Several years ago, I had to dig out about 50 feet of right-of-way, trench under it, and install concrete, because burrowing animals were destroying my railroad on a weekly basis.
It made me appreciate the folks who have done ground-level "trench' railroads in the past.
My article on the rework project is here:http://www.familygardentrains.com/prime ... oadbed.htm
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