That's great weathering on the building. The ballast looks perfect, how did you apply it so well. Based on your picture name I assume you also hand laid the track. I'd love your feelings on it, it's something that I've thought about doing, but it just seems really finicy for me, I'm not sure I have the patience / attention to detail required. Any thoughts?
Then I glue the rails (ME code 83) and tieplates (from proto87). This approach is quite timeconsuming so now (no pics yet...) I just spike 'em down without the tieplates. That still takes some time, but I hope I'll make the turnout a bit quicker this way
Here's a pic where one can spot the tieplates and and the rail joiners