I finally got my train set, track, cork bed, and ballast so I began the "bench work" for the HO Railroad That Grows layout I’ll be replicating in N scale. Since I’m completely new to this, I was surprised at how long just building the table took (then again, any project I undertake seems to take about twice as long as I think it will). Of course, since I’m also filming the building of the layout that does take time, but just building the table and putting the foam in place was much more time intensive than I expected. Here are a couple of pictures of build in progress. Not very exciting or impressive, but you gotta start somewhere. The last photo shows the simple plan I'll be following for the first stage of the build to hone my skills. You can also see on the foam I laid out the 1 ft x 1 ft squares, but I scaled them down to N size, so they're all 6.5" x 6.5". That way I'll be able to follow the book's plan faithfully, laying out the track, roads, and scenery in the same way.