Hi guys, First of all, this is pretty much my first posting on Zealot in a long while. I left when The Gauge became Zealot, and pretty much left the hobby too. So it's good to be back! Basically I'm going to be selling the majority of my locomotive collection, and will start again in the hobby from scratch. I want to build a switching layout, 5 x 1.5. But that's about as much as I know! I want to use the glueshell and plaster method to construct scenery to give a sense of depth. So I guess that would mean hills and ditches and whatnot. But you guys need to help me here. I can't decide what road to run. I can't decide what state to model. I can't decide what industries I want. I can't decide on era either. I find 60s onwards most appealing. I have a few "likes". I like grain elevators, feed mills etc. but I also like mining, heavy mineral and chemical industries, and such. I'm pretty much decided that I want the location to be at least semi-rural. I know I don't want to model desert, so I guess that would rule out the south-western states. I'm not a big fan of coal either, because the industry operates on a scale that I can't reproduce without using selective compression, which I dislike. I've seen some attractive industry serving branches in Upper Michigan and Virginia. Pennsylvania is also attractive to me, scenery wise. I have no idea yet on track plan. I want a separate module for a fiddle yard, so that the two sections can be joined when in use. This will allow trains to roll on and off of the scene. I'm really hoping you guys can give me a push in the right direction. Scott.