NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

Kansas City Area Layouts

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Here are the great layouts that will be on tour during the 2018 Convention!

Several of the layouts listed below have links to dedicated layout pages, with additional details and photos, photos, photos!

Kansas City Eastern Model Railroad Club

HO
Odessa, MO
The Kansas City Eastern Model Railroad Club was formed as the Eastern Jackson County Mainliners in May of 1990, and in that time has grown to be one of the largest and most successful clubs in the Kansas City area. Over the past 20 years, the club has received awards from the Great American Train Show. The club owes special thanks to the Prime Outlet Mall, BNSF, Harmon Industries (now G.E.) New Signs, and J&L Trains for their donations and support.

Modular layouts are mobile sections of a layout that are built to specific standards. The standards ensure that all of the members' modules and any club-owned modules will connect interchangeably. Standards are supplied to all new members and serve as a guide for bench work, wiring, laying track, and building scenery.

Current size of layout: 76' x 56' in a "U" shaped design with new additions currently being added!

LAYOUT FACTS:

  • Approximately 325' of track length for each of the three main line tracks
  • Just over 6 1/2 scale miles per each mainline (sidings and yards excluded)
  • Full Digital Command Control (DCC)
  • Capable of up to three separately operated trains on each mainline
  • Six large switching, industrial, and locomotive service yards
  • Longest trains average 125 cars with as many as 8 locomotives
  • Fly-over track connecting lines 1 and 3, bypassing line 2

Dutch Valley Railway

David Peerbolte - G
Warrensburg, MO
Railway at a Glance
Name: Dutch Valley Railway
Size of Railway: 20' and 40' wide by 60' long
Scale: 1:29-1:24
Gauge:
Era: 1920 - 1950s
Theme: Branch Railroad - Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arkansas
Age: 5 years
Motive power: Track power and live steam
Length of mainline: 160' - total 200'
Maximum grade: 3%
Type of track: Aristo-Craft sectional
turnouts are Aristo-Craft extra wide radius and Train l #8
Minimum radius: 6 1/2'
Structures: Scratch and kit-bashed Aristo-Craft and Piko
Control system: Aristo-Craft Train Engineer

Kansas Pacific and Santa Fe Railroad

Dr. James Budde - HO
The Kansas Pacific and Santa Fe RR (KP&SF) is loosely based on the Union Pacific and Santa Fe prototypes during the period when the SF operated on the UP mainline (Kansas Pacific) during the flood of 1951. Both railroads operate on a 286’ dual mainline on the north side of the Kansas (Kaw) River. The line progresses from Kansas City through Lawrence and divides at Topeka—SF to Newton and La Junta, and the UP to Salina and Denver on the Kansas Pacific.

General emphasis is on passenger and fast freight operation, but specific emphasis is on passenger yard switching. Power includes big modern steam and hood and cab unit diesels of the transition era such as a SF SF 2-10-4, SF 2-10-2, UP 3985 Challenger, UP 4-8-2, UP FEF-3, SF PA/B/Bs, UP E7A/B/B, and so on. Switching is done with KCT NW7s and 0-6-0.

Kansas City Union Station (KCUS) is located on a peninsula (7’ x 22’) and includes 8 passenger tracks in addition to the Kansas City Terminal RR (KCT)
coach yard and service tracks. There is a kit-bashed model of KCUS. Nearby is located the post office, REA building, freight house, commissary, diesel shop, car shop, roundhouse, 130’ turntable and large UP coal dock with sand house. This is the major operating point that is switched by two man KCT crews. A unique operating feature is a towerman who aligns turnouts remotely (using DCC macors) for trains and switchers operating through the yard throat.

The layout is currently being remodeled to increase operating capability. Switching emphasis will be on assembling and disassembling trains at KCUS with switchers. The nearby Kansas City Terminal Railroad yard will be used to wash, service, and store passenger cars.

The Gastown and Cascades Railroad

Bob McBean - HO
“Gastown” was what early settlers called Vancouver B.C., after Englishman John “Gassy Jack” Deighton built a saloon in 1867 in what is now the heart of downtown Vancouver to serve the loggers and longshoremen in the area. The Cascades are a major mountain range of western North America extending from British Columbia to Northern California.
My early 1950’s HO layout emphasizes scenery rather than operation as it covers from Gastown (where I grew up), through the farming area of the Fraser Valley, into the Cascades (including Hope), terminating through tunnels across the Rockies in Calgary. Logging and coal mining are featured industries. Two cities in the Cascades are represented, Hope and Kamloops, since only in those two did both the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National railroads meet, although not at the same terminal. My grandfather worked for the CPR near Calgary around 1902 – 1905, hence I model primarily the CP, but in 1959 I traveled across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver on the CN as a “guest” of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
I have built this layout entirely myself, and have given several talks on my approach. The backdrop I painted to hang on the wall like a large picture. The structure was constructed in 4-ft modular lengths to permit the layout to be moved if necessary (not easily of course, but, for example, all wiring goes only from one terminal block to another 4 feet away, and Excel spreadsheets keep track of all data).

Louisville & Nashville - Lexington Subdivision

Mark Juett - HO
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The Louisville & Nashville RR Short Line runs along the Ohio River between Louisville and Cincinnati, circa September 1967.

First and second generation diesels pull freight and passenger trains. while coal is still king on the L&N, generating much revenue.

This HO railroad is about half finished. There is a second deck below to be built.

Currently there are over 70 hand-built custom switches. Main line run is about 150’

Track height 51-1/2”-67”. Track is flextrack code 70 & 83 with some hand laid areas.

Minimum switch is #6 in industrial areas, #8 & #10 on mainline. Minimum radius is 30” with large sweeping curves on main.

Other items to note:
Computer/Model Railroad Interface. Locking switches. Integrated yard panels. Plans for CTC & Signals. Operations by TTTO via telephone.

Over 200 cars in operation. Using JMRI Operations Pro for car forwarding. NCE Power House Pro Radio DCC. All locos sound equipped with Tsunami, Econami or Tsunami2 decoders. Cabooses with sound car decoders.

Several scratch built structures, wood, plastic, plaster and metal. We like all materials. Hundreds if not thousands of trees from natural plant material. Photo backdrops city and country.

Denver and Rio Grande Western

Ray Brown - HO/HOn3
Ray models the D&RG, Denver & Rio Grande 1905. The layout goes from Salida Colorado to Sargents, with branch lines to Monarch via switchbacks, and from Mears Junction to a saw mill which did not truly exist on the prototype.

The D&RG went over Marshall Pass to Sargents. North out of Salida the D&RG went to Leadville, which on my layout is hidden staging with a branch to the Calumet Mining District. The other end out of Sargents goes to hidden staging.

Salida is 28 ft long which is not quite long enough. All structures, trees, switches, freight cars and just about everything else on the layout is scratch built. All of Salida including the 27 engine roundhouse is dual gauge.

Welcome to my world! A work in progress!

Not handicapped accessible.
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Indian Ridge & Crystal Lake Railroad

Brad Morneau, MMR - HO
Indian Ridge & Crystal Lake Railroad, HO.  The IRCL is set in the late 1950's. It’s located in Northern Minnesota and started out as a logging railroad. Unlike most other logging railroads, it managed to survive and expand beyond logging into limited mining and other general freight work and lived on into the mid-20th century. The majority of its locomotives are steam.  

Bench-work: Part of the layout is shelf style, hanging off one wall. The other part is a free standing curved wall structure with the layout hanging off both sides. The wall curves into a folded dog-bone. Bench-work is 85% complete with only three siding areas left to build.  

Track: Track is hand-laid code 83 including all turnouts and is roughly 45% complete.  Scenery: 40% complete.  

Wiring & Control: The railroad uses Digitrax DCC. All turnouts are controlled by Tortoise switch machines. All of the control panels are recessed into the fascias and use LEDs and micro-DPDT switches for turnout position and control.  Not handicapped accessible.

Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad

Kevin Leyerle - HO
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HO
When the Rock Island Railroad (RI) went bankrupt in 1980, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or Katy) assumed operations of the RI’s East/West line from McAlester, Oklahoma to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Katy established a subsidiary called the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas (OKT) to operate the line west from Oklahoma City to El Reno, Oklahoma and to operate the former RI North/South line from Herington, Kansas to Ft. Worth, Texas.. Since this operation was on ex RI track and run by mostly ex RI employees, it puts a little different spin on the Katy.

Stockton and Copperopolis

Don Ball - HO
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The Stockton & Copperopolis is a Time Table and Train Order operated railroad running through California’s agricultural country in the mid-1890s.  The Moraga Springs Northern, a first class railroad, has trackage right over a portion of the S&C and interchanges freight and passenger equipment with it. 

MKT - Kansas City Division

Dave Weber - HO
Dave models the Missouri, Kansas, Texas Railroad from 1975 to prior to the Frisco and Rock Island demise in 1979/1980 between Parsons, Kansas to Kansas City.

The MKT Northern Division is a HO Scale layout contained in the climate controlled basement of David Weber's residence. It is not handicapped accessible. The layout dimensions are 40 X 25 feet, and it is a true point-to-point railroad.

Frisco and MOPAC trains are brought in from hidden staging in the middle of the layout room/basement, which is also where the Dispatcher's Office is located.

The railroad starts from the south with the Muskogee staging yard located in the stairwell/entrance into the room. It proceeds to Parsons Yard, which is about 40 feet long. Parsons yard requires a yardmaster, and has a tethered throttle for yardmaster. The next town north is Erie, Kansas, which contains 4 local businesses served by the railroad. There is some farm land scenery that separates Erie from the next town north, which is Moran, Kansas.

Moran has 3 industries served by rail. The railroad is about 2-3 foot wide from Erie to Moran, but narrows to about 1 foot for a swing out bridge that allows access to the enclosed Dispatchers office.

The Dispatcher uses portable radios to dispatch all trains, and a board and train order sheet is provided with a desk in the Dispatcher's office. The Dispatchers office also contains a hidden staging yard called Fort Scott Staging for Frisco and MOPAC trains entering railroad at Paola, Kansas at the junction. After Moran the railroad narrows, and the next town along the line is Ringer, Kansas.

Ringer is the longest passing siding on the railroad, and the maximum train length is 10 cars. Ringer has 2 industries served by rail. After Ringer, the railroad enters joint shared trackage with the Frisco and MOPAC for the remaining 43 miles in to Kansas City. This occurs at Paola Junction where the Frisco and MOPAC enter from the hidden staging yard in the dispatcher's office.

Paola has one industry served by rail and becomes double-track all the way to Kansas City. After Paola comes Lenexa, Kansas which has 2 industries served by the Frisco. After Lenexa comes Kansas City, which has I-35 Highway in the background. This portion of the Kansas City area contains Rosedale Yard where the Frisco operates and houses its own engine facility and small 4 track yard.

The Frisco operates a turn way freight from KC to Paola and back again. The adjoining yard, as on the prototype, is the Missouri, Kansas, Texas Glen Park Yard.

Glen Park yard requires 2 operators, which consist of a Yardmaster and an Assistant Yardmaster. This is a very busy yard. Glen Park yard makes up southbound trains, receives incoming transfer jobs from the Kansas City Terminal Railway yard to the north, and also from the Frisco. Glen Park Yard has 8 tracks and an engine facility.

The backdrop to these yard is very much like the prototype and is the signature scene on the railroad. At the end of the line is the Kansas City Terminal Railroad staging yard, which is residence to the BN, ATSF, MOPAC, CNW, UP, KCS, Rock Island, and Kansas City Terminal.

This yard has about 6 industries on the backdrop that are served by the KC Terminal yardmaster. It has 2 in the foreground served by the Frisco yardmaster. There are several visible staging tracks in this yard that contain staged through freights or unit coal trains. There is a flip-up bridge that connects the oval for restating or continuous running. The junction connecting KC Terminal staging and Glen Park yard is very complex, but simplified with diode matrix wiring.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - Albuquerque Subdivision

Mike Tomei - HO
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HO Scale
Mike’s layout represents the Santa Fe Railroad from Belen, New Mexico to La Junta, Colorado in late 1991 to early 1993. This is also known as the Superfleet era. Most of the locomotives still sported their "Desert Storm" flags and looked pretty classy. It was before the announcement of the merger (ATSF still cared).

Belen and La Junta are staging areas at both ends of the layout with modeled locations being Jansen and Gallinas, Co. Springer, Canyoncito, Lamy, and Albuquerque, N.M. Both staging areas have been expanded with more tracks for better traffic handling and ease of operation.

DRGW - Durango Division

John Vandenberg - HOn3
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The Durango Division of the Denver and Rio Grande Western is based on the heart of narrow gauge country in America, Durango Colorado. From Durango the railroad serves the 4 points of the compass, north to Silverton,south to Farmington, east to Chama, and west to Dolores via the Rio Grande Southern. Silverton is also served by the Silverton Northern which ran northeast from Silverton to serve the mills at Silverlake, Eureka, and Animas Forks. This HOn3 version of the Durango Division is built as a double deck railroad, with Durange Yard splitting the two decks.

Serendipity & Western/Michigan-California Lumber Company

Dave Jacobs - On30
Serendipity & Western/Michigan-California Lumber Co., O/On30. This layout includes a completed O gauge layout with incredibly detailed scenery and structures plus a completed On30 layout featuring the Michigan-California Lumber Company in great detail.  

Mark Twain would mostly feel at home here with shays, climaxes, and a heisler.  Everything on these layouts is very well thought out and highly detailed.  The two layouts are beautifully integrated together.  

Not handicapped accessible.
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New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad

Jack Rosenfield - HO
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HO
12 ft x 20 ft
My layout is a free-lance version of my memories of traveling on the New York New Haven & Hartford Railroad (routinely referred to as simply, “the New Haven”) from my home town of Port Chester, NY, past New Rochelle and Pelham, to Grand Central Terminal in New York City, from the mid-40s to the mid-50s. It is a highly sceniced and detailed layout running both diesel as well as steam, using Digitrax DCC, Peco code 100 on the main lines, Atlas code 83 in the yards and industry, and Tortoise switch machines. The layout is approximately 15’ by 15’ not including the adjoining room (2x14) used for the main lines and staging. I look forward to seeing you in Westchester County, NY.

The total area is about 12’ x 20’, and represents the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in the 1940s to 1955 in Westchester County, NY, going to Grand Central Terminal.

Southern Pacific Santa Fe, Denver & Rio Grande Western, and Rio Grande Southern Railroads

Larry Alfred, MMR

O scale and On3
36 ft x 50 ft
Yes, you read that right! The layout incorporates two separate railroads in one common space in O scale and On3. The RGS is modeled during the mid-40’s with Ridgway as the focal point, while the SPSF merger is modeled in the mid-80’s. Each railroad is separate such that when you view the standard gauge portions, the narrow gauge is behind the backdrop…when you view the narrow gauge, the standard gauge is hidden below…no three rail. Transitions between the two railroads occur with blended scenery.

K and W Railroad

Wayne and Karen Lang
elcome to the K & W Railroad.  This marks the tenth year for trains in our backyard. 

We run both steam and diesel locomotives pulling freight and passenger cars over approximately 850 feet of track.  We are looking forward to seeing you, and sharing the history of the "K&WRR”.  

Handicapped accessible.

Union Pacific/Uintah/KCS

Miles and Fran Hale
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1 1/2" (Live Steam)
F (garden)
On30 (indoor train room)

Three layouts in one stop!

 The Union Pacific live steam is in the backyard and is ride-on ready. Come feel the wind in your face.  

The F scale model of the Uintah Railway is in the Garden but not on the garden.  All the track is elevated to 40” so that running and maintenance are easier and much more fun. The entire Uintah system is modeled for operations.  

The Kansas City Southern’s West Bottoms of Kansas City are modeled in the 20’ x 26’  indoor “Train Room” with On30 running the streets and alleys of the bottoms area. Big city buildings dwarf the trains and make for interesting operations by the train crews.  

The live steam and F scale railroads are complete.  The On30 is under construction and partially running.

Baltimore and Ohio - Monongah Division

Bill Scheerer - HO
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The Monongah Division of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is located in my finished walkout basement. It represents operations between Cumberland, MD on the East and Parkersburg, WV on the West, with Grafton, WV being the center of activity between the two.

I did not attempt to recreate the prototype but rather to model the essence of the B&O in this part of the world. The Monongah Division is set in the 1950's, steam diesel transition era, with a + 240’ single track main line and a + 40’ branch line to Kingwood, West Virginia.

The layout is operated point-to-point with the end points being a common staging yard. Additional staging occurs on the Cowen Subdivision and the Fairmont Subdivision. The overall design is two level track plan with one helix hidden under mountains, visually transitioned into the scenery. Pushers and Helpers are used between Grafton and Cumberland.

The bench work is constructed as “stand alone”, meaning it is an around-the-wall and peninsula layout, all free from the walls and ceiling for easy removal in the future if it becomes necessary.

Scenery is approximately 10-15% complete. The railroad is signaled with the B&O's unique approach lighted Color Position Light Signals (CPL) and the layout's 12 Controlled Points are operated from a reproduction GRS control machine built with parts from the D&RGW's Winter Park to Yarmony, CO machine.

Hinton Division of the Chesapeake & Ohio

Jim Eudaly - O Scale
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The Hinton Division of the C&O is an O Scale layout in a free-standing 35' x 50' Butler metal building that is handicapped accessible. It is a walk around design with track heights of 20" at Gauley to 68" at Alleghany. Control is NCE radio. Two dispatchers at a rebuilt US&S CTC machine line the routes and clear signals for the two divisions: New River and Alleghany. Dispatchers wear telephone headsets and crews call on phone lines to get signals to run on. Two hostlers move engines onto ready tracks for road crews and move inbound engines to the service tracks.

CB&Q - Omaha Division

James McCroskie - HO
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James McCroskie’s CB&Q, Omaha Division
Modeling the 1968 CB&Q track from Kansas City to Omaha, this layout is located in a 22 ft x 40 ft basement. Access is through stairs in garage.

Layout is around the walls with a 15 ft ‘ x 30 ft wide section running down the middle of the layout. Railroad is 48" to 52" high.

Santa Fe Emporia Division

Eric Goodman - HO
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The Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision is an HO railroad representing the line from Argentine Yard to Augusta set in 1995. This railroad features long ATSF manifest trains, lots of hot intermodal trains and plenty of Super Fleet power for Super Service. The main yard stays busy classifying the manifest trains and working the intermodal and automotive trains that have setouts and pickups at Sunflower Lift. The large refinery complex at El Dorado will keep a local operator busy spotting and pulling cars. Surrounding the bottom level of the helix is a unit train capable grain elevator complex and mill.

Burlington Northern - Marais Division

Joe Kasper - N Scale
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This large N-scale railroad has much to offer the operating enthusiast, including eighteen scale miles of fully signaled CTC main line; a division yard spanning 45 ft, with full interlocking plants at both ends; and a three-segment CTC panel, run by one or two dispatchers. Train control is by RailCommand. The Burlington Northern Marais Division has a little bit for everybody. Come for the trains. Stay for the treats!

The Friso Railway - Northern Division

Rick McClellan, MMR - HO
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Rick McClellan’s Frisco Northern Division
The Northern Division models the Frisco (SLSF) from Kansas City, MO south through western Kansas and into Springfield, MO in 1980. This layout has hosted over 250 operating sessions over its 16 year life. Twenty sessions are planned for 2018 including one for the Operations Special Interest Group (OpSig) prior to the NMRA 2018 Convention in Kansas City, MO August 5-12.

Mandarin orange and white Frisco diesels move 30 car trains across the division along with Union Pacific and Seaboard Coast Line units on run through trains using the SLSF as a bridge. The MKT uses part of the Northern Division from Paola to their yard in Kansas City, KS via trackage rights. The Frisco-BN merger is nearing completion so BN green power and cabooses are seen in yards as well as the mainline.

This layout features five yards – four Frisco and one MKT yard. Kansas City’s two Frisco yards are the inbound yard at 19th Street and Rosedale which makes up all outbound south-bound trains. The MKT Glen Park Yard is the northern most reach of the railroad and serves the large Bunge elevator and all the connecting roads in Kansas City. There is a division point yard at Ft. Scott, KS that is responsible for north and south locals as well as local switching. The Springfield Yard is the hub of the railroad and does cut and fill work for through trains and originates trains to KC, St. Louis, Tulsa, Memphis and Ft. Smith, AR.

Operations feature the use of the Digitrax Simplex system along with Tsunami sound decoders. There are also a few QSI Revolution decoders in use as well. Car forwarding is done via four position waybill and car cards. Communication with a standard, wired, party line telephone system and verbal track warrants. The superintendent recommends everyone wear comfortable shoes.

Visitors and operators alike will note the Frisco Northern Division is not finished. The railroad is currently undergoing a lot of scenery, structures and detail work. It will look even better when you see it at the NMRA Convention in Kansas City, MO. See you there!
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Missouri-Kansas-Texas - St. Louis Subdivision

Bret Overholtzer, MMR - N Scale
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Hearken back to the simpler days of 1984 and run the Katy through scenic Missouri landscapes. This tidy N-scale layout packs a lot of operation and fun into a 15 ft by 25 ft main train room. The track snakes along the Missouri River, serving the riverside communities along the way. Freight, coal, and TOFC trains make up the bulk of the through trains, winding their way from Sedalia, Missouri to St. Louis Missouri. They will have to dodge the local trains that serve the agricultural-based industries of mid-Missouri.

Rock Island, Clay Center Line

Ken Jenkins - HO
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Ken Jenkins' Rock Island Clay Center Line
Ken Jenkins' Rock Island Clay Center Line
The HO Scale Rock Island Clay Center Line models the territory between Manhattan Kansas and Belleville Kansas. The layout is set in the fall of 1969 and the trains move a lot of grain. The layout is single track "dark territory", and is 57 ft x5 6 ft. around the wall. Stairs come down in the middle of the room. The layout height varies from 46 inches to 56 inches.
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CGW Railway and Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad

Mike Porter - HO
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Mike Porter’s CGW Railway and Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad
The Chicago Great Western Railway is a nine year old layout that is a work in progress. It depicts the CGW located in North-Western Iowa in the mid to late 60's. Its a time when covered wagons were in command of the daily mortgage lifter timefreights. The CGW is a 450' long single un-signaled main track with six ample sized passing sidings. It also depicts the main line to Minneapolis.

The working Division point yard at Clarion, Iowa is represented. The yard is at the junction of the three spokes of the system that radiate out towards Chicago, Omaha and Minneapolis. The yard has 8 tracks measuring 16' long. It also serves 5 industries.

ATSF. St. Louis Divison

Stephen Priest, MMR - HO
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St Louis Division of the Santa Fe Railway. This is the first year that this new HO scale railroad will be open for operations, and Prairie Rail will be the first time out of towners will grace the rails. The railroad is theoretical taking into consideration that the Santa Fe Railway always wanted a route from Kansas City to St.Louis to Chicago. Set in the late summer of 1978 the railroad features heavy mainline action. St. Louis will be our major yard with a pair of Division Point Yards to be located “route wise” on either side of the major yard. The railroad also includes a very busy branch line down to Columbia Missouri. The branchline is operational and will be the portion of the layout that will be operated during Prairie Rail.

Union Pacific Railroad, Wyoming Third Sub

Michael Borkon - HO
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Michael Borkon’s Union Pacific Railroad, Wyoming Third Sub
Experience the ambiance and excitement of a busy Union Pacific mainline across Wyoming in the fall of 1956. The fall perishable rush is in full swing with expedited 30 car reefer blocks delivering produce from California and the Northwest to eastern destinations. Add in westbound forwarder merchandise and drag frieghts and the result is a robust lineup of mainline action. Top that show with steam, first generation diesel and turbine power, all with sound and then couple in ABS control with semaphore control and the excitement just builds.

Buffalo & Pittsburgh

Jon Percy - N Scale
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Jon Percy’s Buffalo & Pittsburgh
The N Scale B&P is a regional railroad operating in New York and Pennsylvania within a few weeks of startup in 1988. Using 1st-generation locomotives leased from CSX and purchased second-hand, the mix of novice and experienced operators service multiple large and small industries along the mainline and on the Northern Branch. Two, 40-car daily road freights feed the two yard switchers and three local switchers. With a trackplan, timetable, and switchlists designed using the prototype’s, there’s plenty of realistic work for everyone but there’s time to take a break too.

Rio Grande Southern and Denver Rio Grande Western

Steve McKee - On3
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Steve McKee's
RGS and DRGW
This is a 38’x46’ Miles Hale designed freelance railroad based on the RGS & DRGW in southwest Colorado in the San Juan Mountains. It features a beautiful backdrop painted by Larry Patch. This layout is built in the middle of the basement and not around the walls in a 2200sq ft area. There is about 440 ft of track with a minimum radius of 38”. Its 220 ft when walking around the layout so there is plenty of room for visitors. The track and # 6 switches are all from San Juan Manufacturing except the 3 way stub switches in the yards which are railway engineering. Maximum grade is 3 ½”. The elevations go from 45” to 59”. The era is the 1950’s and will feature mining and a lumber line and will be operational later on. All the rock casting of which there are many are Joel Bragdon’s Geodesic Foam scenery using his latex rock castings some of which are 2’x3’. The layout has about 6 year’s time in on it so far. I did about 90% of the work on the layout and the rest was help from several friends of mine who helped out when I ran into something I didn’t know about yet or something that just took 2 people to do. It features the NCE DCC system for power with wireless throttles. Layout is handicap accessible from walkout basement. There is also a restroom in the basement.

Rocky Ridge Railroad

Mike Martin - G scale - Garden
This outdoor G scale garden railroad is located in a shady wood area in a 13’ x 47’ space with three separate layouts and 185 feet of track. Three trains can be seen and heard going through two mountain tunnels and over several bridges. There are two water garden ponds with goldfish and water plants. There are a variety of ground covers, flowers and miniature tree plants. Houses, buildings, a baseball field and model automobiles add to the theme of rural countryside in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Piper Valley Railroad

Joe Robertson, MMR - HO
This fictitious railroad is set in the 1960’s.  The name comes from a small creek, Piper Creek, which ran next to our farm in Southern Missouri.  This creek served as a bathing place, a place to fish, and a place to swim.  It holds many fond memories as a child and became the name of my railroad.  The Piper Valley is a fully scenicked railroad in fall colors with the setting in the Missouri Ozarks.  To date, there are 150 trees on the railroad with several more to be added.  The railroad occupies a 26’ X 33’ room in the basement.  There are 185’ of mainline track with passing sidings in each of the cities.  Turnouts, 80 of them, are Peco and are powered by Tortoise machines.  There are two hidden storage areas totaling 214’ of storage tracks.  Minimum radius is 30 inches with one curve at 28 inches.  Grades are 1.8 percent, making for the running of medium size trains.  Digitrax DCC powers the railroad.  The railroad is 100% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

Western Maryland Railroad

Dale Phetteplace - HO
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Western Maryland Railroad, HO.  The Western Maryland Railroad occupies an area that is 24' x 44’.  The layout depicts the Western Maryland Railroad during the mid 1950's in Maryland and West Virginia. It has connections from the Norfolk & Western, Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, Pennsylvania and Reading Railroads.  Benchwork:   100%, Trackwork:   95%, Wiring:   95%, Rough Scenery:   90%, and Finished Scenery:   10%.  Not handicapped accessible.

Double the Fun Railroad

Bob Schmuck - HO/G
Two for the price of one - an outdoor G scale layout AND a nicely done HO layout inside that has five separate tracks running

Peculiar Junction

Rick and Susan Manfredi - G scale, Garden
We have a G gage outdoor railroad approximately 22' X 60' with a water garden, bridge over water garden, and tunnel.

Brush Creek and Western

Greater Kansas City Model Railroad Club - HO
The Greater Kansas City Model Railroad Club, Inc has been in existence for 47
years.

The club’s railroad is the Brush Creek and Western, a fictitious bridge route. The railroad has three levels, with the lower level having staging tracks along the perimeter and under two peninsulas.

Access to the middle and top levels are through two helixes. The tallest is double mainline with four 26’ center sidings and is 72” inches tall.

The railroad is completely signaled with the CTC machine located in the shared office space.

Milwaukee Road, Chestnut Street Branch (the Beer Line)

Mark Steenwyk - HO
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The Milwaukee Road Chestnut St. Branch is a six-mile industrial line more commonly known as the “Beer Line”. As the name implies, the brewing industry (Schlitz and Pabst) are the major traffic generators, but there are also many other industries such as tanneries, corrugated container plants, and an American Motors body plant that require daily switching on this busy line. Sixty different car spot locations at nearly 40 different industries make for continuous switching activity along the line.

Union Pacific South Platte Division

Larry Tiffany - HO
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The UP South Platte Division is a free-lanced Union Pacific line running from Council Bluffs to Cheyenne.

The layout is operated as a 1968 To a 1985 era layout with lots of large or unique UP power on the trains. South Platte is my version of North Platte and is the main focal point of the railroad. Southern Pacific had run thru trains to North Platte and Council Bluffs and my railroad has Southern pacific power on some trains as well.

During a session, seven westbound trains and seven eastbound trains run the layout, along with two locals. A dispatcher sits just off the railroad room. Car cards and waybills are used.

Pennsylvania and East Broad Top Railroads

Doug Taylor, MMR - HO and HOn3
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The East Broad Top Railroad is a 3 foot narrow gauge coal hauling railroad in South Central Pennsylvania. This modern, steam-powered railroad runs south from the dual gauge interchange with the Pennsylvania at Mount Union, through the shop and headquarters town of Orbisonia, the ganister rock quarry town of Saltillo, and terminates at the mines of Robertsdale. The point-to-point system features coal trains, rock trains, mixed freight, passenger and gas electric operations with modern steel equipment. Crew requirements are a dispatcher, Orbisonia yardmaster, Mount Union yardmaster, and 4 road crews. Communications is by vintage telephones.