Hey guys! I've finally signed up here since re-entering the hobby just over a year ago. I usually hang out at an N-scale specific site under the screename "Metrolink" (that name is already taken here). A brief history: • 7th grade: Got a cheap Tyco train set for Xmas. Bought a few issues of Model Railroader, some Flextrack, cork roadbed, and a sheet of 4' x 8' plywood—never built a thing. • Early 20s: Bought some Athearn SP bloody-nose GP35s in H0, and enough Atlas sectional track to build a small oval. Had severe conductivity issues and had no idea how to make scenery. Gave up. • Late 30s: Bought some H0-scale Kato Unitrack and Faller roadways from a local hobby shop. Lived in an apartment. Ran my old Athearn GP35s and my mis-matched collection of Athearn rolling stock on the carpet a few times. Still no scenery. Gave up. • Spring, 2016: Had some severe medical issues and spent a lot of time in bed for most of 2016, so I started buying prototype airliner and train books to read—I then I realized I wanted to play with trains again. I made the decision to go N-scale this time, and I bought over 10 used SP bloody-nose Atlas GP35s on eBay that night. So currently, just over a year back into the hobby, I've accumulated over 50 Kato, Atlas, InterMountain, and Fox Valley Models' diesel locos, mostly GP- and SD-series (and a few Dash-8 Kodachromes) in mostly the Southern Pacific roadname. I also recently acquired over 30 new BLMA 31K crude-oil tank cars with body-mounted couplers, plus tons of bi-level Kato Nippon Sharyo commuter cars and Athearn Bombardiers in Metrolink, Caltrain, and Chicago Metra roadnames. My premium layout queen will be my 25-car FedEx spine-car unit-train. And finally, scenery! With Scenic Express' 20%-off Black Friday sales, I've acquired nearly enough scenic materials to build a 1:1 railroad! Scenery is my favorite part of model railroading, and is what likely stopped me from enjoying the hobby decades ago. I'm slowly building a 12' x 13' modern N-scale layout in my garage, based loosely in the mid 1990s, with two Kato Unitrack double-track continuous loops, and a 3' x 9' future yard-extension. After obsessing over previous hobbies (e.g., synthesizers, guitar amps, photo equipment, etc.), I've now re-discovered what will become my lifelong passion—model railroading! Looking forward to discussing and learning among a new group of hobbyists here!