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another aspect I have noted through casual observation,is the 'appearance' of track curvature, in model form.

Looking down on tracks from high bridges, I am amazed at how 'similar' to model trackage, the curvature and 'appearance' is.

I'm sure it's an optical thing...a trick of perspective....but since we are into selective compression in a big way, perhaps actually replicating radius, angles and lenght, in model form..[with all our other compromises?] is perhaps conterproductive...ie less realistic?

an example some may be familiar with...whilst traversing the A19 at Selby, over teh 'new' bridge, in the direction of York...the road passes over a mainline ...with a group of sidings, to teh left....the curvature of the track, from the road, looks very 'model' like?????
 
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