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Lionel G Scale Train

Here is Peyton’s 2016 Wish List

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Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Train Set – G-Gauge

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Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Railroad G-Gauge Boxcar

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Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Railroad G-Gauge Tank Car

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Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Railroad G-Gauge Flatcar


New Mexico

New Mexico Food

Sparky’s flagship is the green chile cheeseburger

New Mexico Activities

Truth or Consequences NM – Hot Springs

Hatch Chile Festival

Schedule of Events – 2016 Summer Fall Winter

Upcoming Events


Summer at Kings Island

August 11 – Racer, Monster, Scrambler, Grand Carousel
after the park closes on July 14


National Aviation Day
Aug. 20, 2016
Learn about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2016 and beyond in honor of National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright’s birthday).


Sept 10 – Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival

aero fixed

10:30 – 5:00 Huffman Prairie Flying Field

Fall with Gravity
Sept. 24, 2016
Celebrate the fall season while learning how we can overcome and cope with the force that causes falling

Experience the World War II Era


Saturday, September 24, 2016  10 am until 5 pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016  10 am until 4 pm

Check back regularly for more details about the 20th Anniversary of the World War II Days event at Midway Village Museum. Above are the announced dates for this year’s event. The popular USO Dance is set for Saturday, September 24, from 7pm – 11pm. The Behind the Lines program is set for Friday, September 23, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Learn more about this event drawing more than 1,200 re-enactors from 35 states, military artifacts from the war and authentic vehicles from this video This event is the largest World War II re-enactment in the Midwest. Tickets will be available for purchase online or at the Museum Gift Store beginning Monday, May, 2, 2016.

Sept 24-25


October 8,9 2016

October 7-9, 2016

The Wheatridge Olde Tyme Herb Festival And Harvest Celebration Is On The Grindstone Farm Located At 817 Taterridge Road Between Wheatridge Road And S.R. 32 In The Heart Of Adams County’s Amish Community.

2 Large Barns That Contain Eccentric And Unusual Antiques. Come And Enjoy A Family-Oriented Festival, With 200 Artisans And An Array Of Herbal Specialists

Spooktacular Aerospace Fun
Oct. 29, 2016
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities.


Destination Space Station
Nov. 19, 2016
Learn about the International Space Station and spaceflight, plus build your own space station from recycling materials.

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Doubleheaded steam will be featured with both #4501 and #630 on November 12 & 13.


Don’t Miss Upcoming Events in 2017


Herbal Affair and Herb Day a successful, including our wonderful sponsors. These events would not be possible without them. SAVE THE DATE
An Herbal Affair is Friday, May 12, 2017
Herb Day is Saturday, May 13, 2017


General Info



Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions


Steam Trains



Past Events

Video of Air Force History – Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover

The Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival

aero fixed

Saturday September 10, 2016

Huffman Prairie Flying Field

10:30 – 5:00 Wright Patterson AFBa

Good Food Dayton Ohio and Southern Surrounding Areas – Springboro – Centerville – Miamisburg – Middletown

Happy Hour


Triple D grade …

$ 4/5 Georges Family Restaurant – Great local home cooking at great diner prices.  Excellent service that make you feel at home.  Typical Greek diner menu with a couple of Greek dishes, gyros, spinach pie but the rest of the menu brings in the crowd. Cod Fish sandwich with potato wedges was excellent. 
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$ 4/5 Taqueria Mixteca 1609 East 3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45403 (937) 258-2654 ‎ Great food and service, but no real atmosphere. A true dive! Real Local Mexican menu with no frills and many will order takeout.

$ 4/5 Tsaos 
Nice lunch buffet with limited selections but nicely done.  Everything I ate was well prepared and fresh, not soggy from too much time in the steamer table sauna.  Don’t expect 250 item buffet and you will enjoy.  I would definitely go back. UPDATE to 4/5 – did go back and very consistently the best food in the area.  General Taos Chicken is the best in the area with outstanding comments as far as Texas, but don’t let that offend the more sophisticated palette since all the dishes on the whiteboard are outstanding.

$-$$ 4/5 CJ Chan 536 Wilmington Dayton (most annoying web page award) Great food here but tiny dining room and plan to wait.  Includes both Chinese and Japanese menus with high quality food with fair prices.  Great lunch special at $5-6 off the Chinese menu.  Both L12 Kung Po Chicken and L10 General Taos Chicken are excellent.  Appetizers this trip included Crab Rangoon and hot and spicy soup were normal.  Great service even though packed and great food will bring me back to try again.

$$ 4/5 Thai Kitchen 8971 Kingsridge Drive Dayton OH Great small place and great service but check the hours! Try the basil chicken or pad Thai for your main dish. If hungry then add any curry since are all wonderful (I get it as my soup). Finally only for the ones that are so hungry they “could eat the leg off the chair” get the chicken satay for appetizer. Watch out for Thai hot, I get 3/4 if I just want normal heat or 7 for a good heat and they will do 0 and add no heat for the wimps.

NOTE: Triple D that is Diner Drive-in or Dive.  (no chains!)

Good Food

$ 3/5 Colliers Family Restaurant – Springfield OH – Great country diner fare at a great price.   Many great dinner specials start at $7.  Homemade pies and candies.  Fried chicken (a little salty for my taste)

$ 3/5 Greek Delight – Middletown OH Great small lunch place but very utilitarian on the inside.  No complaints about their great food and service, but feels like you are eating at the mall.  Burgers are popular for the non Greek patrons.

$-$$ 3/5 Pearl Bay Small nice ex-hamburger restaurant in Fairborn area that represents Thai food very well with good service.

$$ 3/5 Little Saigon Restaurant  – Facebook  Menu and another Menu First there is confusion over the name both this restaurant and share the same name.  The scoop from the owner this that the other restaurant was spinoff by ex-employee from the original.  First don’t judge the book by its cover, if so I would have kept on going.  We arrived late to a smaller empty older dining room but still had great service from both the staff and the owner since the walked us through the menu, gave us great suggestions and we had a great meal of pork rolls and special soup.  Great food, great people!

$$ 3/5 Pho Mi great noodle dishes

$$$ 3/5 Dublin Pub Good food but pricey. Fish and chips are good for the US but not Dublin quality.

$$$ 3/5 Thai 9 – Safe Thai restaurant in Dayton but more expensive than most.  Dining atmosphere resembles eating in a barn or woodshed, but the food and service was good.  We had a curry and Chicken Pad Thai which both represented what we expected but not overwhelmed.

$ Burrito-King
My son’s favorite due to huge cheap burritos fixed fresh by a friendly couple.  However the food is the star here, since it is a small place with little indoor seating.
Tripadvisor – Burrito King
Yelp – Burrito King Dayton


Fair to OK

$ 2/5 Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Cheap beer and free nachos!  Food was not the strong suit here.


Dayton Award Winners

Chain Restaurants

These are regional or national chains with several locations – not Triple D but some are ok in a pinch

$ 4/5 stars – Five Guys has great hamburgers and fries but that is all they fix.  Soda bar with free refills. Self service.$

$ 4/5 Roosters – Great Carolina Gold Chicken or BBQ Wings –

$ 3/5 stars – Fricker’s (Several Locations) had good large wings and is kid friendly since kids eat free, but come early since it is still a bar and food quality varies by location.

$$ 4/5 stars – Ritas – Great place for custard and italian ice.

$$ 4/5 The Pub – Good Fun – Good Food

$$ 4/5 stars – Mongolian Grill in Mason OH – happy hour and freshly prepared

$$ 3/5 stars – Quaker Steak and Lube near WPAF has good large wings but $$ for what you get.  Great selection of wing sauces and large wings.  Full menu and kid friendly but still $ for little ones.

$$ 2.5/5 Stars – Marion’s pizzathin cheap pizza that was not that cheap – I don’t get it but rate my many as Dayton’s #1-

Unrated but highly recommended

$ Country Buffet in Lima OH
$$ Coco Bistro
$$$ – Chop House –  Try the Onion Rings
$ Nelly’s Chicken, best rotisserie chicken in Dayton

$/$$ Primanti Brothers Beavercreek


Middletown BBQ

Findley BBQ Try the ribs



Top 35 Dayton Burgers

image Voted best burger Dayton News

Fish Sandwich and Pork Tenderloin recommended

Chinese / Thai





$El Dorado (Los Reyes) Mexican Restaurant
$ Los Marichas in Xenia
$ Taco Loco
$ Johnny’s Tortas

Los Reyes in Kettering

El Rancho in West Carrollton

Las Margaritas – Five Star Carnitas



New Pizza to try …
Joes Pizzeria
Tripadvisor Joe_s_Pizzeria-Dayton_Ohio

Wheat Penny

Middletown Wood Fired

Troni’s Pizza

Corleone Pizza and Subs – mixed reviews

NY Style in Dayton

Hand Tossed Mall Pizza $$


Sushi Club

More to Try

Pine Club, Marion’s Pizza, Elsa’s Mini Super Burrito, Joe’s Pizza near the AFB.


Toy Trains



Garden Railroading with Toy Trains

Starter Sets

Toy Train List

Best G Gauge (45mm)



Better G Gauge (45mm)


Better G Gauge Plastic (45mm)

Bachmann Big Hauler – battery and plastic track

Lionel G-gauge trains – battery and plastic track

Scientific Toys’ EZ-tec

Good G Gauge Plastic (45mm)

New Bright – battery and plastic track

Echo – battery and plastic track


Trusted Vendors

Did I tell you I love trains …

Check out this Chocolate Train



The Dangers of Taking Photos on Train Tracks

Best in the East – Train Museums or Parks

2016 Steam Schedule



#765 – 2-8-4 Berkshire-type locomotive



South Dakota

Connecticut – Steam Traing and Riverboat



2015 Steam Schedule





2014 Steam Schedule

2013 Steam Schedule

North America Schedule
SCHEDULE FOR Hesston Steam Festival – Labor Day

Toy Trains



Garden Trains –


Garden Trains –


Check out the links page

Scouting Adventures and Family Activities – Ohio & Midwest

Adventures and Activities – Ohio & Midwest

Dayton Area Museums

Dayton Area Zoos

Regional Zoos


Everyone Should Explore These 15 Stunning Places In Missouri At Least Once

Did I tell you I love maps …

Submarine Cable Map






Ask City, Google Maps, MapQuest, Microsoft Bing Maps, and Yahoo Maps


Plant Hardiness


States – Florida

Pensacola Florida Map Map Area Reefs

States – Indiana

I-69 in Indiana

INDOT – Indiana Online Map

Indiana Construction Map

States – Ohio

Hamilton County

Warren County

Montgomery County – back in the old days … (still in pdf) LOL


Weather along the route
WunderGround Roadtrip

Food Attractions along the route

Road Trippers
TV Food Maps



Ohio Salvage Grocery Map

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