Without going too off topic, I don't think those are super rigid rules. Like how many times are we going to look at the same style photo over and over again? The thread loses any level of creativity. If we all followed that rule to a t, this thread would be blander than bland dude. I don't want to sound like a broken record, and I'm not at all bashing anyone's photos, its just that adding some creative elements is never a bad thing. If the post is not appropriate, it'll get called out. Otherwise there's no need to be afraid of spicing things up. Including the post that sparked this discussion, here are some examples:
This second one is a particularly good example:
Just some notable examples; plenty more.
Okay, kind of off topic now, but last thing. Check their photo of the week/screener's choice for some inspiration and also as to what I'm rambling on about: https://railpictures.net/