Mechanical Department Blog

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Welcome to "Follow The Build", a new series here on PENNSYRR.COM that will follow the construction of a particular series of cars, structures, etc., over multiple blog entries.

Our first series will feature the PRR X26 series box cars, which the PRR Pro Yahoo Group is building together as a project commencing July 1, 2016. Have any unbuilt kits? Now is the time to join the group and share in the effort!

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Equipment acquired from Paul Backenstose.

The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale has substantially increased its equipment roster through the month of October.

Over the years, the railroad has accumulated Pennsy locomotives and rolling stock as it has been produced, as well as limited run foreign road equipment. With operations now on the horizon, it was time to beef up the interchange roster.

I went to the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium on October 7th, knowing that Ken McCorry was selling off much of his 1950s equipment. I acquired eight freight cars from Ken.


The last time Broadway Limited Importsran the PRR M1 4-8-2 Mountains, I was still in N scale. Actually, I had just made the decision to switch back to HO, and I scrambled to find two of the locomotives. That release was in the Blue Line series and I secured an M1a and an M1b.

M1's are prohibited on the Lewistown and Milroy secondaries that I model, but I needed them for main line service. Also, the Lewistown engine house kept a Mountain or two on standby for the mainline. So when Broadway Limited announced a rerun in the Paragon2 series, I jumped at the opportunity and ordered another M1a and another M1b.

With the Blue Line's still in the box, I learned that they had non-functional front couplers (really?) and that they were somewhat difficult to consist with their QSI or Paragon2 counterparts. That said, I opted to sell them on eBay and ordered an additional two Paragon2 units.

This week the Middle Division took receipt of all four Paragon2 locomotives -- two M1a's and two M1b's.

Next up: An Alco RSD-15 due in November.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale has expanded its freight fleet through an acquisition from John Frantz who is moving to a later era.

The purchase included 22 PRR and Berwind hoppers and a single Reading box car. 

Roster reports on the web site have been updated. You may find the rosters under the Mechanical Department menu on the web site.

Back in 2000, Overland Models released an HO scale rendition of the Pullman "Ferdinand Magellan". This was a rebuilt sleeper that was used for transport of the President Of The United States (POTUS). It was released in both Truman-era and Reagan-era versions.

I am seeking a Truman-era car. I believe the Overland catalog number was 3490.1. If anyone has one of these cars and is looking to part with it, please contact me. Thank you.