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The last issue of The Keystoneincluded a pictorial of Joe Henry Kline's photography and modeling work. I recently had an opportunity to visit with Joe Henry's sons, Art and Rob, and take additional photos of the model railroad.

I have created an album dedicated to Joe Henry's work at photos.pennsyrr.com. Enjoy!

Looking forward to a road trip to Lewistown tomorrow for a railroad archeology expedition. Weather looks to be great -- 65 and sunny. Can't wait.

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!

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!

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.