Moving down from Montieth Rock (https://espeecascades.blogspot.com/2018/09/montieth-rock-and-tunnel-21.html), I filled in terrain the rest of the way to Oakridge, including the mainline crossing of Salmon Creek. I use the "Pryor" name for this area, as that is un-modeled siding located between Oakridge and McCredie Springs. Ironically, I originally planned to begin my terrain forming efforts here. Instead, this major stretch of landscape became one of my last. The tunnels and trestles of this past year simply "commanded" my attention.
This relatively simple stretch of terrain went swiftly. I installed the pink foam slabs and then covered the surface with Sculptamold in about a week of work. Most of this terrain was my basic sloping hillside, formed by slabs of Styrofoam at my desired angle. That angle is steeper than most natural ground. Consider that artistic license to compress the scene within the available depth.
Pink Styrofoam panels installed for the terrain leading down to Salmon Creek in the distance to the left.
I filled in terrain around the mainline bridge crossing Salmon Creek. The foreground terrain awaits bridge construction for the Pope and Talbot lumber mill spur. Filling in around the mainline bridge allowed the terrain to fill in against the back drop continuously through this area. I used vertical slabs of Styrofoam for the creek area terrain, as that more easily allowed me to form my desired terrain.
Terrain forming for the mainline bridge crossing Salmon Creek.
I created a small hill on the RR-East side of the creek and then got carried away with terrain forming against the backdrop. I carried that hill too far into the Oakridge scene. Overnight, I wrestled with this and concluded a change was in order. I needed to open up the RR-West end of Oakridge more to fit the real scene and, critically, to provide space for Oakridge's Beech Street and the signals at that end of Oakridge. Quick work with a putty knife and a carving knife removed the offending terrain. I then formed a new end to the hillside and cleaned up the backdrop. I patched the basic backdrop paint after the Sculptamold was applied.
Salmon Creek hillside extending too far toward the RR-West end of Oakridge.
Excess hillside against backdrop has been removed and the hill reformed. A ramp for Beech Street has been formed to ensure I do not forget about this feature!
With terrain formed, I applied Sculptamold. Most of this used my tan earth color, though some areas, especially around Salmon Creek, received a gray paint filler. I exhausted my supply of Sculptamold with about six square feet of hillside left to cover. I had placed an order for more last week, right after the Montieth rock exercise. This order arrived the next day after my major Sculptamold effort. I immediately returned to complete the scene and take pictures before my regular Tuesday night railroad operating group met. I also was able to cover additional terrain I had formed in the Salmon Creek area.
Montieth Rock and terrain extending toward Salmon Creek. Note the pink foam patch still awaiting a fresh supply of Sculptamold.
Finally, it was time to run a train through the freshly completed scene.
SP9236W rounds the curve and starts the climb out of Oakridge as it crosses Salmon Creek.
SP9236 climbs toward Montieth Rock.
I have just a couple of major patches of terrain yet to go. The missing areas require some other activity before I work on them. One of those is Cascade Summit, immediately above the just-completed scene from Salmon Creek to Montieth Rock and McCredie Springs. Evident from the photos here, the open areas for the rear part of the summit scene overhead provide open light paths right now. Lighting for the "land down under" is one of those "other activities" that must precede terrain work for Cascade Summit. Meanwhile, my crews can enjoy their trains rolling through more completed terrain.