Installed some more benchwork and started laying out the buildings in Bureau. It's time to get the tub of wall plaster and putty knife out to do some scenery!
Began the process of vacuuming off the top of the layout. I have a string of about thirty cars stretched across Ottawa currently. These are all cars that passed inspection.
The new overpass in Ottawa
A view of a train entering Ottawa Yard from the East
Look at all those sand hoppers!
After everyone went to bed, I decided to clean up the wiring under the upper level (always has been an eyesore). I had cheap Walmart Christmas lights before. After hearing feedback from other layout owners regarding the LED strings, I decided to investigate. At first the price was too high, but the price has dropped considerably since I first researched them. I was in a state of shock and dismay when I saw the first string of LED lights lit on the layout. Holy smokes! That's freaking awesome! I nearly ran to wake up my sleeping wife I was so excited!
I have posted photos of before and after in various scenes. Please excuse the mess as I was too excited to document vs. clean-up the layout/room first.
Rock Island, IL Before
Rock Island, IL After
Silvis Yard Before
Silvis Yard After
Carrie Ave Shops Before
Carrie Ave Shops After
Hennepin Canal Before
Hennepin Canal After (Atlas Bridge)
The residential district of Bureau, IL Before
The residential district of Bureau, IL After
Looking west through Bureau Junction Before
Looking west through Bureau Junction After
Pre-Session Project update
2) Re-stage the layout
3) Repair identified rolling stock that doesn't meet code (in progress)
4) Repair identified motive power that doesn't meet code
7) Test all new trackage
I'm so ecstatic over the layout. I have attempted to build various layouts in the past (ever since I was 13 years old) with only one layout being somewhat successful (the HO ICNW Switching layout). This layout has been living out a dream for me. I would have never thought I could create something so nice. It looks good, it operates well and a lot of fun. I'm so pleased with how far I have come.