PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

Jerry Britton's PRR Middle Division in HO Scale

Control Panels

At each local switching location there is a fascia control panel with a diagram of the local trackage. Industries are labeled alongside their corresponding sidings.

The Middle Division utilizes Berrett Hill Touch Toggles which is not only the control switch itself, but also an indicator of its current position. The current route of switch is indicated by an LED on the points of the switch on the diagram. "Touch" the LED and the switch will throw and the LED will change color. A green lamp indicates the switch is normal; a red lamp indicates thrown. 

Most local control panels appear like this:

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Locations with only a switch or two may have recessed "cup" toggle LED's in lieu of a control panel:

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On some panels, like the Lewistown Junction yard, for instance, some of the controls are placed on the track in the diagram and not on the switched points. These controls are "matrixed" to control an entire route -- aligning all upstream switches to reach the designated track. Only one track in the matrix will illuminate green in these scenarios.

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Crews shall always return switches to their normal positions prior to leaving the area.

Sort Rails

At each local switching location there is a sort rail upon which crews may sort car cards/waybills and plan their switching moves.

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Car Card Boxes

At each local switching location there is a car card box with three slots -- labeled Inbound, Load/Unload, and Outbound. A PRR Keystone emblem contains the designation of the switching location from the CT1000: List of Reportable Locations.

Switch crews shall place into the Inbound slot the cards for cars that they have delivered to the destination customer indicated on the waybill.

Cars for delivery may include a dedicated less-than-carload car for delivery to a local freight station or public delivery track -- treat it as above. If there is not a dedicated LCL car for the location and the train is carrying a "roaming" LCL car, check its LCL waybills for any deliveries for the location. If there are deliveries, there will be an unloading time indicated on the waybill; that dwell time should be simulated. The LCL waybill should be removed from the car card and be placed in the Inbound box; the car card and other LCL waybills stay with the train.

Between shifts, the Freight Agent will move car cards from the Inbound slot to the Load/Unload slot where they will remain while the car is loaded/unloaded. The Freight Agent will also move car cards from the Load/Unload slot to the Outbound slot once they are fully loaded/unloaded and are ready for pickup.

Switch crews shall pickup cars whose cards are in the Outbound slot and shall add the cards to their train packet. 

Cars for pickup may include a dedicated less-than-carload car from a freight station -- treat it as above. If there is not a dedicated LCL car for the location and the train is carrying a "roaming" LCL car, check for LCL waybills in the Outbound box. If there are outbounds, there will be a loading time indicated on the waybill; that dwell time should be simulated. The LCL waybill should be added to the car card with other LCL waybills and stay with the train.

If the number of pickups exceeds the limit for the train, the priority of pickup shall be loaded cars (perishables first), foreign road empty cars, then home road empty cars.

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Throttle Holders

Velcro throttle holders are located at many places on the fascia, typically with throttle jacks: 

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Drink Holders

Please do not place drinks on the surface of the model railroad. Fold up holders are available on the fascia:

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