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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 1326 From time to time, I've mentioned the guys who are working on the Risdon & Rome model railroad layout who take it on tour every so often. One day in some casual conversation, they mentioned that they "needed"... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1325 In my previous post, I talked about how Model Die Casting/Roundhouse did a lot of parts swapping with their various caboose models. No sooner had I finished that post than I got an email from the fine folks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Darling if you want me to be/Closer to you/Get closer to me - Seals and Crofts I entered a shaving store inside an area mall where a helpful "shaving consultant" provided me details for the elusive close shave. Here, I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1324 Of late, I've been messing around with old Model Die Casting/Roundhouse caboose & Overton passenger car bodies to create some "unusual" MoW cars. It's been a lot of fun and, quite frankly, a break from being too focused... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1323 I'm sure that I've shared with you the fact that many of the Pirates that I hang out with, email-wise, like to model turn of the century era railroads. However, this photo even predates that era. Our resident... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1322 If you are a regular reader of my ramblings here, you know that from time to time, I depart from the regular helpings of model railroading and their prototypes to bring up things that I feel are truly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Amanda: I think those guys just checked you out. Deanna: They’re just looking at my smock, it tends to catch the light. Melissa McCarthy is money when is comes to comedic performances. Her everyday persona and comedic timing are unique.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1321 As the Nickel Plate Historical Society continues discussions as to how best to recruit new members, I decided I would start my own miniature advertising campaign. I was looking around on the Bay the other night and came... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Sorry, Allan. The closest would be the write-up in the NKPHTS Magazine (2018, Winter). dlm
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Milepost 1320 As many of you Nickel Platers know, the International Car Company in Kenton built some of the NKP's very successful bay window cabooses in the latter years of the Nickel Plate Road. The Nickel Plate caboose fleet was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Comes the end of "The Middle," a hidden gem of a comedy that wrapped up its stint on ABC after nine seasons. This sit-com featured a family dancing on the financial edge, facing economic hardships. I enjoyed Patricia Heaton (a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1315 I received an interesting email the other day from a gentleman who sent me a picture of a Nickel Plate medal that he had gotten from somewhere. He wanted to know what it was. I shared the image... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1318 This is Memorial Day Weekend. Many of us look at another day off, a day for a picnic or the time to watch the Indy 500. But sometime during the weekend... perhaps at church, while listening to the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Contact me at danmerkel@sbcglobal.net; I'll see if I can help. dlm
Toggle Commented May 25, 2018 on More MoW Equipment at Along the Right of Way ...
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But please don't keep a-me waiting Please don't keep a-me waiting - the Kinks Findlay has an abundance of restaurants, good restaurants. Fast food eateries, steakhouses, special places tucked in the corners of the city. My companion and I have... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1317 The Spring Board Meeting of the NKPHTS was recently held at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek, Ohio. One of our more active members is an employee of AOS and made the day-long event possible. While rather... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1316 In addition to marveling at some of the workmanship of modelers from many years ago who didn't have access to all of the ready-made parts we have today, one of my favorite activities when I read through old... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1315 The spring board meeting of the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society was held on May 5 at the Age of Steam Roundhouse complex near Sugarcreek, Ohio. It was a wonderful opportunity to tour the facilities and to... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight - Jefferson Starship So we've waded through another election cycle, complete with suspicious ads. The ads that struck me the most curious were the ones when candidates from either party declared... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1314 The third member of the Nickel Plate Historical and Technical Society's Model of the Year program is now available in the NKPHTS' Company Store. This particular car was found in a farm field in Michigan back in the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1313 The part I forgot to share in my post back at Milepost 1310 is this not-so-good prototype photo. I have received several interesting comments about Paul's creation; I erred in not providing this photo in my original post.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Dr. Stephen Strange: I'm Dr Strange. Peter Parker: Oh, we're using our made-up names? In that case, I am Spider-Man. Along comes a movie with way much hype, as it smashes attendance records. "The Avengers Infinity War" is a case... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1312 Quite some time ago, I was given several old National Model Railroad Association BULLETINS, their monthly magazine. I thumbed through them and didn't find too much of interest but this particular article caught my eye. I think I've... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1311 You might recall that around Christmas time, I built a Lakeside & Marblehead boxcar for my friend Merv's Christmas present. The L&M was a very short line that ran on the Marblehead peninsula on Lake Erie from Marblehead... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Along the Right of Way ...
Did you make a big mistake You curse your fate And you wish you could leave this life For just one day - Black Crowes About the same that I ordered a new Cincinnati Reds sweater is when the axe... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Schaadt in the Dark