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Ever wonder how much it costs to run a site like Keystone Crossings? Fortunately, not as much as it used to!

For many years, the site was run out of my home office. It consisted of two servers, an internet connection that cost $75 a month, and the cost of keeping server software up-to-date... not to mention the cost of acquisition of documents to scan and share! Nearly all of the funding was provided by Merchandise Service, my former model railroad supply business.

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This DCC sound-equipped model with die-cast frame includes our Sound Value SoundTraxx® sound package with prototypical motors with blowers, pantograph extension and retraction, air compressors, short and long horns, and bell–all in 16-bit polyphonic sound.  A DCC-ready model is offered and features a die-cast frame with an 8-pin socket ready for DCC decoder installation.  

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PRR GF25A 6508

Train Control Systems has announced an HO scale General Electric U25C -- classed GF25a on the Pennsy.

The U25C appeared on the Pennsy in 1965. Two Pennsy road numbers will be available.

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PRR EF36 6179

Broadway Limited Imports has announced an HO scale EMD SD45 -- classed as EF36 on the Pennsy.

Built on the same frame as the SD40, SD38 and several other EMD staples, EMD produced 1,260 SD45s between Decembers 1965 and 1971. These freight haulers sported EMDs 645E3 20-cylinder engine which had 3,600HP output.

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MVS HO SKH21 Proof 600x308

Mount Vernon Shops has released HO scale decals for GLA hoppers in the Shadow Keystone scheme. John Frantz writes:

This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.

Beginning in 1909, the PRR introduced the H21 class of hoppers; by 1951 the class had peaked with a mammoth count of  39,699 cars. Known for its longevity in the fleet, this car became a signature of the Pennsy’s coal trains. This class of car was rebuilt many times throughout the years. Some of these cars lasted to the end of the PRR in 1968. However, most were scrapped by Conrail.

The H21 subclasses were in many different numbering blocks, with no discernible documentation of what numbers were assigned to each class, instead only total fleet numbers given.

This set contains enough data to do 6 cars in the Shadow Keystone Scheme. There are eleven different reweigh locations P50 (Enola), P57 (Altoona), P62 (Holidaysburg), P125 (Weigh Scales, PA), P165 (Girard Point, Philly), P203 (Pitcairn), P205 (Pitcairn), P251 (Scully), P440 (Ft. Wayne), P628 (Columbus, OH), and P752 (Indianapolis, IN) covering the entire PRR System and eight different reweigh dates ranging from the mid 1950’s through to the early 1960’s.

The H21 class has been produced in plastic by Bowser and resin by Westerfield.

For references in regard to the PRR's GLa and GLg Class Open Hopper Car fleet please consult Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Open Hopper Cars, by John Teichmoeller and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.

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