Hi all, Here is everything I know about my future layout. I have attached a room diagram and my best answers to Givens and Druthers. Not sure where to begin the design. The shape of the table and the layout are wide open for the creating. I put a few ideas on the diagram but nothing concrete yet. I appreciate any ideas and help you can give. I need all the help I can get. Thanks... --------------------------------------------------------- Givens and Druthers (Ben & Barry Muhlenberg Line - BBML) Scale: Gauge: (Std, HO) Prototype: Era: 1950s - 1960s Region: Western Kentucky, Muhlenberg County Coal fields Railroad: Interested in coal trains, logging, an old downtown with a small freight yard and depot. An added feature I want to use is a cutaway view of an underground coal mine shaft below the main surface with coal hauling cars that can be wenched up and down into the shaft. Maybe a turntable too... Space: The room for the model is an upstairs room. The room is finished, heated and cooled, painted sky blue, and carpeted approximately 15' square. See my diagram attached to this post. The only real limitations in the room are the entry door, a small crawl space door, and an area blocked off by the stairway leading to the lower level of the house. The height of the room is 9'. The rear wall has an angled rise to the 9' ceiling from about 5.5'. Governing Rolling Stock: Coal Cars, and logging cars. Maybe a simple passeneger train in the background but for the most part, working trains. Relative Emphasis: |______________________V_______________________| Track/Operation Scenic realism |_________________________V____________________| Mainline Running Switching Operation Priorities: 6 Passenger Train Switching 5 Helper District Operations 3 Main-Line Passenger Train Operation 2 Long Freight Train Operations 4 Engine Terminal Movements 1 Local Freight Operations Typical operating Crew: ___2___ Eye Level (Owner) _68(standing)_50(seated)_In.