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.

Do you live in the Kansas City Metro Area and have a nice layout?

Do you enjoy sharing your creation with other like-minded individuals?

Then you need to have your layout on tour during the 2018 National Convention!!!

Here are just a few of the many 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!

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad

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

Larry Alfred

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.

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!

Friso - Eastern and Northern Divisions

Rick McClellan, MMR - HO
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Rick McClellan’s Frisco Northern and Eastern Divisions
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. The Kansas City yards are a beehive of activity, as they serve as the primary northern destination for trains on the layout. 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.

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.

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 - 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
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 - 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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HO Scale
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

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 Beer Line

Mark Steenwyk - HO
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HO Scale
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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HO Scale
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.

Baltimore and Ohio - Monongah Division

Bill Sheerer - HO
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HO Scale
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.
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