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This first set of photos were taken at Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 9, 2013.
This is a derail at the Steamtown roundhouse.
These next set of photos were taken at the Union Pacific junction near Old Town Spring, in Spring, Texas, on August 17, 2001.
The start of one leg of the wye.
Two of the three tracks of the wye are visible in this photo.
The next two photos were taken at the former Houston Railroad Museum (before they moved) on October 23, 2010.
These next two photos were taken at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum in Rosenberg, Texas on April 13, 2013.
Here is a group of photos I took at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, near Strasburg, Pennsylvania on August 11, 2013.
Close-up of a point up against the main rail.
Close-up of the other rail, showing the profile of the point rail.
The next two photos were taken at the restored train station in Burton, Texas on April 26, 2003.
The last two photos were taken at the Fairfax station in Fairfax, Virginia on December 23, 2007. This one shows a rail joiner on the outside rail. It was pouring down rain, so I was rushed trying to take these photos.
And this one shows the rail joiner on the inside of the rail.
On October 5, 2014 I took the next three photos at the Galveston Railroad Museum, in Galveston, Texas. What I found interesting about the next two photos is how close the ballast is to the tops of the rails, and how ties, tie plates, and spikes are not at all visible. The first photo shows an area by the passenger station where visitors are likely to board a train for a short ride. The museum may have made the ballast as high as they did so as to reduce the number of people tripping of the rails.
Here it is even worse in that grass and weeds have overgrown the ballast.
This is a close-up of a rail joiner, which shows the way tie plates are put in place based on the placement of the ties.