Greetings all, I am once again on the path to building a new layout. This thread will showcase my progress. [Quick Navigation] Final Design - Page 4 #31 Construction Begins - Page 5 #49 Track Work Begins - Page 6 #59 Hand Laid Turnouts! - Page 7 #68 Elevations - Page 9 #90 How NOT to Cover Cardboard Lattice - Page 11 #108 A Better Way to Lay Terrain - Page 13 #121 Code 40 Turnouts - Page 15 #148 FOAM TERRAIN!!! - Page 16 #153 Foam Terrain 95% Shaped - Page 20 #193 First Tree Made - Page 22 #218 More Trees - Page 23 #225 Rock Work - Page 24 #237 Coloring First Rocks - Page 26 #255 Film Archive Found - Page 28 #273 Earth Tone Applied! - Page 28 #278 Better Rock Coloring - Page 29 #283 Aerial/Valley Photos - Page 30 #297 New Crossover - Page 31 #302 Dip in the Main - Page 31 #308 McKibben Comes to Life - Page 32 #314 Grade Crossings - Page 32 #319 First Layout Visitor! - Page 35 #348 Exploring a Detour - Page 37 #365 Back on Track! - Page 39 #389 New Projects - Page 40#392 How to Rebuild A Curved Turnout - Page 40 #399 New Crossover Installed - Page 41 #407 Figuring Out Frog Power - Page 42 #413 Slide Switch Ground Throws - Page 43 #422 JACALAR Visits Thunder Ridge! - Page 44 #433 Thunder Ridge was so named shortly after it's construction because of the thunder like sound which echoed across the river valley as trains, particularly trains pulled by steam locomotives, passed. The focus on this one is purely to create photographic scenery on the Ridge side (bottom), while the other side (top) remains fluid in design at this point. I have no intention to include any operational elements, though depending on the further development of the top side, I might like to include a few industrial spurs for their advantage of scenic elements and storage capacity. This layout will be built with C55 flex (probably ME) at a minimum 14" radius with easements into all curves. Inside loop runs clockwise, outside loop runs counter clockwise. Along the top side, all main line track will remain level and if any sidings are added they will be dropped below the mainline. The track running along Thunder Ridge rises approx 1-1.5 inches above the off-set route. The elevation difference will be split between the two lines to minimize grading (Inside route rises .5 inches, outside route drops .5 inches). I almost forgot, layout dimension is 40x90 inches. It will be built upon 3 30x40 foam core art boards. Last but not least, I made this short previz video to demonstrate the look I hope to achieve on Thunder Ridge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6J3JPCLpvw Questions, comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.