I knew that. I'm just a little fuzzy headed. Seems Santa not only brought me scenery materials, but a nasty cold as well. It's been 20 years or better since I've had a cold or flu. I almost forgot what the tingling spine felt like. I don't think your following me on what I'm asking. Let me put it this way. I am doing some research, right now on this forum. Of course any manufacturer will say their product is the best thing since sliced bread. The people on these forums are not as biased. Sure, you have your UP rules n B&O just stinks people, but in general the posts on here are a better source than anywhere else.
In HO, this would be roughly 4'8 x 10'. Certainly not a large layout, but with short trains with matched locos it can have some interesting aspects. Now taking it down to N scale, one should be able to ALMOST duplicate the HO layout. Biggest difference between the two is vision isn't scaled. You can view almost half the HO scale layout at a time while being able to view the whole layout in N scale. This is the biggest hurdle in my mind, making a loop track not look like a loop track.
TomikawaTT, why would you pass on any sort of switching? Does it pose much difficulty? I have already built the cabinet in my head, and the top would be wood framed with the center being glass. This would be hinged to allow access to the layout and lighting, which would be mounted to the wood framing. Your suggestions on the rough terrain sounds like a good idea. I think I would also agree on getting skimpy with the city buildings and go the rural route. I had thought about a couple bridges as well. Something that would have to interesting, filling in for the lack of a city.
Thanks everyone for your input. I will continue to build this in my head and then hopefully get some sort of plan posted.