This is the official birth of a thread for my new HCD layout I am calling the Monocacy Subdivision. The layout has been finalized as far as I am concerned and I will use this thread to post my progress as the layout develops over the next 6-12 months. History: I grew up in Maryland in the 90s, West of DC in a small country town called Poolesville. We had moved there from England (I'm and Army Brat, and now a Reservist) and my Dad retired there from the Army in '88. I still remember, although vaguely, Chessie paint running through the area. My layout will focus on CSX operations in the area, though I may go back to '88. Realistically, I can run Chessie paint with my YN2 AC44s. The last of the Chessies dissapeared the summer the AC44s showed up. Though I had to research this. I had no clue what was happening at the time. Prototype: Poolesville falls near Point of Rocks and Brunswick. I am very familiar with the Cumberland Sub and the Shenandoah Sub. I suppose closer to where I lived, we would have fallen under the Metropolitan Subdivision. We took day trips quite often and I have fond memories of Harpers Ferry. One place we frequented often was Frederick, MD. The road from Poolesville to Frederick lead us through Dickerson, and across the Monocacy River. This area has rolling hills and is essentially the gateway to the Appalachian mountains. My layout will be an imaginary route, borrowing from the line that runs through the area. It will essentially condense the entire Shenandoah/Cumberland/Metropolitan Subdivisions, borrowing things I love most about them. That is why you will find the "Monocacy" River snaking through the bottom portion of the layout. The Bridge on the left will be a Pratt Truss by Central Valley that I built. This reminds me of the road bridge we would cross over the Monocacy to get to Frederick. It also reminds me of Harpers Ferry, though I can't fit Harpers Ferry on a HCD realistically. The right hand bridge will simply be a Cornerstone through-Plate Girder bridge. The Mountains and tunnels echo Point of Rocks and Shenandoah Subdivision. I say this layout will have a village, but it will be a few buildings as found going through Dickerson, MD. As coal is the primary freight in this area, coal is what I will haul. So this is my plan, and inspirtation. It is a simple tail chaser with minimal operation. But it will be my first true layout. I hope you enjoy my progress. I am sure I will need your help.