Last time I built a layout, I couldn’t wait to add scenery to it – “scenic it” as a model railroader would say. The problem with doing that, is that if you want to make changes to your track plan – even modest ones – it becomes a real pain after you have put down a lawn, planted trees, and applied ballast to the road bed.
This time I know better. It is best to host a few operating sessions to test the layout of the track, location of industries and other structures, etc. prior to spending a lot of time concentrating on scenery. It takes enough effort to pull up track and roadbed to make adjustments. Once scenery is in place, I find it more difficult to psych myself up to make changes because I know how long it took me to add all that grass, sidewalks, and roadway.
But, as I get ready to go into my full-time job this morning (the job that supports my addiction to trains), I find myself with a case of scenic wonder. When I look at photos of my previous layout, where many of the areas had full scenery, I wonder when my new layout will be ready to be taken to the next level. And by that, I do not mean adding another level of track!