The railroad is fairly large. It is located in a 13' X 40' space in the basement of our home. The benchwork is complete as is much of the wiring. I do want to create a much better electrical control panel than what is currently in place, but for the time being it suffices. The track work is down, but a change may be in order in Maryville as one thing I have learned from both experience and reading on the O Gauge Forum is how important it is to have a track that serves as a yard lead. The Maryville yard does not have one and as a consequence switching chores are prone to be hampered by trains coming into town.
I mention Maryville's lack of a lead track to both illustrate that I am not a pro at any of this and that model railroading is a hobby in which there is always more to learn. I also mentioned the situation because as I have begun to contemplate how best to tackle the work to be done on the railroad, I have broken up the layout in a number of districts based on their location. It just so happens that Maryville, named after my lovely and supportive wife, is where I am going to start. The below pictues show Maryville from a couple of angles.