View Full Version : Point of interest on the new route.

April 1st, 2010, 12:23 AM
Not finished yet but will be a point of interest on the route. The grade around the canyon is 1.5






April 1st, 2010, 01:38 AM

April 1st, 2010, 01:44 AM

Hi greywolfretired: Your gettin a good start on your layout,looking good..I would like to share a shot of my layout called Appalachia,Appalachian Mts East Coast..

April 1st, 2010, 02:03 AM
Creating realistic terrain is somewhat difficult...mountains were pushed up by forces in the earth, eons ago...rivers cut channels and gaps in the mountains...RR's usually followed the path of least gradient: criss crossing the "Rivers".

Laying track first, usually results in terrain that has rivers flowing uphill, and canyons that don't look like they were cut by rivers or glaciers. Most mountains in the US are in actuallity big, low rolling hills. Only the Swiss Alps, Canada, China, and Bryce Canyon...etc...etc... have jagged pointy peaks.

April 1st, 2010, 08:32 AM
I totally agree with Cascade's point of view. All too often Trainzers (and other sim users) prefer to put the track in first and then add the terrain later, almost as an afterthought. It is more difficult doing it the other way round, but the results are worth it.

Best wishes,

April 1st, 2010, 09:45 AM
Sorry Cascaderailroad,I'm not sure what your point was. As my route does not have a river yet but is ficticious, I am using different parts of natural landscapes that I have seen in person to add interest to my routes. My canyon here reminds me of Horseshoe canyon in alberta.
In some places I do the landscape first then add the railroad. It makes building the route more interesting.
Thanks for your comments though as any comment on any subject always generates a discussion.

There are some places that don't fit into the norm of canyons being formed by glaciers pushing through etc. Horseshoe canyon near the badlands in southeastern Alberta on the flat prairie, is an horseshoe shaped hole in the ground . There are quite a few web sites on this. I'll add a link.http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=horseshoe+canyon+alberta&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=1qy0S667OJXwMrHb1OoD&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CBgQsAQwAw

April 1st, 2010, 09:51 AM
Cascade has obviously never been out west. The terrain forms that GreyWolf has made look very similar to the Garden of the Gods, and other similar land forms. These are sandstone landforms that were created when the rockys were pushed up. Erosion has shaped them a bit.

As for why the mountains that you are thinking of are rounded, that is due to the fact that they are older and eroded alot more.

That is the Garden of the Gods. It is similar to what GreyWolf has created, like I was saying. There are also sections of the desert of Arizona that look like that due to Mesas being carved by sand and wind.

April 1st, 2010, 10:56 PM

Here is a shot from my current layout, I'M like you I don't think cascade has out west..Coming down from little pass is the name of shot..Besides all the moutains around this area are all jagged.. Bob Cass

April 2nd, 2010, 07:26 PM
greywolfretired: I apologize to You because I feel like I bumped your Thread..Please Except..

Bob Cass:) :)

April 2nd, 2010, 07:45 PM
not a problem, I'm easy going most of the time,send me a message with your email, I'll give you some tips re your route.
have a great day

April 2nd, 2010, 07:57 PM
That is awesome! Just add some train robbers, and you make your own western shooters!