This washout was photographed by John Blakely on July 26, 2021 at mile 13.8 of Canadian Pacific's Nephton Subdivision.
you have an unused or abandoned piece of trackage on your layout?
Would you like to consider an easy modelling project that would
immediately inform observers as to the cause of this abandonment?
Perhaps a small washout would do the trick! Disrupt the roadbed as
illustrated, model some pooled water on either side of the embankment,
and you are almost there. The reason for said pooling is likely a
beaver dam, so a judiciously applied pile of sticks could represent this
feature. The ultimate detail, however, would be a model of the dam's
resident. Check out Bernard Helen's selection of 3D-printed animals in
the "Miniprints" line and you will see that he offers beavers
(unpainted) in HO, S, and O scales. You would probably be the first kid
on your block to have one of those! Oh, and now you probably
understand why the Algoma Central Railway used to have a gentleman on
the payroll who's sole job was to dynamite beaver dams. Maybe you could
model this person too!
|The vigilant crew of the day's northbound train were able to spot this washout in advance and avoid disaster.|
The pooled water on either side of the embankment is readily apparent in this photo.