I've been slowly collecting the pieces to start an N gauge layout, having abandoned model RRing in HO years ago. Yesterday, my Tec II from Ebay showed up, and a mad dash was made to the local train shop for terminal connectors. I have 2 Lifelike BL-2's that also came from Ebay (new) and one pathetic hopper car. Yet I was still amused for an hour running them around the track on my plain wood door. So now it's time to get serious. My trackplan is a lightly modified copy of the MR Carolina Central: Link to trackplan I'm now trying to figure out what industries I want the sidings to serve. It's great being King, but also hard work. After a lot of chin scratching, I decided to model the Western Maryland; it just seemed like a neat road and is geographically similiar to where I live in PA (and did, in fact, serve an area close to me). I'm not modelling a particular town, just an area that would be representative of the region. If anyone is knowledgable on the WM, I'd love to hear from you. One thing I need to get done first is find folding legs for the hollow core door. My local Lowes didn't carry them. Item: there was a discussion a few days ago about switches. I used all Atlas turnouts and only have problems with one, nothing a little time with a file can't fix. So out of 6 I have 1 that has 'issues'. FWIW. One suggestion I'd make to other newbies is, if you borrow a track plan from a layout, don't rope yourself into duplicating it exactly. I've been fighting with trying to fit a bridge into a place it doesn't make sense, and I'm much better now for having closed the book and used a fresh approach. Sorry for the ramble, but it feels good to be back holding a throttle again.