Well I was helping my dad clean out the garage today as we are moving fairly soon and I found an old N scale layout of his. At first I thought nothing of it but as I was working the layout started to gain more and more of my attention. It is missing pieces of track but otherwise it is in fairly good shape. After about 20 minutes of looking at it I finally decided that I wanted to fix it up. The layout is built on a 4' by 6" table and consists of a double line figure eight. There are a few tunnels and mountains as well as a 5 track switch yard. The mountains were made with the yellow expanding foam that you buy in a can and were never painted. I will try and remember to take pictures next week after we get situated at our new home. I also found all of his old locomotives, freight cars, and passenger cars. I will have to buy a few new locomotives to get the setup up and running because the 4 locomotives that where his are not in the best working condition and 3 out of the 4 were smashed. There are about 50 assorted freight cars as well as a few passenger cars. This is my first real model railroad layout and I don't know much about model railroading. I used to have (and still do) have an old HO Bachman Set with a basic loop made with the Easy Track (or whatever it is called). As this is the only previous experience that I have had with model railroading I do not know a whole lot about it. What tips can you give me as far as who makes good locomotives, painting the mountains, making the layout look more realistic, cleaning the tracks as so on. Any advise would greatly be appriciated. I will also include a list of things I plan on doing to the layout so that you can give me advise on how to go about doing it. - Replace the missing and bad pieces of track - Clean the track - Buy around 2 locomotives to start out with - Paint the mountians - Add some senery Please do not suggest that I build a whole new layout. I would really like to fix up this layout because it would mean a lot to my dad to see his old layout up and running again. *EDIT* Just a quick note. I would like to have a modern day railroad layout. Another note. I would like to do this on a relativly low budget.