For many many years, the Silicon Valley FreeMoN group has been using MC Fujiwara's Effet yard as our main operations yard on our setups at different shows. I "inherited" custody of the yard when life took MC in a different direction. Unfortunately, it has become a bit long-of-tooth and cramped, as more folks have been running on our layouts, with longer trains (Not that we won't be able to continue to use it!). (Photos are from 2018 NSE Convention in SLC) But, it has always been my plan to build a much larger yard, and this summer that activity has begun. Here is the plan for the new Silicon Valley FreeMoN yard (still to be officially named) Grid size = 3 inches. Each of the colored sections are a 2-foot by 4-foot section, while the two curved sections are approx 39" along the outer curve. Each is a 22.5 degree arc. To make my build life miserable, I plan to have the two curved and the green section be completely reversible and interchangeable. This will require a high degree of precision for placing the tracks at all the end plates (more on that in later posts). All parallel tracks will be at 1.125" spacing; the central 8 yard tracks will be "at grade", while the outer mains will be on roadbed. The left hand interface (blue) is a single track, while the right side (light yellow) supports dual track (or, if necessary, a single can be aligned). There are a couple of industries at the lower far right, and a shopping center (with Dairy Queen Grill & Chill) in upper far right, with backs to the track. Engine service at lower left. There are 33 switches on this module, with almost 7 scale miles of track! Since I started cutting rail to build the switches this morning, I decided to start the thread documenting the build. Lots to show. The goal is to have this fully operational by the fall (hopefully, we will have train shows by then, again), and full scenery in time for the National Train Show in Santa Clara, CA (summer of 2021).