Very nice work Her Driver. Your kids are lucky to have a dad like you who spend some time to build a layout for them. Even if I suspect that the father spend more time running the trains than the kids do The various pics show that your layout is really progressing. I think you created a very nice and complete beginner layout: simple but still including the basic features a model railroad should have, like passing track and industrial siding. Are you using Atlas code 80 track ? ( I didn't see any mention of the track code in your post ) Nice ballasting work . Is the ballast from Woodland scenic ? What size is it ? Once again, from a newbie, congratulations.