The "Green Spike" was driven last Sunday on the Wilmington and New York. No, I don't refer to an environmental cause-- after all, it is 1963 on the Wilmington and we don't know from this "toxic waste" and "global warming" stuff yet. Actually, what I refer to is the closing of the "bottle brush tree" gap between the finished sections of the layout, along the view block that hides the staging/return track on the layout. I needed to get this done in order to start on the industrial section of the layout in earnest, and so, about an hour and 95 Heki "pine trees" later, I'd closed the gap. The last tree was placed just behind the Walthers signal tower, which incidentally now has a new coat of paint... but perhaps we'll save that for next week. This is a rather cheesy image of most of the view block, with the track being blocked at the right. That track comes around from the far end of the layout to the staging area and closes a continuous loop of some 60 feet (almost 2 scale miles); running trains on that is about all I can handle on some "operating nights."