Yep, you got the deep forests, we got the "Out Back", so here's back at'cha from the out back ('cause that's where "the long drop" is).
Your comment about less-than perfect trackwork is right on the money. I live in the heart of narrow gauge country in Colorado, (literally surrounded by old rail grades that served the twenty eight coal mines in my area!) and speed was the largest factor in constructing those tracks. Most of the real work was then done afterwards, time and money permitting, to improve what was already there. That's why so many spindly, shaky-looking trestles, too. Afterward, they were often filled in. I drive on one several times a week, appropriately named Trestle Road, that connects my old coal mining town a with a former, long-gone coal-camp named Radiant.
I also frequently drive up Phantom Canyon on the old Florence and Cripple Creek narrow gauge rail grand..same thing.
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