I've been working on this thing for days. There are actually 3 layouts that I have in what I would call "final" stages of development, but this is the one I like the best. I welcome any ideas/suggestions from anyone who would offer it, but first, I want to cover what I want to accomplish: This is a door sized layout, approx. 3x6 1/2. Someday, there may be a Phase II expansion which will double it's size, and put the finished product in an L shape. I'm trying to model the 1940-1950 era of Cleveland, Ohio's Lake Erie operations. These include the N&SS and Erie Lackawanna lines. I want this layout to have a very industrial and dirty feel. There won't be a lot of elevation changes, but I will do some scenicking for visual appeal. I want to add a lot of buildings to this layout to simulate a very urban "down on the waterfront" look. I'm hoping this layout will provide some switching/yard action along with some continuous running, as my 3 yr old will be along for the ride. The yard is front and center because I feel it will be the focus of all the action. I felt that an out-and-back type layout would accomplish the overall goal of leaving the terminal, picking up/dropping off loads, and returning home. This layout was designed using RightTrack 5.0, and is pretty close to scale. The straight sections of track are 5" and most of the minimum turning radius uses 11" curves. I'm particularly interested in help with the yard and staging area. I want these to be realistic, yet easy to operate and be able to hold rolling stock for both passenger and freight. Also, any idea how many locos/rolling stock this layout would be able to hold? Thanks for any input [EDIT] After checking again, I still have 6" more left to use along the bottom of the layout, as this one is 30"x80". Back to the drawing board.