If you're unfamiliar with the practice of tilt-shifting a photo, it's a style of photo manipulation that's typically done to cityscapes or crowded scenes to make everything look like a miniature recreation. It can be used to great effect with trains too!
The following 10 photos might look like layouts from a dedicated and talented railroader, but they're actually real-life photos of trains which have been tilt-shifted to look small. This is what a real-world layout would look like to a giant with a penchant for the rails!
This is a great way to mesh the reality of the rails with the look and feel of our hobby. It's hard to tell whether some of these photos are real at all! The tilt-shifting train community is still a small one, and there will eventually be even better pictures than these. You can try out tilt-shifting on your own with online tools like tiltshiftmaker.com or any number of mobile apps designed to do the same.
If you have a tilt-shift photo of real trains you think is even better, please feel free to link to it in the comments below! We'd love to do a follow-up piece with even more nifty pictures like these.