O.K. I could really, desperately use some help here. To start I would like to design an HO scale switching layout. Point to Point. It is shelf style of a layout. About chest height (I'm 5'9") so roughly at 4 1/2 ft. The dimensions of the layout are 11 ft long x 6ft at a width of about 1' 9". Needless to say on the inside corner there will be a slight 45 degree for curves. I finally figured out how to upload a pic of the benchwork. See below. So my inexperience at laying track in general is quite obvious. I've been humbled by a simple CAD program as I've attempted to laydown ideas, however lack the vision to "see it in my head". I'm not at all sure about the spatial relationships I should consider, ie structures. I understand that there some fexibility as hey, it's my railroad, however a sense of realism and functionality would be nice. So I'm getting a wee bit frustrated and like to get things "right" the first time with some room for improvement. :curse: I'd like to have a small yard to keep some rolling stock to play with. The type of industries I'd like to service are something like a grain terminal and maybe a couple of milling plants (for flour or other food processing). There could also be a company like Casco which makes ethynol (I think) out of corn oil. Is this too much? I'd like to keep it sometime between the late 40' & 50' with maybe a couple of small locos to do the switching. The possibility of expansion is there in the distant furture as the room currently being used as a toy room for the kiddies is 12x12 and as they get older, the toys will start to disappear... So there is a possibility that it could include a couple of "penninsulas" and even wrap around the room with a gate or duck under. The possibilities are there. At the present height a 2nd lower level could be added in the furture as well, I'm guessing. Lastly because I'm Canadian eh, I'd be primarily running CN or CP locos. My apologizies, as I realize this is a tall order and a long post. I've seen the incredible help other have received and could really use a kick in the pants to get the idea juices flowing. Thanks, Shane Yep not much to look at that is for sure. I hope I can change that with a bit of help.