However, the most tangible recent progress has been the fascia that I started to install along the wye in Old Saybrook:
|Here it is, with screw holes topped, sanded, and ready for paint.
Also, with help from Roman, we installed some masonite "fences" to (hopefully) keep things from falling
|Roman also installed some cardboard on the inside of the loops to catch any wayward rolling stock.
|View of staging, with the "fence" in the background
With some level of confidence that things won't fly off the curves - and now that we have the mainline (finally) wired up (more of that progress that's not worth photo-ing and sharing - who wants to watch someone wire a layout?) - we decided to run a train! Thankfully, the company videographer was on-hand...
Westbound freight highballing through Old Saybrook
IMO, it looks pretty good even without scenery. But with scenery it's even better...
First train through Rocky Hill - all that scenery hasn't affected operation at all (and no pesky errant ballast!)
Heading into the last few days before the tour, I'm in pretty good shape. Things are all cleaned up (well, mostly) and I at least have a continuous run where something can move during the visits.
Speaking of which, if you'd like to see the layout in person, this Saturday's open house would be a great time to do it. The layout will be open from 1-4pm, so if you're interested in visiting, let me know!