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

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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...

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This hobby is fun, right? I've had to keep reminding myself of that over the past six weeks or so as I have dealt with a short -- well, three shorts, it seems.

I actually took a vacation day to focus on the issue, and it took a good chunk of the day. Not fully resolved, but I'm closing in.

My system has a DCS100 command station and two DB100 boosters. All had worked fine, then one week before my PRRT&HS open house in May, and things went south. The system would not come online. I had only been working on scenery, and it didn't make sense. I kept disconnecting pieces of the system to "divide and conquer". I got down to just the command station, with no LocoNet, and still no joy!

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The PRR Middle Division in HO Scale now has a FaceBook page...

Why? Because the web page is a "pull" system. Users have to go to the page and review it for updates.

FaceBook is a "push" system. Changes will appear in the feeds of those who have an interest and opt to follow the page.
Please visit the FaceBook page and Like and/or Follow it... https://www.facebook.com/prrmiddledivision/

 

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The Bethlehem Steel Company owned a large quarry at Naginey on the Milroy Secondary outside of Lewistown, Pa. The quarry was rail-served until Hurricane Agnes destroyed much of the line in 1972 and it proved too expensive to repair.

Several years ago a friend provided me with several batches of waybills taken from the Burnham freight station when it was taken out of service. The Burnham station processed the waybills for Naginey shipments further east on the line. Two of the batches of waybills were specific to Naginey.

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This past Sunday we lost a good friend, Robert "Bob" Martin of Emigsville, Pa. The following is from the York Daily Record:

Robert E. Martin, 74, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at home. He was the husband of Carole L. (Moyer) Martin. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were married for 51 years on August 21, 2016. [Ed. Note: Carole's father, John Moyer, was the fireman on GG1 #4876 leading the Federal Express when it crashed into Union Station in Washington, D. C., on January 15, 1953.]

Born April 18, 1942 in York, he was the son of the late Robert C. and Mable I. (Plymire) Martin.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on May 21, 2017, in support of PRRT&HS annual meeting.

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The PRR Middle Division in HO scale held an open house on November 5, 2016, in support of National Model Railroad Month.

Above, I was pleased to welcome James Mattern, a fewllow "A Modelers Life" listener, to the event.

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My submission of qualifications toward the requirements of the NMRA Achievement Program (AP) Association Volunteer certificate was accepted.

Here Bob Charles, Susquehanna Division AP chair, presents me with my certificate at the PRRT&HS annual meeting.

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Jerry Britton's PRR Middle Division in HO Scale has scheduled a public open house on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. The address and map is available from The Model Railroad Open House web site, referenced below.

The model railroad depicts the Lewistown, Pa., area during the early 1950s. The four track Pennsy main line passes the Lewistown Junction station, behind which radiate out the Lewistown and Milroy secondaries.