And here's a shot of how the area looked last December before the changes began.
The small stream is intended to look like what one might find in the woods in the middle of summer with very little flow.
in the photo below you can see how the stream curves around to the left behind the trees.
And finally, a couple of rail fan shots of the area.
The west end staging yard is now in service and 4 tracks are in place. During the last op session, 2 trains went west from Hollister Yard for the first time. Below are a couple of shots of the staging yard.
Eventually there will be 12 tracks in both the east and west staging yards. This will have a significant impact on operations on the layout, and I'm looking forward to adding equipment and revising the operating scheme as new staging tracks enter service.
I'm reasonably pleased with the way the scenery turned out in this area. Additional small details will be added over time, but for now, the project is finished. The biggest improvement is the addition of the west end staging yard, and it's nice to finally have it in operation.