Last update 6/15/2021
Welcome to my website! In case you're wondering, the title refers to a bulletin board humor column I wrote during my railroad career. Click to the "Tales from the River" page to view them.
The "N-scale freight cars" 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
COVERED HOPPERS, CYLINDRICAL- Minitrix
GONDOLAS- 40' composite, 50' composite
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
The "German Railroads" page is dedicated to information on German Railroading. Currently, there is a slide presentation about German railroad signals, as well as some sign sheets you can use.