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A Casual Observer

And you won’t see me (You won’t see me) You won’t see me (You won’t see me) – the Beatles We are in the midst of March madness basketball. There was a time when I devoured the entire NCAA tourney and reveled in consecutive basketball games, filling...
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The Never-ending Color Debate…

Milepost 936 Every so often, the topic comes up as to “what is the correct color for…?” and we go through the throes of extoling the virtues of this color vs. that one or this mix as opposed to another. After a few, some times heated email exchanges with the...
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Shoofly…

Milepost 935 In a recent conversation I was having with my friend Paul, we were discussing our respective pile drivers and how we both were contemplating building railcar mounted steam shovels. He was wondering how he could use both of them on his layout and I suggested a...

Why Ask Why?

Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings – Led Zeppelin Thank you, Florida. The same state that brought us questionable ballot machines has now provided easy answers to complex matters. Just stop using certain words! Some leaders in the Sunshine state ordered...
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Robbery at Bowser Manufacturing

Milepost 934 Bowser Manufacturing/English Hobby Shop experienced a robbery over the weekend. According to an email from Bowser, thieves cut through a wall of their shop and stole “hundreds” of locomotives, etc. They have not yet posted an inventory of what is missing...
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Bowser H30a Covered Hoppers

Milepost 933 The joys of free-lance modeling are many; the restrictions are few. I am always amazed at the people who will adopt a prototype then model that right down to the last nut or bolt. If that’s the way they want to pursue the hobby, that is their choice and more...
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Old-fashioned Track Planning…

Milepost 932 As I contemplate the redesign of my layout, I’ve resorted to some “old fashioned” track planning. A lot of today’s layouts are designed right here at the computer keyboard with monitor, mouse and a multitude of track planning software...

Here Comes the Sun

Any way the wind blows/ Any way the wind blows – Joe Walsh As the mercury creeps above freezing, many have complained they are tired of this winter. That’s their right, to be sure. One woman at a city business recently told anyone who would listen that she was tired,...
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More Railroad Snow Removal

Milepost 931 Back at Milepost 923, I shared a video of a train blasting through snow. Here’s another one for your enjoyment. Check out the guy highlighted in the beginning of the clip....
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Really Neat Train Drawings from the 1950s

Milepost 930 My friend Jerry sent me one of these images depicting a train scene from “back home” in the Ohio Valley. This first one depicts a southbound B&O EM1 with a string of hoppers with the Bellaire Bridge in the background. The northbound train is a Pennsy...