Slowly but surely, progress is being made on the scenery at Summit Springs where Dry Creek Coal Tipple #2 will be located. The photos below shows the area with the first layer of ground cover and scenery in place.
The weathering on the base of the tipple is finished as you can see in the photo below. All that remains to be added is a bit of coal and coal dust around the conveyor on the first level.
Once all of the trees are in place, I'll come back and add additional layers of ground cover, small trees and bushes. Whenever I get deep into a scenery project like this, the area of the layout in which I'm working ends up a mess. The photo below shows how things look right now.
In addition to the scenery at Summit Springs, I'm also adding scenery around the west end of the yard at Nelsonville. You can see the new scenery between the tracks in the center of the picture and the fascia. The next step here will be to add the final layer of ballast on the tracks. The area in the right of the picture between the tracks and the fascia will eventually have a speeder shed, two track worker dwellings and some other small buildings. The old passenger car to the far left in the picture will serve as the yard office and will be located further to the right in the photo above.
With any luck, I might have the area around Summit Springs finished by the next operating session.