Hello all. I'm not new to forums in general, but I am new- sort of- to model railways. Like many of you I suspect, I began as a child with a train set, a Hornby dublo, gifted me at Christmas from my parents. I believe it was a Jinty tank loco with a brake van, a flatbed car, a hopper wagon and an oval of track. This soon grew over the subsequent birthdays until I had two Bulleid pacifics, a Battle-of-Britain class and a rebuilt West Country class, some coaches, a few Superquick buildings and several feet of track, with which I used to love building extensive layouts on my living room carpet. I never had the space or the budget to be able to build anything more permanent, and over the years, the model trains ended up in a large box that was going to be used to build a layout for my kids later on. As the years passed, my kids grew up, the box was 'acquired' by my first wife's new husband (This still rankles, as they were gifts from my parents, who have both since sadly passed), but the desire to build a steam layout still lay dormant- until now. It was a holiday to Austria that led me to discover micro-scale railways, as I saw the intricately detailed Z-scale locomotives in a toy store window and instantly fell in love with them. A layout in Z scale would solve the space issue, all I needed was the budget... Several more years later, I'm now at a stage where I can slowly and steadily buy and build a Z-scale steam layout, set 'somewhere in Germany' during WW2, a period that greatly interests me. I've acquired two locos for my layout already, and sorted out the space and the track plan- all that I need to do is get cracking. I hope I'll have something to show you all by the end of the year, and I've joined this forum to gain tips and advice in this hobby, which, due to the tiny scale and the huge leaps in model technology made since my childhood days, is all completely new to me. I'm from Kent in the UK, and as the name suggests, I'm new to Z gauge.