Ironically most of the layouts I like are not N scale layouts. I believe that there is a definate sylistic difference in designing for the different scales and I prefer the track plans on ho scale layouts over n scale layouts. I seem to be most influenced by layouts that were on a smaller scale than the john allens or others mentioned. The MR project layout marquette and independance. HO scale A 5x9 layout built by a college aged student that was in student fare in seventies. all I remember was a yard and some industries and a long interchange track for traffic on this branchline. HO scale Maybe ten years ago there was a SOO line layout that was built with snap switches and the guy even did all his wiring with atlas selectors. I was most impressed with his long trains and kitbashed industries, as well as large yards. HO scale Some of malcolm furlows stuff really opened my eyes to the possibilities in model railroading if you just stretched your imagination a bit. Much of what I see in GMR's is very inspiring. The layout bsed on a MR layout was awesome even though it was just a simple plan. I think it was the 50th anniversary MR that had so many layout tours and was just spectacular. I was particularly drawn by the urban steam era layout on that one. Of late I find that our own trainboard layout builders have produced nice looking scenes. I like what fluid dynamics has on his blue foam monster for instance. I really enjoy his and all the rest of your pictures.