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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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Milroy, the eastern terminus of the Milroy Secondary, is now operational.

The above view is eastward. The track running down the middle is temporary. To its right are two opposing turnouts (see image below). These turnouts will create an approximate 20 degree crossing and will connect to the existing turnouts in opposing directions. The temporary track gets me through an open house in May.

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The Allensville block, on the fictional Pennsylvania Midland Railroad, has become operational. A portion of the block, which spans the stairway, was completed last year. This section spans the aisle between the stairway and Big Valley yard.

In the image above, the PM line is the rear track. In the foreground is the Milroy Secondary, between Lewistown and Menzies. The two tracks running side-by-side in the open was a necessary evil.

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On the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale, the Chief Engineer has delivered his Q4 construction report.

It was mentioned last week that construction goals for the quarter were not met, for the first time in several years. That sent shares spiraling by 8%. The root cause was a delay in bridge parts from a new supplier in Milwaukee [Walthers], causing various projects to be rescheduled.

Shares returned to normal upon revelation of numerous unexpected infrastructure upgrades including yard lighting and main power panel upgrades. The chief engineer is also pleased to report that yards at Enola, Harrisburg, and Altoona have been fully completed and are currently undergoing quality assurance testing.

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Took a rare mid-week day off "for the heck of it", and headed to the basement. I've been busy working on a bit of everything lately, mostly electrical.

Today I tore into the last few feet of benchwork to complete the branch on the upper level. This is a scene from the outskirts of Lewistown where the Milroy Secondary crosses the Kish Creek. On the far bank sits the Spanogle-Yeager mill with its spur. There will be a dam across the creek at this location.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale has a new main control panel, needed for the new PowerShield X and RRampmeter products discussed in previous blog posts.

The power flow for the command station and each boosters run parallel across the board, first passing through the RRampmeter and then the PowerShield X. Only one RRampmeter is currently installed, but as the photo shows, I have allotted space for one on each power bus. Alternatively, I can relocate the existing RRampmeter for troubleshooting purposes.

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