Following along a single spur line in Moncton, it was remarkable how much detail there was to see and photograph. Yesterday, I posted a photo of a partially decommissioned crossing and just a few hundred feet west of that crossing was another and it too is an example of something that is common in real life yet something I don’t feel like we include often enough on our model railways: the gravel grade crossing.
It’s execution couldn’t be simpler. Just pour gravel over the track until it’s an acceptable compromise between keeping the track open enough for a train to move safely over yet equally navigable for vehicle traffic. On a model railway, we add a extra dimension of challenge borne out of deeper flanges and wider wheels.
Challenges aside, these crossings are common. Many started out as temporary solutions and years later were never replaced. They are an equally important detail of urban railroading and another that begs to be modelled.