Hi all! You may remember me from the "electrical blocks question" thread http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?p=238016#post238016 Well now that i have the whole wiring problem figured out im ready to start my own layout Heres some basic info to get you guys started: Name: Undecided Scale: N Size: 3' x 6' Track: Atlas code 80 Snap Track with remote turnouts. Curves: Minimum 9.75". Mostly 11". Some 19" leading out of turnouts and leading to the warehouse area. #4 Turnouts Power: MRC Tech 4 model 260 power pack running on DC but planning to convert to DCC in the distant future. Industries: Interchange (upper left corner of the loop) Team Track (upper right corner of loop) Maybe a small furniture factory (lower left corner of the loop) Large Warehouse (the timesaver on the right) Time Period: 1970s Location: North-Eastern U.S. Season: Fall Trackplan: I understand that the track plan is not too detailed but i really have no idea exactly where things will go. But im thinking of having the tracks that lead to the warehouse from the loop cross a small river just so i can have an excuse to scratch build a bridge . The different colored sections of track represent electrical blocks. The construction has not really started just yet since i have no glue to attach the foamboard to the plywood base, and still not quite done getting all the track pieces. All i need are 10 more switches and i can start, but at $15 a pop im getting bogged down with those. So if you have any suggestions on changing the plan a bit, the plan is not set in stone yet so speak now or forever hold your peace. I have not even bought any locos yet but planning on an Atlas GP40-2 in Conrail, CSX, or NYC colors. For now i will run only 1 loco so i wont even have to use the blocks. But later i plan on buying a switcher for the timesaver. Some question: 1. Will my GP40 be able to navigate the 9.75" curves and #4 turnouts? Its ok if it looks a bit odd just as long as it gets through. 2. How long of a car can i run on those curves? 3. Are the Atlas GP40s any good? I cant seem to find reviews but i heard Atlas makes good locos. 4. Should I use a separate power pack for the switches or do you think the MRC Tech 4 can handle it all by itself? Well thats it for now. Sorry but no pictures for now since the base isnt even started yet and the camera is on vacation out of town. But i will post pics as soon as there is atleast something to take pictures of. Any comments, positive or critical welcome and needed. Being an artist I always like to improve things.