At this point, the frame construction and layout support was complete. The railroad is now ready for track and wiring.
Locating the Track
The track itself was fitted together and laid onto the plywood support board. Once the locations were marked, the track was lifted away and IBL roadbed and switch pieces were installed with hot glue. The roadbed top surface was then sanded to level out any rumples. The track was reinstalled using Märklin track nails (No. 8999).
I painted the track with a medium brown spray paint, masking off the switch machine covers, the covers of the 8587 uncouplers and the terminal tabs of the 8590 feeder track. I then cleaned off the rail heads. At this point, the construction phase of the layout support was complete and ready for wiring.
It should be noted that there is no hard & fast sequence to the layout building process. Obviously, some things need to be done before other things, but beyond that, you can pretty much work at things as you are ready. This is especially true if you have not found a particular component for the railroad or if you have not figured out how you want to approach a particular phase of the construction.
I grant that I have probably committed overkill on the construction phase of this railroad. No doubt it could have been done in a simpler manner, but this railroad is for me and its small size just begs for some added details. Just because a model railroad layout is small does not necessarily mean that it will take less time. Nor does it mean that you have to do as much to get a satisfactory Z-Scale railroad.
Here, the structures are placed just to see how things will fit together in the scenery phase: