Yes, times are hard for many of us. Model railroading can be very expensive in any scale. Still, I know there are lots and lots and well, 10s / 100s? of ways to achieve a lot with a little. How can this be? The use of - free - material. Free? Did I say "Free"? Yes I did. Trees made from wire or dried weeds. The wire which is in that cord of that appliance you never threw out or the extra power cord for your printer. Buildings made from colored paper and printed on Pipes made from straws Fences made from - almost anything Small hills made from carving foam / wads of paper / or? "Turd Polishing" - taking a cheap old item and making it cool looking. Weathering cars and buildings can be done very cheaply No, you can't expand into the next room but you can still enjoy model railroading. Folks, please post "How to Enjoy N Scale on a Dime" type projects.