March 2015 Update:
Here is another view on the other side of the tunnel.
The last post showed the truss bridge under construction and here it is almost completed in the mountain area. A modern refrigerated train is heading east towards Summit. The pine trees are a mixture of Noch and home made using the bottle brush method. There are many videos and presentations on the web for model pine trees.
Basic landform is being developed across the entire layout. Here is the form at Gleeville. The paper on the backdrop is to protect the background sky scenery. Behind the hills will just be sky backdrop. In most areas there will not be the need to paint hills on the backdrop.
Here is the end of Gleeville with a recycled scrap metal and car yard fitted into the scenery. None of the track has been ballasted yet.
At Summit here is the start of the gravel mine and dump mounds. The mounds (hills) of gravel are actually made from styrofoam covered in scale gravel. I will complete the yard tracks here this month but the gravel complex will take a little longer to build.
Here is Amtrac 970 heading west through the mountain area after leaving Summit.
Here is Amtrac 970 a short distance further west in the mountains after passing over the completed truss bridge - a Central Valley Kit. An excellent kit that produces a great structure.
Another project was to install an end of train flasher in the Amtrac car carrier. The flasher is managed by a decoder. Kato metal wheels and pick ups provide very reliable contacts. Much better than installing contacts yourself - thanks Kato.
Here is the view one gets on entering the room. Summit on the right and Gleeville on the left.
Here is a view of the mountain area further west of the above photo.