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Chuck Hitchcock;s Argentine Industrial District Railway

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The AIDRY is set in the fall of 1960 because I wanted to preserve the colorful paint schemes of the 13 railroads operating in KC at that time. Also preserved is the use of 40' box cars being used in grain service, ice bunker reefers the principal mover of perishables and livestock be transported by rail.

The railroad operates under rule 105 which means there is a speed limit of 15 MPH on all transfers and switch jobs.This means crews must be in control being prepared to stop in one half the distance to other trains/objects and open switches.Most jobs operate with two man crews composed of a man on the ground and an engineer. The jobs that can be called are the Freight House job, Sinclair job, 5th St yard, Elevator "A", Terminal job, and the AG job. Most of the jobs are industries that are based in Kansas City although some are freelanced using the names of modeling friends. The operating sessions are split into three eight hour tricks using a 3 to 1 clock.

The railroad is approximately 28' X 50' in an around the wall configuration. Control is accomplished by the use of Easy DCC wireless throttles. All engines are equipped with Soundtraxx sound with the switch engines using Tsunami's which add the brake function.

Scenery is 100% completed; track and switches are Atlas code 83. Control of switches is by the use of Caboose Industry ground throws.
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Layout at a Glance 
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Layout at a Glance
  • HO
  • 30 ft X 50 ft
  • Prototype industrial areas of Kansas City circa 1960
  • Linear, single deck around the walls
  • Height: 53 inches
  • Industrial style sceniced areas with several green areas - 100 percent completed
  • Basement stairs w/handrail
  • EasyDCC wireless
  • Car cards and way bills - crews do all switching work with switch lists prepared by a clerk.
  • Number of operators: 12
Jobs on the Layout 
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Jobs on the Layout
  • Yardmaster and engineer; three industrial jobs using two man crews
  • One industrial job with one man crew
  • Two transfer crews
  • One clerk
About the Layout Owner 
About the Layout Owner

Chuck Hitchcock was born and raised in Kansas City and has always had a love for trains. He was introduced to the action of the Santa Fe at Holliday, Kansas at about age 10 when he made trips with a neighbor friend whose grand parents lived there. Later when he was able to drive he joined a group of men who would gather there in the second floor of the tower and visit and watch trains sometimes into the early hours of the morning. These trips became his inspiration for the construction and operation of his Santa Fe Argentine Division using the action at Holliday as the center piece.

After about 30 years of construction and enjoyable operation on the Argentine Division he decided to change the pace and with the help of friends designed and built the Argentine Industrial District Railway which has been in operation since 2001. Monthly operation sessions are held and to date some 190 are history.

Chuck is married to his wife Jennifer, a long time supporter of his hobby and best friend. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
More about the Layout 
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Additional information on the AIDRY can be found in Model Railroader magazine February 2007, Model Railroad Planning 2006 and Alan Keller's video #50.

Photo Gallery (click to embiggen)

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