Thanks for the encouraging words, troops! Hopefully I can work some more on the ON tonight.
"Can you tell me how you created it and where you got the texture of the river from..."
The original texture came from the Ozark mountains. It's a pic of a creek called "West Fork of the White River" and was taken up near West Fork, AR on a secondary county road. I walked out onto the narrow steel lattice bridge to get the shot. I took the pic with a Canon A95 Powershot. The pic was taken sometime earlier in 2005. (Typically, I will take "texture trips" once or twice a year... sometimes more.) After having the raw texture on my hard drive for many months, the time came (last night) to spend some time in my photo shop blending the edges and doing the various doctorings that needs to be done in order to use it as a terrain texture. Truth be known, I've got the hankering to get out and do another texture trip (structures). Wonderful weather around here right now.
"Nice. And I just can't get over the motive power on the trestle ... "
Agreed! All of the engines in this pack are superlative!
However, I DID get your humor of passing over the EXCELLENT and ARTISTIC work done by what is obviously a GENIOUS route builder only to compliment the "back ground piece" that said GENIOUS didn't do.
(Of course, if he really WAS a genius, he'd know how to spell it, right?)