Its been quite some time since I have posted much here. I have totally transformed my little empire. About the only thing I kept was th original 4x5 board I started with in 2005. So far things are going well. My layout is in a "U" shape now, wit a hook. I removed the 4x8 sheet and put in a 2 1/2 foot by 11 foot run. ( Inside the U) to the right is a 4 1/2 extension that rises three inches from the hidden staging under Balderdash. On the left of the U is a 2 x 3 extension that crosses over to my original 4 x 5 sheet. One line drops 1" the other two". This is posing some problems with the grade, so I may raise the 4 x 5 another 3/4'. My original Blueprint is here. Unbelievably, I have been able to keep to the plan! http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/showthread.php?146787-New-C-M-amp-B-Layout-plan!!&highlight= Balderdash is home to the yard, 4-stall roundhouse, meatpacking, and a possible freight house. There is also going to be a passenger station off the main line. Under Balderdash is a two track staging yard. One for my Baltic Hiawatha, and one for my Kato Great Northern S-2. ( Which I stole for 50 bucks at a swap meet and it has no problem pulling 35 cars on my grades!) Carnage is a rough little town. Primarily it is a cattle town, but it does have one freight depot which is used for everything. The town is will be fully equiped with a sherrif and jail. Maudlin is another branch. It is farming and some cattle. It has a nice hotel and is in a nice quiet valley. There may eventually be another town. But that will have to wait until I can move it to a bigger room. The whole layout is currently oon some caster wheels so I can move it around as I work on it. And it will come apart in four sections.