Hi okane, Thanks, TrainzLuvr goes back a long time (started with a website https://trainz.luvr.net for the Trainz Sim). Since the layout will mostly be railfanning for the grandchildren, does the current track arrangement give you enough visual opportunities for them to engage in (sights and sounds)? I still feel that it's "too busy" with the track, although children do like sensory overload. Though, consider how long you plan to keep this layout for? If not a chainsaw layout, then the grandchildren won't be all arms and legs forever, and will grow up to be old enough to run trains with you. When that happens, you will have two crews (them and the boys from the club) who will want more from the layout than just sights and sounds. Also, do not forget yourself - what do *you* want from it, because this is your labour of love. Along the above line of thinking, I would leave some room for expansion/re-arrangement of the layout, as there are opportunities alongside the walls of your utility room for some elevated single/double track running, or something new altogether. If construction has not begun, then then the benchwork could be built in a such a way to accomodate the future possibilities. I understand what you mean about being able to clean and maintain the layout, so looking at your current plan, do you feel that this current track plan is more maintainable? Just as a reference, for my current layout I opted to build a domino like layout, with 1 ft deep benchwork, track at same level throughout while modulating scenery around it - the inspiration came from Mark Lestico's former N scale Cascade Subdivision.