I'm back ! It has been just over a year since I started back into model railroading. It's hard to work in 99 square feet, but, I think I may have just done that. I picked up a copy of John Armstrong's Track Planning for Realistic Operation yesterday; if you do not own a copy for yourself, I would suggest you getting one. It has been really enlightening reading. With my first plans, I was trying to fit everything around a coal mine. Mines are large places, and I just don't have room to do what I want to with the mine. So I had to review my vision quite a bit. I have now come up on the idea of switching with the option of continuous running (for the small children, and the one big one who just sometimes wants to see traing go in circles ). It is still in the same room, with the same duckunder, with all of the same issues that room had to begin with. So, I just had to make the most of it. So here is is, revision 1,547,886. It is basically a point-to-point that starts from the interchange and runs counterclockwise to the last industry on the layout, the small mine tipple (yeah, I did find room for something a wee bit smaller). The specifics: Code 83 track Minimum Radius Mainline - 24" Minimum Turnout Mainline - #6, #4.5 at the mine, #6.5 Curved Siding Turnout - #4.5 Interchange capacity - 12 50' cars Spot capacity - 23 50' cars I've spent two solid days on this plan alone (my wife is about to kill me), and this is what I think the industries and roadways should look like. I'm planning on putting a backdrop between the interchange and the mine to split it up a bit. I like this plan, it works well for me (lone wolf operator, DCC and Sound), and I am just ready to run trains. Ya'll see any gotchas?