I'm actually making some progress on the new layout after being in the new house almost 3 years. The house has a bonus room upstairs, and after several knee surgeries, the wife has no desire to climb stairs, so it's all mine. The area is 16' wide by 42' long with stairs coming up in the middle of one 42' wall. The layout will be along one wall from the stairs to the end of the room (20') then along the short wall, then all the way down the 42' wall. Roughly 80 linear feet. The benchwork will mostly be 2 feet wide with a dogbone loop at each end. There will also be a 24' x 4' peninsula running down the middle of the room connecting to the main layout along the 16' wall That will give me a 3' walkway on one side and a 5 ft walkway on the other. My intent is for the layout to be a switching layout, but the mainline will be looped so I can continuous run if I want. At one end there will be a small interchange yard with another RR. The peninsula will contain the yard along one side, connected to the mainline by a wye. The rest of the peninsula will be industrial switching. I also plan a branchline that will climb a 2% grade along the 42' wall to an upper level mine and small town.....the town will be about 30' along the wall where the track will reverse and climb further to the mine (about 60' total). I'm building the layout in 2' x 8' modules, and all but one is in place.......that one will connect to one last module that will contain a helix to drop the track below the benchwork where it will then descend along the long wall to a staging yard underneath the peninsula......the wall is plenty long to just do a ramp down to the staging yard, but I couldn't figure out how to do the framing to get the train past the cross braces. Suggestions welcomed on that since I haven't started that section yet. I'm being pretty broad with my time frame, but it will be transition era so I can still justify some steam power. I want to run all the paint schemes the Milwaukee Road ran....they never all ran together, although there was quite a bit of overlap at times, but I want them all on the layout.The UP paint scheme appeared in 1957 so it just makes it in to my cut off of 1960. This will also give me a broad range of manufacturers, since EMD, Alco, FM, and Baldwin all had diesels at that time. I'll try to post some pics and possibly a track plan soon.