American Model Builders HO Scale: Farmer's Grain & Stock Co - Kit
The prototype for this kit is a small cribbed country elevator, the plans for which were found in the third edition of Plans of Grain Elevators, published in 1913 by the Grain Dealers Journal. This small elevator with its ramps leading to the unloading shed was common around the turn of the 20th century in locations where relatively small amounts of grain or corn were grown. A number of elevators of this type can still be found today, but usually in a greatly altered form. The design’s construction consisted of building storage bins of timbers and then covering these with boards to protect them form the elements. The cupola housed the elevator used to raise the grain to the top of the structure and a pipe system to route it to the appropriate storage bin. Machinery was also located there to clean the grain. An office and machinery building were attached for recording storage.
In particular, the plans for this elevator were labeled “Northwestern Line Elevator.” It is not known if this was a design favored by the Chicago & North Western Railroad, but it was not uncommon for a railroad to design a standard building and then lease it to an independent operator. In many instances, railroads would furnish the land and the siding in an attempt to convince an operator to locate on its lines.
This small HO scale elevator will fit nicely on any size layout. It includes the Scale, Office, and Unloading Shed. Features include: peel & stick windows, doors, and trim; drive in ramps with laser-scribed decking; tabbed and slotted wall construction; positionable doors; access ladder; white metal grain spout; simulated standing seam metal roofing; and a color sign sheet. The assembled kit measures 6" long x 5.5" wide x 7" high