Following several strokes as well as brain surgery, I have been forced to retire (which, it turns out, I'm pretty good at. My illnesses and a sock - full of other issues also resulted in the failure and disolution of my marriage. The upshot of all this is (in part) that a year ago I gave ALL of my HO collection to my adult son. I don't regret that. In my new home I have limited space in which to work (I have a space of about 5' X 7.5' into which I can build an N Scale layout and I have purchased a bunch of stuff to facilitate that. Through my illnesses I ended up with some brain damage, this is mostly manifested in becoming easily confused about things, as well as a repetitive leaning towards losing anything I touch within about 10 seconds, but hey, we all love a challenge I bought a Bachmann Empire builder starter set as well as their EZ Command dcc system along with an Atlas GP38 w/ dcc. My Woodland scenics Scenic Ridgew layout kit arrived today... I am still waffling over which track plan to use - I am wide open to recommendations! I named My old HO layout, "Ajax & Imperial" and I'll probably keep- that for the new layout. I plan to model with both steam and diesel, probably whichever is most economical. I don't recall what the various 'eras" are called, help, please? I picked up a new airbrush outfit recently as well as a smattering of structure kits, I haven't decided which to tackle first though. The WS scenic ridge building kit set is enroute as well. Last night I comitted to building a fairly good sized wooden, curved trestle. I hope to get at that project this weekend. Onwards and upwards!