As mentioned in the very first post on this blog, I had first gotten the idea for this layout while driving along Interstate highway 80 parallel to the rail lines. In fact 80 closely follows the path of Southern Pacific line much of the way across Nevada and crosses over the tracks a few times along the way so I plan to represent the highway at some of those locations.
The first such area to be modeled will be at the west end of the layout where the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific lines diverge just west of the junction at Wesso. This will a convenient way to have the tracks exit the layout.
The dirt roads are no doubt used by the railroad for access of MOW trucks.
As seen in this photo I have started to add base scenery to the area. The .010 sheet of plastic protects the back drop.
The base scenery on the hillside is still a bit damp but as it dries will blend in nicely with the existing scenery. It's drying fast as it is really hot today.