Good morning to ALL, My name is Chris, my friends call me Spicoli. I'm from the Raleigh Durham NC area. As a kid of the 80s I went to train shows and always liked looking at Model Railroader at the library. I'd check out STACKS of magazines when I wasn't smelling the vinyl section of the library - Yes the library had RECORDS. I'm building my first 2x4 layout - the impetus was building a Christmas layout but I decided against that since my first layout should be more of an all year round piece to look at. I'm planning to learn DCC and the wiring, and everything one way or another. I'm currently trying to decide between Power Cab, Digitrax, or this Raspberry Pi set up I saw on DIY and Digital Railroad's YouTube channel. Here's my raw material in the attached photo. The hardest part for me really is the layout design. I think execution will be easy with the aide of YouTube. I also plan to NOT be that old cranky guy who doesn't want to help younger guys getting into the hobby like I see so often.