Now that the signal system is complete (it still makes me smile to write that!), the vast majority of the wiring is now complete on the railroad, which will allow me to move ahead with the long process of adding scenery to the layout. For me, the first step in that process is adding the fascia panel boards on the front edge of the railroad.
First, a quick iPhone snapshot of a late-running TV80, coming east in morning light at CP282, under the recently installed signal bridge which is also displaying approach-medium for a westbound:
If I take a few steps away from the layout, this is the overview of that same area, with the new fascia panels hung and the edge of the Yardmaster's 'Office' at the lower right:
The fascia is cut from 4'X8' sheets of simple 1/4" 'Masonite' hardboard, a wood product available at most home-supply stores and lumber yards. It's flexible and smooth when curved in plane, but provides a nice hard surface once it is edge-mounted on the benchwork. This will be primed and painted a darker color once scenery is further along so as to be less distracting, but even with the unpainted surface I think it lends a much more finished look to the areas where it is installed. It forms a nice, definite edge to the railroad, which helps me visualize and construct the terrain.
Scenery will be a learning experience for me, as I have only very limited history with scenery construction. I will share that process here!