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bob martin

This past Sunday we lost a good friend, Robert "Bob" Martin of Emigsville, Pa. The following is from the York Daily Record:

Robert E. Martin, 74, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at home. He was the husband of Carole L. (Moyer) Martin. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were married for 51 years on August 21, 2016. [Ed. Note: Carole's father, John Moyer, was the fireman on GG1 #4876 leading the Federal Express when it crashed into Union Station in Washington, D. C., on January 15, 1953.]

Born April 18, 1942 in York, he was the son of the late Robert C. and Mable I. (Plymire) Martin.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on November 5, 2016, in support of National Model Railroad Month.

Above, I was pleased to welcome James Mattern, a fewllow "A Modelers Life" listener, to the event.

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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.

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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. 

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.