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2018 Layout Design and Operations Meet

Kansas City Terminal

As Featured in Model Railroad Planning and Great Model Railroads

Owner / Location / Website Crew Operating System Car Forwarding Layout Location
Jim Senese
Claremore, OK
8 EasyDCC Switch Lists 2nd floor of home.

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It’s 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 15, 1980 – the last weekend before the Frisco was absorbed into the Burlington Northern. The eight model railroaders who come to operate the KCT are divided into four two-person crews. One crew will be hired by the M-K-T, one by the Frisco, one by the Kansas City Southern, and one by the Missouri Pacific. During the 3.5 hour operating session each crew will switch industries along their railroad, provide customer service moves at grain elevators, and interchange interline freight cars with the other three trunk lines. As an additional dimension, each crew will be provided with a description of the corporate culture of the railroad they work for and will be asked to adopt that persona during the session.

Jim’s KCT represents 4 1/2 miles of railroads in the West and East Bottoms of Kansas City. Industries names and locations are prototypically accurate. Car forwarding is done by handwritten switch lists – as it was in 1980. The railroad is 660 square feet in size and consumes a couple of rooms on the second floor of the family house in Claremore. A third room is the crew lounge and railroad library.

Vital statistics:
Scale: HO
Track: Mostly code 83. Some code 70.
Turnouts: Atlas and Peco code 83 along with Micro-Engineering code 70.
Control: EasyDCC. Tethered and radio.
Locomotives: Sound in half of fleet.