Hey all. I have been lurking on this board for about 6 months now. This past summer I was cleaning out my shop and happened upon 2 boxes of old Lionel train stuff that was my older brothers (circa 40’s to 60’s). I never had my own train set, and typically just watched my older brothers play with this Lionel set. I set up a test track and was somehow able to get a loco and some rolling stock going, which my two boys (ages 3 and 5) thought was really cool. I must say I caught the bug a bit watching that Lionel train run around the track. So I start thinking about setting up a permanent track. When I look at the Lionel stuff, all the switches are broke, most of the track is all rusted – everything is a mess. Knowing how expensive and space consuming O gauge can be, I figured if I wanted to do a train set-up, HO would be the way to go. So I started sniffing around on the internet, and found this wonderful website. Everyone here seems very nice and helpful (a rarity on the internet indeed!). I have learned quite a bit reading threads on this forum, and have been truly amazed at some of the layouts and scenery some of you have. I have been messing around with the RTS software, designing a layout for the space I have (4x8 with an approximate 3x3 spur), and I wanted to get some feedback from you knowledgeable people. I don’t know when I will get around to starting my layout – I am hoping to start the benchwork in a couple months (there is a bathroom I have to gut remodel in the house first to keep the wife happy), but since I can’t start the physical work, I can still dream about what it might look like, right? Anyway, here it is. Please offer any comments that might make this layout better, more interesting, etc. I would love to do an inner loop of sorts, but it seems like most of you don't condone any radius under 18 degrees, and I just don't see how to get an inner loop unless you go to a 15 degree radius. What is everyone's thought on this? Is 15 degree too tight for use of lot's of engines and stock? I look forward to your comments, and look forward to learning more about this hobby. Thanks.