I wrote the text below years ago in a topic here on Trainboard. Now that I have a lot of life upheaval under control I'm proceeding once again with the layout ideas and the construction. Without further delay, this is how I saw the layout in about 2011: What's the name of your railroad? Is it freelanced, prototype, or something in between? Tillamook and Astoria Terminal Railway (TATR), which is a "coudabin" railroad connecting the prototype SP Tillamook line and the SP&S A-line. What scale are you working in? N scale is the scale. Most pieces are/will be modular. What's the era, time setting, and location of your layout? Era is mid-20th Century. The location is on the Oregon Coast. What locomotives and rolling stock are you using? Steam and diesel coexist on the Tillamook and Astoria Terminal Railway in the early 1950s. Being a connector, a lot of the equipment is inherited from the parent roads SP and SP&S, and from predecessor roads Tillamook Terminal and Astoria Harbor Belt. Log bunks are a frequent sight on the road, owing to the industry, as well as gondolas and boxcars. Passenger service is provided by heavyweight locals. What's the backstory for your railroad? The Tillamook and Astoria Terminal Railway (TATR) is the realization, in N scale, of an idea that had existed in the early 20th Century to connect the SP&S line to Astoria and Seaside with the SP line to Tillamook. The connector, in reality, was never built, but on my layout it has been built. Without the connector, coastal traffic originating in Tillamook would have to travel to Portland and then be switched to SP&S's A-line to continue to Astoria. Further, lots of coastal areas suffered without rail service, and resource extraction was more difficult for lack of rail access. During periods of poor weather with frequent landslides on one or the other lines, the TATR link proved invaluable in maintaining vital rail traffic.