Hello all, My name is Jim and I am using the "handle" James66. I have been a railroad follower since I was 8 or 9. After I was married and moved to Syracuse in an apartment I decided to model in N scale because of space restrictions. After 3 years we bought our first house and I expanded the railroad. Then with a move to the second house, the arrival of a daughter and work constraints, the railroad was mothballed. Now, 20(!) years later, after retirement, I am going to start over. I have a lot of N scale track and rolling stock, so I will continue modeling in that scale. I have finally secured the right-of-way in the finished basement. There was a lot of talks with my wife about where, how big, how tall, etc., but we came to an agreement and a space of about 3"-0" x 9'-6" has become available for my "Empire." That should be plenty of room for a great N scale railroad. I have talked to another member here, MC Fujiwara, about track design. He has offered a lot very helpful suggestions and I plan to use his service, Yardgoat Layout Design.