That's the "downside" (if there really is one) to having too much information. Conversely, one of the consolations of not having enough info is that you're more free to do what "looks right" - and just enjoy the modeling process itself. Case in point: the bridge over the Mattabessett River (aka Little River) on the East Berlin branch of the Valley Line.
On the prototype, and on my layout, it marks the entrance to the old East Berlin station area and the final customer on the branch - Stanley Chemical Co. (paint manufacturer).
|That's the old freight house in the background.
|Ah, new kit parts - all cleaned of flash and waiting for assembly. Such promise!
|This was one of the trickiest steps - attaching the bracing to the sides, while keeping everything true - aided by some squares and fast-acting Tenax.
|Cross braces installed, which makes the whole assembly much more rigid.
|Not totally necessary, but NWSL's Chopper is very handy for making perfectly true cuts - helpful for fitting strip ends together. If you can't get the ends to fit satisfactorily snugly, you can always fill in with a little putty.
|And here's the bridge track with the ties removed.
|And put in place. You can see where the track has to be modified in order to sit down amongst the cross pieces.
|The "wood" tie end bracing is styrene, but the ties themselves are delrin. The instructions recommend Walthers Goo to attach the bracing to the ties, but I find that too messy (stringy) so used contact cement instead, applied with a microbrush.
|Just apply to the tie ends as above - trim to length once set.
|And here it is all done, except for guardrails and weathering.
|I'll use this photo of the Shailerville bridge guardrails as my guide for when I place the Berlin bridge on the layout.
|And here it is, lightly weathered, and temporarily placed where it'l go on the layout.