This week marks a new beginning in my house- The room I lent my nephew after we moved in is being vacated (don't ask... long story). Anyway- I finally get my trainroom! Well, sorta. My wife wants a guest room also... I have negotiated the guest part down to a sleeper-sofa, so it's good news still. Here's my situation- I have an 11.5' x 10.5 room with a 4'x5' closet (and I do get to use the closet for staging and return loops- even get to punch holes in the walls!) Here's a quick overview of the room (sorry for the simple paint drawing): I figure I can cover the window without a problem, so I'm not concerned with it's location. So what I'm looking at doing: I need to mount my benchwork directly to the walls- I'll also be building an overhead valance (all will need to be furniture-quality woodwork, part of the deal I made). The scenes I model will hopefully end up looking like it's on a stage between the openings So the first dillema will be how to mount everything to the walls. Next will be track planning... I've always had a hard time planning out what to do with my trains... I can see the scenery in my mind, but getting it transfered to paper and ultimately layed out always escapes me. What I'm figuring is something like this... Starting on the South wall next to the door: This area will be a container yard - This will be the shallowest area of the layout- I don't need a return loop from here- It will be more of a switching industrial area. Flowing west from there trains will enter the closet/hidden staging yard. The closet will also contain a return loop for the main layout (the rest that I haven't put down yet...). Coming out of the closet on the other side of the door (west wall) and wrapping all the way around to where the door swings on the east wall are where I'm having the most problems... I know I want a return loop on the east wall so that I can have continuous running. I wouldn't mind some elevation changes (no more than 2% grade)... As long as things are mounted to the walls well I figure I can come out 3 feet on the turn-around, but I'd like to keep most of the layout below 2 feet wide. I'm modelling present day in N-scale. I'm wide open to ideas on how to fill my available space... Oh yeah... Customers I'd like to serve.... Some type of refinery Container yard (seaport) Coal (maybe) Large undetermined factories suggestions? I like large buildings and I hope to get a few in somewhere... Anyway.... It's great to have a blank slate (finally) to work with... Now It's time to drive myself nuts figuring out what to do with it. BTW- This will probablly be built in stages starting on the west wall leading out of the closet. Some type of return loop at the northwest corner would be great so that in the early stages I can run trains for my daughter in and out of the closet. Thanks for any suggestions, questions, criticism, etc... you guys can come up with.