Model Railroading

That's all, folks.

That’s all, folks.

(Harbert, Michigan) People ask me why I don’t have a model railroad.  I am, after all, a lifelong choo-choo cuckoo, so I should have a model railroad down in my basement. Well, we don’t have a basement, and we don’t have the scratch to buy all the rolling stock and track and trestles and what-nots one needs to create a modern model railroad.  So, what’s a poor train nut to do but to hop on his bike and head over to the CSX tracks that run through his hometown and wait for some real model railroading.  Nothing like watching real railroaders operate the layout, up close and personal.  Case in point:  I was northbound on Prairie Road this afternoon (2/21/17), when I heard an eastbound freight hammering its way toward the unprotected crossing at Youngren Road.  “If I just put the muscle to the pedals, I can be at the crossing before he gets there,” I told myself.  So I put the muscle to the pedals and got to the Prairie Road crossing in time to get a head-to-tail video of some amazing BNSF motive power hauling a string of fully loaded coal cars through town with purpose.  Oh, just for fun, count the cars and let me know how many there were.  I lost count after 50.  Now here’s my model railroad in action:

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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4 Responses to Model Railroading

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    BUT CHARLEY—WHY DO IT MODELING WHEN YOU HAVE FREQUENT ACCESS TO THE REAL THING?

  2. A CHOO-CHOO CHARLEY? GNARLY!

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