Hi Everybody, If you happened to read my introduction, I'm 31 and very recently got back into the hobby. I was into model railroading until about age 14, but I never lost my love for trains. I began my research and planning in late January and started construction about four weeks ago. I would love any advice, suggestions and/or constructive criticism! My layout objectives: - N Scale Unitrack - DCC Controlled (NCE Powercab w/ eventual booster) - 80 x 40" (to fit in a specific spot in my town house) - Solid benchwork - Freelancing a little beach or mountain town -still unsure - Ballasted track - Two main lines - Small yard ladder - 8-10 Switches - NCE Switch-Kats for DCC control of switches - Feeders to every piece of Unitrack. Not to the Unijoiners (from the many debates I read, this seems to be the most trouble-free route) - Switch control panel for local switch operation - No more than 2-3 locos running at once - No Grade changes - Extruded foam layout - A few truss/girder bridge water crossings - Clean looking facia After several revisions, here is my latest layout design (created with AnyRail trial software): This simply shows the gray areas of above grade hills/mountains (with my older track plan). Then there is a little pond on the left side hill w/ small waterfall trickling into the river below, which flows into the bay. I'd like to do a marina/wharf/boardwalk on the left side of the bay. This photo was taken on 02/23/13 after purchasing my first pieces of Unitrack at the World's Greatest Hobby Show in Sacramento, CA. This was taken 03/05/2013 after constructing my over-built bench work. I used to build skateramps so I just immediately went for the 2x4 frame. My next layout will likely be done with the orthodox ripped plywood rib construction. This works fine for my newb layout. Again, this is my older layout design. I eliminated the sharp inner curves and S-curve toward the top right among other changes. Another week later, and a little practice with good ol' messy foam shaping. I really need one of those hot wires. And a bit more shaping... I'm now waiting for my next purchase of track to complete the layout. Then my Powercab and DCC Loco to start testing. It's all been very fun! I've definitely missed this hobby! Again, I invite any constructive criticism, suggestions, and/or words of wisdom! I do apologize for the information overload with this one post!