Herb said:All just waiting for that rail to be laid!
And being laid it is. BUT... it ain't a'goin near like it was.
This last section was S-L-O-W going. Once the track was down from the canyon side and nearer the canyon floor, the traces of roadbed were no more, having been eradicated by the double hiway that now runs through there. That slowed me up on account of having to flip back and forth from my resources to determine alignments and such. Plus, I then arrived at a laborious section that included a siding at Crags, Safety Switch, and then the exit from lower Ute Pass into the town of Cascade (Canon/Canyon). All of which required much laying of track, pulling it up, relaying, adjust this, adjust that, relay... whew!!!
I have exited lower Ute Pass... the tracks for the town of Cascade (Canon/Canyon) have been plopped in... and I'm ready to head up the valley for a ways! The rail laying should be easier for a while.
As of today, the rails are 11.9* miles from the ATSF depot at Colorado Springs... I'm only 15.9 miles from Divide, and 24.8 miles from the target town of Florissant.
* 11.9 miles is VERY mis-leading. There are MILES of supporting track, industry, and connecting RR yards/lines around the Colorado City/Springs area.
Now, bear in mind that I laid 57 miles of mainline w/towns in 10 days just recently on the ES&NA extension of the Ozark Lines, so the "math" says I could do this in 5 days. BUT... this will go much, MUCH slower on account of being based on a prototype, and having to fiddle with the track pieces to get the track scene to fit the terrain/town elements/features. To any of you that have tried doing this in mountainous terrain: Not easy.
My previously determined goal remains: Reaching Florissant with the rails, then come back and start populating the tiles with scenery. At this point, I still intend to get the Colorado City/Springs area done first, and release that portion. All the other track past that area will be in place, but not sceniced, and likely not terraformed with the Y key, either. Just raw route once past the completed portion. However, having all the track in place will help to insure that the trackwork desired for this first big portion is in place and error free.
Welp... all for now. Gotta' leave here in a bit for NW Arkansas to take Sharon to see her Dad n' folks for Father's Day. Won't be back until later tonight.