Public Relations Blog

I have finally taken the time to put my mental concept for the HO scale Middle Division down into words for all to share. You can read it here on the Middle Division Musings blog. It is a permanent page accessed via a tab at the top of the page.

This is a work in progress and will be updated from time to time. My next task will be to post the model railroad design, which is a fairly involved task, as well as the operating plan.

Some really great things are in the works that I can't share just yet, so keep an eye on this space!

I've long been a fan of the photography of Joe Henry Kline. He took many photos along the Middle Division with an emphasis on Lewistown and Denholm. I had also heard that Joe Henry had constructed an excellent HO scale model of the Lewistown station.

Imagine my surprise when the Spring 2012 issue of The Keystoneshowed up today and featured Joe Henry's modeling on page 65. Not only did Joe Henry do a superb job of modeling the station, he did justice to the Railway Express Agency building to the east of the station, the roundhouse, and the Denholm coal wharf!

Joe Henry has set the bar mighty high for me... I only wish I had had the opportunity to see his work in person. Magnificent!

The Pennsylvania Midland Railroad, as described in this series of articles, is a freelance railroad created by Jerry Britton. The railroad is inspired by actual events and histories of related railroads in Mifflin and Centre counties of Pennsylvania. Past history is not changed, but leveraged to create future outcomes that never came to fruition.

The establishment of the Pennsylvania Midland was not lost on the Bellefonte Central Railroad(BFC) to the north. The BFC had long sought a way to increase freight income via a connection with the PRR to the south, rather than at nearby Bellefonte. They had failed in their efforts to establish such a connection via Spruce Creek, Huntingdon, and most recently, Tyrone.

The Pennsylvania Midland Railroad, as described in this series of articles, is a freelance railroad created by Jerry Britton. The railroad is inspired by actual events and histories of related railroads in Mifflin and Centre counties of Pennsylvania. Past history is not changed, but leveraged to create future outcomes that never came to fruition.

At the other end of "The Big Valley" from the PM, the Kishacoquillas Valley Rail Roadhad operated a dozen miles of shortline between the agricultural town of Belleville and the town of Reedsville on the Pennsylvania Railroad's Milroy Branch

Passenger service on the KV was on the decline and the only significant manufacturing interest on the line was the New Holland plant at Belleville. Agricultural traffic was not enough to support the line and the railroad declared bankruptcy late in 1940 and ceased operations in 1941.

The Pennsylvania Midland Railroad, as described in this series of articles, is a freelance railroad created by Jerry Britton. The railroad is inspired by actual events and histories of related railroads in Mifflin and Centre counties of Pennsylvania. Past history is not changed, but leveraged to create future outcomes that never came to fruition.

It was the mid 1930s. The Britton family, longtime residents of the "Big Valley" in Mifflin county, discovered substantial sand deposits on their land on the north side of Jacks Mountain. This shouldn't have come as a surprise, as the north side of Stone Mountain, next door to the north, had been quarried for sand for years. The Pennsylvania Glass Sand Company had a substantial processing plant on the banks of the Juniata River at Mill Creek and trucked sand from the nearby quarries to the plant. The plant had multiple sidings connecting to the Pennsylvania Railroad at that location.