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Grade Crossings I have Known

Fred Headon, MMR

As modellers interested in our prototype railways, we often use a grade crossing to safely observe these prototypes. When modelling these sites, the question should become, "Have all of the features that are present in the prototype been replicated?" We spend untold amounts of time detailing our locomotives, rolling stock and structures. Similarly, we should detail the grade crossings themselves. The actual crossing can be made by using a great variety of materials, but that is only the bare beginning. Railways (and those darn roadway people) also introduce a great number of other features around crossings that we should consider in our modelling efforts. We will look at the details of the infrastructure found where our rails are crossed by roads at grade - details that are important highlights within our setting.

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