Hello folks, After dabbling in railroading as a kid in the 80's, I'm now about to get back into it with my son. I'm pretty much learning from scratch, but I'm hopefull that I'll be able to learn alot from you all. We'll be going with HO scale as that's the scale my son chose. It also happens to be the scale that I might still have a fair amount of stuff from my childhood squirrled away at my parents house. I've also got quite a bit of rolling stock and starter set engines here now from various resale shop hauls. We're lucky to have a bit of space in the attic and last week I purchased an 8x5 table that I think will be big enough for a layout with a 22" inner loop, 26'ish outer loop and various sidings that should allow the running of two trains at once with space for a few industries and such. Been asking around and it seems like here in the Chicago area there are a fair number of train clubs to visit and shows to attend also. Here on the west side of Chicago, We're spitting distance from the BNSF Cicero Intermodal and not far from several other large yards, so when the weather is a bit warmer there will definitely be some Below is the table we'll be working with (pics from the original ad) that I picked up on Craigslist last week. The seller told me it was built by her dad, a carpenter in the 50's! Two nice, sturdy 4x5 sections and a frame to put them on. Seems very solid though I might reinforce the legs and corners a bit.