Well hello — I've been lurking on the forums for the last couple of weeks in anticipation of moving into my new home, with enough space for me to re-ignite my hobby. Back when I was a little fella — I used to model with my dad in the loft (attic) — I had several N gauge layouts in the past while also helping with the landscaping/scenery on my dad's HO scale layout. Fast forward to now. I've finally got the space to build a layout all of my very own. I am excited about all of the things that come with the building process. But before I jump into anything crazy — I really wanted to share my thoughts with you all — to work on developing a layout that I can enjoy for years to come. I chose N gauge again, as I really want to aim as much as possible to some realism, longer trains. I enjoy shunting and general layout operation. My goal/idea is to base my layout around the railroads that I see today in Virginia/Alexandria — VRE/CSX cargo. I have the idea of creating a fantasy location — some type of smaller town within a hilly/blue ridge mountain type space. Somewhere for the VRE to collect passengers. One operating industrial line for pickup. Then the usual passing express/as my collection grows. I want to operate with a fiddle yard — hidden behind the scenry. (noting that I can access this if I move my table) I am working in a 3ft x 10ft space. I have the table built and I am ready to start working out my track/testing/exploring. I am really excited about the scenery and artistic side of this also — to which, I want to aim for something pretty realistic. I want a good balance of trains in the open hills/mountains — with a small town/industry/station. I have a vision — with the main focus of a single viaduct leading into the town. Now — you guys/gals. What are your thoughts/suggestions? — I like the idea of a single track coming in from the right. Possibly two leaving the town back into the fiddle yard? I'll be using Kato points/turnouts with switches and DCC. As this hobby is always a moving target and everyone has an idea of their perfect layout. I am hoping that I can ensure to at least have the base work of a layout in place. Something that I can work on for the years to come! Thanks for reading through that. Happy to answer any questions. Looking forward to hearing some thoughts. ALL ABOARD! Regards, Adam.