i am excited to be returning to work on my N scale Western Maryland Connellsville Extension. i had some serious health issues over the past 14 months that have really stopped my layout progress, but all seems to be sorted now. let's just say Lyme's is a PITA to diagnose, esp. if you never present the tell-tale bullseye bruising. the fatigue and lack of concentration took their toll and then some. toss in a family history of diabetes and well, i urge everyone to listen to their body. with that out of the way, i have made some progress today - i cleared the subroadbed and the remains of the trackwork i had put down then removed due to a planning error and am getting ready to attack the layout fresh. here is the semi-sorta mostly track plan that corrects some planning errors. it's not completely accurate, but you'll get the idea of how things are going to be - i would like to have two passing sidings on the main, but that just might not work out. the goal is to have the main, staging, and yard completed by 1 Jan 2012. the branch should be ready a few weeks after the main is completely debugged and operational. i am currently developing an Arduino based CTC machine to control the mainline turnouts and signaling system. it will behave like a real interlocking machine with time locks and the click clack sound of relays. the era is a blurring from 1967 to 1973 - N&W is running thick and heavy and the P&LE overhead traffic is still going strong. never mention the kitty cat nor the mating worms for they do not exist if the WM exists.