Yes, that’s correct. Not everything in the real world is straight up and down, nor should it be on a model railroad. For example, the ground sifts and settles. People run into barriers. Sometimes something just isn’t built in a perfect straight line. The photo below on the Hitop illustrates this. The second pole up in the photo is leaning slightly. Notice the guardrail, someone has obviously backed into it at some point and knocked it out of line. Even track will sometimes be linked a bit, especially industrial trackage and particularly some lesser Penn Central track. Notice the kink in the track on the right between the second and third power pole. Elsewhere on the layout, there are a few signs that lean slightly, where drivers may have backed into a sign, or kids pulling on a sign. Another detail I’ve never seen modeled are road signs with bullet holes, as you see a lot out in the country! Always keep an eye out for how things appear in the real world, then transfer these to your layout!
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I have been a railfan since the age of 6, and a modeler since the age of fourteen. This is my first fully (well not quite) completed model railroad. I fell in love with trains early in life, ride them when I can, have volunteered on many steam fan trips and have ridden many more steam excursion trips, have belonged to several model rr clubs, and did a stint as a brakeman/conductor on a midwest regional railroad. My layout was published in Model Railroader magazine in 2016. I hope all of you enjoy the ride here on my sites! I now have the second blog/website up for my other hobby: wargaming with Flames Of War. I have been involved in wargaming off and on since my teens...... View all posts by stevecampbell60