As winter continues here in New Jersey, and the chaos of young children, middle management at work, and household maintenance grind along, I am making time later in the evenings for the slow and steady progress that has moved the railroad forward. Lately, I have been finishing some details along the newly installed embankment east of CP 280.
As has been pointed out by some viewers, railroad right-of-way is rarely clean and well-groomed. The Onondaga Cutoff is no exception - but, the trash comes after the grass! Some old pallets and tires help to suggest unkempt railroad property, while the green weeds and browning wild grass help to suggest late summer in Central New York.
Here, SEIN running late comes around the corner into CP280, to start his work at Onondaga Yard. That's his pick up next to him on the East Lead.
The addition of the new scenery has started to open up some neat viewing angles across aisles. Here, I am looking from the new embankment across the aisle to the M&E, where their Alcos are idling and waiting for the next crew to arrive. Summer evening back light helps lend a warm feel to this image.
Some new locomotives are on the workbench and will be added to the roster soon, bringing some 'plain jane' presence as well as a few rare birds, which are as much fun to build and weather as they are to run. Long evenings help keep things progressing and moving on the OC!