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Note added in 2017:  The model train layout as described in this website no longer exists. After more than a decade of monthly operating session, it was dismantled in September of 2015 by the regular operating crew and other friends, when Brian and Margaret Pate downsized into a retirement residence and sold their house. A large piece of the layout was carefully extracted and shipped to Dawson City, Yukon, for display in the Visitors'Cenre there. The exraction and installation is described by Mark Dance in a forthcoming issue of Model Railroad Planning. We are most grateful to those who contributed to this effort, namely Mark Dance, Brian Dobbin, Anthony Craig, Al Lill, Scott Calvert, Doug Hicks, Rene Gourley, Colin Dover, Bill Dixon, Mike Chandler, John Green, and Gordon Mitchell. Mark, Brian and Anthony in particular are credited with the installation in Dawson City.

The original website text described a layout under construction by Brian Pate in HOn3 (HO scale, ie 3.5mm=1 foot, and 3-foot narrow gauge). It was designed to represent the geography of a particular area (the Klondike gold-mining region of Canada's Yukon Territory) within the space limits available, with all structures scatchbuilt via historical photographs and other data. The layout was also designed with the objective of providing interesting and enjoyable operation for a group of 8 or 10.

As will be seen, the prototype was of 3-foot gauge. However, the choice of HOn3 scale/gauge for the layout is perhaps surprising, for a layout built for operation. We discuss this question further in another section.

This website shows what we had completed by Spring of 2008. However, monthly operation sessions had been underway since 2002. We have also hosted special operating sessions for the local meets of the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association, the Operations Special Interest Group of the NMRA, and most recently the Vanrail2007 operations invitational meet.

There is a lot of information in this website on various aspects of this project. We invite you to choose what will be of interest to you from the menu at left. Visitors interested in the historical aspects of the project may find the Structures section a good place to begin. Builders of layouts may find value in our comments in the Construction section, as to what we may have done right (and wrong!) First time visitors to the website may wish to start with the Tour.

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KMR operating group
KMR Operating Group 2008.
Clockwise from left: Brian Collins, Carl Sparks, Al Lill, Greg Kennelly, Bill Dixon, John Sled, (the late) Peter Anthony, Brian Pate.
Not present: Chuck Laws, Tim Horton, Brian Rudko, Alan Trammell, Doug Hicks, Scott Calvert.

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