Jerry Britton grew up in the shadow of the Reading Railroad, but somehow attached himself to the Pennsy at an early age. Jerry is the publisher of the Keystone Crossings family of internet and social media sites, as well as the AlphabetRoute.com site. Jerry models the Pennsy in HO scale, set in the 1950s around Lewistown, Pa. Jerry is the chief information security officer for the Pennsylvania State Police.

Ground Broken - Phase I

I "broke ground" last evening. Let's call this "Phase I". Phase I entails construction of the model railroad in the former N scale trainroom. It is 10' x 24' plus an 8' x 8' forming an "L" shape. The main level will feature the main line from just ea...
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MiTrains & Waybills Purchased


This past weekend I purchased MiTrains & Waybills from Shenandoah Software . MiTrains maintains a complete inventory of your locomotives and rolling stock. Tracks list price, actual cost, enhancements, condition (unbuilt kit, on layout, etc.), et...
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Milroy SECONDARY, not BRANCH!

Had a very interesting discussion on several mailing lists as of late. Was asking for clarification on the use of telephone booths and clearance rules on the Milroy "Branch" for planning my operations, I made some very interesting discoveries...

The Employee Timetable for the Middle Division for 1954 breaks out the territories under ABS and MBS operation, and spells out clearance cards and train order protocols for same. But the Milroy "Branch" wasn't listed among them. So what authority was required for operations?

Turns out the Milroy "Branch" wasn't a "Branch", but a "Secondary". It's an important distinction, as the Definitions section of the Book

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Hello world!

Lewistown Junction
So, why did I choose Lewistown as the focal point of my new model railroad? I have always enjoyed main line railroading and the Pennsy's four-track main line is a favorite. I like large engine facilities. I've really come to enjoy yard drilling, than...
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