Consider if you will the lowly spur track. Once proud, well maintained and full of activity; now, it’s merely a remnant. Neglected and forgotten it’s the final refuge for rail and ties no longer suited to mainline service. Without an active customer, it’s a liability, an expense without justification on the balance sheet the bean counters worship.
Humble as they often are, these tracks are where the railroad meets its customers and the story of transporting the nation’s goods begins and ends. They can be a place to explore, an open book of history when one knows what to look for.
They make a fine subject for modeling and deserve to be more than a stubby little pocket for parking one or two cars.
Remember the lowly, forgotten, overlooked ordinary and spur tracks everywhere; especially the ones from our youth that we long to visit again to reminisce just one more time.