I'm a 73 year-old former computer programmer who had American Flyer trains when I was a kid, and HO gauge trains when I was a teenager. I bought some N gauge stuff as a young adult, but never pursued that. Now that I'm retired, I decided I wanted to start another layout. I've been working on the idea for several months, and I loved Rod Stewart's layout. If you're listening, Rod, I had planned a road to go along the Pennsylvania / New York border area, to run in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The line would be called the Pennsylvania - New York Border Railroad, The logo would be Penn-NY, and the nickname would be the Penny Line. This line would be crossed by a mainline connecting a fictitious city in mid-Pennsylvania with a fictitious city in upstate New York. This would be jointly owned by the PRR & the NYC. The line would be electrified so that the PRR could run passenger trains pulled by a GG-1. The NYC would use Hudson 4-6-4 engines to pull freight through the area. The Penny line would run on mostly old equipment purchased used from PRR or NYC. Sometimes, it would be run before it could even be repainted to Penny Line colors, but it would all be meticulously maintained so it could run a long time at lower cost, since the weight being pulled and the speed being run would be significantly less than the PRR or NYC. At this point, I have the GG-1 and 5 long passenger cars, and the Hudson and 9 freight cars (incl caboose). I also have three shorty passenger cars pulled by an old Long Island RR SW-1, and three boxcars pulled by a side-tank 040 switcher. All this runs on a 5 1/4 x 8 ft board with an OSB base and a 1-inch pink insulation board on top of that. My village already has 7 houses, 7 stores, a gas station, a fraternal order hall, and a small hotel. I have two tracks that are about 3 inches apart, with a passenger station on the inside of the inside track, and a freight station between the two tracks. The track is wired with a complex set of switches and transformers so that I can run three trains by keeping one on a siding and running that other two, one at a time. My goal is to expand to a 12 by 8 L shaped board to have more room to run. I'd love to hear more about your setup, such as equipment, structures, etc. Cost is a serious issue for me as I am retired, so I haven't bought even a cheap structure in a couple of months. Anyone else running PA / NY border area, give me a yell. My Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.