I have enjoyed reading this thread and it confirmed my observation that we don't have to aspire to the big, super-detailed layouts to fully enjoy the hobby. I just sat through the layout design special interest group Zoom meeting a week or 2 ago and it was interesting that the conclusion of most presenters was they needed to buy a bigger house. Almost all of them said that at the end of their presentation. It's the design and build process that's important for most of us whether it's a large or small layout. We set our own requirements for a design and go from there. It's good to know and understand some basics of operations and yard requirements and work with them along with our own requirements. I have found the writings of John Armstrong to be most interesting and inspiring. As for me, I'm working with Z scale here initially on a 2' x 4' board. I played around with N scale a long time ago, but the Z scale is a fascinating challenge. The plan is to learn DCC and all that goes with that. Who knows where this will lead. Thanks for starting this thread. It's been very interesting to read.