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American Grain

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American Grain  
Richard Flannigan HO gauge 3.5mm scale

American Grain is set somewhere on the great plains in the Midwest of the United States of America, it could be anywhere in this region, a typical scene from Iowa to Kansis or Missouri to Minnesota.

Agriculture has always been one of the biggest drivers in the Midwest economy. The region's fertile soil combined with the steel plough has made it possible for farmers to produce abundant harvests of grain and cereal crops, including corn, wheat, soybeans, oats, and barley, the Midwest has become known as the nation's "breadbasket".

My layout demonstrates the labour intensive movement of grain in the early 1970's before hoppers freight cars became commonplace. Grain was transported in sacks carried over the shoulders of men from freight car to lorry.

Setting my layout in the Midwest in this time period allows varied liveries of stock due to the wave of Railroad buyouts and take overs in this era of railroad deregulation. You are likely to see motive power from any of the large companies of the time or the numerious shortlines of the area.


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