My Givens & Druthers The layout will be in N Scale: Size - 13' x 8' with a height of ~45"-52" Minimum curves @ 18" visible, 15" hidden Preference is to keep most of the layout ~18" deep & wide aisles The back wall (solid brown section) is shelving/storage @ 16" deep (for all of my hobby supplies/tools) but a yard or trackage could be incorporated into that area Construction - probably L girder (open to other construction options) Era: 1930s - 1950s (transition era, heavy on steam) Railroad: Denver & Rio Grand Western (85% of my engines/rolling stock), Union Pacific, Milwaukee Road... Location: Midwest (including Mountains & Prairies) Scenes: Bridge/Trestle over river, Coal mining, timber/lumber and other industry, rural town The goal is to have operations/switching and some passenger traffic (I have D&RGW passenger engine/cars) as well as opportunity to just watch the trains go around. My initial layout is meant to provide a room divider to hide all of my hobby/tools on the shelving (and also provide additional desk space under the layout). The track was put in only to get an idea of the space needed for benchwork, so it's just there to give a general idea of how to fill (if I were to choose to go this route) the space. I've only worked with small, table layouts (nothing I plan to incorporate into this layout) up to this point and I'm not really sure how to best use this space (and not cram it full of trackage/scenery) and ensure I don't turn it into a daunting/overwhelming project.