As the summer digs in, large blocks of time for layout construction are few. However, with the water meter repaired, I have moved forward with several major projects as time allows.
First, the engine facility at Onondaga Yard is taking shape. Here is an image of it, test-fit on location. The servicing platforms and pit tracks are in place and the columns are attached, awaiting bracing and walls. Once the entire structure is complete, it will be installed, and I can finish tracklaying in the engine yard. Conrail C32-8 6611 sits in the facility to give some sense of scale:
Also, the bridge at Skaneateles Creek on the short line is now weathered and permanently in place:
Built from a kit, this bridge received a heavy dose of weathering to represent a structure on a short line without much money to paint bridges. Still to come here are the guard rails and final abutments, but I'm excited with how this came out.
A close-up view of one of the weathered gusset plates:
Having that bridge in place has allowed me to lay track up to and through the staircase:
Now that the shortline's route is in place up to Eulcid Yard, it was time to put the yard roadbed in place. With a large, stub-ended area, I decided to try 1" thick insulation foam as a base. I attached it with latex adhesive caulk, and then clamped and weighted it to ensure good adhesion. Here is the progress before removing the weights:
So, plenty of progress, little by little! I will continue working on the engine terminal and shortline in order to try and finish tracklaying before the end of the summer; then once the shortline is operational, it will be time to take a shot at backdrops. That promises to change the overall look dramatically!
Enjoy the summertime and stay tuned!