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Keystone Crossings is pleased to share that its databases have been returned to service!

Keystone Crossings is built on the Joomla content management system (CMS). A third-party plug-in provided access to MySQL databases. The Joomla version we were on (2.x) went end-of-life on December 31, 2014, and we upgraded to version 3.x. 

The upgrade broke the database plug-in. After several months of working with the developer, I opted to resurrect PHP code I had used many years ago to provide the access directly. 

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

Our speaker for the meeting will be Darwin Simonaitis. During the 1940s, the PRR tested the class A and J locomotives of the N&W, while the N&W and C&O tested the Penny’s T1. In addition, the Pennsylvania’s J1 locomotives were based on a C&O design embellished with a PRR distinctive front end and cab. Darwin will try to unravel some of the confusion that exists regarding the test results of these locomotive by the individual railroads.

While desirable, membership in the PRRT&HS is not required for attendance at our local meetings. Moreover, while donations are always welcome, there is no admission charge, nor any “arm-twisting” for a donation. Typical attendees consist of a mixture of ex-railroaders, model railroaders, and those interested in the operation and history of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Anyone interested in learning about the Pennsylvania Railroad is invited to attend.

The Chapter needs presentations for the upcoming July 24 and October 25 meetings. If you or someone else will be in the Chicago area on these dates, has something to share about the Railroad and would like to present the information at one of these meetings, please contact me directly at .

Marvin Cadwell
President, Chicago Terminal Chapter,

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Keystone Crossings has numerous services that require the user to be registered and logged in. Specifically, participation in surveys, polls, and discussion forums. This greatly reduces the threat of phantom users being created for nefarious purposes and also reduces the management headaches when users forget their passwords, change e-mail addresses, etc.

A shortcoming is that the third-party application that KC uses for "social authentication" did not support Yahoo as an authentical source. Most of KC's potential participants have Yahoo accounts by virtue of participating in the PRR-FAX and PRR-Modeling forums.

KC is pleased to announce that, as of today, support has been added for Yahoo!

If you already created an account on KC and wish to use Yahoo, login via the Yahoo icon. When it realizes that your e-mail address matches an existing account, you will be prompted to join the accounts. Thereafter, you can login via Yahoo.

In a few months, the ability to create local accounts on the site will once again be removed. It was hastily added last November for the annual modeling survey, when numerous users with only Yahoo accounts voiced their inability to participate otherwise.

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A new poll has been posted on Keystone Crossings. It asks...

Of the greater M class 4-8-2 Mountain locomotives, over half remained in the original M1 form when others were updated to class M1a or M1b. Broadway Limited Imports has produced the latter. If BLI were to produce an "original" M1, how many would you personally purchase?

Please participate at http://pennsyrr.com/index.php/polls. You must log in to vote.

DISCLAIMER: This poll is not sponsored by or affiliated with Broadway Limited Imports.

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Broadway Limited Imports has announced another run of their HO scale 4-8-2 Mountain PRR class M1a and M1b steam locomotives.

The success of the M1 Mountain-type locomotives prompted the Pennsylvania Railroad to order 100 more locomotives of the 4-8-2 wheel arrangement in 1930, though several upgrades were incorporated in the new machines. The new locomotives became the M1a class and had a longer wheelbase than the M1's due to the addition of the Worthington feedwater heater. They also received the new larger class 210F75 tenders, which became known as the coast-to-coast tenders. The first 50 M1a locomotives (#6700 - 6749) were built by Baldwin; Juniata Shops (later known as Altoona Works) built the next 25 M1a's (#6750-6774), and the remaining 25 were built by Lima and numbered 6775-6799.

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