I will post all progress, revisions, succeses and failures here. My layout origianlly was going to be a 4x8 HO. Then the plan grew, which lead to the discovery of a large quantity of mold in the house. We sold that house, and now I have even more room to play with. I have a roughly 18x18 area, which I have been forced to wittle down to 14x14 because of building codes, safety and storage needs. As the size has changed, I have decided to change scale as well. I was originally going to use N scale, and my wife said that I should use HO. Why I listen to her is beyond me. sign1 My original plan was to model the Chicago Stock Yards, using CNW as the prototype Ry. That has changed. I am now going to be modeling CSX, the Saginaw, MI subdivision (where I used to work). The intersting thing about this is the shape of the yard. It will feature a scratchbuilt version of the yardmasters tower, as well as a few other structures.. Beyond the shape of the yard is the history, which will enable me to run 4 different prototypes, and 3 different interchanges. I can run Pere Marquette, C&O, Chessie, and CSX. The interchanges are GTW, Conrail, and Mid Michigan SL. The layout will feature the Michigan division of GERN, set at a barge Transload site, Vlassic Pickle factory, cement factory, Dow Chemical, Auto industry (various aspects), and a steel mill. I am hand drawing the trackplan, as I am not smart enough to use Xtrk or AtlasRR. I am designing it using John Armstrong's controlled sketching method. As soon as I have the preliminay plan complete I will try to scan it. It is slow going as I have only 1 reliable hand. I injured my wrist on my dominant arm at work, and I find drawing difficult. I welcome all comments, suggestions, criticism, and encouragement.