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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 895 I mentioned in my last post seeing some very nice models displayed at the recent NKPHTS Convention in Canton, Ohio. This post shows some additional models that were on display. I hate to admit it but I'm not... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
I don't know what to say about it, When all you ears have turned away, But now's the time to look and look again at what you see, Is that the way it ought to stay? - Led Zeppelin I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 894 One of the things that I look forward to when I attend the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society Conventions is the handywork of fellow Nickel Plate modelers. The Soceity recently held their annual convention in Canton, Ohio,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 893 Those of us who are interested in railroading from the 1950s and earlier know about railroad lanterns. The lantern was "the" source of light for a train crewman on the ground at night and it was also an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 892 The neat thing about pursuing some of these unique little car projects is that you end up with something that few other people have. It certainly isn't some RTR, off the shelf piece of rolling stock and it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Hate to admit this, but I was bracing for the worse when my Ohio State Buckeyes paid a visit last Saturday to the home of the eighth ranked Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans had momentum and defense that was tougher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 891 From time to time, I like to share some workbench tips that I've either read about or created myself. So today, I'm sharing my Super Glue holder. I found that if I stored the tubes upright, they were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 890 Have you ever had one of thise periods in time where you just couldn't motivate yourself to get anything done? Maybe it's the changing weather or even the changing from Daylight back to standard time, but for some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Everything has a price - Vincent Bill Murray is one of those rare actors who seems to work effortlessly in a movie. Such is the case his lead role of "St.Vincent," a film that I enjoyed. His character, Vincent, is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 889 A while ago, I mentioned digging out my NKP Rulebook and have shared some of the contents here with you. I plan to share more over the next few weeks but thought this particular section was "interesting." Back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 888 My friend Paul sent me the picture in the previous post of the diner made from the cab & front hood of a diesel locomotive. In a follow-up email, he suggested that "maybe" someone could do something like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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 Oct 30, 2014 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 Oct 29, 2014 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 Oct 26, 2014 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 Oct 23, 2014 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 Oct 23, 2014 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 ...