From one era to the next and from mainline to secondary track, there are distinct differences that we seldom pay attention to. And, let's get this question out of the way now. This is not just a rehash of old material from my previous book Detailing Track. Volume 07 features all new material on track modeling. Here's a sample of what's in store.
The lead article, Track: Then and Now looks at the differences in track details between the Transition and Modern Eras. There is more to see then joint bars every thirty-nine feet. 24 pages of large color photos show the wealth of details on mainline and secondary track, along with turnouts from both eras that most modelers ignore. Track is hardly the uniform one-size-fits-all commodity that we think it is.
In Ribbons of Steel In The Grass, Trevor Marshall shares his thinking behind modeling the run-down track of a Canadian National branchline near the end-of-service in the 1950s. Lot's of insights and close-up photos of Trevor's wonderful Port Rowan S scale layout.
Lastly, Lessons Learned: Forty Years of Handlaid Track.
No one is good at hand-laying track at first. Like any skill it comes with practice over time. Hand-laying track is something to approach with anticipation of the joy and satisfaction it bring. Not as an Herculean labor to be endured like a form of punishment.
With new material, TMC 07 makes a great companion to Detailing Track, our comprehensive guide to track modeling.
As always, you can get on topic without wading through a bunch of clutter or filler. TMC: Download. Read. Apply. Done!