off

Some GREAT Modeling from one of the Newest Pirates

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 models are really good looking and the modeling itself is very high...
off

New Big Boy coming from Broadway Limited

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 there are new...

Patience is a Virtue?

Need a little patience, yeahJust 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 test. We’ve all been behind a...
off

Back at the Workbench Again

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 ago and decided to get busy and build one. ...
off

Waving the Flag for the Nickel Plate Road!

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 flag for my favorite railroad...

Hello, I Must Be Going

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 tell us, correctly,...
off

Another Solution for Coupler Sag

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 solution that I’ve found for caging couplers that sometimes...
off

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 them, we are that much farther along. Personally, I’m...
off

Sometimes, You're Better off if You don't Ask!

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) but couldn’t really figure out what it was.  It was string...

Oh Ye of Little Faith

Don’t give upYou’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 when my Pittsburgh Steelers were...