Welcome to the KK&L Railroad
The Plywood Railroad

       A look at the caboose


The gauge of the Railroad's that I model are 7.5 and 1/87 HO scale. The 7.5 is transported to different railroads in and around the area. The HO layout is in my basement. The HO track is code 100 flex track with a gauntlet in a curve.

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

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 with training classes.

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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

4-4-0 Steamer

Yes I went and picked up a steam engine.   I went and looked at it in July. It has no power.   Pick it up and bring it to the loading area. Load it up and take it home in November. I took apart the tender and rebuilt it.   Next take the Engine […]

Dreams come true railroad

Traveled to South Carolina to ride the Mead 200. The layout had an open house the weekend we were there. Sept 20, 2021 Had to pick a rout to go straight off of the turntable. I picked the woods. I like a good tunnel. It sure was dark inside. It was also very long. I […]

What do you do after Retirement ?

What do I do now? I was asked if I could build some more riding cars. One that was half gondola and flat car. Well I started to work on a blue print of the car. Went and picked up some steel and started welding. Cut up the metal and put the rivets on the […]

Building of a flat car 7.5

I have built flat cars in the past.     A problem came up that it is hard to ride on a bench seat for any length of time. I have worked on building a car that can carry more than one person.  Here I go…   The normal car I build is 4 feet […]

2021 End of Summer Heat

OK so it’s the end of summer and the temp is slowly going down. That means it’s time to start building again. I like my fish belly car so what about building more? Started with Two and it grew to Five cars. Three = 6 footers and two =  4 footers. Went and welded stake […]

Digitrax Control Knob Replacement

After twelve years of having many operation sessions on the KK&L Railroad, the knobs on the Digitrax controllers have ether broken off, or the train will not stop when the knob is turned off. The Potentiometers are plastic that are in the controllers. I’m going to replace them. Click on any photo to enlarge it. […]

Fall of 2020

Now that the fall is setting in. I have new projects to work on. I have picked up a new tool and built a cart to hold it. I will be building a new set of riding cars with different options. First I have to build a table. I have already started on two cars […]

Concord Area Model Railroad Club

The Concord Area Model Railroad Club has started up with some meetings. The Club has been asked to go to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in May. So  Keep in touch with the group.

AP Chief Dispatcher

Just a update to the ones that check in. The railroad is back up and running. The track is in the cleaning and repairs to get it back to running status. In 2020 the time’s have been cancelled / postponed as a result of the COVID-19 virus and resulting quarantines. There will be several Operation […]

2020 What a year

Went to Florida to run trains. Was told that the seats were too high. Picked up some lower mounts. Stayed at home for my health. Worked on a tank car to pass the time. Worked on a boxcar to lube the trucks. Started going out riding on the train. Did some ballasting on the main. […]