Summertime with a young family, and an extended community with many teachers, is a time of weekend trips, camping, and family activities. Between that and working full time, summer months are not a high-volume production time for the Onondaga Cutoff.
However, there is still time to do a bit here and a bit there, and those bits add up. Here's a late afternoon photo of recent scenery construction west of CP-280.
A few more trees have grown in on the hillside, and I am wrapping up the first layer of ballast for the east end of the major yard on the railroad, including leads into CP-280. Ballasting interlockings is a painstaking process, worked on a few ties at a time, all while working to get the colors and profiles correct despite avoiding stones and glue on moving parts of interlocked turnouts. This is the first layer of ballast in the yard, with smaller crushed 'walking' stones yet to come as a finishing touch near the ladders and North Runner (the track running on the right side of the ladder tracks into the distance).
Enjoy the waning days of summer!