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.

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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HO Scale: Jordan Spreader Announced


At the National Train Show, Walthers announced a Jordan Spreader to be offered in Pennsylvania Railroad livery.  The Model 2-200 Spreader-Ditcher-Show Plow was used by dozens of railroads. The model features positionable wings and the mold boards may be raised and lowered. The model will feature railroad-specific details. Due in February 2018,...
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PRRT&HS: Summer 2017 The Keystone Modeler Published


The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society has published the Summer 2017 issue of its free eZine,  ​The Keystone Modeler ​.  Articles include: ​Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Flat Car Fleet, Part 13A - Loading a Pennsy F37, by Jack Consoli Upgrade an HO Scale X29 with Photo-Etched Parts by Bruce F. Smith ...
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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

Lewistown Yard

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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