Here's a few views of the recent November 22, 2014 operating session, during which we re-enacted September 10, 1994 on the railroad based on Conrail schedules and timetables.
First, an extra military train ran, carrying the symbol MIL-401. Conrail gave the 'MIL' prefix to any dedicated military extra, and the digits worked with the division first ('4' for Albany Division origin) and the section of the train second ('01' for first such movement of the day). So, the MIL-401 is a military extra originating on the Albany Division and is the first Albany Division military extra origin of the day. In any case, here it is pausing at CP280, adjacent to Onondaga Yard:
Shortly thereafter, I grabbed a quick shot with my iPhone of the view looking west from CP280, which has in the distant background some of the new scenery along the M&E. For now, this is the most 'complete' view along the Onondaga Cutoff, and helps give a sense of space in the layout room.
I am also in the process of editing a video or two of this operating session to present here in the next entry.
With this most recent operating session behind us, things will quiet down a bit on the model railroad between the holiday season and the pending arrival of another baby - the Abeles family is about to have a new member! I will do my best during the next few weeks and months to keep you up to date with all the changes. I hope to still find a few moments to make some progress on the railroad.