Greetings, After being out of the hobby I'm finally getting back into it due to some extra space and cash. So, the goal was to build a simple switching layout, but then I saw Model Railroaders Progressive rail track plan and well... there went the simple aspect. I also like that its an actual line still used today. I think to truly build this plan the way I would like I would need an extra two feet in length and 1 foot in width but I really don't want to go that large. I really don't want to make things too complicated and quite like my current design although I think it could be simplified. There currently are 11 turnouts and at 12 dollars a piece, that's a lot of money. My goals are this: 1. Keep the layout cheap, simple, but yet complicated. I would like long complicated switching operations, but a done layout is better than no layout. 2. It will be wired for dcc. 3. Be able to run modern rolling stock. Train lengths being 2-3 cars plus locomotive. 4. Use code 55 flex track and switches. 5. Have FUN!! Because that's what it's all about. Down below are the inspired plans and mine. Let me know what you think.