I have been intrigued by the model railways of Lance Mindheim and the simplicity of his layouts. Simple switching layouts serving industries in either California or Miami. If you haven't heard of Lance Mindheim, check out his videos on you tube... So, what's this got to do with a new layout thread...? Answer : Inspiration ! As I have a few lengths of track, some old points and baseboard material, I'd thought I 'd have a go at building a simple switching layout, based on operations in and around Hialeah in Miami. I have yet to name the layout, but I'm liking NW 37th Ave..., but maybe another name will creep in ! Here are some photos I took from Google street view to give an idea of what scenery I have in mind... An overview of down town Miami showing the tight radius curves servicing different customers. These next four photos are of the typical scenery I wish to convey... I had originally designed the layout as an inglenook, but I wanted more operational interest. So this plan below was drawn up and it subsequently developed into the final plan... The final plan... I added the two points curving off to the front of the layout, similar to what is shown in the aerial photo further up the page... The track on the lower right hand side is the lead. I have not decided whether I''ll add a fiddle yard as most of the shunting can be done on what you see here. Work has slowly begun after constructing the baseboards over the past weekend. It will become a 'fold over' layout, easy to store and transport... This image shows the track plan down on the soon to be baseboards prior to coming up with the final track plan. So, I have added a 30mm slab of insulation foam to the board and made some track adjustments and realigned the track for better visual. More pics will come in due course. Cheers, Gary.