Re: Moline, Ks.
Dan and All:
It is correct that the Frisco didn't go through Moline, only the Santa Fe. There is an interesting sidebar to that statement though. The Watco Group, which is a shortline operator, bought up all of the excess RR lines in that area and then turned around and abandoned what they considered redundant lines or pieces of them. They purchased the Frisco line from southwest Missouri to Severy. They turned around and abandoned the part of the line from Fredonia to Severy. They also purchased the Santa Fe lines from Tulsa to north of Chanute and from Chanute to Winfield which runs through both Fredonia and Moline. Both the above referenced Frisco line and the Santa Fe lines crossed and interchanged at Cherryvale and Fredonia. This therefore formed a triangle between Fredonia on the West, Chanute on the North, and Cherryvale on the East. The interchange (what there was of it) between the Santa Fe and the Frisco at Fredonia was from East (Cherryvale) to North (Chanute). Watco built a broad new welded rail connection at Fredonia from the East (Cherryvale) side to the South (Moline) side and then abandoned the line between Fredonia and Chanute. Chanute is handled as a branch from Cherryvale. Watco uses the line which is a combination of the old Frisco Wichita Subdivision (Missouri to Fredonia) and the Santa Fe line (Fredonia to Winfield) as a bridge line to reach the lines they own West of Wichita.
Modeling a small segment of the Wichita Sub-Division, circa. 1980, in HO called the
"River City Railroad & Amusement Co."