It’s September 32nd, by my reckoning. So how am I doing against the Big Hairy Audacious Goal? One month in, and I think I’m about a week behind schedule. For those of you who are no better at math than I am at reading a calendar, that’s 25% behind schedule. At this rate, I’ll have trains running in February or March, and I’ll be ready for VanRail 2015 some time late in 2016.
Just to recap, I was planning to have the rail laid and ready to go on the south section by now. As you can see, it’s about 2/3 done, maybe slightly better. I have been adding feeders as I go, and the rail is all painted, except at switches and frogs (and the closure rails in the foreground).
One more week should do it, and then I can start on the slightly simpler north section. I wish I could say I expect to make up time on that section, but it’s birthday season in our household, and that usually cuts into the train time.
On the other hand, Andrew, who is working on some closure rails in the photo above, said he could come back and help again next week. So, maybe I will be only one week late.