Ok, so I'm fairly soon going to be making my first venture into "0" gauge, having bought the Connoisseur "02" tank loco kit, gone the whole hog and bought motor, gearbox and plunger pickups, the intention is to actually run the thing, so for that I'm gonna need some track. Never having built my own track but considering myself an accomplished solderer, I'm wondering if I should go for maybe C&L and build my own, or just go out and buy some Peco or whatever. I've not looked at pricing whichever is likely to be the cheaper option (or indeed availability during the current situation!) and presently I've no idea of an actual layout in mind, so again, no awareness of eventual cost. It looks as though the only possible way I can build a useable layout is in my garage, a "U" shaped 'end-to-end' one, and the area I will ultimately have available will be 6.5M long by 0.6M wide on the first leg along the garage, a 4.2M long 150mm-ish (twin tracks) wide "shelf" across the back and a 2.3M by around 500mm wide return leg. The "shelf" across the back of the garage is necessarily narrow as we still need to accommodate 2 cars, leaving either outside is not something I'd even consider (despite living in a very 'low crime' area!) as I'm just too 'Old Fashioned'! Height of the layout from the floor will be 950mm. The garage itself is concrete sectional, timber lined but uninsulated inside, with a 'Plasticoated' steel roof with anti-condensation lining, so gets cold in winter and can be very hot in summer (if we ever get one!), so the layout won't get used during winter. As it'll be DCC from the 'off', but due to metal expansion in warmer weather, I'm thinking of allowing (say) a couple of mm between each rail end, and rather than running busbars under the board, I was thinking of soldering a short wire between each rail end joint, looping under the board from rail end to next rail end, so that the track itself becomes the busbar, each individual rail linked to the next. I doubt I'll ultimately have more than a couple of loco's in total (Say's He, where have I heard THAT one before!!!), but any help/suggestions on what's the best way to proceed and layout suggestions from the "0 gauge guru's" amongst us would be very much appreciated. Keith.