So I'll be moving to a new place by Christmas it looks like... so I've pretty much stopped pouring money into the current layout. I still plan on ballasting and doing a few scenic things to practice, but buildings and track will be on hold as I save for the new layout. Anyways, instead of getting a small corner of the house in the hallway i'll be getting a full on spare room. About 9m square... I haven't done the conversion to imperial yet... I'm wanting to build a double deck layout using a small helix to get up to the second level. I'm thinking a 2.5 foot seperation should be okay. The radius of the helix will end up being about 14" and have 2.4" of height per level. 3% grade. (if I remember correctly from Winrail's calculations..but I'll probably just buy a prefab Helix kit) Anyways, here is my first draft of my track plan. I already know areas I need to fix, mostly that of my ability to reach. The door way is right beside the engine faciilty...but once I move in I'll have to take a more acurate measurement. I'm also going to note that the lower left is too 'fat' and will create a big issue with reach. It's about 3.5 feet I believe of reach needed there. I can reach about 3 feet. The one thing I know people are going to say right away is 'where is the main yard' well that will be on the upper level. The lower left section is planned to be more scenic than anything. The middile section will have a 'scenic divider' to separate the two scenes. There will be a station on the right side, and a nice large suspension bridge on the other side. I'm thinking of using a Mirror in place on the left side to create depth, while a photo of a city on the other side for the backdrop of the station. Both these elements i'm quite happy with as they sit. The suspension bridge is 4 inches higher than the 'flat' land. The track to the left of the suspension bridge will be revamped to be closer to the suspension in my next version...and it will be at 'ground level' compared to the rest of the layout...but I plan on it being a stone bridge instead of suspension. Helix in the bottom right will be molded into a mountain side. The base of the helix will be 2.5 inches above level ground. (hence why I can run track underneath it). I'll finish the lower section before I start work on the upper section. What I wanna do is have a nice scenic layout based on the rocky mountains. There will be a second passenger depot and the main freight on the upper level. I also wanna do a lumber yard on the lower level (where the small yard is there). Other industries will be a berwery on the upper level and a small farm up there as well. This is a transition era layout (1955-1960). So motive power will be mostly steam...in fact the current roster looks like this: Challenger UP: UP Kato passenger train (8 cars) Heavy Mountain (x2) Light Mountain Mikado (x2) 0-8-0 switcher F7A (x3) F7B (x2) GP9 RDC1 RDC2 JClass 4-8-4 (to look pretty... I think it may just go in the dislpay case with some of my HO stuff) Northern Shay (x2) So far thats what I have planned for motive power. There will be three passenger consists (UP, CN, CP) and a couple of freights. Primary railroad will be CN. I don't plan on having HUGE long trains...average of maybe 11 cars per consists or less. ideas? suggestions?