Here's my challenge: I have a utility room where I can use about 5 feet deep to the back wall by about 8 feet wide. The width will go from another wall to a door opening, so I can't change that. Depth can be shallower and possibly an inch or two larger if it becomes a problem. The layout will have to be against the wall on the left and back as you'd be facing it with the door to the right. My desires for this are to essentially duplicate a branch line operation that interchanges with a 'real' railroad. It will take place in the late 1950s-early 1960s and use mostly road switchers (Alco RS) and 2-8-0 steam, so tighter radius isn't much of a problem. I'd like a decent number of spurs for industries that will give the line a purpose. I'd also really prefer a continuous running option. Hidden staging must be accessible for maintenance. A small engine facility to store the equipment would be nice, but I don't want/need a turntable as I think they rob too much space and honestly cost a lot for a decent one. I'm torn between wanting grades and not. Scenery will be middle atlantic, semi mountainous. I think I have a way to add car storage and interchange off the layout size provided, but don't worry about factoring that in as it's easily added. Reminder; this is for N scale. With the size of the available space, I think reach would be a problem for a 'table' type layout, and I'd almost prefer something with an L or inverted U shape. The problem is, finding trackplans with these patterns is really difficult. To get the ball rolling, I'll offer up a couple that I have saved for possible consideration. http://www.layoutdepot.com/members/107/designfiles/RvrPort2.JPG This is the shape I'd prefer. Longest part against the back wall, left side against the other wall. I'd alter some of this plan to eliminate the reverse loops (I am using DC). http://www.layoutdepot.com/members/107/designfiles/Riverway2.JPG For an L shape, I think this one has some good elements. I could probably expand this to a U layout, but I'm horrible at envisioning things like this, hence my post here. Another possibility (and I couldn't find an online sample) is the Spokane, Pasco and Wallace from 48 Top Notch Track Plans. Drawn for HO, it utilizes a unusual 3 section approach that I may be able to adapt to my space. If anyone knows of any other trackplans I should be looking at, please let me know!