Happy Birthday Penn Central…

A day late, but 50 years ago yesterday, the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads ceased to exist, being merged into the Penn Central system. A merger that was started in the early sixties, finally culminated after many years of planning, squabbles, negotiations, and court battles. Formed from two companies that were already struggling somewhat, … Continue reading

This week on the Hitop

This week we pulled into Dickinson yard early in time to catch some rail action. We caught GP7 5628, an old veteran, and a regular on the branch, putting together the Morris Fork turn with hoppers and a GTW 40 ft boxcar filled with hardware for the hardware and farm supply. We followed the turn … Continue reading

That old adage….

That old adage that a model railroad is never finished seems to be true, and has come true for this modeler. Even for a small layout such as mine, there are always things on the layout to be fixed, changed, or improved, or all of the above. There always seems to be new products coming … Continue reading

Recently on the Hitop…

This week we once again got an early start, and started our day at Sam and Mickey’s grill for a hot breakfast. Then we headed over to the yard office where Bill the yardmaster was kind enough again to give us a line-up of what was in store for Dickinson yard this day. As we … Continue reading

I miss the old days….

  With all the mergers and consolidations the past 40 years, with all the fallen flags, with all the new technology, with all the heightened security, I often wish for the old days of railroading. Forty years ago plus, there were tens of thousands more railroaders employed, which is also what a lot of us … Continue reading