Creating and Crossing Lutgens Creek – Part Two

In the last installment about Lutgens Creek I had created the creek bed and painted it tan. The next step was to paint the bottom of the creek bed a darker color and then shade the sides a little.

I had some greenish brown paint (named Chocolate Cupcake, but if my cupcake was that color I wouldn’t eat it) left over from another project and I thought it would do, so I painted a stripe down the creek bed.

Chocolate Cupcake

The next step was to shade the sides with some medium brown paint and the airbrush. I don’t have a photo of that, but you can see it in the following photos. I also started putting down a bunch of static grass and brush, but I don’t have a lot of in-process photos.

Here’s one anyway.

Grass and paint.

And another lower down view.

Lower view.

I added a bunch more grass and vegetation of various varieties.

Lutgens Creek

I decided the creek needed some boulders and some driftwood. I found some dead plants on a walk around the building at work that looked like dead trees, so I used those.

Boulders and debris.

Once I was satisfied with the creek bed, I mixed up some Envriotex and poured the water.


After letting it set for a couple of days, I used some gloss Mod Podge and my air brush to add some ripples to the surface. This is a tip I got from a Luke Towan video.

Adding ripples.

Once the Mod Podge dried it was time to start laying track again! The bridges were all ready, so I started at the back with the main line. I used Elmer’s glue to glue down the track and canned goods to hold the track while the glue dried.

Main Line! Canned Goods Express.

The next day I got the two spurs glued down.


I still have to add the wiring, install the turnouts and controls and some other things, but now the main track work is almost done. Exciting!

Here’s a last shot of the creek and bridge. I’m pleased with how it turned out.

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