I thought it was about time to say hi. I have been reading through the site for about a month and signed up about a week ago to look at some of the pics. When I was younger I had a 6’ by 16’ HO setup and I’m looking forward to a new layout that I’m planning on starting in a few months. I’m still in the very beginning stages of planning of the layout and am weighting on an order thought my LHS to come in so I can setup a test track so I can test some stuff for my setup. I have a 20’ by 30’ room with a 10’ by 10’ workshop / office for my train set. Currently I’m planning a 16’ by 4’ storage yard that will be 16” under the main layout with a smaller layout about 16” above for a coal mine, oil wells, food processing plant and a few small towns. The main level will have 2 huge switch yards with turntables and stuff, a power company refinery, a few towns, and 3 or 4 cities. I’m thinking about setting up a few farms and stuff like that. I’m not planning this off a real train company or anything and I have not thought of a time period for my setup yet. I’m thinking about setting it up right on the edge of the coal to oil change over with the loco’s. Currently I’m looking at the Digitrax for my DCC. I’m planning on the switches on the main lines and all of the sidings to be DCC. The switch yards will be electric switches on local switching terminals. I have been making some buildings and stuff for the last 9 months but I suck at painting so there still in the rough if you know what I mean. So far I have a power company, small oil refinery, oil tanks, gas tanks, gas stations, oil wells, coal mine, coal processing stuff, 3 medium and 8 smaller passenger terminals, coal towers, water towers, sand towers, 50 some houses, and a bunch of other odds and ends. I need to pick up a digital camera and take some pics for everyone. So far I’m planning on 32” min on all turns. Main lines will be 34” turns. All grades will be under 2% except for the transferring of the levels that will be around 3%. Main line track spacing will be 2.5” (planning on superelevating about .02”). 2” for everything else. I’m paining on using code 83 flex track and #6 turnouts on all my track. I’m planning on soldering all of my track connections and wiring in every other track joiner. Now for some questions and your comments are welcome. What company would you use for the track and turnouts? What time period should I be using for the type of setup that I described? What other stuff dose it sound like I have not thought about? Any good DVD’s out there for painting buildings and stuff?