Ok, I am starting to figure so much out. BUt still many silly little nit picky questions. First, when you start to laytrack on your layout, where is the best place to start? Obviously I should draw it out and lay the track out to make sure everything "fits" before laying it right?? OK, is the foam roadbed stuff bad? I picked some up cheap, but its not cut and really it looks like the cork stuff is better, should I invest with some of that and where is the cheapest place to get it? if I am running several loops and engines on a DC track, I need to isolate the sections correct? Are the plastic rail joiners the correct way to do it? When I am laying the permanent track I should soldier the pcs together right? Do I still use rail joiners to help line up the track? I could keep going and going! LOL Thanks for all of the help!