I laid track for a siding, all 5 switches, and the main line. I mounted sprung Caboose Industries ground throws, they work great. I wired up the layout, and keeping up with the cheapskate premise of this layout, I used extra wire nuts that came free with a ceiling fan (I am my father’s son, never threw away an extra part that can be used in the future)
I ran out of rail joiners, and no one has any in stock. I have two more planned sidings that need to be laid to complete the track. My 8 year old wanted to run a train tonight. She claimed an SD40-T2 and my Micro-Trains weathered Golden West bulkhead flatcar as her own.