Growing up in eastern Michigan, my first memory of the railroad involved looking up through the windshield of a '52 Ford at a grimy enchantment blue C&O diesel I later determined would have been a BL2. I only regret that my parents didn't haul me the ten miles to Emmett, MI where I might have witnessed the last working steam on the GTW. It was years later that I discovered the Detroit and Mackinac, the Pere Marquette and the Detroit, Bay City and Western. Huron and Eastern Didn't exist until I was well into my adult life, but quickly became a favorite with its Geeps painted in a really cool heritage scheme (now a part of history) taken from Pere Marquette's E units. HESR eventually absorbed the Central Michigan and Detroit and Mackinac became Lake State Railway. Then there was the TSBy, which eventually became the Great Lakes Central. HESR has now come under Genesee and Wyoming ownership. I guess I would have to call myself confused. I like it all, although for whatever reason I never developed a real interest in MC/NYC. I like light steam and truss rod freight cars as well as vehicles of all time periods. Some years ago, I finally accepted the exisence of diesels. (Hey, it's my world and they didn't exist there) In short, I like Michigan railroads. Period. I couldn't decide on a time period, so I have collected euipment, structures and details from the last hundred years. I model a freelance shortline perhaps somewhat inspired by the above mentioned DBC&W. The new Huron Central layout will be capable of hosting operating sessions from multiple eras and staging will provide interchange with most of the above railroads at Green River, very loosely based on Bay City/Saginaw, Michigan. OK, there ya go- a fairly lengthy ramble providing a look into my disturbed mind. I'm alright. I JUST WANT IT ALL IN 8'6" X 9'0"!