Hello from Australia, Returning to the hobby. In my youth I had Australian HO and British OO with a few US locos thrown in. When my priorities changed as a young fella these all sat in storage for years. I dusted them all off about 18 months ago with the idea of a small around the room shelf layout. This all changed when I traveled to Japan last year and my wife bought me the full Kato 844 excursion set from Kato. So I'm now a N scale convert and I've since traded in a lot of my old stuff, got a DCC system running and have started accumulating locos and rolling stock, mainly diesel but also the lovely 4449 . My layout location has also changed as it is no longer the spare bedroom, instead it will be in a purpose built room in my workshop. I've got 3m x roughly 3.5/4m to play with. I'm at the stage that a lot of guys stumble at, ready to build but finding it hard to focus. Power will mainly be UP and NS with a few steam excursion specials. I'm more of a watch them run sort of a guy as I find it very relaxing, but a friend has got me interested in operating so I would like to have a scenic layout that I can railfan but with a few small industries to operate on with friends when they're over. I'm thinking of around the the room with a middle peninsula. I like the idea of a multi level layout but I don't want to fall into the trap of taking on too much and getting bogged down. I also like the idea of a mountain location. I look forward to trawling through here for info and help. If anyone would like to point me in the direction of guys who help with layout plans that would be great. Cheers.