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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 reportof the Chief Engineer.

The main line at Lewistown Junction is now fully operational, as well as the "upper yard" that parallels the main line. The upper yard is where main line trains interchanged with the Lewistown Junction yard.

All tracks are in and all dispatcher-controlled turnouts are powered. All main line track segments are detectable and turnouts controlled via LocoNet. Development of a dispatcher panel is well underway in JMRI PanelPro and should be operational soon.

Ran my M1b 4-8-2 Mountain for the first time... a beautiful sight! Took to the curves and super elevation in outstanding fashion.

My attention will now turn towards WALL interlocking, Harrisburg/Enola staging, and Altoona staging.

More photos are available here.

An open house is scheduled for May 4th, in conjunction with the PRRT&HS annual meeting.

A lot of progress has been made over the last few weeks. Main line tracks 1, 2 and 3 through Lewistown are fully wired with detection in place. Only part of track 4 has been done as I am waiting on the arrival of more Walthers code 83 #6 right-hand turnouts which have been in short supply. The good news is that they are now en route.

A lot's gone on since my last update. In the photo at right, I am mocking up WALL interlocking. WALL is immediately east of LEWIS and, on the model railroad, takes the four-track main line into 20 staging tracks. My construction goal is to have WALL operational by the end of Q2.

Today I learned that my submission of qualifications toward the requirements of the NMRA Achievement Program (AP) Model Railroad Author certificate was accepted.

Half of the requirements were met by Keystone Crossings, my 15 year web site project.

This is my second earned AP certificate. There are 11 certificates available. Upon award of a seventh certificate, the title of Master Model Railroader (MMR) is conferred. 

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