Hello Frisco friends: Thank you to all who assisted in my Kansas City research over the last year as I build my railroad that depicts the Kansas City West Bottoms area in 1964. Equipment of all thirteen railroads in KC in 1964 will make layout appearances as they run from staging to their freight house and/or industries they are responsible to switch and back again. I anticipate keeping 3-4 operators busy during an operating session. I have included photos of construction progress, a track plan, and an aerial to locate the railroad. My thanks to a member of Frisco.org who created and posted the invaluable B&W aerial with Frisco trackage and industries defined I ahve included. That photo, plus lots of Sanborn map analysis, led me to the SLSF industries I wanted to include on the railroad. Sorry the photos are not in numerical order below. As of June 1, 2011, benchwork is complete, lighting/valence is complete, all structure mock-ups are complete and in place, and trackwork has begun. My control system is CVP EasyDCC with wireless throttles. Freight houses of the following railroads are on the layout and switched by power and cabooses of the respective road: SLSF, GM&O, CB&Q, ATSF, CRI&P, MKT, WAB, CGW, and CMSP&P/KCS (shared). I will not be able to include the large freight houses of MP nor UP. The Frisco will run from staging to the SLSF freight house just south of the 12th Ave Viaduct. The Frisco will also switch eleven industries in the alley between 8th and 9th Streets, two industries along Santa Fe Street (with street-running), four industries northeast of 8th and Santa Fe St, and the Rudy-Patrick Seed elevator at 8th and Santa Fe St (with its cool curved wall along the west leg of the SLSF wye). The Missouri Pacific will run from staging and switch four industries along St. Louis Ave in the bottoms, and the Missouri Produce Market near the ASB Bridge and back to staging. The CRI&P, ATSF, and CB&Q will run from staging to their freight houses and/or to the Missouri Produce Yard and back to staging. The Kansas City Terminal Railway will run from staging to most any industry or freight house and back to staging, or maybe even between modeled industries – I don’t know yet. All other railroads will run from staging to their respective freight house and back to staging. There will be no through-trains modeled. The Missouri Produce Yard is at the east end of the modeled MP trackage and will be served by the four yard co-owners: MP, CRI&P, ATSF, and CB&Q. ATSF will have a zebra-stripe 44-tonner stationed there, and the other three roads will also work the yard with their local power. Reefers will be setout on tracks paralleled by concrete loading platforms for direct loading into waiting produce trucks. Many West Bottoms structures will be included as shown on the track plan and seen in the photos of structure mock-ups. Iconic structures to be modeled will be the Rudy-Patrick elevator and the adjacent curved-wall Rudy-Patrick Atlas Building, the 12th Ave Viaduct, Stowe Hardware, two Crooks Brothers buildings, Tower 2, and Tower 4. Each railroad freight house will be built to resemble its appearance in 1964 based on building plans, photos, and other research. Staging will consist of 14 six-foot-long cassettes, stored on an adjacent wall and attached where shown on the track plan. Trains will enter the layout engine-in-front. After doing their work, trains will return to staging engine-in-front. Trains will leave the layout and enter the empty cassette, which will be turned 180 degrees (end-for end), stored, ready to be re-attached in the future, at which time the trains will be headed onto the layout with the engine in front. Car fiddling will occur on cassettes in staging as necessary. I hope you enjoy the track plan, photos, and descriptions. Please post any questions or comments you have and I will be glad to respond.