In the very back, along the wall will be some basic scenery with a few trees. Notice that this Stock Yard is right along the tracks and not on a siding. That may be a little odd, but consider that my whole layout is actually not a mainline. It is a mostly rural branchline that is not very busy. It still may be a little odd, but that is the way I want it.
11/30/2010: I was energetic today and got a lot done. This new section is all covered with hard-shell and my "oatmeal". Tomorrow, I'll see how far I get with painting it.
12/01/2010: I had a tremendous building session this morning and got all of the scenery completed on this section. Notice that I cut off that ugly pick-up section on the Stock Yard. I'll build a track trip out of rail when I lay the track.
Up next is to lay down some track.
12/03/2010: Speed bump! I ran out of wooden ties. It is time-consuming to plane down, rip, cross-cut and stain 1X4 cedar into wooden ties. But I took the time to do it and now I have a paper grocery bag full of them. I also ran out of ballast. My truck has been in the garage for a couple days, so I haven't been able to harvest gravel for screening, washing and drying. However, I do have the track laid down. I have to paint it and ballast it and drop down some feeder wires to the bus wires. I also made several trees and "planted" them. I think I pretty well have perfected making large-area "vegetation mats".
I think while I'm waiting to get more ballast, I'll get a leg up on the next section that I will call, "Irwin's Farm". I want to maintain my pace of one 8-9 foot section a week. I have a couple ideas I want to try out on the next section.
12/04/2010: Hey Box Cars! I got my truck back and harvested some gravel. It's screened down, washed, dried and applied I will now call this section DONE (for now) and it's time to send in the Royal Blue and K5 LOL!
Up next will be a corner section I will call "Irwin's Farm". When I make that post, I'll show the roughed-in area I have to work up. I think NOW is the time to take my technique of creating "vegetation mats" to a HO 'NUTHA LEVEL. LOL