One of my goals on the D&NE is to bring the trackwork up to a higher standard. I am going to include switch details and joint bars. Color and texture are important too for both ties and rail.
The D&NE is a circa 1953 shortline not unlike the W&OD, StJ&LC, M&WR or, for that matter, the B&M mogul branches. As such, it is laid in 75# rail on softwood ties with no tie plates. I took a trip to nearby Wilton, NH to survey the trackwork on the B&M Hillsboro branch (now Pan Am). Some of the track has been upgraded, particularly at new industrial sidings and road crossings. There you’ll see heavier rail and tie plates. Admittedly, the Hillsboro branch has been sporadically upgraded throughout the last 60 or so years but a short walk will usually land you back in the land of light rail and rotten ties. One thing that stands out to me is that switches have tie plates under the points and frog.
I think I’ll take another expedition farther out past Lyndeborough to see if I can find trackwork in a more primitive condition.