So I'm moving into a new house and I'm already building numerous track plans to fill the 10x10 room that I'll be assigned as my 'train room' by the wife. I got 20 8 foot lengths of 2x4's and four sheets of plywood to start construction with....and I don't even move until November 1!!!! If had a few plans.... including: which was my most recent. But I'm having issues with 'friendliness' of this layout, not to mention operation interest. Most of my layout designs have featured two major things from the above layout... the passenger station in the lower right (which looks like a mess) and the valley in the upper left. Today I picked up a new book "Track Planning for Realistic Operation 3rd edition" at my LHS and had a good read. I picked up quite a bit and came up with this new terminal design: This will take up one a whole wall. But that's fine in my books because I I'll probably spend a lot of time in this section operation wise and it'll make it easier. I'll leave it at a 2.5 foot reach for bench work to avoid trains falling off the edge. I'm looking for suggestions, and comments on the terminal. Here's a legend for the colors: Orange = engine mtc. tracks grey = movement tracks for locos yellow = yard light purple (look in closely in the yellow) = caboose tracks red = freight main green = passenger main so far all curves are 11 or better (I think 12 is average) and all turnouts are #4 Here are a few more pictures to give you guys an idea of what I'm trying to do: This is a crude drawing of the room (not to scale). The door is bottom left, and the closet (no door) is a walk in at the top right. The room not including closet is 10x10 according to the floor plan we have. I can put the terminal either on the north or east wall. (north being up for this drawing) This Valley is a pretty important part of the layout for me that I would love to keep, but I think I'm going to get crunched for room. What I want is a mainline train running over a branchline in the valley (4" rise from where the branch is operating) and the valley will either be a mine or a lumber yard. In reviewing my rolling stock I own... I'm leaning towards mine. Now finally... what my whole concept is. Late 50's era in the Canadian rockies using CN as a loose inspiration for the layout. I'm running an 80% steam roster consisting of: 3 Heavy Mountain 4-8-2 2 Light Mountain 4-8-2 2 Mikado 2-8-2 1 Shay 1 Pacific 1 Northern 2 F7A 1 F7B 1 Challenger (pulling UP passenger) 1 RDC-1 1 RDC-2 I'll have 3 passenger trains in regular operation. An 8 car Union Pacific, a 10 car CN Transcontinental (1954 scheme, pulled by a hvy Mountain), and a 5 car CP (Pacific powered). I also got a Daylight I'll run for fun. The big focus will be on longer trains snaking through mountain terrain. But I also want branch operation with one or two small local industry. I'm thinking of adding another small industry in the terminal area (empty space section....) thoughts? ideas?