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November is National Model Railroad Month. Once again, the Susquehanna Valley Model Railroaders (SVMR) have an open house planned for the event. Many of the participating model railroads are PRR-themed.

Across seven Pennsylvania counties, the SVMR has 12 different layouts open over two days -- November 1st and 2nd. You can download the schedule from the SVMR web site. The event is co-sponsored by the Susquehanna Division, Mid-Eastern Region, National Model Railroad Association.

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The Northern Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) has made arrangements to provide the Society with a presence at the quarterly Great Scale Model Train Shows in Timonium, Md.

The Society's professionally designed marketing display will be utilized for maximum exposure to potential members.

Recent discussion on the PRR-FAX list suggest that the Society increase its public presence. This is one way to do it. Timonium draws several thousand model railroaders for each show.

Society members (irregarless of chapter(s)) are encourage to wear PRRT&HS shirts to the show and to stop by the booth and chat with prospective members.

The next show is October 25-26. Hope to see you there!

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Bowser has announced an "Executive Line" ready-to-run version of their PRR class N8 cabin car.

Features include window glass, separate grab railing, metal wheels, and where indicated Train Phone antenna (designed using the PRR drawings).

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Built in 1912 at the PRR Altoona shops, the prototype battery-powered tractors served the Pennsylvania Railroad in Baltimore, MD and Jersey City, NJ, moving box cars in narrow city streets where standard locomotives could not be used. This model represents the switcher as it appeared from about the late 1920s to the early 1950s. The switchersbefore and after this time period featured different wheels and tires. Modifications in the mid-1950s also included conversion from electric to gas, when a large exhaust pipe was added to the roof. These tractors were often seen caked in heavy layers of dust, mud and grime, especially on the wheels and spokes.


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Slated for a 2015 release, the Precision Scale Company has announced two Pennsy projects in brass. Yes, brass!

The first is the massive S1 steam locomotive. It will be offered in several configurations, as follows:

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