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Crossing 12th Avenue

The local runs down the switchback to pick up an empty at the Miami Produce Center on my personal layout based on The Downtown Spur in Miami. This was a tricky move for the crews because they had to cross 12th Avenue to do so. "Twelfth" is a busy, four lane, boulevard through the heart of town. For whatever reason, there are no crossing flashers and sight lines are blocked by buildings on all sides. The crew would stop short of the street, put out fusee's, stop traffic by hand, and scoot across to the Produce Center's courtyard.

To simulate the move on the layout, I've installed working fusees from Logic Rail Technologies. I did an article awhile back on this in MR but can't remember the specific issue.

When I custom build layouts, often the customer will have me leave the scenery and structures off so they can have fun doing that themselves. In these cases they'll often have me do one highly detailed scene for them such as the one above.

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