Last update 7/22/2021

Welcome to my website!  In case you're wondering, the title refers to a bulletin board humor column I wrote during my railroad career.  Below is an index of what each page contains:

TALES FROM THE RIVER

THE "CORNRAIL" YEARS- Issues 1-61, 1994-1999

THE "CS&M" YEARS Issues 62-132, 1999-2019

STORIES- Stories of some of my more interesting trips; I'm still working on these.

STUFF FROM OTHERS- Gems culled from bulletin boards over the years.

HISTORIES-  Non-humorous historical issues.

N-SCALE FREIGHT CARS

This page is about the historical basis for N-scale model freight cars.  It covers the period from the late forties to the early eighties.  This is a huge project that I have just begun.  I'm working on items in a roughly chronological order, and have completed the following body styles:

WOOD BOXCARS- Double sheathed cars, 40' single sheathed cars, 50' single-sheathed cars

40' BOXCARS- ARA 1924 (X29), NYC boxcars, USRA REBUILT, ARA 1932, PRR X31, B&O wagontop, MILW ribbed

50' BOXCARS- PRR X32, MILW ribbed,

STOCK CARS- 36' cars, 40' cars, 50' cars, 86' cars

COVERED HOPPERS, STANDARD- PRR H30, PRR H32, ACF, PS-2 2-bay

COVERED HOPPERS, CYLINDRICAL- Minitrix 60, Flexi Flow

GONDOLAS- 40' composite, 50' composite, drop bottom, 40' solid bottom

GONDOLAS, SPECIAL- Cement container, G36c covered,

FLAT CARS, REGULAR- 42' flat cars

FLAT CARS, SPECIAL- Container cars, log cars, center depressed, well cars,

TWO BAY HOPPERS- War-emergency and rebuilds, PRR Gla , USRA 8-panel, panel side, fishbelly, offset-side, ten-panel

THREE & FOUR BAY HOPPERS- Composite, Quad ribbed (H21), Quad offset hoppers, N&W H2a, 3-bay offset, AAR 11-panel, PS-3, 16-panel.

TANK CARS- Vinegar tank, helium tank, 94' jumbo tank

GERMAN RAILROADS

This page is dedicated to information on German Railroading.  My dad was in the Air Force and I was fortunate to have lived in Germany from 1969 to 1974.  In the future, I plan pages on locomotives, rolling stock (freight & passenger), timetables and tickets.

GERMAN SIGNALS- Information about German railroad signals, as well as some sign sheets you can use.