I am new here, but have been 'playing with trains' for over 40 years. We always had a loop under the tree, sometimes HO, other times N. I had a small double loop n scale layout built into a book case in my room growing up and that is what I always gravitated to. I always had a desire to build something larger, but never got around to it. Engines were moved to the shelf and only brought out at Christmas. In the past 5 years I have been slowly building my layout, and over the past year making some nice progress. I have 3 separate DC zones, 4 passing sidings, a full crossover, and a number of other spurs. A total of 14 switches in all. I run Kato track exclusively. My rolling stock is what I still had from when I was a kid, more sentimental than anything else, although I am slowly adding some new cars. Trains have always brought me happiness. I grew up in a town with both an active commuter and freight line and hearing a train whistle was a normal sound. My grandfather lived 1 block from the Leigh Valley/Conrail lines so we would walk the tracks all the time looking for spikes. So many good memories. With my new layout I am making it a fictional town based here in NJ. My current town has an old Erie Lackawanna right of way, so one consist is EL. Another consist is Norfolk Southern which goes by my office and I will see when out for a walk at lumch. My passenger line is NJ transit and Amtrak, and I hope to pick up a CSX in the next few months. The town itself has a few buildings either leftover from my childhood setup or replacements for ones I knew I had. I have struggled a lot with trying to find the right age for the town and a balance of homes to industries and especially placement. So many buildings from the major companies appear based on the old molds and just look dated to me. To get around that I have begun to model all the homes of the real life houses of my family members. Over the last month I have 3D printed my current home, my former home, my childhood home, and those houses of both sets of grandparents. The housing development had really grown and it is begining to fill out the layout nicely. What I need to work on most is the landscaping at this time. I look forward to being an active community member here. I Iave popped in to a few different model railroad forums over the past few years, some either didn't get the traffic or else the user base appeared dead. I am hoping this board is a little more active and prone to sharing ideas and having active discussions. Nothing like being excited to share something you made and having it get 300 page views, 30 likes and not a single comment. Somewhat discouraging. I like when we can learn from each other.