Well, I've been trolling around this site for over a year now. Back when I first decided to take on building a model railroad, one of the first things I did was begin looking for online resources...which led me to The Gauge. During that time, I've slowly been gathering materials when I could, buying rolling stock, and doing a lot of research. I've posted a few dismal attempts at track plans, some weathering pics, and built my first structure (which was a miserable failure at best). I figured it was about time I started my own official thread to begin posting my progress, or lack therof. Some may remember my random postings on what I was trying to accomplish with my railroad, but for those who don't, here are some initial thoughts: I'll be modeling northern Ohio in 1952. I chose this era (as most do I assume) so I can have both steam and diesel on the layout. I'm a fan of the Nickel Plate Road, so it was important to me to somehow incorporate it. I didn't want to model the NKP, because prototype modeling just doesn't appeal to me. My freelanced road (as indicated in the thread title) is the Wauseon & Norwalk Railroad. These are real cities in Ohio, Norwalk once being considered to receive the NKP yard. The road herald I came up with is my forum avatar. You may recognize this as being an edited version of an old Norfolk & Western logo, the letters have just been reversed. I also spent a considerable amount of time on my engine's paint scheme, revising it many times. Here is the final version: This scheme will be painted on an Atlas GP-7 by Stephan Lamb Associates. I'm pretty confident in my airbrush skills, but not on something like an N scale engine. I'd rather have the pros do it than do something myself I'll never be happy with. I'm sending my engine to them tomorrow, and I'll post progress pics as they become available. That's it for now! I just wanted to get my thread going, as it will help keep me motivated to get this project going! Wish me luck!