I found these backdrop photos online, and bought them to represent North Ogle Pass.
Some equipment is on the layout to run some trains.
The temporary bridge is quite obvious here, but it does the trick for now.
I still wasn't happy with my second attempt at getting the track down from the upper level, so out it came. I am now starting to work on what you see in the final track plan. Note that the cut-outs in the bottom of the framework are there for access to hidden track.
The foam for the return loop on the right-hand side is what I kept for this new plan.
It was now just a matter of building up the layers of Closet Mountain. The layers put in thus far represent the mid-way point of the track's descent from the upper level.
I then built up some more layers to get up to the upper level. Several tunnels were carved out.
Here you can see the close-up of the first tunnel that the track from the double main line encounters. The slope in the foam in the back is where the upper level track is coming down toward the turn-back loop on the right-hand side.
I painted all the visible ground surfaces, and then laid down the track. I started from the upper level, down to the right-hand side turn-back loop, over a temporary bridge straight across to the left-hand turn-back loop.
Here you can see the left-hand side turn-back loop installed. The feeder wires have been soldered and connected to the under-the-layout bus wires. The inside loop is the reversing loop for the lower level main line.
I installed the track for the reversing loop to the turnout in the back. That loop of track peeks out in the tunnel center-right of the photo.
It is finally time to start working on the rest of the layout. This module is to be the city of Hershey. My wife enjoys building town-scene buildings. We decided to try out the idea of using mirrors, so that we could make the city appear quite big by having the backs of the building be reflected in the mirrors. Since Pennsylvania is not flat, we decided to build the whole city up on a mountain. The track is at the lower level. An extremely rough mock-up of the passenger station was built out of layers of the foam.
After applying some greenery, I started working on the streets and the sidewalks.
I carved the foam to a natural slop and covered it with greenery. There is a pile of foam in between this module and the main line turn-back loop module. The idea is to carve out a ravine in this section.
The other end of the layout is being worked on, too. I wanted a turn-back loop for the main line, and a mining scene inside the loop. Here I am testing the tightness of the inner loop feeding the mining.