At the beginning of summer last year (2018) I took down my bedroom sized layout. I had really never named the layout but always had an idea of a name for it. It was built on hollow core doors so when I took it down, I removed all the structures, trees and anything else that went vertical and then (with some excellent advice and moral support from a couple of Trainboard members), made crates and stored the layout. I had hoped to be able to have a space in whatever new home we found to put it back up. Well, we found a house with a basement and moved in early December but the space I could take for a layout did not lend itself to an around the walls layout. The room is actually a little bigger but has doors on 3 of the 4 walls. So, the old layout will sit in the crates for now. Over the past 3 months or so, I have been deciding what I wanted to do. I even entertained the idea of just dumping it all and moving on but I knew I'd miss it too much. What it has come down to is that a smaller layout than my previous couple would be just what the doctor ordered. I could go as big as a 4x8 and am trying to decide if that would be just right or if I should go a little smaller and use a 3ft x 6ft 8inch hollow core door base. I roughed up an idea of a track plan that would fit the smaller size but could easily be expanded to the larger 4x8 by just adding a few sections of straight track to accommodate longer and wider. The inner track would have 12 5/8 radius curves and the outer would be 13 3/4 radius. I know bigger is better on curves but this will work okay. I had a 21/2ft x 4ft layout with almost this same track plan back when I was in high school. Despite the sharp curves and small size, it was the most fun layout I can remember having. I'm hoping to recapture some of that fun again and see if I can spark some interest in model RR'ing in my teenage son as well. His initials are JPT so I decided the layout will be named the JPT sub and be a fictional sub of the BNSF or ATSF depending on which way I decide to go there. So, with all that said. I'd like to welcome you all aboard the beginning of the JPT sub.