A weed or not a weed? That is the question.

Great article and would certainly add that extra bit of realism to any layout. Just need to figure out what rolling stock I should use for my LNER-style layout. Does it matter that I was thinking c1940’s? I presume the tracks still needed de-weeding at that time…

National Railway Museum blog

Today’s post is by Chris Mossop, Design Manager at the National Railway Museum.

Keeping the tracks clear of vegetation is a constant problem for the railways. The most effective way of doing this has been the use of chemical weed-killer sprayed across the track from slow moving trains. This photograph from 1955 shows a steam-hauled train with six tankers of weed-killer:

Weed killing train, 1955 (NRM archive - 1995-7233_LIVST_EH_51) Weed killing train, 1955 (NRM archive – 1995-7233_LIVST_EH_51)

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