It's been a while since I have been active here on the Gauge. Been busy. I have relocated from Fletcher, NC to Tacoma, WA and bought a house with a partially finished basement. Looking to build a layout and, as usual, I have managed to find myself brimming with far too many questions and in need of the expert advice of the fine community here. Thanks to the track planning forum I discovered XtrkCAD and have been playing with things a bit. And thanks to Nazgul's absolutely gorgeous work on his layout I have been inspired to go a bit larger than a 4x8 this time. The attached image shows what I have so far as best as the forum limit allows. I plan to have somewhere in the range of 4" of incline between the bottom front and top rear of the layout on both ends with a coal mine in the hills on the right side. Other than that and the current fleet of rolling stock consisting of CSX and Clinchfield I don't have much planned. I will be using my Digitrax Zephyr to operate the layout and I do plan to use sound decoders and money allows to buy more then the El Cheapo MRC's currently in three of the loco's. I am hoping to follow in Nazgul's footsteps a bit here and keep track of the progress using this thread to see how things evolve and will be linking of posting pictures as time and progress allows hopefully.