Bernie came by after work tonight and we managed to get a few things done. He did some more backdrop painting and then, before he left, wanted to get a couple of pictures with his iPhone of the previous backdrop. The closest train at hand (actually the only one on the layout at the moment) was a CN GP40-2W with a string of "modern"cars. But, they still look pretty good - even the train needs weathering and the track needs final paint and ballast.
Is an era shift in the offing? Hardly - but I do enjoy this engine since I remember seeing them when I was kid and thought they were pretty neat!