Here are a few pictures from my Dad's train room. He initially built a 9x6 layout with 7% grades inspired by the DSP&P plan from Linn Wescott's 101 trackplans. There is a fabricated table underneath with plywood roadbed supported by 2x4s. The scenary is predominately newspapers dipped in hydrocal. We never got around to finishing the scenary. When I was in high school, we removed the old yards and replaced it with a 5.5x12 yards, built a coal mine on a new 3' extension of the old layout, and added a double track race track for our fleet of mainline power. The result was a branchline for our 4-4-0s and 2-6-6-2ts, as well as a mainline for our 4-8-4s, 2-8-4, 2-8-2s, hudsons, and pacifics. Here are a few pics of the layout as of last year... The engine facility is bustling with a Spectrum J and 2-8-0, a Bachmann plus GS-4, a Proto 0-8-0, an IHC 4-6-2 and 2-6-0, a Mantua 2-6-6-2t, an MDC shay and 0-6-0t, and the only desiel allowed in the room, an old athearn NKP PA-1. All but the Proto 0-8-0 are original from my childhood (although the spectrum engines are replacements of old Bachmann engines). I now realize how odd it was for me to have built an MDC shay as a 5th grader.