KCS 3rd Subdivision

  A joint project of Steve Davis, Tom Vanden Bosch, and the Tuesday Night Gandy Dancers.

  • Excavator working Lime Quarry.
    Excavator working Lime Quarry.
  • Ft. Smith (in background)
    Ft. Smith (in background)
  • St. Clair Lime plant.
    St. Clair Lime plant.
  • Hatter Feed in Spiro, OK
    Hatter Feed in Spiro, OK
  • North Marble City.
    North Marble City.
  • South end, Heavener yard.
    South end, Heavener yard.
  • Switcher working South Sallisaw.
    Switcher working South Sallisaw.
  • Lime cars awaiting loading at St. Clair.
    Lime cars awaiting loading at St. Clair.
  • Grade crossing, S. Sallilsaw
    Grade crossing, S. Sallilsaw
  • Lime conveyor, St. Clair Lime.
    Lime conveyor, St. Clair Lime.
  • NB at Marble City.
    NB at Marble City.
  • Highway underpass, North Spiro.
    Highway underpass, North Spiro.
  • Local quarry job on bridge.
    Local quarry job on bridge.
  • Poteau Creek, North of Poteau.
    Poteau Creek, North of Poteau.
  • Engine facility at Heavener Yard.
    Engine facility at Heavener Yard.
  • Ft. Smith dodger exiting tunnel towards Poteau, OK.
    Ft. Smith dodger exiting tunnel towards Poteau, OK.
  • Dodger holds for BN Coal load at Ft. Smith Junction.
    Dodger holds for BN Coal load at Ft. Smith Junction.
  • SB crossing Arkansas River into Spiro.
    SB crossing Arkansas River into Spiro.
  • Trim job at North Heavener near scale track.
    Trim job at North Heavener near scale track.
  • Heavener Yard control panel, North end.
    Heavener Yard control panel, North end.
  • Local crossing hwy 64 at North Sallisaw
    Local crossing hwy 64 at North Sallisaw
  • View of Hwy 64 underpass at Sallisaw.
    View of Hwy 64 underpass at Sallisaw.
  • Sallisaw (smaller, mid-point yard)
    Sallisaw (smaller, mid-point yard)
  • Holding for a Southbound at N Marble City
    Holding for a Southbound at N Marble City
  • Amtrak Southern Belle Service crossing Arkansas River near Gans, OK.
    Amtrak Southern Belle Service crossing Arkansas River near Gans, OK.
  • MP 101 Local heading East to Van Buren.
    MP 101 Local heading East to Van Buren.
  • Diverging Approach, N. Stilwell
    Diverging Approach, N. Stilwell
  • Engine Facility at S. Heavener.
    Engine Facility at S. Heavener.
  • BN coal train passing through Spiro.
    BN coal train passing through Spiro.
  • Officer's Special streaks through Stilwell.
    Officer's Special streaks through Stilwell.
Excavator working Lime Quarry.
Excavator working Lime Quarry.

Thanks to JMRI's WiThrottle, you can now use your iPhone or Android to run trains on the KCS 3rd.

KCS 3rd Sub Model RR Layout Cab Ride Video:

Operator Briefing Video

RFID use on the KCS 3rd Sub:

Operating on the KCS 3rd Sub:

The KCS 3rd is an operating model RR.  We generally operate at 1 pm on the 4th Saturday of every month (check our calendar to confirm).  To sign up for an operating session, please join our site and sign up on our forum.

The Prototype:

The KCS 3rd Subdivision ran between Heavener, Oklahoma and Watts, OK.  Today this is part of the Heavener Subdivision, which runs from Heavener, OK to Pittsburg, KS.

Scale: HO

Control System: DCC, Digitrax duplex wireless

Car routing: Switchlists generated by freeware JMRI Ops

Dispatching: CTC using freeware CATS

Communications: FRS radios

Time Period Modelled: Late spring, 1982.

Ideal number of operators/crew positions: 11 (including yardmaster and dispatcher)