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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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On December 9th I had three over to put the Milroy Secondary to a stress test. We ran for a few hours and documented a few spots to work on.

Above, Tom Jacobs is asking about how I established the heights of the levels.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on November 19, 2017, in support of National Model Railroad Month.

Above, Dave Wartell (left) and James Mattern relax waiting for trains to pass at Lewistown.

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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 PRR Middle Division in HO Scale will open its doors to the public on Sunday, November 19th, from noon through 4 p.m.

This open house is in conjunction with The Model Railroad Open House, which organizes model railroad open house events throughout the month of November - National Model Railroading Month. This years schedule includes 180 events across five states.

Last night at the banquet for the NMRA MER Regional Convention, I was awarded two NMRA Achievement Program certificates -- Chief Dispatcher and Model Railroad Engineer - Electrical.

These join the Golden Spike and three Achievement Program certificates already earned (Scenery, Author, and Association Volunteer) for a total of five. Seven are required to achieve the mark of Master Model Railroader (MMR).

Progress is well along towards the Model Railroad Engineer - Civil and Master Builder - Cars certificates.

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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.

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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. 

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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