Well I decieded to build a switching yard out of a bunch of old brass sectional track. This is as far as I got befor I was diverted to yard work (fence building). The yard will have 11 turnouts and will hook to my layout when I get to that. If I like the hand laying thing, I am considering doing the whole layout, well, the parts of the track that is seen anyway. I cut the ties myself and made the spikes too. Can't get spikes here in Regina. I guess no one here abouts hand lays track. Still things to do, like the throw bar and wiring and all the rest. I used an old cork covered memo board as the base backed up with a 1"x2" wood frame. It is 15" wide and 6' long. Sorry the pic isn't the best.