Laminátka…..Part 2

Remember the recent blog entry regarding my new PIKO HO scale electric locomotive? The one about the ČSD Class 499? Well, to my great surprise there are actually folks in the Czech Republic who find my blog interesting enough to read. Thanks! One of them, “Zdenek”, forwarded an extensive history of the CSD Class 499 […]

’tis the season to be jolly…..or not!

Frankly I can not blame anybody for giving the “jolly feeling” a miss this year. It has been a rough 2020 here in DC and, of course, elsewhere. Personally I can not wait to see the back of this awful year. Between the pandemic and the sad Greek tragedy playing out in the White House, […]


How are your Czech language skills? Not particularly brilliant? Mine neither! Nevertheless I did hope that the Czech word “Laminátka” would be some sort of cognate to the English adjective “laminated”. Surprisingly it indeed was. You may wonder what in the world this has got to do with trains. Well, this: Behold the world’s first […]