Many years ago I saw one of Peter North's layouts and was so impressed with how a complete scene could be modelled and was seen to be alive through nothing more than background music and a flashing Neon sign in a cafe window (tumbleweeds blowing across the layout were optional), I thought my first foray into US modelling would have to be something similar but based in a City in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990's and featuring music from the Grunge bands of the era which is more of my scene. Coupled with the fact that I like having a layout on the go and with Wiley City just about finished, I started some scribbling...
Here are the posts from the other thread:
Dear 298, Hmmm, you want to be very careful what you wish for... ;-) UPY and OPR ops around Portland and Oregon City, Ore
I have a small fleet of SW1500s here that are just itching to be deployed on a layout of such... (Did someone say "Oregon : 3AM"?) Happy Modelling, Aim to Improve, Prof Klyzlr PS for those who may want to get a railroader's "cheat sheet" on the proto ops of the area, try this... http://www.fogchart....OC_Switcher.pdf
Sounds like last night - except for the 1990s bit. Oregon City - with the vertical cliff right above the old SP mainline, it's one of those "prototype for everything" locations and even if there wasn't enough fog, the paper mills create their own atmosphere. The intersection of Hwy 99E and Main Street is here. The immediate foreground of the image is on top of the cliff. The mill, downtown and railroad is at the bottom. This reverse view might be clearer.