Public Relations Blog

IMG 1264

Jerry Britton's PRR Middle Division in HO Scale has scheduled a public open house on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. The address and map is available from The Model Railroad Open House web site, referenced below.

The model railroad depicts the Lewistown, Pa., area during the early 1950s. The four track Pennsy main line passes the Lewistown Junction station, behind which radiate out the Lewistown and Milroy secondaries. 

IMG 1225

The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale was open today for the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS). The event drew around 45 visitors over a three hour period.

PSX

While preparing for my open house in early November, I was experiencing some trouble bringing the system back online following a short. I would clear the short, but the Digitrax system would continue to report a short mode.

I finally found that if I took my A-A lashup of Walthers E8 diesels and tilted them off the rails for a moment, the system would return to service. I figured it was something amiss with the E8's.

RRampmeter

Another tool that I added to the fray was a RRampMeter from DCC Specialties. I saw these in use at several open houses during November and I immediately recognized its benefit.

Although initially released for use for measuring track power directly off of the tracks, everyone seemed to be using right at their command stations and boosters.

The RRampMeter, inline with the power bus, displays voltage to the track as well as current draw in amps. With the RRampMeter you can tell when you are approaching max amperage on the power bus.

I purchased one, and mounted it, but modified my wiring so that I can move it between command station and boosters with little effort. I may eventually add additional RRampMeters on the boosters.

IMG 0982

The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on November 7, 2015, in support of National Model Railroad Month.

Above, left to right, Bill Millham, Ken Dunn, and Rick Spano, talk shop near the Granville Bridge.