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Kelly Questions - Jerry Britton

Still trying to decide between crunchy and smooth peanut butter, your router keeps giving you different directions to your bedroom, Alexa refuses to play any of your favorite Kiss Cover band songs.  

We can’t help with any of that but we can help you become comatose as you listen to Jerry Britton try his hand at answering the Kelly questions.

Enjoy.

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Episode 97: Jerry Britton -

It's another great story intertwining model railroading with everyday life. A native of Pennsylvania, this is the heart warming story of local boy makes good. Maintaining a very active blog, hosting an extremely well laid out website with millions and millions of visits, while building a fantastic layout.

Jerry’s truly a nonstop whirling dervish, always something on the go, the kind of model railroader I always hoped to be. Never wasting a minute of valuable time as he works toward finishing his fantastic HO scale Pennsylvania Railroad layout set in the 1950s. This interview has lots of interesting information and plenty of model railroading stories to keep you entertained as you travel the highways and byways of life. Enjoy!!

Last night at the banquet for the NMRA MER Regional Convention, I was awarded two NMRA Achievement Program certificates -- Chief Dispatcher and Model Railroad Engineer - Electrical.

These join the Golden Spike and three Achievement Program certificates already earned (Scenery, Author, and Association Volunteer) for a total of five. Seven are required to achieve the mark of Master Model Railroader (MMR).

Progress is well along towards the Model Railroad Engineer - Civil and Master Builder - Cars certificates.

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On December 9th I had three over to put the Milroy Secondary to a stress test. We ran for a few hours and documented a few spots to work on.

Above, Tom Jacobs is asking about how I established the heights of the levels.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on October 13, 2017, in support of the NMRA MER regional convention, hosted by the Susquehanna Division.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on November 19, 2017, in support of National Model Railroad Month.

Above, Dave Wartell (left) and James Mattern relax waiting for trains to pass at Lewistown.

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Despite already having three Achievement Program certificates (Scenery, Author, and Association Volunteer), I finally qualified for, and received, the Golden Spike Award.

I've already submitted my qualifications for two more certificates -- Electrical Engineer and Chief Dispatcher. Hoping the certificates will arrive in time for the MER Regional Convention in October. 

The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale will open its doors to the public on Sunday, November 19th, from noon through 4 p.m.

This open house is in conjunction with The Model Railroad Open House, which organizes model railroad open house events throughout the month of November - National Model Railroading Month. This years schedule includes 180 events across five states.

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I recently shared a number of electrical woes with my readers. Nothing like short circuit puzzles to figure out to keep the hobby fun!

To summarize, a DB150 booster that was indicating "zero stretching" and use of an analog locomotive when nothing was on the track. Moved the booster to another power district and the problem followed the booster. LocoNet shorts. A short on my upper deck.

I received the new Digitrax DB220 and replaced the DB150 (see above). Nice unit! Immediately resolved the "zero stretching" error.

I have multiple legs of LocoNet. Many worked fine on their own, but certain combinations caused track power shutdowns, or throttles went dim and did not work. Multiple solution here...