A Visit to a HUGE O Scale Layout

Milepost 969 For several months, my friend David has been inviting Janet & I to his home for a visit.  He is very proud of his O scale Nickel Plate Road themed layout as well he should be.  It completely fills his approximate 90’x20′ basement!  The...

A Real Railroad Vacation

Milepost 968 It was vacation time for the Merkels so we loaded up the flivver and headed east to Central Pennsylvania and my favorite train watching place, Altoona.  I also have to admit that we loaded up on peanut butter & chocolate covered pretzels at the Boyer Candy...

Awsome Video of North Baltimore Intermodal Yard

Milepost 967 My friend Mel recently sent me this very good video of the CSX Intermodal Yard at North Baltimore, Ohio.  It was shot in January of this year from a drone.  It is indeed, very impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpi1jswifac ENJOY! dlm

Having Any Fun, Yet?

Maybe this will be my year  –  Train A piece of scrap paper holds my ideas for an upcoming vacation. Some activities that once had been considered have since been crossed off this paper, thanks to the oft-mentioned foot ailment of mine. That injury,...

Everyone Enjoys “DQ”, Don’t They?

Milepost 966   Here’s one that is PERFECT for “transition modelers” like me… a 1950s vintage Dairy Queen!  Treat your little plastic people to some great soft serve ice cream on these hot summer nights! This is one of the latest Walthers Corner...

All of This and Train Watching Too!

Milepost 965 When people know that you like trains and are interested in most anything railroad-related, they send you all kinds of stuff via email.  And so it was when I got this little tid-bit from my friend Rita.  It is certainly interesting enough that I wanted to...

Red(s) Faced

it’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend  –  Aerosmith As I pen this blog, my Cincinnati Reds are dropping faster than a telemarketer’s IQ. My team is 11 games behind in the National League Central race, and the chances they...

A Super Inexpensive Photo Backdrop…

Milepost 963 As I was taking the pictures of the O scale refrigerator car that I had repainted & relettered, I realized I hadn’t mentioned my new, very inexpensive photo backdrop.  It is simply a school project / presentation  board.  The board is...

A Couple of Neat Structures from Minuteman Scale Models

Milepost 962 It seems like I’m signed up for every model retailer’s newsletter; I get one almost every day.  And, I at least take a look at them to see if there any real specials that deserve further attention.  One can NEVER have too many trains, you...

My First (and probably last) Foray into O Scale — Part II

Milepost 962 (Milepost 961 contains the first part of this two-part post.) After drying it in the paint curing oven for 24 hours, I was ready to paint the car.  Since I decided that the underside of the car was in decent shape, paint-wise, I needed to mask it off so I could...