Ken Heyl: The Living Legend carrying on

Ken Heyl, long time friend of legendary model railroader Dean Freytag; has been passing on Dean’s legacy with his own model railroad….the Cincinnati & Southern.

From Ken’s own words.

“It was started in 1991 as a result of the Handicap access laws regarding public access,” he speaks on his father’s former office at Heyl Funeral Home.

“I needed to get my funeral home operation all on one floor and left this 23 X 54 room empty”

He drew the room dimensions on graph paper and had three goals in mind.

1. Wide aisles so to be viewer freindly

2. Large radius curves

3. 1% grades to operate long freight trains


All bench work is 1×4 pine and drywall screwed together. Primary roadbed is 1/4 pine and plywood and secondary is flex cork; painted flat black with a dusting of primer gray.

Pictures are posted on the OHRRer’s Facebook page.

If you wish to visit his layout, please feel free to call his cell at 1-419-651-3471. Ken does travel being “semi-retired-ish” so sometimes he may be away from the Model RR empire. He is not only an avid rail traveler and railfan, but a classic car guy.

More coming on the scenery and operations…

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