Hi all, I'm starting out from scratch, but I have a few things I'm already looking at after reading MRR magazines and a few books over the years. Scale: HO Physical Location: Well lit and finished basement Era: Late steam/early diesel (not locking in time period quite yet) Setting: British Columbia, especially the Revelstoke-Vancouver route of the CPR Goals: Primarily scenery and train running, with some interest in solo operations Industry: Passenger transport, standard freight and lumber/sawmill Summary: I'm hoping to model 3 primary scenes, starting in Revelstoke at the station, traveling through the Fraser Canyon and then into Vancouver's waterfront station. The locomotive I'll be buying soon is the Royal Hudson 4-6-4, and I'll be acquiring passenger cars in the coming months (have several freight cars/caboose). Revelstoke: Station, and the start of the Revelstoke-Vancouver section of the CPR passenger trains. Will have a turnaround loop after the station (likely hidden by a tunnel). Fraser Canyon: Hopefully as long a run as I can fit, with some mountainous terrain and tunnels. Vancouver: Waterfront (then Cordova) Station. At this point the track will go under the main layout surface into a lower deck turnaround loop. On top I'm planning to model as much of the city as I can fit. I've attached the plan of my basement I threw together with a rough outline of the area I have dedicated for train layout. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!