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Small town living in the prairie circa 1880's.


Milk is brought in by train and stored in a "cold house" while awaiting distribution.


Main street with shops.


The train takes on water and fuel while passengers board.


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Flint Hills Discovery Center - Manhattan Kansas

Museum Exhibit
Scale: HO
Size: 5' x 20'
Controls: Custom Control System

CMR built an exhibit for the Flint Hills Discovery Center located in Manhattan, Kansas. It depicts the area during the 1880's and feature a small prairie town, ranch scene and operating period ATSF (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe) trains.

The scene is not specific to one town but elements were taken from actual places and scenes as depicted in period illustrations, sanborn insurance maps and photographs.

The photo in the banner above is from our exhibit model. It has been manipulated to look like an old black and white photo, typical of photos that we worked from to create the scenes on the exhibit.

Finished exhibit photos are at the top of this page, and in the left hand column. These are followed by chronological construction photos. You can "click" on the photos to open a larger version for a more detailed view. In addition many of the photos include a "mouse over" view of the historic photo from which the model was built.

Exhibit Plan.


ATSF Train taking on passengers at the station circa 1890's.
Note: The sky and the scenery to the left of the locomotive have been touched up, the rest of the photo is untouched. For a larger image click on the photo. For an even larger image click
here

Move your mouse over me AT&SF Train at the Station.

Roll over the image with your mouse to see the historic photograph of the station.
Click on the image to see a larger image of the CMR model.


Move your mouse over me The Livery & Stable where cariages and horses are boarded and cared for.

Roll over the image with your mouse to see the historic photograph of the station.
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Move your mouse over me The Grainery stores grain to be loaded or unloaded from the train.

Roll over the image with your mouse to see the historic photograph of the station.
Click on the image to see a larger image of the CMR model.


Move your mouse over me Typical shops that you would find in Kansas in the 1880's.

Roll over the image with your mouse to see the historic photograph of the station.
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Move your mouse over me You could buy a little bit of just about anything here.

Roll over the image with your mouse to see the historic photograph of the station.
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Move your mouse over me The blacksmith shop where you could get just about anything made or fixed.

Roll over the image with your mouse to see the historic photograph of the station.
Click on the image to see a larger image of the CMR model.


A train travels across the prairie with a ranch in the background.
Note: The sky has been touched up, the rest of the photo is untouched.

The ranch has a small house, barns and a stockade for loading cattle onto the train.

Working in the garden.

This is the "big house" in town.

The town is a busy place with shops that sell pretty much anything and everything that you need for rural life.

The ATSF train travels across the prairie.
Note: The sky has been touched up, the rest of the photo is untouched.

The white building is the local hotel, it has a pool hall, a cigar room, a restaurant and probably a few other services as well.

An overview of the station and town.

The station is a typical period ATSF design, painted in standard colors.

Construction Photos

Below you can see progress photos of the exhibit as it was built.

The exhibit is assembled and the foam scenery is carved.

The ATSF depot and main street, circa 1880.

Looking east towards town. The buildings are ready to paint and detail.

The grain & feed supply.

The main station and town. The buildings are painted and we are working on signs, awnings and other building details.

Overview of the main diorama with a new sky backdrop. More work to be done on it but it is coming along. Grass and scenery to be worked on next.





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