Modeler's Moment - Use the rails you've got

very short rails
Jointed rail was normally made in 39 foot lengths so it would fit in a 40 foot gondola, but shorter lengths can be found in use. Prototype railroads used whatever lengths they had. If you're modeling jointed rail, include a few shorter pieces near the foreground for extra detail.

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Sometimes they're REALLY short

In looking around for new background images, I found another example of an exceptionally short rail.

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