G'day P1MRC! This is the start of my build thread for my 'North East Houston Switch' shelf layout, I have wanted to build a simple shelf switching layout for a few years now, having a young family and a career change has kept me very busy, but i've got more and more free time now to get busy on the bench. heavily inspired by Lance Mindheims layouts and design, which i came across a while back as i got deeper into researching weathered rolling stock and initially had planned on building a simple LA style static diorama for photos, that idea snowballed and i thought it would be a bit more fun to have something operational. fast forward a bit and now i'm here, i've picked up some materials (timber, extruded foam board etc) to start my benchwork this week, the area i've picked is located in Houston Texas, NE of the city not far from the UP Englewood yards I've never been to Houston, just a fan of the state i guess and interested in all those small towns off the highways, so i spend a bit of time google mapping and looking at towns and following the freight lines i'm planning on laying the tracks similar to this area and will be loosely basing the structures and industry off of this as well, I've got some track, a few Walthers buildings to build and we will take it from there. my end goal is to have a simple and realistic layout and i think this is a great way to learn a lot of the fundamentals of model rail. stay tuned.