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Things I leave out when modeling N scale

Read the N Scale Insight column from the March 2016 Model Railroader
RELATED TOPICS: N SCALE
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These cattle on Jim Kelly’s N scale Tehachapi layout are content to loaf among the trees, and that’s a good thing, as there’s no fence to keep them off the railroad. Bet you didn’t notice.
Jim Kelly photo
The more I look at photos, the more I realize the images of place I’ve stored in my mind are usually simplified, stylized, and quite often romanticized. The mind has a good way of filtering out the clutter and making good memories even better.

In particular I’m struck by how much torn-up terrain appears in my railroad photos. Parts of Tehachapi Pass seem like a big sandbox where the terrain is always being rearranged. Often, bulldozer tracks are everywhere, and piles of dirt and rock abound.

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