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Milroy Secondary

Lewistown (LN)

3 switch machines, control panel, car card box, filler ties, paint track, paint ground, cinders, ballast, backdrop, ad hoc scenery

Lewistown (3902)

land forms, filler ties, paint track, paint ground, cinders, ballast, water, fascia, car card box, backdrop, ad hoc scenery

Menzies (3903)

ad hoc scenery

Burnham (3904)

filler ties, paint track, land forms, paint ground, cinders, ballast, water, ad hoc scenery

Yeagertown (3905) and Standard Steel (future)

paint ground, cinders, ballast, ad hoc scenery

Mann (3906) and KV Junction

control panel, ad hoc scenery

Reedsville (3907) (future)

Honey Creek (3908) (future)

Shraders (3909) (future)

Naginey (3911) (future)

Milroy (3912)

filler ties, paint track, paint ground, move backdrop, ad hoc scenery

Lewistown Secondary

Lewistown (LN) and Furnace Branch Siding (future)

spike turnouts, switch machines, control panel, car card boxes, sort rail, filler ties, paint track, paint ground, cinders, ballast, ad hoc scenery

Juniata Bridge

 land forms, backdrop, water, replace fascia, ad hoc scenery

Lewistown Junction (XA)

t/s 1 short, control panel, scale track, QC operation,  filler ties, paint track, land forms, paint ground, cinders, ballast, roundhouse track and power, ad hoc scenery

Main Line

WALL

QC operation

Lewistown Junction (XA)

QC operationland forms, paint ground, cinders, ballast, ad hoc scenery

Roundhouse Road

control panel, QC operation, ad hoc scenery

LEWIS / Granville Bridge

re-attach switch machine, QC operation, filler ties, paint track, joint compound, backdrop, land forms, stain bridge, paint ground, cinders, ballast, water, ad hoc scenery

Ryde

ballast, ad hoc scenery

JACKS

QC operation

Pennsylvania Midland Railroad

Northward Relay Yard

subroadbed, track, track power, switch machines

Everett

subroadbed, roadbed and track, track power, switch machines, control panel, filler ties, paint track, cinders, ballast, ad hoc scenery

Black Valley (future)

Southward Relay Yard (future)

Flintstone (future)

Cumberland (staging) (future)

Supporting Infrastructure

Juniata / Kishacoquillas Helixes Occupancy Panel

LEWIS PanelPro panel

JACKS PanelPro panel

WALL PanelPro panel

JACKS repeater panel

WALL repeater panel

Milroy Secondary magnet board

Everett PanelPro panel

Phone system

Everett window finishing

car shop

The following projects are underway in the shops of the Middle Division:

6 N8 Cabin Car Bowser
1 Pullman HW 12-1 Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
3 Pullman 6-3 Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 D78D Diner Bachmann (kitbash)
1 HW 3-1-Sol CANYON Solarium Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
2 X26 Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
5 X26C Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
2 F22 Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
2 F23 Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
13 B60B Baggage Car Walthers (letter)
2 PS6LB FALLS Lounge Sleeper Walthers (kitbash)
1 PS2LS HARBOR Lounge Sleeper Walthers (detail)
1 HW 8-1-2 CENTFAUN Sleeper Branchline

 

The following projects are pending scheduling in the shops of the Middle Division:

5 FM Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 F28 Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 F29 Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 F33 Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 F34 Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
14 G22 Gondola Westerfield
1 G22A Gondola Westerfield
1 G22B Gondola Westerfield
8 G28 Gondola Funaro & Camerlengo
3 G29 Gondola Funaro & Camerlengo
2 GLCA Hopper Westerfield
11 GLCA Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
1 GLE Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
4 GR Gondola Funaro & Camerlengo
7 GRA Gondola Westerfield
4 GRA Gondola MoW Westerfield
8 GPA Hopper MoW Funaro & Camerlengo
10 H25 Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
2 H30A Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
3 H32 Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
1 H33 Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
1 ND Cabin Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 NDA Cabin Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 NX23 Riding Car MoW Westerfield
6 N5 / N5B Cabin Car Bowser
3 N5C Cabin Car Bowser
1 TM8 Tank Car Funaro & Camerlengo
9 XL "Camp" Box Car MoW Westerfield
1 X23 Box Car Westerfield
2 X23 Box Car MoW Westerfield
1 X25A Box Car Westerfield
5 X28A Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
6 X29B Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
4 X29D Box Car WrightTRAK
1 X37 Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 X37A Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
6 X37B Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
2 X38 Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 W150B Derrick Tichy
     
2 B60 Baggage Car Bethlehem Car Works
1 B60A Baggage Car Bethlehem Car Works
1 B70 Scenery Car Bethlehem Car Works
2 B74 Horse Car Bethlehem Car Works
1 BM70K Baggage Mail Car Bethlehem Car Works
4 BM70M Baggage Mail Car Walthers (letter)
1 D78ED Coffee Shop Tavern Bachmann (kitbash)
1 D78F Diner Bachmann (kitbash)
2 D85C Diner Walthers (letter)
2 D85D Kitchen Dorm Walthers (letter)
1 M70B Mail Car Bethlehem Car Works
2 PB70 Combine Bachmann (kitbash)
1 POS21 Observation Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 POS211 Observation Sleeper Walthers (kitbash)
2 PS106 EAGLE Sleeper Hallmark (letter, detail)
4 PS106A RAPIDS Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
5 PS124 CREEK Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 PS125A BROOK Sleeper Rivarossi (letter, detail)
1 PS13L COLONIAL Lounge Sleeper Walthers (kitbash)
1 PS21A INN Sleeper Walthers (kitbash)
9 PS21B INN Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
5 PS442 IMPERIAL Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
4 R50B Express Reefer Walthers (letter, detail)
2 HW 12-1 Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 HW 28-1 Parlor Walthers (letter, detail)
1 HW 6-6- POPLAR Sleeper Bethlehem Car Works
1 HW 8-1-3 TOWER Sleeper Bethlehem Car Works
     
1 ATSF 4-4-2 Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 JESX Baggage Car Walthers
2 JESX Coach Walthers
4 JESX Sleeper Walthers
1 MP 10-6 EAGLE Sleeper Hallmark (letter, detail)
1 N&W 10-6 COUNTY Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 N&W B60B Baggage Car Walthers
1 NYC 10-6 RIVER Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 SP 10-6 Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
1 T&P 14-4 Sleeper Hallmark (letter, detail)
1 UP 10-6 PACIFIC Sleeper Walthers (letter, detail)
     
8 BRCX BW-1 Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
2 BRCX GL Hopper Funaro & Camerlengo
1 BRCX GLCA Hopper Westerfield
3 H&BTM HT Hopper Westerfield
4 H&BTM G22 Gondola Westerfield
1 H&BTM NDA Caboose Funaro & Camerlengo
1 H&BTM 2-8-0 Consolidation Broadway Limited (letter)
2 JESX Box Car Walthers
6 JESX Flat Car Walthers
1 JLSX Coal Tar Tank Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 KTX Publicker Tank Car Tichy
4 PM Wide Vision Caboose Atlas
1 PM Transfer Caboose BlueFord Shops
1 PM Alco FA-2 Life Like Proto 2000
1 PM Alco FB-2 Life Like Proto 2000
3 PM Alco S-2 Atlas
1 RDG XM Box Car Funaro & Camerlengo
1 TVCX Flat Car Funaro & Camerlengo
2 WPRR EMD F3A Stewart Hobbies

265
McVeytown, Pa.

Although the railroad referred to this location as McVeytown, McVeytown was technically on the opposite side of the Juniata River and was originally founded as ______. The village on the railroad side of the river was Manayunk. The Pennsylvania Railroad reached McVeytown in 1849. Public passenger train service to and from McVeytown commenced on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1849.

From volume eight, number three, of The Keystone:

Q32: What is the story on the interlocking and crossovers that were to be installed near McVeytown, Pa. to break up the 24-mile long block between "Lewis" and "Jacks" Towers on the Middle Division?
A32: The project was authorized in September 1945- Four crossovers were installed between tracks 1 and 2 and tracks 3 and 4 during 1946. The interlocking was to be remotely controlled from a planned new fireproof tower at "Jacks". For some reason the project was abandonned and the new switches were apparently never put into operation. Boards were installed to hold the switches in place. After a year or two the switches were removed. "Jacks" Tower was never changed.

Station

There were separate freight and passenger structures on the north side of the main tracks at McVeytown. In the earlier years, a watch tower protected the road crossing. Here are two views of the passenger station:

 

 

The freight station was built in 1888.

H. O. Andrews No. 2

Steve Cutshall indicates that Andrews was a feed/grain operation, also on the north side of the main tracks. It was listed as J. T. Rodgers in 1923 CT1000. It was listed as W. M. Atkinson No. 1 and No. 2 in the 1900 CT1000.

Team Track

Steve Cutshall indicates that was a team track on the south side of the main tracks. It is shown on the 1955 signal chart, but there is no entry in the CT1000's.

Mr. Chairman, Board Members, Employes and Stockholders,

The Office of the Chief Engineer is pleased to share with you this report of construction progress on the Pennsylvania Railroad, Middle Division, as of the end of the Second Quarter, 2019:

Middle Division Construction Progress
Location Surveying
(benchwork)
Track Final Grading
(scenery)
Operational
(est., act.)
Middle Division Main Line
 Harrisburg/Enola (staging) 100%  100%  N/A Q2 2014
 WALL Interlocking 100%  100%  N/A Q2 2014
 Lewistown Junction (XA ) 100%  100%  40% Q1 2014
 LEWIS Interlocking 100%  100%  10% Q1 2015
 Ryde (268-270) 100%  100%  25% Q4 2014
 Vineyard (272) (stairway underpass) 100%  100%  N/A Q2 2014
 JACKS Interlocking 100%  100%  N/A Q3 2014
 Altoona (staging) 100%  100%  N/A Q3 2014
Lewistown Secondary
 Lewistown Junction (XA) 100%  80%  0% Q1 2017 
 Juniata Helix 100%  100%  N/A Q3 2013
 Lewistown (LN) 100%  80%  0% Q1 2017
 Furnace Branch Siding (LN) 0%  0%  0% Future Expansion
   Milroy Secondary
 Lewistown (LN) 100%  100%  50% Q3 2016
 Kishacoquillas Helix 100%  100%  N/A Q3 2015
 Lewistown (3902) 100%  100%  25% Q2 2016
 Menzies (3903, stairway overpass) 100%  100%  50% Q2 2015
 Burnham (3904, west half) 100%  85%  0% Q2 2015
 Burnham (3904, east half) 100%  100%  10% Q4 2013
      Standard Steel Company 100%  10% 0% TBD
 Yeagertown (3905) 100%  85% 10% Q1 2013
 Mann's Narrows (3906) 100%  100%  100% Q3 2013
 KV Junction (3907) 50% 50%  10% Q3 2013
 Reedsville (3907) 0%  0%  0% Future Expansion
 Honey Creek (3908) 0%  0%  0% Future Expansion
 Naginey (3911) 0%  0%  0% Future Expansion
 Milroy (3912) 100%  100%  10% Q1 2016
Susquehanna Division: Selinsgrove Secondary
 Selinsgrove (staging) 100%  0%  N/A TBD
Pennsylvania Midland

 Northward Relay Tracks (staging)

0% 0% N/A Future Expansion
 Everett 50% 0% 0% Future Expansion
​ Black Valley 50% 20% 0% Future Expansion
 Southward Relay Tracks (staging) 0% 0% N/A Future Expansion
 Flintstone 0% 0% 0% Future Expansion

263

Mifflin Sand Company

The Mifflin Sand Company was located on the north side of the main tracks. It was listed as Mifflin Sand Company in the 1923 CT1000. It was listed as McVeytown (Quarry) in the 1900 CT1000 as location 264.

POTUS ON PENNSY -- NEW FOR 2019!

An exploration of the glory days of transporting the POTUS (President of the United States) by rail. Discussion includes the Ferdinand Magellan, an armored rail car modified just for the task. A deep dive will focus on one specific trip over the Pennsylvania and the Bellefonte Central railroads.

Tentatively scheduled for the PRRT&HS Northern Central Chapter meeting in September 2019, RPM EAST in March 2020, and the PRRT&HS Annual Meeting in May 2020.

THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD'S YORK HAVEN LINE

A look at the pair of dual track main lines that ran from Wago Junction, Pa., to BANKS tower at Marysville, Pa,

Presented at the PRRT&HS Northern Central Chapter meeting in April 2012 and the PRRT&HS Annual Meeting in May 2012.

In The Works...

THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD'S MAIN LINE AT LEWISTOWN AND THE LEWISTOWN SECONDARY

A presentation of the history and infrastructure of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Middle Division at Lewistown, Pa., its yard there, and the Lewistown Secondary heading east from there. Discussion will include the speaker's modeling based on available information on the prototype.

THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD'S MILROY SECONDARY

A presentation of the history and infrastructure of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Milroy Secondary out of Lewistown, Pa.. Discussion will include the speaker's modeling based on available information on the prototype.

IMG 1126

The Chief Engineer is pleased to report progress on the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad Middle Division in HO scale. Work was hampered early on by illness that plagued the track crew for five weeks. A sprint to the finish of the quarter saw the completion of two out of three goals.

Milroy was made operational on the Milroy Secondary.

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Series Represented Type Prototype Notes Model Notes
LOCOMOTIVES
Diesel Switchers
50-69 series TBD, TBD, TBD    Alco S-2   Atlas
Diesel Road Switchers
70-79 series    Alco RS-3    Atlas
80-89 series    Alco RSD-5    Atlas
Diesel Cab Units
90-99 series TBD  Alco FA2   Proto
TBD  Alco FB2   Proto

FREIGHT EQUIPMENT

     GB Gondola   AccuRail 3700 Series AAR 41' Steel Gondola
     HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton   AccuRail 2500 Series USRA Coal Hopper
     HT Hopper, Steel, 70 ton   AccuRail 7500 Series 70-Ton Offset Side Triple Hopper
VO
1800-1899
1830, 1862, 1898  HT Hopper, Steel, 70 ton

10, leased from Virginian & Ohio1, 2

AccuRail 7500 Series 70-Ton Offset Side Triple Hopper
AM
39500-39999
39587, 39624, 39639, 39763  HT Hopper, Steel, 70 ton 20, leased from Allegheny Midland1, 2 AccuRail 7500 Series 70-Ton Offset Side Triple Hopper
     XM Box Car   AccuRail 3500 Series 40' Single Door Steel Boxcar

PASSENGER EQUIPMENT

100-199 series TBD  Rail Motor Car   Bachmann Spectrum
TBD  Trailer Car   Bachmann Spectrum

NON-REVENUE EQUIPMENT

1 TBD  Business Car   Bachmann Spectrum
200-209 series TBD, TBD,
TBD, TBD
 NE Caboose   Atlas

1 Not for interchange.

2 Hoppers leased pending arrival of new hoppers.

 

BCRR

Series Represented Type Prototype Notes Model Notes
LOCOMOTIVES
 Steam Locomotives
20-23    2-8-0 Consolidation    #20, Ex-PRR class H9s No. 3485;
 #21, Ex-PRR class H9s No. 1691;
 #23, Ex-PRR class H9s No. 444
 
Diesel Switchers
5323    EMD SW9     

FREIGHT EQUIPMENT

50    Box    

PASSENGER EQUIPMENT

3    Combine    
4    Coach    
7    Combine    
15    Combine    
100    Gas Powered Coach     

NON-REVENUE EQUIPMENT

100    Plow  Russell Snow Plow  
100-103    NE Caboose  #102, Ex-Army staff car  
     Evans Autorailer     

 

Huntingdon Broad Top Mountain Railroad Stock Cert

Series Represented Type Prototype Notes Model Notes
LOCOMOTIVES
 Steam Locomotives
31-40  TBD

 2-8-0 Consolidation

   Broadway Limited Imports

FREIGHT EQUIPMENT

3753-3808 TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD  GB Gondola, Steel, 46', 70 ton    Westerfield
202    HM Gondola, Steel, 50 ton    
3253-3743  TBD, TBD, TBD  HM Hopper, Steel, 30', 50 ton    Westerfield

PASSENGER EQUIPMENT

14    Miner's Coach    
27    Coach    
5436    RPO  Ex-PRR class MBM62 #5436  
     Baggage  Ex-PRR class B60b  

NON-REVENUE EQUIPMENT

2    Wrecking Crane    
15-17  TBD  NE Caboose  Ex-PRR class ND  
X20    Idler Flat    

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"A Modeler's Life" Podcast

A Modeler's Life

"The Kelly Questions" released September 10, 2018.

"A Modeler's Life" Podcast

A Modeler's Life

"Interview" released May 7, 2018.

"2016 Annual Meeting Models – 2"

The Keystone Modeler, Autumn 2016

On page 18, a photo and description of my mid-train lounge "bash" of class PS6L Sumac Falls. This was part of a PRR-Pro project. 

 

"Building the PRR Middle Division: Mann's Narrows and My Take On SuperTrees"

Susquehanna Sidetracks, January 2014

The first finished part of the model railroad, which earned me the Scenery AP certificate. Pages 9-12. 

 

"Building the PRR Middle Division: Yeagertown and Control Panels"

Susquehanna Sidetracks, May 2013

The Yeagertown location and my approach to control panels. Pages 10-12.

 

"Building the PRR Middle Division: Introduction"

Susquehanna Sidetracks, March 2013

Narrative overview of the model railroad's concept and plan. Pages 7-9.

 

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

The Society's mission is to further scholarly learning and interest in the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and its predecessor companies by stimulating and encouraging the collecting, researching, recording and preserving of all technical, historical and practical information concerning the PRR and to make this information available to interested persons in appropriate ways, such as publications, meetings, and the maintenance of a research archive. In addition, the Society hopes to further accurate modeling.

I currently serve on the Society's Modeling Committee, working with manufacturers to produce accurate PRR models.

Northern Central Chapter

I have served as chapter president, vice president, webmaster, and as a volunteer in the hosting of annual meetings.

New England Chapter

I have served as a volunteer in the hosting of annual meetings.

Middle Division Chapter

I have served as the chapter's webmaster.

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The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), an organization of model railroaders, advances the worldwide scale model railroading community through education and standards as well as advocacy and fellowship.

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The Mid-Eastern Region (MER) is one of seventeen Regions within NMRA.  The MER includes Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, plus parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  There are about 2,000 members in the MER.  MER activities include at least one convention each year – normally in the fall.

Susquehanna Division

I have served as a director of the Division and as chair of the Events Committee. I have served as a volunteer in the annual model railroad open house event.

Operations Special Interest Group

The principal purpose of the Operations Special Interest Group (OPSIG) is to discuss, develop and disseminate ways of operating model railroads to realistically emulate practices of the prototype.

 

 

The Great Scale Model Train Show

The Great Scale Model Train Show for over 28 years has provided a marketplace for everyone who enjoys building, operating, or simply watching scale model railroads. It's the largest show in the country dedicated to "scale" model trains, -- model trains that are intended to be reasonably accurate scale models. Merchandise at the shows includes all the common scales from Z to large scale. And there's much more than just the trains -- shop for scenery, tools, electronics, parts, videos, books, buildin supplies, software, display cases... everything you could want to make your hobby more enjoyable! Held quarterly in Timonium, Md.