East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Nelson County -Scenic Inspiration

It is a particular blessing to have Nelson County so close at hand this time of year. This is the season I am depicting on my model railroad, so I schedule frequent trips to the foothills to reacquaint myself with what I am trying to portray.

What I see while walking the backroads are trees and more trees. I need to come up with a way to imply all this color and texture without spending the rest of my life fabricating individual model trees.

This scenery is much of what attracted me to Nelson County as a setting for my model railroad. But as the time approaches to begin building scenery, I wonder if I can do it justice.

Once I saw it all as great potential. Now I am seeing it more as a great challenge.