I just wanted to say that I'm glad to have found this forum on the web. I have enjoyed similar forums for my other interests and I often have an answer for a post as well as a few questions that I want to air out. I just moved to Louisville, KY from St Louis, MO and I switched scales from N to HO somewhere in there as well. I just bought a house that will allow a model railroad easement around the entire basement with a dedicated area on at least one side of the basement. This should allow me to turn full-length (10-12 cars, E and F units, plus some classic steam engines) passenger trains on a broad radius of track (say 34" as a minumum although I am open to suggestions - having thought that 19" was ideal in N-Scale...). I have been collecting the necessary engines and rolling stock - using proceeds from the sell-off of a large N-Scale collection - to run DCC and sound from the start on the new layout in the new house. My new layout will have to be focused on a stub end big-city passenger station with double slips, crossovers and ladder tracks leading to a mainline that goes around providing scenic snapshots of various places of interest to me. DCC should make it easier to lay the track and let reversing cicuitry worry about train direction. Truly a hobby of a lifetime, I have no expectation of a quick finish to this project, but instead to years of planning, building and enjoying as it develops. One thing I have learned is to get some track down on a good foundation so you can just run trains once in awhile without having to wait for it all to be completed. My nephews will expect to see some trains running - and soon!