I liked how that looked, so I just kept going. I covered the edges of the river so that the glue being sprayed on the land wouldn't hurt the river base. I also, of course, covered the existing track. Also note that I painted a rough outline of distant mountains behind the 3D mountains.
Using some rock mold I had bought, I created some rock castings and glued them to the mountain area covering the door opening.
Here is an updated overall view of the mountain area with lots of green foam applied.
A different angle shows the track and river clearly. It's starting to look like something now.
From watching one of Allen Keller's videos (Hooch Junction), I learned about using spray paint to weather the track. This photo shows a close-up of what the track looks like. I used primer brown and flat black ($1.00 each at K-Mart). It smells, it sprays everywhere, and it takes some elbow grease to clean the tops of the track, but, boy, does it look good!
I've added some more background mountains to the backdrop.
The mainline is open for business now.
I installed a tunnel portal on this side of the mountain. It is a hydrocal casting I bought at the hobby store. I cleared out the opening of the tunnel to make this portal fit, and then added some filler, which I painted the same brown color to make it look like it blended in.
The Kato PA engines are among my favorites. They run beautifully. I just couldn't resist including this shot of the engine in some nice, basic scenery.
On the other side of the mountain work continues as well. I've installed cardboard webbing between the backdrop and the back tracks.
Here's a view of the rest of the area.
Much like I did with the mountain, I covered the area with plaster cloth.
By now I had concluded that the Diamond Scale turntable was way over my head. I abandoned the idea. I cut a new sheet of plywood to fit the benchwork. I am trying out some ideas here to see how I might like the track to look.
I covered the recently applied plaster cloth with my standard brown paint and then applied the ground foam.
Here's another view.
With that done, I could concentrate on the front-of-the-track area. I am installing some plywood sheet supports here.
I transferred the track plan I designed in the CAD program to the plywood sheet.
Here's you can see the process. Note that I also included the benchwork supports in the CAD drawing so that I could make I didn't put a turnout throwbar right over one of the boards.