This layout is long gone, see a much newer layout with better scenery, trackwork, and operations here:
The footage shows awful track – that sort of worked – on a model railroad featuring 90’s era CSX. Two main segments are shown – handlaid yard trackage, and a mainline attempt at realistic jointed rail.
All of the trackage, scenery, equipment, and weathering was made when I was a teenager. Then, the layout was dormant for 6 years before I revived it to take a record of the best portions. It was DC, and slow speed control wasn’t working well when I recorded this. Sound was dubbed in. The layout has since been torn down.
Most of the yard tracks are handlaid n-scale rail on tiny wooden ties, with kinks. The yard lead and siding are even more deliberately designed to cause trouble. I put cardboard shims under the middle 30′ ft. of each scale 40′ ft section of rail, and then spiked the joints down to create the characteristic bowed effect of poorly maintained jointed rail. The joints are more pronounced on the siding track shown at the end of the video, which is laid with cut 40’scale code 83 rail laid on plastic ties.