Those of you familiar with my Kingsbury Branch model railroad, may or may not know that it was inspired and based on an article in the April 1975 Model Railroader. The article was written by Randall M. Willis and documented the Milwaukee Road Chicago and Evanston line roughly between Hobbie St and Grand Ave. I often pondered, after building Kingsbury, what the author would think of my model railroad. Friends occaisonally asked if I ever heard from the author. I would say no and wonder where he was or even if he was still alive and well.
Image my surprise when in May of 2005 I received an e-mail from none other than Kingsbury author Randy Willis himself. Randy explained that he moved from Chicago and had been out of the hobby for about 20 years when his interest was rekindled. He began surfing the Internet to see what was available and generally what was out there. The surprise was on him when he eventually stumbled across my web site. He could hardly believe his eyes as he gazed at a complete model railroad built from the very article he had written some 30 years ago.
Several e-mails were exchanged between us over the next two years as we got to know one another and tried to arrange a visit. Randy and his wife Kathleen were finally able to make the trip to the Chicago suburbs on July 1,2007. I was excited as we headed down the basement steps. The Kingsbury branch had come full circle. I think Randy was impressed!
The Kingsbury Branch first appeared in the January 1997 issue of Model Railroader and was also
featured on the cover of the May 1998 issue. It was also on the cover of the 2001 Walthers Catalog and
was most recently on the cover of the March/April 2003 issue of N Scale Railroading.