I have about 2-3 hours a week to spend on my layout. That is why the benchwork was done in a day and 3 months later I am still looking at a styrofoam benchtop!!! I want to be as realistic as I can but, I also want to run my trains before 2010. My local train shop experts insists that ez track can be made to look all as real as cork bed and of course, with much faster laying times. I am torn here to stay the right course but want my rolling stock to do just that before Winter! I am also going to run DCC and need to know which way that will perform better. Sorry for the windy post but desperation is sinking in!!!