When I was 12 I received a basic HO trainset as a gift from a relative. I had some fun with it, but fun escalated into a full-scale 4' x 8' layout. My father and I worked on it for around a year in very small bits and spurts. He was busy with work and I was too young to do much by myself. It was a full rectangular-circle with a cross over that bridged over a stationyard. It was nice, but, we never finished the bridge and mountain it was supposed to come out of. We lost interest and it fell into disrepair. Space in the basement began to become an issue and it was brought up to get rid of the train. It was a hard decision, but when I decided to go away for college we sold the whole thing. I missed it, and as another gift, my parents got me a very basic n-scale starter set (model power, sante fe phase3 locomotive). It was probably a result of playing so much Sid Meiers: Railroads all the time and talking about how much I loved the trainshows during visits earlier in december. So after being very dissatisfied with the ez-track that came with it (a very, very tiny loop) I found an old plank of wood that was 26" x 4' and bought a bunch of code80 track. Originally I wanted to keep the layout as simple as possible, just a rectantular circle and a 2-lane yard through the right side. But, I thought to myself that it wouldn't be any fun to only be able to run one locomotive on it at a time, so I went back to the store and purchased more code80 track and made it so there were 2 full loops. I also purchased some ballast and scenic cement. The problem is, the plank of wood I decided to use already had a basic green turf-mat attached to it (it was going to be some display for a project, and was glued on). I've been reading these forums for a few days now and it's reminded me how much fun modelling can be, I just hope my wallet can keep up. I want to do a small town, a station, a mountain that the two tracks go through and some roads. I'm sure I'll be asking for help here more than once. My first question is, will the mixture of scenic cement and ballast attach alright to this rough turf-mat? I will probably use a test strip and some extra code80 to get the technique just right. There are a lot of new products at the shop I've never even seen before!