I look at post number 350 as another milestone... a point that quite frankly, I never thought I'd get to when this endeavor started three plus years ago. So it has crept up on me and now it's here. I'll be honest and tell you that I've actually written a few posts beyond #350 as I was saving this spot for something special. But I didn't know what. As the time for my deadline drew closer, I thought that perhaps the best thing I could share with all of you on post 350 is friendship... and the friends I've made through model railroading and my love of trains.
We just finished the Warrenton project and my friend Ray has helped with several suggestions and has shared modeling tips that made things go really well with that model. But Ray & I talk a lot more about a lot of different modeling subjects. I only met Ray once at an NKP Convention but we remain in touch with each other by email. Ray has certainly been great person to share & swap lies with. I always look forward to his emails.
Then there's Joe over in Linden, Indiana. Joe was the first NKP person I met over the Internet as a result of a post I made a long time ago on UseNet News. "News" has kind of crumbled under its own weight as it has gotten so big and full of junk that many ISPs no longer carry a news server. But we have visited with each other a few times and have shared modeling stories as well. I made Joe a special reefer that promotes "Old Joe's Beer; Purdue's Prized Pilzner" as Joe is a graduate of Purdue University. A mutual friend snuck it onto the club layout at Linden and caught Joe completely by surprise.
One of my faithful readers is John from right here in Findlay. John has shared some info with me that has appeared on these pages but more importantly, he has always been supportive of my musings here. Some other local guys include Mike & Aaron, two modeler friends from before the blog started but they too have shared a lot of stuff with me that has appeared here. Bob is also an active model railroader from east of Findlay. I get notes from him from time to time and he always has something good to share.
I can't forget Ben up in Michigan or the Iron Duke himself out in Oregon. While they don't always read my ramblings here, they are guys I've met and come to know through ur mutual interest in trains and the Nickel Plate Road. I'm sure that there are others and some of them haven't made themselves known yet. But I never met a train guy that I didn't like. : )
The point of all of this is simple... while we enjoy our hobbies for the personal satisfaction learning, building or doing brings us, the real joy comes from meeting and sharing with people who have like interests. It is really amazing how friendly people are who have mutual interests with you. In no time, you seem like you have known each other for years. So as you travel with me on down the tracks, take note of the friends you meet along the right of way!