Hi Everyone, I think I have the layout I wish in SCARM (THANKS for all of the help - I truly appreciate the motivation and encouragement as well). I am building and HO layout it is 5' by 11.5', with a 3' by 2' bump out. I am building it in 3 modules so when I retire in 10 years I can take it with me. I KNOW 5' is a big ask for reach, but to get most of what I want, it needs to be that size. Not ideal, but it is what it is. Good thing I am tall! I am having trouble with track selection. I LOVE the look of Micro Engineering weathered flex track. I have read Peco turnouts are the way to go. When I was designing my N scale I used Kato Unitrack in SCARM, the turnouts are 100% self contained. Peco uses something mounted under the table I think, correct? Do I want code 83 track or code 70 track. Is there an advantage of one over the other? I know code 55 and be iffy on some cars and loco's. How tricky is the to make work? If my turnouts end up on risers or thick foam is that a problem? Does PECO make a turnout that simply works out of the box like Kato turnouts with no changes? What about roadbed. I know some of you craftsmen whip out your saber saws and hand cut everything, I would like to avoid that. Homabed comes pre shaped which I think will help me keep my curves at the correct radius but I doubt you can stick pins in it to hold down flex track so how do you get around that? Is it true that cork and foam simply don't last very long? I read somewhere it was 10 years and it was deteriorating! I plan on a double bus line (14 gauge) running around each module connected with deans connectors or the like. 1 bus for DCC track power, another for DC accessories like lights, little motors and other stuff. Does that sound right? I am sorry for the newbie questions! I am ready to start my bench work, I will also put it ion folding legs with casters so I can reach all parts of the table. Now i am tinking I need a solid surface of Luan or plywood with foam on top of that so I have something to screw switch machines to. I KNOW this is an ambitious project to say the least, I also know that my space of 11.5' by 9 (open to a larger area on the 11.5' section) feet is certainly less than ideal, but I think it can work. THANKS AGIN, I appreciate the advice and tips. Rob PS I got out to the shed this weekend and dug up the old trains from my wife's family, there was a few pieces of rolling stock and 3 HO locomotives from the 70's all in boxes. But most of it was larger American Flyer stuff with this amazingly cool transformer that you snap in these metal handles to operate. VERY COOL. it will be a nice set of wall art. One funny note, I ordered a Bachman HO Train set so I would have something I could run to test track and then convert to DCC later to use. In that kit was a silver Southern Hopper type car. When I was going through the stuff from the shed I found the IDENTICAL one in my boxes! Funny, it has not seen the light of day since 1976 (the year of the newspaper in the box) and here it is still in a train set!