The last piece of the scene where the Cazenovia Industrial Track runs beneath the Onondaga Cutoff main line was the small spur leading to the Empire Recycling Company, a small scrap dealer served by Conrail. With the 'Interchange' session coming in November, it was time to tidy this up.
A quick overlay of black cinders and asphalt paving dust from Arizona Rock & Mineral was put in place, up to the top of the rails on the spur. I wanted to capture the look of a beat-up spur with buried track, so I used N-scale cinders to really get a muddy look to the area.
While that dried for two days, I assembled another of the Alkem Scale Models fence kits, and soldered .022" brass wire in place as posts. Note that you don't need posts on every vertical support on the kit - two posts per piece is sufficient. I staggered them to provide even support.
I also used this time to take the Woodland Scenics classic excavator model to the bench. I clipped off the bucket and scratch built a new electromagnet to hang in is place, suggesting an old machine on its second or third owner, resurrected from dead and customized for scrap loading.
With the fence painted gray and weathered with pastel chalk powders, I carried the pieces to the site and drilled #70 holes in the surface to the depth necessary to accept my posts. This was a careful trial & error process, but it came together well.
Some grassy tufts were added as well as a variety of scrap materials, shown here with fresh glue drying. Some more scrap is needed, but we are just about there in capturing the latest 'finished but not complete' scene on the railroad.
Now my guests at Interchange will see a finished scene here, instead of one that is nearly complete. When there is one thing not done, it becomes the focus, almost like a missing tooth is the first thing people see in a smile. A blank area in the middle of finished scenery distracts from the rest significantly. With Empire Recycling completed, Interchange guests will see a finished scene, and the best part is that the regular operators will, too.