Since the middle of December I have been involved with the annual trainboard.com layout party. Last Sunday was the end of this years event. This is a thread on the board that last for about 10 weeks during the winter where participants declare a particular project on their layouts and then post regular updates on the progress. I have been participating in the event for the past several years and each time have expanded the layout. This year I had just started the Palisade Ranch expansion when the party started with the intended goal to have the expansion mostly completed and the main line open for operation. I was able to accomplish what I set out to do and perhaps a bit more. This is what the Palisade Ranch area looked like when I started.
And this is what it looks like now. Still quite a bit of scenery to work on but the basic construction is done and trains are running. The lower photo shows where the tracks exit the tunnels on the other side of the hill and cross the doorway lift bridge.