You may be surprised to find that the biggest part of building our HO Black River Junction project railroad wasn’t the benchwork, trackwork, or even wiring the layout for DCC. In the end, the scenery took the Model Railroader staff the most time to build.
Actually, once you stop and think about it, that fact shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. If you look at most any finished model railroad, or any real railroad for that matter, you’ll find that a relatively small percentage of it is taken up by the railroad itself. Instead, the larger portion of space is filled with the towns, industries, rivers, and hills that surround the trains.