photos by Richard Schumacher
Hank’s layout depicts the St. Louis to Hannibal portion of the CB&Q Railroad’s northbound main known as the “K” Line. The Francis branch running from Old Monroe to Francis is also modeled. The layout runs through rural areas and has six towns, two cement plants, along with paper, chemical and power plants. There are also two interchanges on the Francis branch, at Wellsville with the Wabash and at Francis with the GM&O. Team tracks are prevalent as are small stations along the main and branch lines. The Hanibal Division is double deck, with a long inclined run connecting the two levels.
Hank’s layout was featured on the home layout tour for the 2016 Gateway NMRA Train Show. These photos were taken during the layout tour.