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It's that time of year again! Much like writing a letter to Santa, each year Keystone Crossings asks HO modelers to complete a survey of their most desired items in the categories of locomotives, freight equipment, passenger equipment, non-revenue equipment, and structures/other.

The results are compiled and provided to numerous manufacturers for consideration. Members of the PRRT&HS Modeling Committee have indicated that manufacturers do use this data, and most of the top "wants" on past surveys have shown up as products within a year or two.

So, please, if you model in HO, take the time to complete the survey. It will become available on November 1 and will remain open through November 30. The address is

Note that you must login to participate. You may login using one of several social media sites. Keystone Crossings never handles your password; it only asks the social site whether or not you successfully authenticated. (More Info)

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Mount Vernon Shops link external has released decals for PRR class K7, K7A, and K8 stock cars, with an MSRP of $9.00.

The K7 was originally constructed by PRR subsidiary Vandalia in 1913. It was based on the X23 steel-exterior braced boxcar design. 25 K7 were built, which later were absorbed by the PRR. Following the success of this design, the PRR rebuilt the vast majority of its X24 automobile box car fleet into K7A stockcars between 1934 and 1939. A total of just over 1,400 K7A’s were built during this time. In 1924 the Altoona Works constructed 1,000 K8 stockcars to a slightly modified design compared to the K7/7A. In total, this gave the PRR a fleet of nearly 2,500 stock cars until they started to be retired, with the K7 virtually disappearing in 1952 while the remaining K7A/K8 soldiered on until the late-1950’s when they were replaced with the K9 and K11 designs.

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The Northern Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) is pleased to announce that it will be holding its quarterly meeting on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The meeting will be held at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 301 W. Philadelphia Street, York, Pa. Parking is around back, use the rear entrance, and proceed down the steps to the meeting room.

Scott L. Mingus, Sr., award-winning Civil War author and lecturer, will present “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War.” The talk involves details from one of his books, Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River: June 1863, as well as from a new booklet on the Northern Central Railway.

The booklet is a 25-page introduction to The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War: 1861-1865 and includes a sweeping overview of the railroad's activities in the war years, including Confederate raids and bridge burning parties, the financial state of the railroad and its investments to support the Northern war effort, some human interest stories, and other pertinent details. It is a precursor to a planned full-length book.

Scott is a scientist and executive in the global paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps.

The York, Pa., resident has written twelve Civil War books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won the 2013 Nathan Bedford Forrest Southern History Award and was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He also wrote several articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County ( link external). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County Heritage Trust for his contributions to local Civil War history.

He also has written six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to the hobby’s prestigious Legion of Honor in 2011. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio Infantry and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg.

Please, join us!

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The Chicago Terminal Chapter of the PRRT&HS will hold its next meeting on Saturday, October 25, between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

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Microtrains is accepting orders though Oct 31 for H31 hoppers.  Hoppers to be offered in 8 car "Runner packs" with the following road numbers: 220305, 220321, 550376, 220390, 220418, 220422, 220443, 220454.   

MSRP: $154.95


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