Work on the layout has been slowly progressing and I'll be posting more on that soon hopefully. One side project I have undertaken during December is weathering a couple of my Micro-Trains 40 ft box cars for entry in a Micro-Trains sponsored contest on Trainboard.com.
If your are not a member, it's worth looking into. There is no cost and they have quite a few separate boards for each modeling scale plus rail-fanning and other railroad related topics. This months weathering contest is going to be the first of several with each month being a different type of car.
Hopefully before too long both of these will be running through the Palisade Canyon.