Yesterday I posted a photo of a decommissioned railway crossing in Moncton and mentioned that it was a detail that is often a part of modern industrial trackage. As common a detail as it is, it’s one I’ve never included in a model railway I’ve built and can’t recall seeing on other layouts either.
In a comment on that original post, Trackside Trains’ Eric posted a terrific example from his area. Since it was a really terrific example but in a very different landscape I wanted to share it here for everyone to see. Here are two screenshots from Google Streetview showing the crossing and then zooming in just a little to show how the siding was capped. This plant is still in operation and scrolling around what I could see from Streetview, there are a lot of cars on the property.
If this link works, it should take you to Googlemaps.com and the location of Invista:
I think this siding along with a sample of some of the nearby tracks could become the beginning of a terrific, modern era, switching layout. It’s generic enough to fit anywhere and simple enough in composition to fit into many different North American locales.
Thanks Eric for sharing this location!