Hi folks. I've not posted in a while, as i have been largely distracted by the bucolic tank locomotives and branchlines of Great Western country in the UK, but I've not abandoned my affinity for all things large, loud, American, and decidedly coal-burning. In fact, I have an idea of sorts... A poster on a well known British railway modeling forum has constructed several cameo layouts by using Ikea "Lack" shelves or tabletops as baseboards. They come in convenient sizes, such as 120 x 40 cm (just about 4 feet by 16 inches) and in this space he has built some lovely layouts. An "off scene" auxiliary board, known as a "fiddle yard", represents the rest of the world. This got me thinking. 120 cm x 40 cm, or 4 feet by 16 inches, would be just about right for a dockside with an ironboat, a quartet of Hullets, and 3 tracks for NYC 0-8-0s to crawl around on in N scale, wouldn't it...? Gah, N scale. WHY do you have to be so wonderfully sized?!?