Okay, if you’re following along, you know the drill by now. If not, check back in the beginning of the first post for the explanation.
No commentary this time. You’re on your own. Enjoy!
What do you see? Addendum
October 3, 2011
From the comments section, you can see a great conversation has developed. I wanted to post a couple more photos to illustrate what we’re talking about.
Photo 1.1 below shows the two gray colored spots from the main photo close up. It’s a pair of bonded rail joints for the siding and signaling. You can see all the wiring involved as well as other debris scattered about. A factory weld for joining two pieces of rail is visible on the uppermost rail just under the hopper car truck towards the upper right corner of the photo.
I mentioned clearance points in reply to one of Matt’s comments and the reason is shown below on the yard tracks near the depot. These began showing up on all sidings and spur tracks a couple of years ago. I don’t know if this is just Norfolk Southern practice or something recently mandated by the FRA.
A different color is used to highlight other hazards like this derail where the yard lead comes off the main line. As Matt pointed out in his comments, prototype track is loaded with details like these, that we usually overlook in the rush to get something done.