I haven't been on much in the last several months due to 2 deaths in the family and our daughters marriage over the summer. Add the house renovation and who's had time. I have now got a start! I know that I will catch heck over the 4x10 format for my layout but with space available, lack of skills for the planning and lack of local layouts that i can look at and learn from.... I did find that I can make it a 8x10 L layout and will be doing the bench work for that soon. I'm using a modified track plan from the Worlds Greatest Hobby layout in their vid. I'm using Life Like track with the built on road bed for 2 reason. 1 I had some to start with and 2 I've never been good a laying track! I think that I can build up terrain so that the track doesn't sit to high and spread a thin coat of ballast over it to make it look better. I did learn a lesson about building selection and the amount of space they take up, but with being able to add on i will be able to use it on the expansion. Here are a few pictures of how its going.