Summer in full swing means limited layout time, but in the mantra of keeping things moving, here you go: 20 minutes painting up the bare white plaster makes a world of difference for visitors and operators until the scenery itself is installed.
A little bit of scenery installed before gluing in the foam shoulders for the canal scene makes life easier down the road, too - installing static grass beneath a low bridge is nearly impossible.
Here's a view looking west at the middle of the scene. It is going to be something else when there's a wooded hillside here, but even now the long gentle curve is a cool place to watch trains. Much more appealing than bare white plaster!
Finally here's a view of the whole scene from where the new grade crossing will be installed. This is one of the more sweeping scenes on the railroad and I aim to keep that aspect, adding lots of trees behind and some smaller ones and scrubby brush in the foreground. This is an exciting addition, one of the typical Central New York scenes that is just starting to take shape. I am set here for a major push into the fall!