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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 1178 I'm a little late with today's post as we just returned rather late last night from a train show in Kirkland, Ohio. Just a word about the Kirkland show... it was well-run and the help there was top-notch.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1177 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike, "Hey, Mr. Merk; you gonna be home? I want to show you something." Sure, why now? So about fifteen minutes later, he stops by with this... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
I should burn in hell for what I said to you - Randi Chandler The films "La La Land" and "Moonlight" both have a huge task ahead. That is, they must prove worthy of their status in Oscar Land in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1176 I'm in the midst of planning my new layout. The track plan that I (think I) want to use is pretty much done. In an upcoming post, I'll even share some thoughts on the bracing under the layout.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1175 A while ago, I got a call from my friend Mike. He had something that he wanted to share with me and had a favor to ask. Sure says I so about ten minutes later, the doorbell rings... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Can't say I'm a fan of heart-warming TV shows of the perfect family or tales about zombies. Or worse, television stories about zombies pretending to be the perfect family. Nevertheless, time to provide an update on TV shows. "Speechless" is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1174 I received my shipment of the new Nickel Plate Road 36-foot wooden boxcars from Accurail and as you can see, they are dandy! The car is all brand new tooling and is the first mass produced model of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1173 My friend Eric shared these photos with the rest of the Pirates. It is the first look that most of us have had of the new Accurail 36-foot wooden boxcar. The undecorated ones and some New York Central... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1172 On a recent train watching trip, a long tank car train, a "Rolling Pipeline" was stopped for a few minutes by the dispatcher to allow another train to clear. This gave me a good, "close-up" look at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
These days there's so much going on No one seems to want to know I may be just an old soldier to some But I know how it feels to grow old - Elton John A note on my desk... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1171 I'm not sure if you noticed but this ventilated boxcar has trussrods underneath it. Way back when... before steel construction became commonplace in freight car construction, the floors were made of wooden beams. Over a period of time,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1170 Blame it on the rest of the Pirates, my email gang, but it seems like they're continually talking about older cars so I guess that sooner or later, one could expect at least some of that to rub... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Since you been gone/ since you been gone/ I'm out of my head/ can't take it - Head East My Xoom computer began to act strange and refused to work properly. This tablet was purchased in 2011, my very first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1169 I mentioned several months ago that I had gotten a new Nikon camera that gets a lot of use while I'm out railfanning. We had some nicer weather a couple of weeks ago so we loaded up and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1168 Those of you who have been in the Findlay/Toledo area for quite some time will remember the price tag pictured above. A trip to Toledo w/o stopping at The Semaphore Train & Hobby Shop "The Train Store" just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me. - the Beatles That wasn't me you saw speeding Bright Road in a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1167 This is really scary! It is footage of a train derailment from two different locomotives involved. The cause has been determined to be a defective axle that broke. Derailment Video YIKES! dlm Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1166 While building models is a big part of model railroading for me... and I've been a model builder since way back when, it is seldom that I run across a kit that is actually FUN to build. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1165 Some of you have asked if I have my road sections online or even sell them somewhere! I'm truly flattered but, no, I don't sell them and they aren't online... or I should say they weren't online... until... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
My season in ruins - with apologies to the Boss Turned my TV off right when the Steelers turned the ball over in the third quarter of the AFC championship game. It was a fitting play during a 36-17 loss... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1164 Once I had enough of my printed road sections, it was time to lay out my city. A WORD OF CAUTION HERE... don't make the mistake I made and use a water based glue like Elmer's Glu-all to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1163 My recent post about my printed road sections has seemingly created a lot of interest among several of you here. I've had people ask me about them and comment favorably about how they look, etc, so I'll spend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Am I the victim or the crime? - Grateful Dead A melodrama played out near a counter of a convenience store. A harried young mother was in a long line with one child attached to her hip. Another child took... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1162 Mr. Maddox came to see us the other day and he really likes to watch trains on youtube with Grampa. So while we were watching, I ran across this really good video of Deshler, Ohio, surrounding areas and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1161 Intermountain Models has just announced new two-bay hoppers that will be of interest to Nickel Plate modelers like me. They are actually releasing several detail specific cars for a wide variety of road names. There's no announcement on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...