I have been enjoying your site for some time now and thought I would try and contribute something.
I never had a train set as a child but I had always admired watching them. After I retired I decided to spend my children’s inheritance on building and running a model train layout. I built my first layout when I was 65 (HO w/DCC and sound) in the corner of our spare bedroom. It was 8 feet long and 2 1/2 feet wide. I found most of my information on the internet as there is no hobby shop within 150 miles of my home. I built everything using purchased kits so I could get a feel of what was available. Got to say, I was not impressed with today’s kits as I remember building model airplanes,boats and rockets as a kid and remember the quality and instructions as quite a bit better. I have attached some pictures of my first layout. I dismantled it, expanded it and moved it into my workshop in the back yard after a couple of years and I will be glad to send you some pictures of that updated layout if you wish.
Great layout, Bob, but I know what everyone will say: “Yes, we want to see the pictures of the updates!”