through the Nickel Plate Historical Society. Jim models the "new" Wheeling & Lake Erie in the 2007 time period AND a portion of his layout depicts the steel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 984 About the first part of July, there is a local produce stand, Wolfe's Produce, that opens its doors and offers fresh goodies from its own gardens as well as other items from around the state. Since my wife... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 983 An old high school friend of mine sent me this video the other day. It shows, in part, how vital railroads were to the war effort during World War II and how, sometimes, one just gets lucky when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
I've got no time for you right now Don't bother me - the Beatles May sound strange and counterintuitive that a newsperson and entertainment fan like me would not spend the time to delve into the public tribulations of others.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 982 I mentioned in my previous post that my friend Paul, the steel mill modeler, is likely to find a use for most anything in his modeling efforts. Here are two good examples... In the first one pictured above,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 981 My friend Paul has been at it again. In the past, I've shared some of the work of my friend Paul who is a steel mill modeler. If it can be found in or near one, Paul's going... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 980 It doesn't show up really well here but I had a real issue with an adhesive that I recently used to secure a weight in a tank car body. I mentioned back at Milepost 976 that I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 979 OK, here we go with towers again. But this one is a little different for a few reasons. First, it's UGLY! I mean, most towers seem to have that quaint, railroad look; this one does not. It's just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Rainy day people all know there's no sorrow they can't rise above - Gordon Lightfoot As July bleeds into August, there is little solace in the fact that this summer is almost over. Just where did this summer go? Washed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 978 During the recent Fourth of July parade here in Findlay, Dick Romick of the Romick Railway entered his train as one of the units. Now, is this cool or what? Can you imagine at your next family reunion... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 977 You know how it is, you go looking for one thing and you find something else. I wanted to share a model railroad video based on the Wheeling & Lake Erie with a friend. While I was looking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Milepost 976 So... what projects are you working on model railroad-wise? Currently, I have three in some stage of construction or planning. From a long time ago, the construction of the Arcadia, Ohio, wooden LE&W tower is in its early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Well, maybe I'm a little rough around the edges Inside a little hollow I get faced with some things sometimes That are so hard to swallow - Tom Petty Still amazed at the continued uproar with the confederate flag. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 975 I have received many very favorable comments about the posts concerning my friend David's great O scale layout which was featured at Mileposts 969 & 970. But one question has come up several times and I'm here to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 974 This is a simple message and a heartfelt plea from me to you... PLEASE do not ignore the flashing lights & crossing arms at a railroad crossing. As far as I know, the trains are undefeated in contests... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
And though you came with sword held high/You did not conquer, only die - Procol Harum I expected letters to the editor containing harsh comments and predictions of Armageddon in response to a Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 973 This is a "picture story" that will be pretty easy to understand but does well explain the concept of "getting stuck in the hole," as experienced from time to time by prototype railroaders. One of the places that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 972 If you are using Kadee couplers on your railroad cars, you NEED at least two of these. The new gauge, Kadee #206, is on the left and the older one is on the right. The biggest advantage of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Along the Right of Way ...
Why can't we be friends? - War Hate to admit that I wasn't shocked when some New York Knick fans booed its newest member. As a Knick fan myself, I was embarrassed by these alleged fans. The NBA draft recently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Schaadt in the Dark