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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 1159 I was watching some youtube videos the other day (Mr. Maddox can sit and watch them with me seemingly for hours) and we ran across one of a railroad icon that is soon to disappear. Circus Train Video... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Along the Right of Way ...
Milepost 1158 No picture today. Hopefully that comes later as it is January 17 and the thermometer reads 58° outside! Believe it or not but Mrs. M. and I are headed out to go train watching. Every once in a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Sleep pretty darling do not cry/And l will sing a lullaby - the Beatles Grandma was right about many topics. Take, for example, her reliance on Vicks Vaporub. As a child, if my siblings or I had a cold or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1157 One of the newer additions to the den of cut-throats is a Pennsy / New York Central modeler named Jim. He shared some photos with us that I wanted to share with the rest of you since the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1156 For some reason, we model railroaders really like our big steam and manufacturers from near and far take advantage of our weakness. And, since the Union Pacific has begun renovation/restoration of a Big Boy, it's no wonder that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Need a little patience, yeah Just a little patience, yeah - Guns n Roses Patience, we are told as children, is a good habit. But it's hard. We've all been in trying situations that test our sanity. Traffic is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1155 With Christmas winding down and the New Year under way, I headed back to the workbench to do some honest-to-goodness modeling for a change. I had purchased a few older Walthers kits at a flea market a while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1154 Mrs. Merkel & I recently took a week-long vacation cruise along the West Coast of our country. Believe it or not but there was NO railroading involved this time around. But that didn't prevent me from waving the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
Take a picture sweetie/ I ain't got time to waste - Prince Comes a tale from the daily docket of our newspaper of an unusual driver who allegedly was speeding on a county highway. REALLY speeding. Now, law enforcement officials... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1153 Back at Milepost 1144, I mentioned my solution to a car with some coupler sag. To put this post in perspective, you may want to go back and take a look if you haven't seen it yet. Another... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1152 There is always a sense of optimism at the beginning of each year. We all make resolutions that probably won't come to pass but we make them anyway... and if we get part of the way to meeting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1151 A few days ago, I received an email from my friend Jerry who lives in the Columbus area. He was telling me that he saw an unusual train on the NS (or maybe CSX since they run side-by-side)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Don't give up You're not beaten yet - Peter Gabriel A New Year's resolution of mine is to cure my poor habit of giving up when my team is down. I literally threw in the Terrible Towel on Christmas Eve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1150 Merry Christmas everyone! I thought you might enjoy this story as part of your Christmas celebration. This is from a NKPHTS publication featuring various caboose articles. dlm The Night God Rode 1047... Back about 1892 the Nickel Plate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1149 Tis the season! I do hope that you and yours have a very wonderful Holiday Season. During all of the hustle & bustle of the Christmas Holiday, it is my sincere wish that you have a moment to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
When you're ready we can share the wine Call me - Blondie One of the dizzying array of features on my smartphone is the plethora of ringtones that can be obtained to announce an incoming phone call. Upon purchasing my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1148 These images of the new Accurali 36-foot boxcars are now up on the Accurail site. They look NICE. You may recall from previous posts that these cars were announced several months ago then they were delayed for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1147 The three cars featured in Milepost 1146 are all related to the Nickel Plate in one way or another. That's why they are in my freight car fleet. Some might argue that older wooden cars like these do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
I am a rock. I am an island. - Simon and Garfunkel Dear Santa, Hi! How are you? I am fine. Let's dispense with discussions of whether or not I have been a good boy this year, since that only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1146 After working on the car mentioned in Milepost 1145, I was on a roll so I turned my attention to a few old car bodies that had been sitting on the paint booth for quite some time. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1145 Every once in a while, at a train show, swap meet or flea market, one can find a "gem in the rough." Such is the case with this old MDC 50-foot plugdoor boxcar. I don't usually get 50-footers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1144 After a way too long hiatus from the workbench, I was downstairs the other evening building a few boxcars from some floors given to me by my friend Dave. I had somehow acquired several boxcar bodies w/o floors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
She's so cold, she's so cold She was born in an arctic zone She's so cold she's so cold, cold, cold I dare not touch her my hand just froze - Rolling Stones It's odd to hear some in Ohio... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1142 There is a time for both the true meaning of Christmas as well as a time for all of the joy that Santa Claus brings to the hearts of children, young & old, everywhere. A lot of that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
What will it take till you believe in me The way that I believe in you? - Billy Joel One of my many failings is that I give up on my teams too easily. A fan should remain to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark