… it’s the landing.
While I spent most of yesterday helping Brian Dickey operate his Roweham layout at an area train show, I did get a chance to look at some of the other displays.
This shelf-style exhibition layout caught my eye because there were several layers of blankets on the floor underneath it:
Closer inspection revealed the reason for this. The layout featured a hidden pivot plate connecting two tracks into a run-around. But there was no mechanism to prevent someone from running a train off the non-aligned track and onto the floor…
Apparently, the exhibitor learned the hard way that this might be a bad idea. Hence, the blankets to provide a soft landing.
I know this is a creative hobby, but I never cease to be amazed by the out-of-the-box thinking that some layout builders exhibit.