As some of you may know, my wife and I have already agreed that when we get our first house (est. 2004), I get half of the basement for a layout. So I've been doodling. My idea is not to work with just one railroad, but instead to have three or four that are on almost equal footing. The pic below is a couple of versions ago, but you get the idea (my scanner is on the fritz again, or I'd scan the brand new version from last night in). Anyways, just thought I'd see if anyone had some thoughts. I've already eliminated the shortline on the left side, but I still think it might be too busy, so I'm further considering eliminating the BN line, and the shortline near the middle-top. The newer version also includes staging on the bottom right (such that the SOO/ATSF loops are in the staging area); the ROCK line also goes to staging to loop (with one line through the mountains, the other goes underneath the layout to staging).