Hello, everybody. For my first post I decided to show off my new layout that I am building. It is based off of the HO scale Rock Ridge Central that Model Railroader had in the January 2002 issue. It now fits on a 3' x 5' board. The main theme I am going for is a freelanced western railroad serving a copper mine in the early 1960's. The minimum track radius is 11". I am not sure what grade I need to use yet to clear the tracks under the mine branch track. Probably 3 or 4% grade. I plan on having the layout transportable. I drew it up in XTrkCad. Then I printed it out full size. It is nice having access to a large format printer. I used sign foam for the base and framework. It makes for a light and fairly rigid structure. On the negative side it is rather expensive. I lucked out that at work they were throwing away a display made out of it. I ended up with enough for two 3' x 5' layouts. After getting the base together I added one sheet of 1 1/2" insulation foam. That is a picture with the layout drawing on it. I tacked that down so I could make where the tracks go. A toothpick worked well for marking the foam. After that I went back and used a sharpie to highlight all of the track marks. This picture shows some of the cork that glued down today. I would have got more done but I misplaced the rest of my thumbtacks. I plan on making updates as a progress on this. My goal is to have the terrain fully roughed by sometime July. Edited to change 3' x 6' to 3' x 5'.