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Great Model Railroads By Allen Keller Vol. # 34


Volume 34 - Gary Hoover's Missouri, Kansas and Quincy
Gary Hoover's Missouri, Kansas & Quincy is a modern HO railroad that covers half a continent from Chicago to California. Challenging scenery and photography are two topics that motivate Gary to keep improving. The layout has prairies, deserts, mountains and a seashore. Gary has published many articles and spectacular photos using the layout as a prop. He even likes to backdate the railroad for special photo articles.

You'll see heavy intermodal traffic with modern power from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Denver & Rio Grande Western and even the Southern Pacific. This layout was designed to provide operators and viewers with an exciting railroad journey through a variety of scenery.

You will learn about making fields and stucco walls from drywall compound, operating slow motion semaphores, moving tunnel curtains, and taking layout photographs. The Missouri, Kansas & Quincy is a great Model Railroad because Gary has created a marvelous railfan experience with his artistic ability to capture the essence of a model scene.

This layout was featured in Kalmbach's GMR 1994 Annual, "Model Railroad Planning" in 1996, and in the January 2000 issue of Model Railroader.


By George Ardwin
This time, we are reviewing Gary Hoover's MISSOURI, KANSAS & QUINCY R.R. His layout covers a large section of the U.S. from Chicago to California. It is 24' X 60' in size, and is HO scale.

The layout is very realistic looking, and has many beautiful trees, including both Deciduous and Palms. He is running trains with AMTRAK, BNSF, CSX AND UTAH R.R.

It is all diesel power, except for a steam railfan train that sees occasional use. His backgrounds are especially nice and blend in well with the scenery.

Quite a few mountains are represented, along with city scenes. The snow covered mountains give quite a contrast from the desert and city views. There are also some harbor scenes included. This layout has it all.

Gary started building it in 1985, and it has been a one-man operation in both the building and running of it. He admits to being a bit of a loner. He loves to build scenery, and it shows. His superb detailing stands out in every scene. He uses real dirt from the different parts of the country that are represented. He collects it on trips to those areas. Now THAT'S dedication to one's hobby.

The demonstration section of the video includes:

Gary also explains how he keeps motivated during the construction process, which is important to ALL of us.

I personally enjoyed this video very much and would give it a 10 rating.

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