A Little History
Back in 2003, several members
of a local club decided that it would be better to break away and start a
new group. Most of us had known each other for many years, and we could all
agree on one major thing: NO POLITICS!! We were all tired of the finger
pointing and the inability to work together to accomplish a common goal. For
many of us, this is a hobby. The only problem was where to begin. We all new
that DCC was the future and most of us had purchased DCC systems already. We
also new that we didn't want the typical "christmas tree" type of modeling
and operation. With no home, this proved to be a challenge. One individual
contacted Gregg Fuhriman from NorCal Free-mo and asked what was the best way
to sell this free-mo idea. Gregg said that free-mo sells it self, no
persuading should need to be done. Boy, was he right!
The advantages are endless
with free-mo. After looking at what NorCal Free-mo has accomplished, we
realized the operating possibilities and module flexibility. The single
track mainline, free-form module shapes, and point-to-point operation met
exactly what we were looking for.
We decided that before we
start on individual modules, a staging yard with a loop to start trains was
needed. NorCal Free-mo was back to the rescue. Gary Green forwarded plans
for Shandin and aided in help when we ran into a problem. A special thanks
Gary Green and Gregg Fuhriman for all of their support and patience with us.
To say that our
venture is a success would be an understatement. Since our
inception, our members have travelled more than 7000 miles to attend
Free-mo setups. These range from smaller, close to home, shows
to two National Model Railroaders Association National Train Shows
in Anaheim, CA and Milwaukee, WI. The map below shows where
Currently, we have ten
strong modelers located around Wichita Kansas. There is no formal
organization, meaning no dues or officers, and we have work sessions once a week.
If your modeling needs and desires reflect
Free-mo and RPM type modeling than we need
you! We are looking for new members to construct modules and participate in
Free-mo setups in and around Kansas along with regional and national
setups with other Free-mo groups.