This scene really helps to fill in the west end of the railroad and now it's easier to imagine how it will look when complete. Still to come here is a scratchbuilt tower to represent the prototype tower that stood as 'SJ' in Solvay, NY, as well as completed trackside scenery with static grass and sundry details for the signals and turnouts.
As the scenery 'grows' across this area, the rest of the layout looks more and more desolate, awaiting scenery of its own! It's the long-term view that matters, though, and this is a great hobby in that it is truly cumulative. Every tiny effort serves in perpetuity so that little time is wasted, and each project provides a return measured in years. That's an exciting part of why we do this!