I haven't seen this discussed before, but I was finding it a bigger problem than cats on layouts. When guests come over you naturally opffer then a drink, pop, coffee, beer, whatever. aussie You go down to look at the layout and sooner or later the drink container ends up on your layout :curse: Anyhow, this isn't just a rant. I have the solution!! I have placed numerous cupholders in strategic locations around the layout. They are cheap, easy to make out of scrap wood & have solved the ring-around-the-ballast problem.