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 The Chief Engineer of the Middle Division has issued his fourth quarter construction report.

Highlights include bringing Burnham East up to operational readiness with a key bridge connecting Burnham with Yeagertown.

Projections for the next year have been updated and include Lewistown Junction (Q1 2014), WALL, Enola/Harrisburg Staging, and Altoona Staging (Q2 2014), JACKS and the stairway underpass (Q3 2014), and Ryde (Q4 2014). The projections have improved due to substantial progress already made in the Lewistown Junction area, which will afford Q2 projects an early start.

The Middle Division's first open house will be for the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) in May 2014.

You can view the full report of the Chief Engineer.

Been working on the main line track work through Lewistown. I have most of the track in from the REA building to the east to the west bound home signals at LEWIS interlocking to the west. I'm currently working on the "upper yard" that parallels the main line.

The red building in the background is the Railway Express Agency/hotel. The grey building behind it was, I think, a boarding house.

The Chief Engineer of the Middle Division has issued his third quarter construction report.

Highlights include completion of Mann's Narrows, operating status at KV Junction, and the completion of the helix between Lewistown Junction and Lewistown.

Projections over the next year include the east end of Burnham (Q4 2013), Lewistown Junction (Q1 2014), WALL (Q2 2014), and Enola/Harrisburg Staging (Q3 2014).

The Middle Divisions first open house will be for the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) in May 2014.

You can view the full report of the Chief Engineer.

The east half of Burnham has been completed to operational status. All switch machines are in place, wiring is completed, and the bridges have been built across the creek to connect to Yeagertown.

KV Junction, just east of Mann's Narrows, is now operational. The prototype is a triangular wye, just west of Reedsville, Pa., but that will be part of a later expansion.

It's been a great week for layout construction. Today I started mocking up the trackwork for Lewistown Junction, in the station area.

The helix between Lewistown Junction and downtown Lewistown has been completed and made operational.

Heading east on the Lewistown Secondary, the line enters the helix just east of the scale house behind the Lewistown station -- at the bottom center on the above photo. The helix exits at upper left where it will come across the Juniata River into downtown Lewistown.

The helix was a kit from Ashlin Designs. Designed for two tracks, I needed only one, so the end result is an approximate 27" radius with a 2% grade. The kit went together easily and is sturdy and firm. This proved a very cost and time effective solution. 

The helix is located directly below Mann's Narrows, which is why I had to finish the scenery in The Narrows before tackling this section.

As a state employee, I always look forward to holidays for marathon work sessions, and Columbus Day was no different.

Mann's Narrows, a gap through the mountains between Yeagertown and Reedsville, is now fully completed on the Milroy Secondary.

This is one area of the model railroad where I had to complete the scenery in short order prior to placing a helix below the area. It's taken about six months to build the mountains, pour a limestone stream, place ground cover, and plant a hundred or so trees.