Rewriting history on the Kaw Valley RR
Mike Fyten found the almost perfect prototype for his S scale model railroad in the Kansas City, Kaw Valley & Western Ry. Founded in 1914, the 37-mile short line ran through an idyllic Midwestern setting between Lawrence, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. However, the line was an electric interurban, and Mike wanted to model steam and diesel locomotives. The railroad also steadily declined from the Great Depression, when it eliminated passenger service, until its ultimate demise in 1961 when it had to pull up tracks to make room for Highway 32. So what should a model railroader do when history doesn’t quite fit his plans? Rewrite it, of course!