Hey everyone! My name is Joah. I have always loved trains and always thought about a layout. But, just lately have I really been looking around at things. I have plans now to build one as soon as we get a new house. That won't be for atleast 4-5 months, hopefully. There just isnt enough room here to do anything. I was thinking about an outside layout, until I saw how much everything costs lol.. Living in Indiana, winter sucks. And, just having a storm would worry me. So, I have decided on an inside layout. If there isnt a big enough game room in the new house, or an extra room, I will just use the garage. I want a pretty large one. My friend John is going to help me with it. He thought it would be pretty fun to do after I started telling him what I had found. And also all the really cool pictures here! Now, I think I understand some of the Scale sizes. But, I just wanted to make sure. Is the HO size where I could use my Hotwheels cars? I want to have the right Scale for them. I have over 2000 Hotwheels & Matchbox cars, so that would save me alot of money not having to buy the cars, trucks and things. Also the rails and ties. I don't like the look of the plasic ones. I wanted to know if they come premade with Wood Ties, or do you have to hand make them? I never really liked the way it looked sitting up on something, is it a must to set the Track on something, or could I just lay the Track on the surface I am building on? I plan on buying buildings and such until I can start on my layout. So I can have a good amount of things collected when that time comes. I do plan on using real concrete, rocks, and other things in my layout. I found alot of great links looking around on here, so if there is anything else that might not have been posted, I'd love to see them! Thanks for any Info you guys can give, Joah. EDIT: I am planing on doing this time era, btw. EDIT 2: LOL... I forgot to ask about the best way to power everything.. That is another thing I don't understand. Although, I don't expect someone to type it all out, maybe just a link to a good site. Thanks.