The NKP once ran through my backyard, and the former Lima Locomotive Works isn't far from my home either. I've chosen to use the NKP as the prototype for my railroad, though I've opted to go the freelance route. I want to model the early 1950's, when diesel was starting to replace steam. This way, I can have both of my favorite engines on my layout and still maintain realism. This is my first layout, and I don't really care for being "prototypical" and have opted to make a freelance road. I think it would be fun to have my own railroad company, and I even have started designing stock certificates, stationary, and waybills. For me, it's all part of the fun. However, I'm wondering if I'm being too unrealistic with what I'm hoping to accomplish. NKP engines and rolling stock aren't readily available, which is the main reason this will be a freelanced project. I will run some NKP equipment on my rails, and others will have my own roadname on them. I'm thinking that the NKP could've sold off some trackage, allowing my railroad to be born. Is that taking things too far?