This is a feature of many modern sidings and it’s something I feel I’ve seen in a number of locations across Canada. This particular crossing leads to a truck loading dock. Originally, as you can see, two tracks crossed this road but over time one of the sidings was removed. The other remains in use and the entire crossing has been left in place. When I started laying down track and thinking about elements I wanted to include in my layout, I knew that this was a detail I wanted to include.
I’m often looking for ways to extend my railway beyond what is modelled. In terms of track and trains, the answer is staging. But a model railway is more than just track and trains and I’m keen to identify opportunities to extend the layout’s story beyond the plywood. Perhaps a subtle detail like this addresses the contrast between those businesses that perservered while economies changed and those that didn’t. This simple detail is a chance to tell their story and subtly inject a little more personality in the fictional spur I’m building in N scale here at home.