It's been a long time since I've posted but thought I'd share a little progress. My son and I made a video as if our layout were the real BN Ottumwa Subdivision in 1995. There's still so much work to do but we now have 95% of the track done (ok, not counting the West Burlington Shops) and 30% ballasted with some basic scenery. Clearly there are more engines to super detail and paint along with endless brick buildings for downtown. I seem to have an inexplicable need to bash or scratch build everything. I got sick of crossing the Mississippi on plywood and 3D printed a "temporary" bridge but actually it looks pretty good. At least it will work until downtown is done. Here's the video: And some other pictures: BN 491 with GP39E 2913, GP39M 2813, and MPI SD40M-2 (ex PRR SD45) crossing the Mississippi River. Burlington yard looking North. The Hawk Eye building is cardboard to see how it will fit. Rutherford potato is scratch built. We're going to keep the turn table and round house even though they were removed in the 70s. Main Street (blue foam) conceals the K-Line (Hannibal sub) staging. Burlington yard looking South. The platforms are scratch built but still need the gravel top and weathered. Clearly the station needs built too. The yard is all code 40 with hand laid turnouts driven by Blue Points. I still have 8 turnouts to build for the north end. The K-Line peals off at the far end under the bluff and has staging under main street. Downtown Burlington clearly needs a lot of work. The track for C&E, Borax, and Murry Boiler are complete with the Lucas crossover. The Burlington Junction in the foreground needs completed once the yard ladder is done. Looking back at Burlington from the West Burlington Hill. This is the ruling grade on the real BN at 1.6% and is on the layout as well. Mine is just a lot shorter. In the distance you can see the yard and the Mississippi bridge. I couldn't have asked for a better shaped basement to model Burlington, IA other than for it to be bigger. Or maybe it was too big? Here is where the West Burlington shops will be. I need to at least get a cardboard version up sometime. The helix down to staging is in the background. If anyone is thinking of building a layout with hidden staging below I have one word - don't. It makes things so much harder than they need to be. Of course I said that on my last layout too. Here's one of my CTC control panels. This one is at Dayman. The switch knobs are rotary switches that drive tortoise switch machines. The signals right now are just "play" but I have designed and built some optical IR detectors that will eventually tie into operating signals. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask and I'll try to check in more often. John.