The morning of April 30, 2006, I prepared for visitors for an NMRA convention open house. After cleaning up the place, I had some time on my hands. I looked around and realized how barren the layout looked. So I laid some ties strips down where the tracks will go and placed some locos and rolling stock on the ties. I also leaned some prototype images against the backdrop to offer visitors an idea of what I hope to model. I was amazed at how much better the layout looked with a few 'props'.
Nearly 30 visitors came by the house on April 30th. Most had been cautioned of the lack of rail, but many were interested in the plan and methods. A 2-8-0 switches some boxcars at the freight house above.