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 Posted: Wed May 4th, 2016 06:38 am
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Oh, the "Biffy" issue that caused poor Whit Towers some headaches....



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Good Grief! I looked at the Trainboard bit about biffys (above) and I had a post from 2010...I had forgotten about TB, my post, and ...what was the subject?

Yep, I do marimba the biffy mess (pun intended) in the old Bulletin. Too bad somebody didn't post a photo of THE REAL outhouse car used on the SP narrow gauge for tourists. Surely (just don't call me Shirley) somebody will present a photo of that one.
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And the saddest part about the 1970 ho rah was that Towers told them where to take the job and shove it--- and the Bulletin (as the magazine was called then) went down the toilet.


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Without fear that I am hijacking this thread (I started it anyway), I used to be in the Nimra and loved the Bulletin. It was a monthly magazine full (no damn ads) of real modeling, prototypes, info, and of course comedy (Thumbs, etc). Years past away and sometime in the last 10 or so years, I was asked by a fellow (from the net) if I would like to write an article for "Scale Rails"-the new Bulletin. I wrote about an On30 loco I had built from an old Mantua loco and sent it to him. He SENT ME A CHECK to pay me! I thought (whatcha get for thinking) that any articles sent to Nimra were a freebie. Well, OK, I got the check and cashed it (I needed money anyway) and pretty much forgot about the deal. Then a friend brought me a copy of the "Scale Rails" with my article in it. What I saw was about 50 pages of "material"...10 or so pages of actual modeling and 40 or so of ads! What the devil??!!! It was neat to see my article in print but the "magazine" was a real P O S..(you know what that means?) Yes, I still have the mag and every once in a while I get it out and think..."what a way to go!". Oh well...

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IIRC the "Great Outhouse Issue" lasted over a year. Was a very shitty business...
Jose (full of it).



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Although... since the thread has already been hijacked by the owner... I really do enjoy some of the ads in old magazines. I can see what I missed and how cheap it was!



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Yes Ken...the old prices are a hoot. Back then, I bought PFM's HOn3 C&S 2=6-0 for $34.95 and the C&S 2-8-0 for $39.95. An Athearn SW was $14.95 and Athearn "blue box" car kits were $.98 up to about $1.49. What I was getting at was that the old NMRA Bulletin had NO ads, was chock full of neat articles and each month there were printed car sides in N (later), TT, HO, S, and O scales. Now, the rag is full'o' ads and ain't worth a s$%^&. (my opinion). Ya can't go back, just remember what was.

But outhouses, I know where there are a few...out in the boondocks and sticks. And a check on the net shows that there are plans for them in 1:1 scale and even kits for those who want an outside crapper! Oh yes, there are scale model kits for them which cost more that the bill of materials for a real one! Hoo Ha...

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Woodie you have built a couple of spiffy biffies!

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And where's the Sears catalog???
Jose.



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OK Jose...and everybody else...SPNG #251



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