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

Kansas City Area Layouts

Kansas City is the home to many exciting model railroad layouts.

We are hard at work, photographing and documenting the layouts that will be on tour in 2018, and we will add them to this page as we receive their information.

Here are just a few of the many great layouts that will be on tour during the 2018 Convention!

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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.
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Running for the first time on Prairie Rail, 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!
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Rick McClellan’s Frisco Northern and Eastern Divisions
In the pirate days, “X” marked the spot where the treasure was buried, and when you run on Rick’s Frisco layout, you will think that you’ve struck gold! The prototype Frisco track was fashioned in a huge “X” with their large Springfield Yard at the center of it all. Trains from Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and southwestern locales all met at Springfield. Rick’s vision was to recreate the feeling of moving trains across the road, and you will certainly get plenty of time to watch the scenery pass by as you run a train from Kansas City south through the Kansas and Missouri landscapes, to Springfield and beyond. Trains run under Digitrax DCC with wireless throttles. Track authority is by verbal warrants from the Dispatcher. Communication is by a phone system. Many of the locomotive are fully equipped with sound.
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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.
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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.