Blog

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.

 IMG 1779

Design quandary on the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale! I've been mocking up the Lewistown Yard and I got everything to fit to my satisfaction except for one thing... the ash hoist. If only I had another foot of benchwork!

The valuation map (above) shows that all of the loco facility tracks converge into one track at left. If you follow the lower most track towards the right, this is a service track to the ash hoist and coal dump.

IMG 1753

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.

 IMG 1765

Another holiday, another marathon work day on the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale!

First order of the day was to complete the subroadbed for the Lewistown yard. Also cut the remaining scenery liftouts for along Water Street in downtown Lewistown, as well as some bases for scenery in front of the station at Lewistown. You can see more photos on the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale's FaceBook page.

FB Page

The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale now has a FaceBook page...

Why? Because the web page is a "pull" system. Users have to go to the page and review it for updates.

FaceBook is a "push" system. Changes will appear in the feeds of those who have an interest and opt to follow the page.
Please visit the FaceBook page and Like and/or Follow it... https://www.facebook.com/prrmiddledivision/

 

 IMG 1739

The Lewistown (LN) segment of the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale is now operational.

The bridge from Lewistown (XA) (aka Lewistown Junction) across the Juniata River to downtown Lewistown has been completed and provides the missing link. The remainder of downtown "through" trackage was previously in place.

Over the next few weeks, the final ten feet or so of track between the south side of the bridge and the main line will be activated. At that point, all "through" trackage on the railroad will be complete and trains will be able to traverse from the main line all the way to Milroy at the end of the Milroy Secondary.

Two informal op sessions are already planned (but not yet announced) for the coming months, mostly to test out the line and determine where tuning work is required.

 IMG 1736

As an employee of the state, MLK Day is a holiday, and every year I spend it in the train room. This year was no different, and my mission was to complete the riverbed and adjoining city block where the PRR's Lewistown Secondary crosses the Juniata River.

A challenge is that the riverbed is just three inches above the yard ladder for staging, so the track needs to remain accessible for maintenance. That said, it all needs to be removable. I had previously created the riverbed where the bridge itself will be located. It is removable via three screws, allowing the through girder bridge to remain as one piece.

 IMG 1727

The Chief Engineer of the PRR Middle Division in HO Scaleis pleased to present its report of progress as of the end of fourth quarter 2016.

A goal for Q4 was to complete location Lewistown (LN), consisting of the Lewistown Secondary from the Juniata River to the junction of the Milroy Secondary and the Sunbury & Lewistown Secondary.

bob martin

This past Sunday we lost a good friend, Robert "Bob" Martin of Emigsville, Pa. The following is from the York Daily Record:

Robert E. Martin, 74, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at home. He was the husband of Carole L. (Moyer) Martin. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were married for 51 years on August 21, 2016. [Ed. Note: Carole's father, John Moyer, was the fireman on GG1 #4876 leading the Federal Express when it crashed into Union Station in Washington, D. C., on January 15, 1953.]

Born April 18, 1942 in York, he was the son of the late Robert C. and Mable I. (Plymire) Martin.

IMG 1521

Progress continues on the downtown leg of Lewistown, designated "LN" in the CT1000. All of the trackage below is now wired and operational. I am now working on the bridge where the line crosses the Juniata River to get to the Lewistown yard and station. The following views are progressive and facing railroad-east.

Subcategories