Update! progress continues. My wife is in a local Day Lily club, and she is having a garden tour with her club the last Saturday in July, her gardens are on the tour! So she asked if I could have trains running that day! So I have a goal for the next month, to get the lower "mainline" loop in place and running!
Railroad signal in place! It is a 1920's era GRS model SA. Originally operated on the New York Central mainline in western NY. Then also served with PC, Conrail and CSX, before being retired after approx. 80 years of service in the early 2000's.
Photo below: The lumber on the far left edge is the outer edge of the platform. The new lumber line in the middle is the support for the track. I was considering using the same PVC ladder roadbed I have used for the 8-foot diameter upper platforms, but I didnt use it in this case because the track here wont be an even 15-foot diameter arc, because there needs to be a turnout in the center of the circle, for the line that will eventually go to the basement window. So instead of using the PVC roadbed, im trying a flat table of 1" thick pink foam insulation here, the same material I used to make the base of the "farm meadow" last summer.
First run on the lower mainline loop!
And! I have updated the webpage, the 2019 page is now up to date, containing all the photos and videos from this year so far: