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Blog entries from August 2017 and earlier have been migrated from a former site and many of the images are incorrectly linked. These may be repaired over time.

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Today the missing link -- the scale track at Lewistown -- was installed.

This short piece of track, including two gauntlet turnouts and a gauntlet track, were built on the workbench due to its location on the model railroad. It was part of my presentation for my Model Railroad Engineer - Civil AP from the NMRA.

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As of August 21, 2020, my Model Railroad Engineer - Civil AP was conferred. Six down; one to go.

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Members of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) are likely familiar with the Achievement Program (AP). The program is kind of like earning Boy Scout badges... you complete a number of tasks in a category and the reward is a certificate. At first look it can seem daunting, but when you really think about it, you are going to accomplish most of the tasks anyway just by building your own model railroad. What follows is my strategy towards gaining the MMR status.

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Six Sinclair Refining Company tank cars came through Lewistown yesterday. As of 1950, Sinclair maintained the fourth largest roster of tank cars in North America (Interchange: Ownership of Tank Cars in 1950). They frequented Pennsy rails and Sinclair had a facility in Altoona, Pa.

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For the past 10 years, my model railroad plan was hand drawn sketches supplemented by what is in my head.

I've always wanted nice, clean drawings for the web site, and "a" drawing with specific features is a requirement for the NMRA AP in Civil Engineering. Makes sense to knock off both with one effort!

Using MacDraft, I now have the first revision of drawings completed and have updated the Description and Design page accordingly. Future revisions will include some cleanup and the addition of more scenic elements.

Take a look!

 

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