Hi y'all, Just thought I'd let everyone know..I'm joining the local rail club so's I can do some HO...there's that sweet Proto 2000 VGN 2-8-8-2 just sittin' in the display casat the train store, waitin' t' come on home! Last night, as a guest I got to run a members lumber train on their large layout; radio control, computerizeed blocks and cabs, the whole shebang! So today, I'm off to arrange for a new home for the little Mallet!!!(for the time being, a box on my 'display shelf' ( havent built one yet..guess I'll have to get started on that project too)!! Check out the 9-97 issue of Model Railroader article on the Sonoma County Model Railroad Society for details on the system. They've aquired space and have built a large (oh, about 20'X 40', three level, 'permanent' layout since the article was written, but their still using the same computor system. So...anyone know where I can get a big box full of coal hopper cars, cheap?? Bye now VGN (almost...c'mon Mr. Sun, burn that fog!) P.S. to shamus...if they'll give permission, I'll see if I can't get some photos to post sometime in the next month or so...I think it would be a good example of a work in progress...I'd post it in 'Club News', I guess, though Tech. might be good re: the computor control aspect??