Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas Railroad National Model Railroad Association

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Kevin Leyerle’s Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad

When the Rock Island Railroad (RI) went bankrupt in 1980, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or Katy) assumed operations on the Oklahoma portion of RI’s East/West line that ran from Memphis, TN to Tucumcari, NM. Katy had operated over this line (via trackage rights) since 1973 when they abandoned their own line into Oklahoma City.

In the spring of 1980, 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. My layout attempts to replicate this unique and fairly short lived (8 years) operation.

Photo Gallery

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El Reno - Council
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Harter Yard Office
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Harter Yard Office 2
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Harter Yard - Shawnee
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El Reno
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El Reno
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MKT 94 at El Reno
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Harter oil well
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MKT 339
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MKT-OKT dispatcher’s office
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North Canadian bridge
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North Canadian bridge
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Portland Avenue
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Overview of Shawnee, Hartland, and Harrah
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Westbound at Shawnee, Oklahoma
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Overview of Turner and Council