This car has a neat story: At the last operating session, an operator donated a car from his freelanced shortline to my roster. It's a great model that he lettered and weathered himself. All I had to do was install the resistive wheelsets for block detection on my layout. CPN 2016 will enter sand service on the Onondaga Cutoff. And, while I was at it, I finally finished up the PC flatcar at right with heavy weathering as well as resistive wheesets. The PC flat will enter the MOW fleet. Both of these were relatively quick projects - a total of 1 hour spread over three nights - that help to keep progress moving on the layout.
A recent locomotive project was to model a Union Pacific SD40-2, to add to the fleet of run-through locomotives on the roster. This engine came factory decorated from Intermountain as UP 3367, but in the as-delivered paint job from the 1970's. Following great advice from Joe Atkinson, I removed the lettering and added decals to bring the engine to its appearance in the mid-90's. Here it is, ready for weathering!
Much more challenging projects are on the horizon as we head into autumn in New Jersey. With the help of my daughter Susie, I started to make more background trees to continue scenic progress behind Onondaga Yard, and will need several hundred more of those for scenery to continue on the M&E. There are also a variety of locomotive projects at hand, including a relatively challenging kitbash to create GE C30-7A's in the Conrail livery. Plenty of updates to come!