After laying around 11' of mainline over the past 10 months...I decided that it was to get serious about having a layout (rather than just the equipment. My track plan is a basic oval with a 28" minimum radius. I have one siding, a future wye, and a future passing siding. Half of the mainline is/will be on cork roadbed...half direct on the foam board. One of the curves will have tie plates. My intention is to build 24" tall benchwork with storage space underneath...and then cut out the right of way and add mountains, streams, etc... The track laying procedure is: Glue down ties...lay many books on top of them as they dry...then sand...then add rail. The previous method was to glue down the cork roadbed...pile on the books...then glue down the ties...pile on the books...sand the ties...paint the ties...paint the rail...spike the rail down. I use both spiking tools and needle nose pliers. I have a rotary tool to speed up the turnout making process. I use HO flex track to assist me in laying out the ties.