Hey it's the first day of spring!! That means, for me anyway, railfan season is almost here! I hope you survived the weekend and have a lot to show for it, it certainly went fast for me. Saturday: I spent most of the day in the shop getting those two BNSF Heritage units wrapped up. I only need to assemble the Blackbird then I'll get the images done for the Facebook page and let my customer know they are headed his way. After getting all that I could get done on the N scale, I turned my attention on my buddy Brian's O scale collection. I started to get decal work done on a special pink covered hopper I've painted for him. It's pink for a reason, you'll see later. Once the shop closed it was off to a nice dinner with my Sweetheart for her Birthday. Sunday: I started my day slowly looking at all the upcoming train shows that the layout will be displayed, then realized I still had half a year to display in New Hampshire as well, so I started sifting through the shows and was happy to find most of my old favorite shows were still running as well as a few new ones. It finally warmed up so I painted the track on the Inglenook but didn't get any further than that. One area that has bothered me on the Galesburg City Job, was the grade crossing on the first module. The road crosses a Y and I thought using a brand of "Asphalt" would be the way to go. Unfortunately, every time we cleaned the track, the gray concrete color wore off and a bright white would shine through. It also was bad at getting dirty to the point that the switcher would not run through there. I finally got up the gumption to pick away at the grade and parking areas for most of the day, alternating between a pick and the vacuum. By 8:00 I had all the offending material removed and was slowly starting to add the polystyrene replacement which works much better in other areas of the layout. Unfortunately my day was spent doing this mind numbing task but I hope it will make things better in the future. So how about you? How did you do this past weekend? What did you get done? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Friday the 24th and start the process all over again. Until then, have a great week, stay safe and as always... High Greens! & HAPPY 1st DAY OF SPRING!