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and while waiting on the platform, had a look at an abandoned bit of track. had trees growing in it, branches down, and plenty of debris.
now, I'm considering having an abandoned section on my lay-out.
anyone else done this? (of course someone has, I just haven't looked for it yet...)
 

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I haven't, but it's been done plenty of times. Paint the rails a dark rust color, use only a little ballast, and fill in with vegetation and junk.
 

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I did it back when I had an N gauge layout (about 20 years ago) had a whole abandoned small railyard with some old rusting locos and rolling stock, buildings with collapsed roofs, isolated in a mountain valley - railroad ghost town. It was alot of fun.
The O-Guage layout I've had for the past fifteen years is a lot bigger, but because of the bigger scale, still does not have the room to allow me to do things like that and everything else I must do, so I don't plan the same this time.
But it was a great feature on that layout.
 

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That's a neat feature to have - seems to add "age" and history to a layout. I recall an old British layout that had an abandoned track section blocked by a rockslide, next to a boarded up tunnel mouth. You can invent any story you like 👍👍
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