Explorer Fred Kurtz Images for Railway Model

Posted Sep. 1st, 2013 by Tanya Cox

Fred Kutz Rail 2Longtime NE Explorer and friend Fred Kurtz has used his images in a unique way – he combined his photography with his other love , model trains. Here is his story:

Jon and Fred are lifelong best friends. They started building their first HO model railroad in a basement in 1969 when they were around 15 – 16 years old on three 4 x 8 feet tables.  That railroad was called the KS&W and lasted until Fred got married and left home. Then about seven years ago, Fred moved within a couple of miles of Jon and they both started building railroads in their basements, resurrecting the KS&W name. Like all railroads, they renamed the railroads a year ago to KSX.  They work once a week, on Wednesday nights, alternating houses (unless Fred is on a photo trip:). These are fairly large railroads – Fred has eight mainlines and Jon has five mains plus a dedicated Zoo line where the Carousel will eventually go with his photographs on it from his last NE Kenya Tour.

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  1. Fred KurtzOn Sep. 2nd, 2013

    Thanks for the post Tanya! Jon will love it.

    Yes every Wednesday night Sue. Jon is very patient with me when I travel. His dad is 93 and makes a yearly visit in August from Florida to see and work on our railroads.

    The Carousel is now in place on Jon’s railroad and operating along with a Ferris Wheel and Roller Coaster . He is going to build a Carousel for my railroad so I will put Kenya images on it too. They were shrunk down to a size of about 1/2″ by 1″.

    For those who have not done NE’s Kenya trip, I highly recommend it. D&T tried for years to get me to go and I would not because it was out of my comfort zone. So when I did go, it was very special because I had the time of my life and it was so wonderful. I recommend it to everyone.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 2nd, 2013

      Another great use of photography. Keep up the great work Fred.

  2. Sue WolfeOn Sep. 2nd, 2013

    Very cool Fred. Every Wednesday night … now that is dedication. However, I’m very glad you skip one every now and then to be my travel buddy!

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