The ground cover's only half in at Alma (and there's still newspaper protecting the backdrop), but the Alma area is starting to look real. The Alma station is also getting into shape, as this quick photo shows. I still need to touch up the station walls, paint the roof green, and add a few details. The faded paint behind the sign is a detail from a circa-1940 photo.
I built the Alma station from three pictures of the station. It wasn't too hard to figure out the station was 12 feet wide and 15 feet high by counting boards and comparing them to the height of the door. The roof supports at 8 foot intervals showed the building was 48 feet long, as I modeled it. It's all made of styrene sheet with Grandt Line window and door castings from my box of parts - buying the Grandt Line window assortment was a great deal all those years ago. Those roof supports - which almost match the ones on the real depot - are from an $8.00 set of window and door castings for an "1890's station" I bought on Ebay. They're much preferable to making the pieces by hand.
More photos as the scene develops.