Greg, Boxcab, Ted, and any other S Gaugers, I decided to post this question in here rather than in the layout design category because I hope to plug in specifically to some S Scale experience. I will also look for some help from the local Houston S Gaugers. I can host a meeting at my house and get some ideas from them as well. It is now time to turn my attention to a plan for my home layout. I would like to get the design reasonably firm over the next couple of months so I can do the construction over the summer. My daughter will be in Spain on a foreign exchange program, so I can store the things which I promised the exchequery (my wife) we would store under the layout in my daughters room during benchwork construction. I would like a few ideas from any of you on what makes sense. I intend to model somewhere in the 1950's or 1960's with four axle diesels and 40-50 foot cars. My initial thoughts and goals include: Provide as long as possible continuous run for those times when I just want to watch my trains run. Provide some sort of staging (hidden if possible) to allow 2-3 trains to be employed during operations. Provide a small yard and some industries for switching operations. I would like to attempt to do this with 15 turnouts or less. This is more of an intellectual challenge than a fixed number. I want to see if I can create something interesting yet simple to build, operate, and maintain. I have a space at one end of a bedroom, The space is roughly 12'x12' (I still need to get precise measurements). My thought is to create a long loop of track by passing it over itself in some sort of elongated figure 8. The staging yard would be underneath the main scenic feature of the layout, which I intend to make as a small but prosperous town - say a county seat with several industries. Any thoughts or ideas?