Thanks to a few hours work today with Rick, the shortline progress has begun! The first of two walls that will support the future right-of-way is now in place:
Everything ended up plumb, despite my out-of-level home and basement. Having another person to help (actually Rick really guided this work session today, and so I helped :-) is really an asset and part of the fun of model railroading. Rick is in the process of building a large layout of his own, and will be going with NCE DCC, just as I did. After we worked, I gave him a run-down of the system and he operated a few trains, the first of many times to come when we'll be operating together.
Here, the WAON-10 works the west end of the yard with U23B 2795 and an ex-NYC caboose:
I put a variety of photos and wall hangings on the layout recently to get them out of the way of construction, but I think I may leave them for now - it is a totally different effect to have them blocking the view of the railroad on the far side. Eventually, that will all be backdrop, but for now it's nice to have anything to break up the scene.
A few mintues later, SESL (Selkirk, NY to Saint Louis, MO) worked past the local on Track 1, with SD40-2 6524, SD50 6789, and SD40-2 6495. This is becoming a favorite spot of mine to take photos of the railroad - this view is just about how it appears when standing next to the layout, as the top level of the layout is just below eye level:
Tomorrow, I will continue shortline progress. More to come!
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