Hi all, as many will already know I have changed scales form HO to N. Now I am getting to the buisness end, having sold off most of my HO collection to buy N scale goodies I am getting the itch to run trains. In the last few weeks I have been thinking a lot about track and layout design. What I would like is a 50%- 50% mix of mainline running (love to railfan the tracks) and opperational switching (gota have something to do besides watching trains) I also like tunnels, bridges and mountains. I have mostly modern diesels and will run at less one coal drag. Also an intermodal train or two, a grain train and mixed freight. Maybe some passenger trains that will pop up from hidden staging to do a run-around. I have settled on using Atlas code55 track and turnouts. I have done some test track laying and have a reasonable feel for how to go about it. I was alittle heavy handed with the gluing process and have washed some of the ballast off the roadbed (can be touched up) I used two different Woodlands Scenic ballasts. One a grey blend fine , the other grey fine. The grey fine looks and works the best. The track is gluded down on top of Woodlands Scenic foam roadbed with a very light smear of liquid nails. I used the same product to glue the roadbed to the base board. Again, I was in the beginning way too heavy handed with the liquid nails You only need a very light smear on the back of the roadbed to hold it down. Opps, have run out off time, gotta go to work, more latter, Bye.