The Grand Kay and Bonneville is a fictional shortline on the plains of Nebraska, serving the farmers’ grain coop in Friend (pop. 850). Commonly called “The Granny Kay and Bonnie,” the line traveled east into Lincoln to interchange with the mainline. Later trackage rights also allowed the GK&B to travel across Iowa to Chicago and into southwest Missouri.
This track plan was originally published in Kalmbach’s Great Model Railroads 2002 as A small slice of the Pennsy, and is presented here in basically the same configuration using KATO UNITRACK. The spur track in the upper right hand corner could be used “to connect to Lincoln and other points east.” This layout could be easily expanded to a double track operation with the use of our R282 curve.
186mm (7 5/16") Straight Track
124mm (4 7/8") Straight Track
64mm (2 1/2") Straight Track
62mm (2 7/16") Straight Track
Bumper (Use any of three styles)
29mm (1 1/8") Straight Track
249mm (9 3/4") Radius 45 Curve Track
481mm (19") Radius 15 Curve Track (Included in turnout package)
#4 Left Turnout (Includes S60L/R Straight Tracks)
#4 Right Turnout (Includes S60L/R Straight Tracks)
60mm Special "Cut" Straight Track (Included with turnouts)
3-Way Extension Cord • Used to connect Terminal UniJoiners to Terminal Adapter Cord.
Terminal Adapter Cord • Used to connect 3-Way Extension Cord to power pack.
Turnout Control Switch
DC Converter (If 24-840 is used)
There will be extra pieces left over from the #20-091 Straight Track Assortment and turnout packages. These additional pieces can probably be used to lengthen a spur track. If overall table size allows, it is strongly recommended to inset a piece of 29mm Straight Track (from #20-091 assortment) immediately before entrance to curve on long straight at top and bottom on left end of layout.
It is possible to replace one or both of the #20-020 124mm Straight Tracks at the top of the layout with two #20-460~464 124mm Deck Girder Bridges. The #23-047 Pier Set is suggested for use with the bridges
This plan could be easily modified into a multi-track operation by the addition of the #20-170 216mm Curve Track and/or #20-110 282mm Curve Track. Of course, adding an additional loop of track would require the appropriate size table.