Friday, March 20, 2020

Reading & Northern Railroad Steam Engine

Reading & Northern Railroad Steam Engine

The Reading & Northern Railroad is local short-line railway that runs a specials over the holiday. This is one of the two steam engines they own. It made three trips back and forth from up north.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Dilemmas of Roverandom

“Unawares, the two dogs had wandered too near to the shadows edge of the dark side, where all sorts of half-forgotten things linger, and paths and memories get confused.”

Roverandom, J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Further Adventures of Roveramdom

“… On the white side of the moon, the insects are very large and fierce, and often so pale and so transparent and so silent that you hardly hear or see them coming. The moonbeams only shine and flutter, and Roveramdom was not frightened of them, the big white dragon-moths with fiery eyes were much more alarming; and there were sword-flies and glass beetles with jaws like steel-traps and pale unicornets with stingers like spears, and fifty-seven varieties of spiders ready to eat anything they could catch…"

Roverandom, J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Great White Dragon of Roverandom

“All white dragons originally come from the moon, as you probably know, but this one had been to the world and back, so he had learned a thing or two. He fought the Red Dragon in Caerdragon in Merlin’s time as you find in all the more up-to-date history books.”

Roverandom, J. R. R, Tolkien

Friday, March 6, 2020

A Bag of Metal HO Scale Details

I just received my order from eBay; a bag of random metal HO scale detail parts. I have no idea if they were hand-casted, but they do have the look as being retrograde detail parts.

There are to my count, thirteen figures, both male and female, fourteen platform seats, a few architectural pieces, a shovel, barrel, cast-iron stove, ETC. There are a few parts that have perked my curiosity. They seem to be parts for a small flatcar of some sort.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Breathing a lie Through Silver

“Dis graced he may be, yet is not de-throne, and keep the rags of lordship once he owned. Man, Sub-creator, the refracted Light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues, and endlessly confined in living shapes that move from mind to mind.”

Myths are "lies breathed through silver."

On Fairy Stories, J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, February 28, 2020

Tolkien on Magic

“Magic produces, or pretends to produce an alteration in the Primary World; it is not an art but a technique; its desire is power in this world and domination of things and wills.”

J. R. R. Tolkien, On Fairy Stories

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Miscellaneous Bits from Tolkien’s On Fairy Stories

An Ancient Charm against the Fairies

Peace of God and peace of man,
Peace of God on Columb-Killey,
On each window and each door,
On every hole admitting moonlight,
On the four corners of the house,
On the place of my rest,
And peace of God on myself.

Manx Fairy Tales, by Sophia Morrison, 1919

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Forward of Tolkien’s Tales from the Perilous Realm

“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things; all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril: both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.”

Tales from the Perilous Realm, "On Fairy Stories", J.R.R. Tolkien

Saturday, February 15, 2020


Universal Studies, Mortal Engines

The antagonist Shrike, was a resurrected one that was rebuilt in last century. Ninety percent robot, but he still holds on to his human mental facilities (however slight they may have become over the decades, there is no one left to judge). Built as Stalker and mechanical warrior and having received a commission from the Lord Mayor of London, Shrike is on his way to arrest and kill Hester Shaw, a protagonist in Mortal Engines.

“Shrike moves through the suburbs streets with his head swigging slowly from side to side. Bodies drift in the flooded rooms, like cold tea bags left too long in the pot. Small fish dart in and out of a pirates mouth. A girls hair coils on the currents”...

Mortal Engines, book 1, Philip Reeve

Chrysler Peavey

Oh, oh!

“The flash of a crimson robe out in the Digestion Yards caught Tom’s eye. The major of the pirate suburb had come down to look at his latest catch, and he was strutting along the walkways outside the cells, surrounded by his bodyguards. He was a tiny little man, stooping and hunched, a bald head and scrawny neck jutting from the cat fur collar of his gown.”

Mortal Engines, book 1, Philip Reeve

Friday, February 14, 2020

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines Cover

Table of Contents

Part 1

  1. The Hunting Ground

  2. Valentine

  3. The Waste Chute

  4. The Out-Country

  5. The Lord Major

  6. Speedwell

  7. High London

  8. The Trading Cluster

  9. The Jenny Haniver

  10. The 13th Floor Elevator

  11. Airhaven

  12. The Gasbag and Gondola

  13. The Resurrected Man

  14. The Guildhall

  15. The Rustwater Marshes

  16. The Turd Tanks

  17. The Pirate Suburb

  18. Bevis

  19. The Sea of Khazak

  20. The Black Island

  21. In the Engineerium

  22. Shrike

  23. MEDUSA

Part 2

  1. An Agent of the League

  2. The Historians

  3. Batmunker Gonpa

  4. Dr. Arkengarth Remembers

  5. A Stranger in the Morentains of Heaven

  6. Going Home

  7. The Eavesdropper

  8. Chudleigh Pomeroy Sees It Through

  9. Wine and Nibbles and the Dawn of a New Era

  10. Idea for a Firework Display

  11. The Cathedral

  12. The Shadow of Bones

  13. The Bird Roads

An alternative cover and edition

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Mortal Engines Quartet

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Jenny Haniver

Mortal Engines, ‎Universal Pictures, November 27, 2018

"The Jenny Haniver was no elegant sky-clipper, but was in fact a culmination of bits of junk scavenged from junk yards. “There was an envelope of silicon silk from a Shan Guo clipper, twin Jeunet Carot areo engines off a Paris gunship, the reinforced gas-cells of a Spitzbergen war-balloon, it is amazing what one can find at a junkyard”.

Mortal Engines, book 1, Philip Reeve

Sunday, February 9, 2020

7mm Scale Flat Wagon

This is a Peco 0-16.5 Narrow Gauge, 2-Ton Flat Wagon from their Great Little Train collection. It was quickly assembled with a bit of solder and a solder iron. It requires a break handle and a little paint. This wagon runs on HO gauge track, the same as On30 trains.

Great Little Trains

Model# Description
OL-1 Tram Locomotive
OL-2 Fletcher Jennings Saddle Tank Locomotive
OL-3 0-4-0 Hunslet Quarry Locomotive
OR-20 4-Ton Mineral Wagon
OR-21 2-Ton Flat Wagon
OR-22 2-Ton Bolster Wagon
OR-23 1-Ton Slate Wagon
OR-24 4-Wheel Open Wagon
OR-25 4-Wheel Box Van
OR-28 Side Tip Wagon
OR-31 4-Wheel Coach/Brake, Maroon Livery
OR-32 4-Wheel Coach/Brake, Green Livery

This is, I am assuming, a partial list of this line of Peco’s offerings.