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This blog is limited to articles; random photos or quick updates are posted to the FaceBook page.

Blog entries from August 2017 and earlier have been migrated from a former site and many of the images are incorrectly linked. These may be repaired over time.

A lot's gone on since my last update. In the photo at right, I am mocking up WALL interlocking. WALL is immediately east of LEWIS and, on the model railroad, takes the four-track main line into 20 staging tracks. My construction goal is to have WALL operational by the end of Q2.

A lot of progress has been made over the last few weeks. Main line tracks 1, 2 and 3 through Lewistown are fully wired with detection in place. Only part of track 4 has been done as I am waiting on the arrival of more Walthers code 83 #6 right-hand turnouts which have been in short supply. The good news is that they are now en route.

I've been hearing it for years... you need more power than normal to program a Tsunami decoder. Well, I finally got around to programming some of my DCC locos that have been accumulating on the shelf and I hit a brick wall when I tried my first Tsunami. The second and third were no different.

So, off to the internet to find one. Litchfield Station hooked me up for about 25% off. It came in today and I got it installed this evening. Works like a champ!

Today I learned that my submission of qualifications toward the requirements of the NMRA Achievement Program (AP) Model Railroad Author certificate was accepted.

Half of the requirements were met by Keystone Crossings, my 15 year web site project.

This is my second earned AP certificate. There are 11 certificates available. Upon award of a seventh certificate, the title of Master Model Railroader (MMR) is conferred. 

Over the holidays I have managed to put nearly all of four days towards layout construction. The lead photo shows the current view of the layout room from the bottom of the stairway. (Click on images to view larger.)

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