Ok so I've been getting my feet wet working on a design for a layout. Time: 1959 => Early 60's Railline: Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Local: Russell KY to Elkhorn City KY (Big Sandy Subdivision) Steam is still present but is being phased out as first Gen diesels are coming in. Still wanting to run Steam but wanting diesels more. Perhaps over time I will push back even farther. Just like for the prototype finances dictate how I fund my railroad.. so diesel is where my budget is headed mostly.. I'm in touch with the COHS and looking forward to getting a great 'pile' of stuff from them over the coming weeks.. In the interim I've been typing my fingers to the bone looking up stuff on C&O online.. Some of the great resources I've found. Kentucky Raster Graphics Topographic Maps. http://kymartian.ky.gov/krgmaps/index.html -- Great resolution Topographic maps of Kentucky. Better then I've scene available for free DL anywhere. I love maps and have been to hundreds of sites this is the best quality maps I've scene so far. -- They also have available but somewhat more limited Aerial photographs. I found them a little under exposed to my liking though but still not a bad resource. I'm building a database listing all info found on the C&O line (which maps have what data) as there is quite a few maps I'm using right now. I'm sure as I get closer to the actual track plan that will lessen conciderably. Northeast Railfan http://www.northeast.railfan.net/ -- Great site for pics of all things C&O aswell as roster information. I also look beyond just that of the subject being photographed. Buildings Vehicles and so on in the scenes are a great help too.. Fallen Flag Railroad Photos http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/ -- The number one site for so many reasons.. If you are modelling a railroad that is less then current especailly. But still so much you can learn if not. -- Data/Photos/Locomotive Manuals/Operating Materials (rule books/engineering drawings) the list is more then I would want to put here. Great site for all things railroad. There is also Google Earth .. Although the resolution on KY isn't the greatest in this instance. I like 'trucklover' want to model more then just trains in my case though as the line runs along the ohio for a portion and then along Big Sandy River. I want to model a Tow boat or two on the river.. I know that in many ways it's in direct compitition to rail but should make for an interesting scene both in day and night.. I just read on Wikipedia that the yard at Russell was the largest in the world at one time.. it does my heart good to read stuff like that.. Anyway the quest for more info continues.. If anyone has a link or two to add feel free I can use all the help I can get..