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The Yardmaster directs yard crews and engages in subordinate's work as needed. They receive empty car order waybills from the Freight Agent and assign available freight cars appropriately. They order empty cars from Altoona/Enola as needed. 

The Lewistown Drill Crew classifies and build trains at the direction of the Yardmaster. They also service customers within the Lewistown (LX) limits and hostle locomotives.

Classification

The title bar of the waybill is color coded for the convenience of the Yardmaster. and Drill Crew The color is an indicator of the destination of the shipment, making classification easier. The waybill may also include routing information.

Waybill Color Codes for Destinations:
Route East (Enola)
Route East (Northumberland)
Route West (Altoona)
 Newport Turn (LE)  
 Mount Union Turn (LW) 
  Lewistown Junction (XA) 
 Lewistown Secondary (LN) 
Lewistown Secondary
Furnace Branch Siding (LNFB)
 Milroy Secondary (39) 
Milroy Secondary
Stone Turn (ST11)
Milroy Secondary
Steel Turn (SS05)


Assignment of tracks for classification is at the discretion of the Yardmaster. Tabs are provided for use in the car card boxes to provide quick reference as to assignment of tracks.

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LCL Service

The Lewistown Junction station handles an LCL car to Altoona as follows:

Route Car Role Inbound: Outbound:
Train Train Time Dropoff Time Train Pickup Time Train Time
Altoona Merchandise M-16 1:00 p.m.   M-9 9:30 p.m.* 10:30 p.m.*
* To be adjusted due to the time scenarios depicted.


Blue flags shall be implemented on all sidings while LCL activity is taking place. 

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Control Panel

At present all switches are manually controlled

Lewistown Secondary Turn

Turnaround service for the Lewistown Secondary, operating out of Lewistown Yard, within the Lewistown (LN) limits. 

To protect LCL service, the following schedule is established for the downtown Lewistown freight station:

Route   Car Role   Inbound: Outbound:
    Train Train Time Dropoff Time Train Pickup Time
Train Time
Altoona   Merchandise   M-26 3:00 p.m.   M-27   3:00 a.m.
Enola   Merchandise   M-9 10:30 p.m.   M-16   1:00 p.m.
Northumberland   Merchandise   S-71 4:00 p.m.   S-70   7:00 a.m.
Newport   Merchandise   M-19 2:00 p.m.   M-18   6:00 a.m.
Mifflin   Merchandise   M-19 2:00 p.m.   M-18   6:00 a.m.
Burnham   Merchandise   Extra     Extra    
Mount Union Turn   Peddler   M-22 12:45 p.m.   M-23   4:45 a.m.
Newport Turn   Peddler   M-19 2:00 p.m.   M-18   6:00 a.m.
Northumberland   Peddler   S-71 4:00 p.m.   S-70   7:00 a.m.
Milroy Turn   Peddler   Extra     Extra    
Standard Steel Co.   Trap   STON-2 3:30 p.m.   STON-1   10:30 a.m.
* To be adjusted due to the time scenarios depicted.


TBD: As the Milroy Turn, Steel Turn, and S-70/S-71 pass right by the downtown Lewistown freight station, should they drop off/pick up their LCL cars at the siding or take them to the Lewistown Yard? Going all the way to the yard adds a day for customer shipments.

Blue flags shall be implemented on all sidings while LCL activity is taking place. 

Strategies

None at this time.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

Furnace Branch Siding Turn

Turnaround service for the Furnace Branch Siding, operating out of Lewistown Yard via the Lewistown Secondary, within the Lewistown (LN) limits.

Furnace Branch Siding is not in service at this time.

Strategies

None at this time.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

The following is The Midland Route superimposed on a 2017 topographic map and showing relevant neighboring lines.

PM System Map

Milroy Secondary Turn

Turnaround service for the Milroy Secondary, operating out of Lewistown Yard via the Lewistown Secondary, exclusive of the Standard Steel Turn and the Stone Turn.

Strategies

Work only trailing point sidings heading east, turn at Milroy, and work trailing point sidings heading west.

At Yeagertown, drop cars not destined for eastward locations and pick them up on the return trip, if siding space allows. This simplifies moves at Reedsville and Milroy. Be sure to leave car cards in Storage Track card box during run to Milroy and back.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

Naginey Stone Turn Crew

Turnaround service for the quarry at Naginey, operating out of Lewistown Yard via the Lewistown Secondary.

Naginey is not yet in service.

During First Trick sessions, the empty train to Naginey should be tied down on the Pennsylvania Midland track at KV Junction.

During Second Trick sessions, the full train from Naginey should be picked up from the Pennsylvania Midland track at KV Junction.

Strategies

None at this time.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

October 28, 1893 -- Bedford & Blair County Railroad incorporated in Pa. as a reorganization of Pennsylvania & West Virginia Railroad; Harry Cessna, Pres.

April 27, 1894 -- Brooks Mills & Altoona Railroad, Somerset & Bedford Railroad (Osterburg-Ashtola), and Manns Choice & Hyndman Railroad all incorporated in Pa.; are to form a line across the southern part of the state between the B&O's Pittsburgh line passing south of Altoona.

May 1894 -- Bedford & Blair County Railroad contracts for construction between Cessna and Brooks Mills via Osterburg.

June 1894 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad is under construction between Cessna and Imler, Pa.

July 2, 1894 -- Brooks Mills & Altoona Railroad, Bedford & Somerset Railroad, Bedford & Blair County Railroad, and Manns Choice & Hyndman Railroad merge to form Pennsylvania Midland Railroad under agreement of June 9, 1894; George B. Orlady, Pres.; Theodore Gerrish is major stockholder; is to run Hyndman to Altoona with branches to Ashtola, the Cessna ore mines, and Bedford.

July 1894 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad is under construction near Bedford County line and at Snowdens Gap in Allegheny Mountain.

August 28, 1894 -- Pennsylvania Midland begins track-laying at Cessna.

December 31, 1894 -- Contractors give up contract for building Pennsylvania Midland Railroad; 20 miles graded and 7 miles of track laid between Cessna and Brooks Mills.

Jan. 1895 -- PRR has completed a survey from Lovett to Scalp Level and back to the South Fork Branch at Dunlo to preempt the route of the Pennsylvania Midland Railroad.

May 28, 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad resumes engineering work at Osterburg.

June 7, 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad resumes work on the section between Bedford and McKee’s Gap.

July 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad resumes track laying between Ashtola and Osterburg.

Oct. 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad again suspends work in Bedford, Blair and Somerset Counties.

Oct. 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad enters receivership; contractor J.W. Rutherford of New York appointed receiver, and work stops.

Sep. 25, 1902 -- Unfinished Pennsylvania Midland Railroad sold at foreclosure to John M. Reynolds.

Nov. 10, 1902 -- Bedford & Hollidaysburg Railroad incorporated in Pa. as reorganization of Pennsylvania Midland Railroad. This eventually becomes the PRR's Bedford Branch/Bedford Secondary.

Burnham Steel Turn

Turnaround service for Standard Steel at Yeagertown, operating out of Lewistown Yard via the Lewistown Secondary.

Strategies

None at this time.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

Standard Steel Crew

Internal switching at the Standard Steel Plant in Yeagertown/Burnham.

Standard Steel is not in service at this time.

Strategies

None at this time.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

The Engineering Department is composed of the Maintenance Of Way, Signals and Communications, Bridges and Buildings, and Planning and Design departments, and is responsible for the construction and maintenance of track, roadbed, bridges, buildings, tunnels and retaining structures, signals, dispatching facilities, and line pole and radio communications.

The Pennsylvania Midland Railroad Operator

The Pennsylvania Midland is not yet operational.

Strategies

None at this time.

Special Instructions

None at this time.

The Mechanical Department is responsible for the Middle Division’s motive power and rolling stock. We fuel and sand locomotives, inspect and maintain locomotive and car safety appliances, and perform both routine and heavy maintenance on locomotives and freight cars. Our carmen, mechanics, and machinists take pride in ensuring that both Middle Division and visiting foreign equipment is in top-notch condition and available when needed.

AAR Mechanical Designations are intended to group cars by general type, and appear to have been introduced in 1910, although it was a number of years before all railroads so designated their cars in the Official Railway Equipment Register.

The following are a subset of the AAR Mechanical Designations which are appropriate for use on the HO Scale Middle Division during the 1950s.

 Freight Cars
  • FB - Flat Car, bulkhead
  • FC - Flat Car, trailer service
  • FD - Flat Car, depressed center
  • FM -  Flat Car, general service
  • FW - Flat Car, well hole
  • GA -  Gondola, drop bottom, cross doors dump between the rails
  • GB -  Gondola, solid floor, may have drop ends for mill service
  • GD -  Gondola, solid floor, side doors
  • GH -  Gondola, drop bottom, longitudinal doors dump outside the rails
  • GS -  Gondola, drop bottom, longitudinal doors dump outside the rails
  • GT -  Gondola, high side rotary dump
  • HM - Hopper, 2-bay
  • HT -  Hopper, 3- & 4-bay
  • HK -  Hopper, longitudinal doors dump outside the rails
  • LG -  Gondola or Flat Car, equipped to carry containers
  • LO -  Hopper, covered
  • NE -  Caboose, eight wheel
  • NM - Caboose, four wheel
  • RA - Refrigerator, brine cooled
  • RAM - Refrigerator, brine cooled, beef rails
  • RB - Refrigerator, ice cooled, no ice bunkers
  • RCD - Refrigerator, solid carbon dioxide cooled
  • RP, RPA, RPB - Refrigerator, mechanically cooled, powered by car axle
  • RS - Refrigerator, ice cooled
  • RSM - Refrigerator, ice cooled, beef rails
  • SA - Stock Car, single deck
  • SC - Stock Car, convertible single or double deck
  • SF - Stock Car, double deck
  • SH - Horse Car
  • SM - Stock Car
  • SP - Stock Car, poultry
  • TA -  Tank Car, specialized
  • TG - Tank Car, glass lined
  • TL - Tank Car, lined other than glass
  • TM, TMU - Tank Car, specialized
  • TP - Tank Car, specialized
  • TR - Tank Car, specialized
  • VA - Ventilated Box Car, fruits or vegetables
  • VM - Ventilated Box Car, fruits or vegetables, partially insulated
  • VS - Ventilated Box Car, fruits or vegetables, insulated
  • XAF - Box Car, automobile or furniture
  • XAP - Box Car, automobile parts with racks
  • XAR - Box Car, automobile with loading racks, end door
  • XF - Box Car, furniture
  • XI - Box Car, insulated
  • XM - Box Car, general service
  • XME - Box Car, merchandise with racks
  • XMP - Box Car, specially equipped racks not otherwise specified
  • XMR - Box Car, automobile with loading racks, end door
  • XT - Box Car, metal lined or containing one or more tanks
 Passenger Cars
  • BE - Baggage Express
  • BEM - Baggage Express Messenger
  • BH - Horse Express
  • BM - Milk Car, non-refrigerated
  • BMR - Mike Car, refrigerated
  • BP - Refrigerator Express
  • BR - Refrigerator Express, ice cooled
  • BRS - Refrigerator Express, brine cooled
  • BX - Box Express
  • CA - Combination baggage/passenger
  • CAD - Combination baggage/passenger w/food service
  • CO - Combined passenger/baggage/mail
  • CS - Combination baggage/smoking car
  • CSA - Combination baggage/dormitory/kitchen
  • CSB - Combination baggage/dormitory
  • CSP - Combination mail or baggage/dormitory/passenger
  • DA - Dining Car
  • DC - Cafe Car
  • DCL - Lunch Counter Lounge
  • DD - Diner Dormitory
  • DE - Dining Car, less kitchen
  • DG - Grill Room Car
  • DK - Dormitory-Kitchen Car
  • DKP - Kitchen Car
  • DL - Buffet-Lounge Car
  • DLC - Lunch Counter Car
  • DO - Cafe Observation Car
  • DP - Dining and Parlor Car
  • DPA - Diner-Lounge Car (pantry instead of kitchen)
  • EB - Electric Baggage Car
  • EC - Electric Combination Car
  • ED - Rail Motor Car
  • EG - Motor Propelled Car
  • EM - Electric Mail Car
  • EP - Electric Passenger Car
  • ET - Electric Passenger Trailer Car
  • IA - Instruction Car
  • MA - Postal Car
  • MB - Baggage and Mail Car
  • MBE - Combination Mail-Baggage-Express
  • MBD - Combination Mail-Baggage-Dormitory Car
  • MD - Comination Mail-Dormitory Car
  • MR - Postal Storage Car
  • MS - Mail and Smoker Car
  • PAS - Coach-Sleeping Car
  • PB - Coach or Chair Car
  • PBC - Parlor-Coach
  • PBO - Coach-Observation Car
  • PC - Passenger, Parlor or Chair Car
  • PD - Tavern Car
  • PL - Lounge Car
  • PO - Observation Car
  • PS - Sleeping Car
  • PSA - Dormitory Car
  • PT - Tourist Car
  • PV - Private Car, including business cars

M-o-W Cars

  • MWB -  Ballast Car
  • MWC -  Caboose or Tool Car
  • MWD -  Dump Car
  • MWE -  Ballast Spreader and Trimmer
  • MWF -  Flat Car
  • MWG - Section Gang or Track Inspection Car
  • MWH - Hand Car
  • MWJ - Ballast Unloader
  • MWK -  Snow Removing Car
  • MWL - Hand Car
  • MWM -  Store-Supply Car
  • MWP -  Pile Driver
  • MWS -  Steam Shovel
  • MWT -  Tool & Block Car
  • MWU - Wrecking Derrick
  • MWV -  Wrecking Derrick, flat car mounted
  • MWW -  Wrecking Derrick
  • MWX -  Boarding Car, boarding, sleeping, cooking, etc.

The Operating Department is responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of our customer’s freight.

Our Operating professionals carry on a full range of tasks to accomplish our mission: from scheduling trains, optimizing movement and distribution of loaded and empty freight cars, and protecting perishable freight in winter and summer, to running the trains, distributing motive power, and conducting crew training and continuing education.

The Middle Division, under direction of its Superintendent and sub-division supervisors, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the railroad. The Division has a staff of dispatchers, tower operators, yardmasters, road foremen, station agents, and operating personnel: engineers, firemen, conductors, brakemen and switchmen.

All of our personnel are professionals whose mission is customer satisfaction.