This evening I was showing my wife Carrie my handy work with the bluff between LaSalle and Utica. She stated it reminded her a lot of the bluff into Mount Sterling near her hometown in Illinois. As mentioned in a previous post, the same area had inspired me to create this scene. It was a steep grade between the two towns on the layout. All I could imagine was a Rock Island freight rumbling up the grade as the diesels dug in. It was great to receive confirmation of what I was trying to portray was seen on the layout.
Carrie, who has such a great mind, asked about the flat spot on top of the bluff. I told her I wasn't sure what direction I was going to go with it, but most likely would round it off and plant trees along the top. She stated the scene was screaming for a quarry there. The thought had never crossed my mind. The more we talked about it, the more I *loved* the idea! Belrose Silica is right across the tracks.
So, off to Bing Maps to review the area once again. Belrose Silica mined sand from a quarry about a mile north of the plant. So, the quarry would be a perfect fit for the layout. How exciting! I was never expecting to model a quarry, but am now busting at the thought!
That's what I love about my wife. She is my best friend, but best of all, we compliment each other well. We make a great team.