Hey guys! You haven't seen much of me, mostly because i've been doing alot of work for school and scouts. However, i've been toying with the idea of a new layout addition, and my parent's only requirement was to not take over the basement, which i think i can do, lol. Right now i'm working on an NEC plan. I won't be tearing down my current layout, but i will be moving it to a different spot, and the area where the layout is now and where it will be later is the area i intend to build my addition. I'll have to take pictures tommorow morning. right now, a big problem for me is trying to find a way to get a freight mainline to co exist on the new layout without being in a parrallel scene with the NEC stuff. At the same time, i'd also like continuous running ( although the train doesn't have to be visible at all times) I've settled on just making a huge radious 4 track oval, with city buildings, bridges, and trees dividing the different sides of the NEC layout, to the point where the other side can't be seen at all (where areas my current layout has gaps between buildings that destroy the one-sided effect). Originally, i was going to make a double track semi dog bone, but I would have had to hidden the turn arounds, leaving little mainlined in the space i had left, add reversing sections if i wanted to "change tracks", and i just did not like that. at the same time, its challenging to figure how i could get my freight goals in there. While the area between the old layout and the NEC area could probably host some industries (even the NEC has some industries that get switched), to have a seperate freight mainline is seeming very difficult. I also want to avoid using double decks, so i'd like to keep things close to the same level. I'll post pictures soon.