Hi everyone, Its been a while since I had a chance to log onto the train board and see what is happening. Things have been really busy at work, and I have been doing some business and vacation travel. My home layout is progressing well. The track is all laid and I can operate trains. My daughter is painting the backdrop. Its a little more spectacular than conventional wisdom would suggest is appropriate for a model railroad, but she is really excited and doing it before she leaves for college. I have decided that I like it, so I am not going to worry about conventional wisdom. I need to nag her into finishing before she leaves for college (out of state) in about a month. I have completed two buildings for the layout, both from Lehigh Valley kits. I have a grain mill and a lumber yard ready to go when the backdrop is finished. I am also working on a third building, a factory. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.