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The Pennsylvania Middle Division in HO Scale has declared WALL Interlocking operational as of today, about two weeks sooner than planned. I got on a roll and got all of the Tortoise machines wired and stationary decoders programmed and tested.

WALL, which will be hidden (but accessible for maintenance), is the entry to Harrisburg/Enola staging at the east end of the railroad. Located just east of the Lewistown station, WALL takes the four track main line to 20 tracks.

The Pennsylvania Middle Division in HO Scale has declared Harrisburg/Enola Staging operational as of today.

The staging yard begins at WALL interlocking and conjoins Altoona Staging (to come) to allow continuous run through staging. The yard is 20 tracks wide and over 20 feet long. At least one through track is operational per main line track. The foreground of the above photo shows the remaining tracks awaiting completion (WALL is to the back of the photographer).

WALL interlocking is near completion. All track is in and powered. Switch machines and control will follow over the coming weeks.

Altoona Staging was slated for completion this quarter, but is being delayed for concurrent construction with JACKS interlocking next quarter. However, the stairway underpass will be completed this quarter instead of next quarter.

More photos available here.

With my first open house just two weeks away, I am frantically trying to get a lot of the little details completed.

One such project is the fascias, which I just completed this evening. They've all received three coats of paint, the LocoNet bus has been installed with UP5's at convenient locations, velcro throttle holders, and beverage holders (gotta keep the crews hydrated!).

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In conjunction with the PRRT&HS annual meeting, the PRR Middle Division hosted its first open house on Sunday, May 4th.

The guest book contained 55 entries. There were a few additional spouses that were not entered. Thank you to all who attended and for your very positive feedback. Several inquired about op sessions, but that's a ways off yet!

A shout out to Dave Wartell who ran a switcher throughout the event to provide some movement on the Milroy Secondary. Thanks, Dave!

The PRR Middle Division in HO scale will host its first open house in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS).

The tour is private for attendees of the annual meeting. However, I will open my model railroad to any of my readers interested in attending.

I will be open on Sunday, May 4th, from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. I am located about halfway between York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, just off of I-83.

If you are interested in visiting, please contact me in advance for directions.

Be reminded that this is a layout very much under construction.

Thank you.

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