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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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Workin' on mysteries without any clues Workin' on our night moves - Bob Seger Fogged-up windows, apparently, are a giveaway for borderline criminal activity in our fair county. According to the public records docket, authorities have been kept busy with,... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 887 This one has to fit into the "There's a prototype for everything," category. This is a small roadside diner (probably with no seating) located in Trumansville, New York. This would be a great use for an old loco... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 886 An email from one of the mail order model railroad shops announced the re-release of a USRA wood-sided, drop bottom Wheeling & Lake Erie gondol in both HO and N scales. As many of you know, I'm primarily... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 885 In the "You'll never know what you might see..." category, I offer these photos taken during our Altoona trip. The first one is a bit of back home. The orange car on the left next to the covered... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
And if you can't be/ With the one you love/Love the one you're with - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young The police blotter contains twisted and strange tales of people who are confused and angry and perhaps drunk. And stupid.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 884 I'm going to go just a little out of order here but after we attended the NKPHTS Convention in Canton (more about that in a future post), we headed east into Pennsylvania for a little train watching amidst... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 883 So you think you want to be a railroader, huh? Well... take a look at these signals and learn them all. If you are going to operate a train, you need to know how to safely proceed into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Spent a warm afternoon on the golf course that I had to myself recently. The kind attendant provided me with senior discount rate even though I wasn't sure what the right age was to qualify such a reward. He wished... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Miolepost 882 Lots of times, people complain about the seemingly excessive use of the railroad locomotive's whistle. I don't think it gets used nearly as much today since most every crewman is equipped with a walkie-talkie and audible signals needing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 881 When I was in college in Bluffton during the early 1970s, I often spent quite a bit of time down at the old station taking pictures of passing trains. If I was lucky, they would have a pick-up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Welcome to my world - Horry Callen Hard to please some movie critics. Early reviews of "This Is Where I Leave You" were not kind. Some critics were underwhelmed by the stars in this flick. This story has a family... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
Milepost 880 Back at Milepost 866, I mentioned that RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN was ceasing publication. Well, there is good news about the magazine and its sister publication RAILROAD & RAILFAN; it has been purchased by White River Publishing Co. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 879 OK, I'm not sure just how "new" this car is but it was new to me when I saw it sitting on the hobby shop shelves so I had to check it out. The gondola is from Bachmann... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 878 A few posts back (Milepost 873, Sept. 16th), I mentioned that we had made a return trip to Alaska. Most of you will remember that we were there last year and while we were there, we decided that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 877 It seems like others have been getting the jump on me when it comes to recent modeling projects. I have a lot going on with Society (NKPHTS) business as well as other things that seem to keep my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 876 Really? A crane mounted on a yard locomotive? A BIG crane? My friend Paul has been at it again! This time, his creation is a yard switcher with a front-mounted crane. As usual, his work is above average,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 875 It's a short post this time to share with you what I think may well be one of my BEST EVER railroad photos. We were up just west of the Intermodal Yard at North Baltimore and the sun... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 874 A friend of mine sent me this video about a railroad preservation society based in Cleveland, Ohio. I thought you might find it worth a look. Not long enough for popcorn, but enjoy it anyway! http://biggeekdad.com/2014/08/graveyard-trains/ dlm Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Comes a tale via the daily docket of interesting incidents in our fair community. In one instance, according to city police, a male reportedly exposed himself inside a city convenience store one Tuesday. This occurred multiple times that same day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 873 We were fortunate enough to return to Alaska recently and took a train ride on the Alaska Railroad from Denali National Park down to Whittier. This HAS to be one of the most scenic train trips that a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 871 At one time, the Norfolk Southern Railroad had quite an extensive steam program. It stabled two former Norfolk & Western steam locomotives; the Class A, 2-6-6-4 1218 and the 4-8-4 611 shown here. The locos travelled all over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a time of a successful fake punt, it was a time of missed field goals. But what a weekend of football! And it was only Week... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 871 While I was looking for the John Young photos that appeared in a previous post, I ran across some other interesting photos that I wanted to share with you. So we can start with the Best Friend of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 870 While there were many layouts on display at the recent National Train Show held in Cleveland, probably one that caught the most attention was this monster FREEMO layout. As I undersand it, FREEMO works from a set of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 869 This is the second part of my report on the National Train Show recently held in Cleveland. The first part was published three days ago and can be seen at Milepost 868. Laser Modeling 3 is a newer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...