Yesterday, I got the fun opportunity to operate a model railroad (my first time!) on Keith Stillman's Easton & Potomac Railroad. It's a 1925 proto-freelance layout, based on real locations; it's point-to-point, double deck, with a neat helix in the center. Check out http://www.easton-and-potomac.com/ to check it out, or the above title link, to see pixes of the op session and other photos of the layout, etc.
I was given the assignment of Asstant Yardmaster at Whitehall, and working with veteran operator Wayland, we worked our tails off for a good three hours during the op session, assembling trains, breaking down arrivals, and prepping passenger manifests for departure. I met some neat guys and Keith and his wife, Marlene, were most-gracious hosts. If you're ever in the Richmond area, you ought to get in touch with Keith and sign up for an op-session!
After a brief rest, I started getting my next benchwork segment started. I started to clean out the things that don't need to be there and started cutting the wood for a standard, 8' x 30" box grid section. It will be connected to the existing segment. My goal is to get the benchwork done, then revise/complete the track plan, then start my track-work... I hope to have at least a segment of mainline running by the time I go back to grad school, in late August for the first of two remaining classes. Wish me luck!