Sometimes when we’re trackside we’re presented with something that might just look too odd to try and recreate in miniature. I thought about that when I saw the bumper in this photo.
Look at the way the track appears to lift up from the roadbed. Further, there just doesn’t appear to be enough land under the track to hold up a loaded railcar. If modelled accurately, it might look sloppy to an observer not familiar with the prototype. As I explored around this simple track bumper, I wonder how this scene could be modelled and how did I feel about modelling something that, no matter how realistically done, might never look right.
This simple scene provided me with an opportunity to see something that caused me to question a personal convention. Have you ever seen something in “real” railroading that caused you to question how you approach the design of your models? Perhaps those boundries and defacto standards that underscore a typical scene you design and build into your model railway?