John, Very nice to see the good old LIRR come to life in Z scale. I too am a native Long Island boy (Southampton, LI born and raised) and grew up in the 70-80's on the east end. My grandfather worker for and retired from the LIRR in 1979 and spent close to 40 years working as a tug boat captain hauling/pushing barges in and around NYC. I still have his captains license and retirement gold watch. Truth be told the watch is a piece of junk and pretty typical of the LIRR in the the years he retired, but i love it. While home visiting my mother a few years ago, i hatched a plan for building a large Z layout of the LIRR featuring as much of the line i could. I dreamed up a room sized layout and even went so far as to sketch a few ideas. With work and life being busy, i unfortunatly let the idea go away. But reading your posts (and i'll admit the same busy life has kept me away from the train web-sites for a while) I was eager and excited about your doing the LIRR. Great work, and the custom painting looks great. Thank you for bringing back great memories, and re-igniting my idea of a LIRR layout... Good stuff..