The Hook River Mining Company,
a 1/4 inch to the foot scale,
narrow gauge model railroad.
About those mountains
The location of the Hook River Mine, is shrouded in mystery. No records have been found of the claim, yet six men mined gold there, for almost a decade. The mineral was taken to a nearby town which a narrow gauge railroad ran through. The quality of the ore was good and payments were made. When asked where the mine was, the answer was always the same. In the mountains.
Which mountains?That's the mystery, isn't it.
What to do?Because of that I was torn. Waiting for my plaster to cure and then get the base color where I want it (not as easy as it sounds), my mind was sort of stuck about what kind of scenery would be made. The trees, for instance, which set of them shall I go for. Colorado, while the home of narrow gauge railroads, is a bit thin on the ground when it comes to foliage. You have Ponderosa Pine, Spruce, Cottonwood, Aspen (no it is not always golden color), Gamble Oak and assorted shrubbery. The Ozarks have a lot of White Oak, Cottonwood, Sycamore, Birch and Maple, with a conifer named the Shortlead Pine. In Appalachia you have varieties of Oak, Beech, Maple, Poplar and Birch. New England has a bunch more and the list goes on.
After mulling it over, on a cold winter's day, I finally decided that the ethos of what I'm doing is the answer. This is a freelanced thing, so I'll do the same for the trees and shrubs. A mixture of some generic conifers, deciduous trees and bushes etc., aiming for a rich look.
Due to the size and the depth of the layout, everything will have to be done in foreground mode. This means extreme detail and lots of it. I went for a walk prior to the writing of this post, along a small stream, on a path that is normally grown over in summer and grabbed some twigs and stuff for ground cover. It has been wet of late, so everything is a bit darker (it'll pale out when dry). What was noticeable, was the rich variety of things on the ground. I've seen this in most places I've walked, from Alaska down through the Southern California mountains to areas along the coast of North Africa. There is always a lot of different ground cover and little tiny bits of weeds, twigs, broken branches, half covered tree trunks and the likeall over the place.
Jan 08, 2018