Allen – thanks for the comment!
At the moment I have most of the benchwork constructed. I’ve built a kinda-sorta workable valence for the overhead lighting, although I’m not yet fully happy with the result. Every time I look at it, I kinda frown and say “Hmm, I ought to consider re-doing that before I get any further…”
As for tracklaying, it hasn’t started yet at all, since I need to order the track, switches, etc – and my estimates had me coming up a bit short on funds. It looks like I’ll be able to order everything I’ll need in the next week or two, but tracklaying may end up waiting another month or two beyond that… I made the mistake of promising to build my wife a garden arch and garage shelving first.
On the bright side, the skills I learned from building my benchwork are totally getting used! 😛
I do have to admit I’ve been eyeing a slight track-plan alteration. Digging through the Small Layout Scrapbook, I spotted Chris Gilbert’s New Haston plan. I’d previously seen his Haston Nomad, and it was one of the reasons I’d chosen to include scenery on the Smyrna Spur. New Haston seems to be pretty close to my design intents for Smyrna, but it has added spots for switching action.
As for scenery – well, I don’t much care for urban areas, either in real life or in my model railroads! They make me tense and claustrophobic. I wanted an industry for the operation, but I needed the scenery for mental peace-of-mind!
I like this new look, although it will take some time to get accustomed. Keep up the good work!