Howdy I'm starting a thread with the hopes that the CFO (aka my girlfriend) approves some additional real estate for me. Right now, I'm working with the "Scenic and Relaxed" plan, which is 3x6. I'm hoping to be able to expand that to an L shaped layout of 9x6x3. This would be a dream come true for me, just short of having a whole basement layout...and some lottery winnings to finance it all. That said, I was hoping the fine folks that follow this forum may have some ideas for me. This is kind of overwhelming, because I've always been held to a smaller table sized layout. Here are some jumping off points: Givens - Basement layout. Either NW corner of the room or SE corner, next to stairs. - Max layout size: 9x6x3 L shape - N scale - Transition era (1953) near the end of steam Druthers - No point to point. Would like some continuous run with some switching. - Single track mainline w/ passing sidings. - Industry (in order of importance) Coal, lumber, grain, oil. - 2 towns for passenger traffic, 3 towns would be nice. - At least 1 interchange I finally have an excuse to play around in XtrkCAD, so I'll for sure be posting some layout attempts. Thanks!