It's the foundation of all that we build. Share your design, wishes and lessons learned from your benchwork. Or better yet, give me some ideas. Here is what I am currently planning for my new monster (first time N scale and 13 years away from the hobby). I am modeling the BNSF with it being heavy on the BN portion. Also included will be the CN and UP. The setting is modern somewhre in the greater midwest (I live in Minnesota). the room is 138" x 185" (11.5' x 15.42') I am planning on at least two levels and considering a third. I want the lowest level to include large staging yards and switching capacity. This will probably be an industrial scene. The lower level will have a large city located on it, but only the rail yard will be modeld. The lowest level will not have a whole lot of detail compard to the other two levels. The middle level will consist of small towns/cities and rural lands and rural industry. The top level will have a large city with a rail yard and downtown area. Industries Coal mine and power plant, Grain (elevators and mills) Steel mills, brewery and misc. (not sure if I will have room for more. Well that is what is inside my brain from 50,000 feet. I am working on a usable benchwork and track plan that will give me both operation capability and the ability to just run some trains (hehehe) I WILL be using DCC and play with computer control as well. OK, that is enough from me (for now). What are your ideas and experience. P.S. This is my first time with N, the potential is exciting!