Hi to all, I am returning to the hobby after a 30+ years and found this group as a result of Gavin Millers post in Rec.mod. railroads of his "cloud building" technique. His and all of the photos that i have seen are great. I have begun to build a 10 X 17 layout. I seem to be doing things backwards as I designed my own trackplan after reading MR for years. But I have never had anyone look at the plan and give it a good critique. I woyld like to post it here but can't seem to get it below the threshhold for attachments. I could mail it offline if you would like to see it (241K file). I originally developed it for running trains, 2-3, 4 staging tracks for some variety, and a little switching in the yard and a timesaver on the branch line - but is that practicle? When I started to critique it myself I found that there doesn't appear to be a start point or "where are you going" point. I have begun to put track down on the branch to test my old (70's) engines (Roco, Atlas, Bachmann Steam) and to renew some of the skills that have become way too rusty. I look forward to your comments.