I'm pumping the board for it's input as I plan my layout. I'd rather make decisions now than after track is laid. This will be in N scale. I'm looking at doing something no larger than a typical hollow core door size. I found this site: Mike's Small Trackplans It has a lot of good ideas. One of my problems is probably pretty common with newbies; the idea to have continuous loops for the trains to just 'run' on. Originally, I thought I'd do two loops for two trains with a few sidings for switching. Heck, I'd even keep the loops seperate to keep wiring simple (at least for now, since I am no wiring genius). I wanted the two 'lines' to cross over each other with bridges. However, after reading a lot on this board and elsewhere, the concensus is the 'play value' of continuous loops is pretty low. Boredom may set in rather quickly. Also, trying to cram 2 independent train lines into that size layout would probably be difficult and look cluttered. I guess I'm looking for a happy medium. The ability to just let a train 'run' when people are over, and a layout that will give me something to do. Should I stick to one train? I am more into the scenery and structure part of railroading than I am on overly accurate train running, so want to allow adequate room for scenery with the tracks not stuck on a flat board, yet I don't need monster mountains or tunnels. I'm hoping some comments about your own experiences (especially with a smaller layout) will help me get direction before I connect any pieces of track together.