Well, some three years after having been re-bitten by the model-railroading bug, I finally managed to get some benchwork up. My wife, daughter and I live in a townhouse condominium, so space is a premium, and I also suffer from a distinct lack of powertools. The only item I have is a power drill/driver. As such, I developed the idea of using Ikea's GORM shelving line... a secondary storage system that is a lot more stable than the more well-known Ivar line. Each shelf can apparently support up to 100lbs. Hopefully my layout won't be that heavy Here's a pic: I've already purchased the pink styrofoam to put down on the top of the shelf, and as you can see I have storage below, which is a real plus. Since this picture was taken I've made a bit more progress in putting the foam down. Since this is my first layout, I am planning on using Kato's Unitrack for much of it, but I may try my hand at laying some flextrack as it permits. My intent is to have a 5 track staging yard across the back, hidden by scenery at the front. As for the rest of the plan, I have some general ideas, but it's flexible. The overall theme is the junction point between the CN Springhill Subdivision, and the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia shortline. The junction is in Truro, but because of certain space limitations (113"x72" L-Shape) I will be taking a number of liberties with the prototype, but the scenery will certainly be reminiscent of the maritime landscape. Feedback?