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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.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on October 13, 2017, in support of the NMRA MER regional convention, hosted by the Susquehanna Division.

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The Chief Engineer of the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale is pleased to report continued progress on the 43rd sub division.

This quarter, progress was made across all aspects of the railroad. Fascia control panels were added on the Milroy Secondary and existing panels were upgraded. Featuring Barrett Hill "Touch Toggles", turnouts are now controlled by touch on a schematic diagram which displays the current position of switches.

Scenery is well underway along Roundhouse Road, between the road crossing at LEWIS and the roundhouse at Lewistown Junction.

The Employee Relations bureau of the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale is pleased to release the initial employee orientation and operational documentation.

Documentation covers house rules, operating philosophy, movement of freight cars, movement of trains, roles and responsibilities, throttle instructions, and telephone instructions.

"The operation of the PRR Middle Division is intended to adhere to prototype practice where possible and reasonable."

--Bureau of Employee Relations

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Despite already having three Achievement Program certificates (Scenery, Author, and Association Volunteer), I finally qualified for, and received, the Golden Spike Award.

I've already submitted my qualifications for two more certificates -- Electrical Engineer and Chief Dispatcher. Hoping the certificates will arrive in time for the MER Regional Convention in October. 

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I recently shared a number of electrical woes with my readers. Nothing like short circuit puzzles to figure out to keep the hobby fun!

To summarize, a DB150 booster that was indicating "zero stretching" and use of an analog locomotive when nothing was on the track. Moved the booster to another power district and the problem followed the booster. LocoNet shorts. A short on my upper deck.

I received the new Digitrax DB220 and replaced the DB150 (see above). Nice unit! Immediately resolved the "zero stretching" error.

I have multiple legs of LocoNet. Many worked fine on their own, but certain combinations caused track power shutdowns, or throttles went dim and did not work. Multiple solution here...

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