I wanted to say thanks again for all the great feedback I've gotten, here, with various questions I've had. I've learned more here than from any of the books I have, that's for sure. I've posted and gotten feedback on a couple layout ideas, but my thinking on where the set is going to end-up is shifting, so as it turns-out, the platform will be a bit narrower, and much longer, than I'd originally thought. I was originally aiming for 24" X 48", but now I am looking at something more like 20" X up to 72". My aim is to pack as much diversity and interest as possible into that space. My partner is also very interested in the hobby, so she kinda wants her own "side" of the layout, to do her thing -- which is fine by me. With it being a really long layout, I think it will be much easier to accommodate -- either by putting a physical divider down the middle, or putting the mountains there. My core idea is for there to be a very long, outer oval, from which a double cross-over puts trains onto a smaller, "commuter" loop, and also from which are extended sidings for freight. I want to incorporate a nice, mid-sized passenger station as a central feature. I'm definitely not a stickler for accurate re-creation of exact, real-world places -- in fact I think I want to avoid that level of specificity. That said, my very general target time/place is era II/III in smaller-town, rural Germany/central Europe. In designing the thing, I seem to be stuck in ovals-within-ovals, and can't break out. I seem to always end-up with roughly the same concept, and it looks very stilted and rote -- very "train set" oriented. I'm using all Rokuhan sectional track, btw, and don't want to get into anything too serious in terms of using a lot of flex track or modifying anything heavily. Any suggestions, or -- better -- references to good-looking (but relatively economical) layouts in a similar space configuration would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!