I have finally started work on Medina Wharf, the last section of track for the small empire in the loft. The pictures show the trackplan and the boards covered with cork, with some trackwork laid out to finalise the positioning. The wharf uses a section of the layout originally earmarked for scenic treatment of the Medina River, and it is much too small to permit a faithful representation of the real location. I've used my well-worn modeller's licence to arrive at a trackplan which will allow the operation of the wharf if not its appearance. I am also going to squeeze in a token version of the nearby cement works which were also served by rail.
As regards the rest of the layout, I finally completed the conversion of the couplings to Kadees, as well as an extensive programme of "fettling" to remove all sources of derailment from the track work. Reliability is now hugely improved, with the occasional item of stock needing to be debugged because of coupling issues or wheel back-to-backs.