Say welcome back to the N Scale, Howland and Pacific Model Railroad. A mountain railroad built to fit in a 10X10 Metal Shed in Big Bear Lake, California. Now residing In Nampa, Idaho. Present condition? We. Who is we? New friends. Have the helix-ii portion of the layout back up-on it's new legs and feet. I spent last week thinking of some catch phrase I could use to start this thread off with. You can pick one. 1. The Monster Layout Resurrection 2. Spaghetti Bowl Returns 3. My favorite to date is: The Folded Over Pretzel-ed Dog Bone. Now in restoration. Thanks Steve H. for the handy catch phrase. Well, this is fun but I'm guessing you want to see some pictures. The mess? Show me a layout that doesn't start off this way, grin! I had to wait for my son-in-law to put new flooring down before I could move the layout in. That took longer then I had hoped for but wasn't the only delay. Left of the picture: Your looking at the hidden staging yard, yard ladder. Did I hear someone ask to see underneath the layout? Okay. There is an access hole in the middle. I used to be able to get me and my stomach up through it. Oh the shape of things. Here you can see how I bundled the wires for the various Blocks and Switch Machines. You can also see how the legs went in and how they are framed. The other end is the trouble maker and I'll show you that in the next picture. This is a layout that grew and then got chopped up to fit in my Tran Shed in Big Bear Lake, Ca. You are looking at the older end or chopped up-end of the original layout. It was never really framed for legs and has been an ongoing problem since the chop-down. Today, Some cutting and fitting and it's as good as new. You'll see here 14 gauge wire used to connect my Analog DC and DCC power sources to Cut Off Switches or DPDT electrical toggle switches and then out again to the control panels. I operate Cab A and Cab B for all my track-blocks. No Common Wire, although I have a good friend John A. who has a layout that does. It runs amazingly well. Hopefully Model Railroader will get off their tosh and get it published. Me? I'm just not so lucky and my experience with Common Wire/Rail has been negative. One other feature: I can switch over Cab B to DCC. Not recommended but do able. That's a start in what i hope is the right direction. Your comments, observations are always welcome. Now to get the other section which is a longer piece at 9.5 feet long. It will require three sets of legs. Don't tell me I'm an Old Man, just because I'm slowly evolving into one, sigh! Isn't this fun?