Overall view of Hancock, with the mainline and Hillis siding on the fill against the backdrop. To the right, the main winds through Peter on its way west to McClelland.
Overall view of Hancock, with the mainline and Hillis siding on the fill against the backdrop. To the right, the main winds through Peter on its way west to McClelland.
By: Joe Atkinson
Prototype view of Hancock Elevator.
Prototype view of Hancock Elevator.
By: Joe Atkinson
Looking north at new Hancock Elevator arrangement. Bins closest to the spur used to be on the aisle side of the original elevator structure, but were increased in height and moved to the back to allow the benchwork to be skinnied down. Hillside on the right was cut back, and taller bins were moved back further to accommodate the new arrangement. The entire structure was painted with Rustoleum Flat Aluminum.
Looking north at new Hancock Elevator arrangement. Bins closest to the spur used to be on the aisle side of the original elevator structure, but were increased in height and moved to the back to allow the benchwork to be skinnied down. Hillside on the right was cut back, and taller bins were moved back further to accommodate the new arrangement. The entire structure was painted with Rustoleum Flat Aluminum.
By: Joe Atkinson
South end of Hancock Elevator.
South end of Hancock Elevator.
By: Joe Atkinson
Diagram showing the recent Hancock spur extension in red.  Used with permission of Model Railroader magazine/Model Railroad Planning 2011.
Diagram showing the recent Hancock spur extension in red. Used with permission of Model Railroader magazine/Model Railroad Planning 2011.
By: Joe Atkinson
Crop Production Services, Hancock, IA, 5/29/2010.  CPS shares the elevator spur with Hancock Elevator.  My plan is to scratchbuild the CPS facility once I get back to work on this part of the layout.
Crop Production Services, Hancock, IA, 5/29/2010. CPS shares the elevator spur with Hancock Elevator. My plan is to scratchbuild the CPS facility once I get back to work on this part of the layout.
By: Joe Atkinson
Prototype view of the Hancock spur and pocket track, as IAIS 400-485-407 decend from the main with a single covered hopper.
Prototype view of the Hancock spur and pocket track, as IAIS 400-485-407 decend from the main with a single covered hopper.
By: Joe Atkinson
Looking south from the elevator at the hill tracks where the IAIS spots empties for Hancock. From left to right are the mainline and Hillis siding (on the fill), Hwy. 59, the Oakland branch, the Outside track (with the covered hoppers), and the Pocket track.
Looking south from the elevator at the hill tracks where the IAIS spots empties for Hancock. From left to right are the mainline and Hillis siding (on the fill), Hwy. 59, the Oakland branch, the Outside track (with the covered hoppers), and the Pocket track.
By: Joe Atkinson
Looking east at Hancock Jct. on the prototype.  I wish I could have modeled this scene more accurately, but due to the arrangement of the room, I accepted the concession of having to put a 180-degree curve in the main at this point, hoping the heavily-wooded area to the left, when modeled, would help to disguise the curve.

Another compromise I chose to make was to move Hillis siding west to Hancock, freeing up about 15' of open mainline running between Hancock and Atlantic.  On the prototype, Hillis is about three miles east of Hancock Jct.
Looking east at Hancock Jct. on the prototype. I wish I could have modeled this scene more accurately, but due to the arrangement of the room, I accepted the concession of having to put a 180-degree curve in the main at this point, hoping the heavily-wooded area to the left, when modeled, would help to disguise the curve.

Another compromise I chose to make was to move Hillis siding west to Hancock, freeing up about 15' of open mainline running between Hancock and Atlantic. On the prototype, Hillis is about three miles east of Hancock Jct.
By: Joe Atkinson
Looking east toward the East Nishnabotna River bridge and Hancock Jct.
Looking east toward the East Nishnabotna River bridge and Hancock Jct.
By: Joe Atkinson
Bing Maps view of the East Nishnabotna River bridge.
Bing Maps view of the East Nishnabotna River bridge.
By: Joe Atkinson
East Nishnabotna River bridge
East Nishnabotna River bridge
By: Joe Atkinson
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