ROCKS IN MODEL RAILROAD SCENERY
So, you’ve laid the track and have your trains running merrily round. Great work! But now what? How do you make that collection of tracks and trains look real? Making rocks is the next thing to do after you’ve developed the terrain and made land formations for your layout. Nothing says “impressive” quite like a layout with realistic scenic elements. Adding impressive rock features to your layout isn’t a difficult task and rocks can dramatically change the appearance of your layout. A good rock will transform your layout and the satisfaction gained by developing new skills and improving your layout will more than make up for the time. Nothing adds interest to a layout like realistic scenic elements. These make a tremendous difference on your layout. Adding elements like rocks are the quickest way to achieve this.
A key component in turning a model railroad track plan into a layout is realistic scenery. Regardless of what part of the world you model, there’s a high probability that the terrain includes some rocks. Whether they are huge mountains, bluffs over a river, a shallow rock cutting through rolling hill, rocks are a common element in scenery, nearly everywhere. Adding rockwork, therefore, is a great way to add realism to your layout. You can cast your own rock, install them in your layout and blend them into the surrounding scenery. You must plan your scene so your rockwork does not interfere with railroad operations. There are multiple techniques for filling the area behind your rockwork to prepare for the surrounding scenery. Once installed, rocks can be colored to look very realistic and match rockwork in the layout or reference photograph.