But at the end of the day, after all the layout work, I decided to do what all this effort is actually for - I ran a train. K-1d #278 needed to head down to the wye in Old Saybrook to be turned and I figured it'd be fun to highball over the Shore Line a bit before turning north and heading back home to Middletown.
The video below shows the #278 westbound from New London heading up the east leg of the wye for the first time . . .
and yes, she eventually got all 9 cars up the hill between Shailerville Bridge and Middletown! Had to get quite a head of steam up first, but I was psyched she made it without slipping (too much). The usual train back north from East Haddam will typically be about half that length - so a nice confirmation that the ol' girl is up for the job.
Hope you were able to get some modeling done this Mother's Day Eve!