Industrial Trackage

Discussion in 'Trackside Photos & Details' started by Gary S., Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Gary S.

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    Here are some photos of some industrial trackage in the industrial park where the potato factory and plastic bag plant are. Some of it obviously hasn't been used in awhile. I debated whether to post these or not, but maybe someone will find them useful.

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    A couple more

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    If anyone wants me to take more shots and post them, I can. Just let me know.
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Ouch that last one in the first set of pics looks like a derailment waiting to happen :eek:
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'm glad you posted these Gary because they are so representative of modern industrial scenes. Such structures are pretty simple in their construction and appearance but details like the black loading dock weather protection, the fencing, the yellow safety rails on the stairway, etc make the scenes so interesting. Your pics are also great for inspiring models of little used or abandoned tracks.
    Ralph
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    Indeed and it can lose its prototypical look by having track that looks like a high speed main line. :(
    I am a firm believer that industrial track-and this applies to industrial switching layouts as well-should look run down like the pictures show.:D
  7. Gary S.

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    And so I am in the process of cutting some of the ties out of my ATLAS Code83 flex track and spreading things out a bit, making the spaces less consistent, and shortening a tie here and there. And I'm going to end up painting every tie at some point using various shades of grays and browns.
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    Notice to that some of the tracks are up on pretty decent ballast, others look almost like they've been laid in the dirt. Variations in your track bed between decent ballast, some ballast, and just plain dirt can make you industrial layout look more realistic.
  9. brakie

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    Guys,Keep in mind that the industry is responsible for maintaining their siding.This work is usually done by a private industrial rail siding contractor..Look closely at the picture and you will notice the "new" ballast appears to stop at the derail.
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    that looks so much like something nearby that I had to scroll up and see where you are to know it wasnt from here! Definitely common look!
  11. Gary S.

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    Here are some more photos of the area. Hope they inspire someone. As for me, The Gauge is a great place to store these pics for future reference!!! thanks for the web space!:wave:

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    Great shots!!!.... and excellent informative commentary.....
    thanks!
  14. Gary S.

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    Hey, here are some more trackage shots from an industrial park, maybe someone can use these to model the prototype.

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    and more photos

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    and 2 more that I thought were interesting

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    Good pictures, it's not hard to tell which spurs aren't used anymore
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    Yeah... ours don't usually have springs on the axles.
  19. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WOW, awesome shots Gary, they are really cool andfun to look at :thumb: :D :D
  20. brakie

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    Actually our models are most forgiving and we can indeed model rough industrial track which is slow speed switching anyway.
    I have taken a hammer and lightly tap the track giving it dips and dings and stuck a permanent slow order on this section of track.I have done this on 2 branch line layouts and 43 industrial switching layouts around some industries like a scrap yard or factory.