The end of the peninsula that houses the branch line has been bare pink foam for months now. I finally couldn't take it anymore and slapped a coat of paint and a layer of mixed ground foam on it. Just some basic cover to have a place to start the scenery from.
I cut a turnout into a section of existing track. I didn't follow the old adage of "measure twice, cut once" and the gap was a bit long. I have a 1/16" gap on both ends of the turnout. I will either attempt to fill the gaps with solder or cut a plug to slip in the rail joiner.