Monday, January 19, 2015

Some New Scenery

After the last operating session in November, I decided to make a push to get the scenery around the Laurel Ridge Prep Plant finished. Over the holidays, I got the scenery planted in most of the area and made a good start on some structures that will be needed here. 

Here's how the area looked before the rock facing was added around the tunnel portal at Summit Springs.

Here's an overview of the area now that the scenery is finished. Note that the crew of the Summit Springs Shifter spotted all of the empties up above the prep plant so that they can be rolled downgrade as they are loaded.

There is still a lot of detail to be added to the scene including barrels, old equipment, junk piles and the like. There's also a 550 Pay Loader in the paint shop ready to be weathered that will eventually be in this scene. But it's good to have the basic scenery finally finished.

There's also some new motive power on the railroad as can be seen in the photo below. Stay tuned for a post on this special unit!


  1. Awesome work Tom !! Realy like the look of the scene and the engine. Keep the pics comming.

  2. YAY!!! The Bi-Centennial Unit!!!! I can't wait to see more of the unit.

  3. What a great scene Tom, I really wish I had the room to model a coal mine seeing the link with Anthracite and the Reading.

    One question, to the right of the locomotive in the tunnel shot. What is the substance that you are using to reproduce the tallish bush? Jas...

  4. Mike and Pete- thanks for the kind comments. The bicentennial unit is the work of Matt Snell and I'll give the full story of this engine in an upcoming post.

    Jas- the tall bushes are done with Woodland Scenics green poly fiber pulled into thin clumps. I then mist them with a high-hold hair spray and sprinkle on Woodland Scenics Blended Turf T49. There's more detail on how the various bushes are done on this post: