Okay, gang. Here are some pictures of the benchwork under way. If you want to see the plan for which this is built, it's at http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c158/kristianj/LAYOUT12.jpg Having said that, on to the piccies: I tried uploading them here, but had to shrink them so small, or turn the compression up so high, that they were pretty awful. So you'll have to click, I fear... http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c158/kristianj/benchwork2.jpg is the 15x4 peninsula where the passenger terminal and engine servicing live. http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c158/kristianj/benchwork3.jpg is looking right from the top end of that peninsula, down the 2' wide shelf that goes to the corner. From peninsula to corner is 20' http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c158/kristianj/benchwork4.jpg is in the corner of the room looking back toward the peninsula. The shelf to the right is 3' wide and runs 26' from the end (where I'm standing) to the corner. Notes, etc: Top of benchwork is 48"... Once plywood/foam is added, 50" base height. I've always over-built in the past, much to my regret, in fact, when it came time to alter or move... Past layouts were darn near immovable. This time, I'm keeping it much lighter. So far, so good. My kids have already given it the jungle gym test and it's solid as a rock. I think, particularly, that since much of it is a 'shelf' style and it's tied directly to the studs at least every 24", I have a leg up on stability. Before the chorus of "you should really have finished the room first" let me explain my thinking on that topic... This is a purpose-built train room. It doesn't do double-duty as a den, guest room or anything else. So no need to accommodate that. I also like being able to tie the benchwork right into the studs directly. No stud finder, no going through drywall. Finally, when all is said and done, I'll be putting a benchwork-to-ceiling backdrop up before tracklaying begins, and from benchwork-to-floor will be draped. So nobody will see those ugly stud walls in the end. That's it for now. Lemme know what you think. More as I get it done.