MER Regional Convention Slated

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The Susquehanna Division of the Mid Eastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) will be hosting the regional convention in Harrisburg, October 12th-15th, at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel. There is plenty of Pennsylvania Railroad content -- the event is even named after the Pennsy's  ​Susquehannock ​ train ! Th...
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Operations Documentation Published


The Employee Relations bureau of the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale is pleased to release the initial employee orientation and operational documentation. Documentation covers house rules, operating philosophy, movement of freight cars, movement of trains, roles and responsibilities, throttle instructions, and telephone instructions. The opera...
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Model Railroad Waybills Using Prototypic PRR Industry Data


So you've got a model railroad and you want to operate it. Before you can host an operating session, an operational strategy must be developed -- how do trains move? How do cars move? How do crews communicate? The scope of questions goes well beyond this article. One of the methods for freight car movement is the use of "Car Cards and Waybills". Th...
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Electrical Woes Resolved (Almost)


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. Lo...
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Report of the Chief Engineer: Second Quarter 2017

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The Chief Engineer of the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale is pleased to present its report for the second quarter of 2017. Progress and been varied and slow, complicated by a short circuit (see separate blog), oral surgery, illness, and two inches of water in the basement as a result of a recent tropical storm! Since last quarter, approximately hal...
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