Welcome to the KK&L Railroad
The Plywood Railroad


The gauge of the Railroad that I model is in HO scale and uses code 100 flex track.

It runs on car-cards to send the product to the different companies on the railroad.

The railroad is a working road that connects two other railroads together. (That makes it a Point to Point Railroad)

The layout is totally freelanced.

The towns and buildings are named after Friends and Family.

The layout covers 1500 sq ft of the basement with 850 ft of dual main line track.

We do have rail ops sessions.


North West corner

Lighting the KK&L Railroad

Originally, the layout was illuminated with 75 watt incandescent bulbs. Over time, more energy-efficient bulbs were tried, but the lighting remained uneven and tough on the eyes. Finally, a solution was presented, using 3w LED bulbs housed in used cat food cans. The illumination is now consistent and yet does not strain eyesight when viewed for long periods.

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Maid spacers to hold the track in gauge

Running the Gauntlet: Solving a Switching Problem

One of the main curves of the layout had a switch at either end of the single track which no one could keep straight, resulting in head-on collisions and derailments. The fix was to hand-lay and install a Gauntlet at that spot. This is how it went.

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When you have a tight space to fill

In Howard yard I have a narrow area to put in some side tracks to run some cars into to make the area more interesting to work. So I designed a building that would take three cars on one side and two cars on the other. This turned into a Z building that when using plastic kits ended up being 2 inches wide. Each of the sides ended up 8 inches long.

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Building a Helix

I needed to go from one height to another in a small area. The way to do this is to run the track back and forth on the wall or fold it over its self. The track is at a 2.3 % grade with the height between the decks at 4 inches in height. It took some planning to get the front tracks to clear the rear tracks going down the grade. Each on of the sections had to be leveled and set to 2.3 % grade.

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Latest Articles

February Road Trip To Florida

Took a trip in 2020 to Florida and ran 7.5 Gauge trains. This is how it went.

Winter Work 7.5 Gauge

When you need a project for the winter. Think BIG Checking out the seats on the riding cars made me want to ride instead of sitting on my butt. Made a mock up of a flat car with a seat. Welded the car up.

Railroad Model University

RMU is coming January 25 2020. To register go to www.carolinasouthern.org  Division of the NMRA. You can find it on my  links page.   This year it will be at the Northside Baptist Church,  333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262.  Doors open up at 8:00am.   You do not have to be a NMRA member to […]

MMR # 641

It’s official Master Model Railroader # 641

7.5 Gauge

7.5 Gauge bug I was looking for something to change and still work with the trains, so I Jumped gauges from 1/87th to 7.5 gauge. Click on any photo to enlarge the photo So in comes 7.5 Gauge work shop.   The body of the switcher engine is cut on a plasma cutting table. Holes […]

AP Chief Dispatcher

In 2019 there will be several Operation session to give everyone time to get engineer running points for AP Chief Dispatcher at the KK&L Railroad. A class will be given before the run session for 4 people working on their Chief Dispatcher. (4 will be trained at a time) Click on any photo to enlarge […]

MER Convention 2020

As we work towards 2020 the MER Convention, that is coming to Charlotte North Carolina. I will have to put a lot of work into it because I’m the Chair of the Convention. The convention is going to be at the Crowne Plaza October 15,16,17, and 18 More news to come.

RMU Railroad Model University

This years RMU will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 — 9 am – 4 pm — Christ the King Church, 13501 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28278. Go to www.carolinasouthern.org to the registration page for more info.

Concord Area Model Railroad Club

The Concord Area Model Railroad Club is coming to the KK&L Railroad in April for their monthly meeting.  

Building cars

4 Scratch Build Cars Click on any photo to enlarge the photo 1. Flat Car 40′ HO Scale I started with a old sign that was thrown away. It was cut into strips  to be able to move it around. Even set up a work table at the railroad, so I can use the LED […]