Hi everyone, I'm another new member. I am from Fargo, North Dakota but we have a lake cabin in north central Minnesota where I am in the process of constructing a garden railroad. It will be 45 mm. It will be an elevated loop, approximately 30+ inches high, and around 120 feet long running through a mix of spruce and maple trees. I'll have a couple of passing sidings, as well as a good sized steam up area. I plan to run mainly live steam or battery powered locomotives. I currently have 2 live steam engines, a Wrightscale Porter and a Salem 0-4-0. Both are manual control. I have become very interested in 7/8 n 2 scale and I have ordered some logging disconnects in that scale from the Train Department to get a better feel for that scale. If I find that I am as pleased as I believe I will be, then I would like to construct some small battery powered diesel switchers, railcars and speeders for which I do have some plans, and photos from Timberbeast and Tall Timber and Short Lines, 2 small journals devoted to logging in the Pacific Northwest that were published in the 1980's to early 1990's. Since I am building my layout in northern MN, which all the locals claim is the birthplace of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue Ox, I thought I should probably have at least some focus on logging. I would like to have RC for the battery powered locos when I construct those so I am looking forward to what those of you who have experience with the various systems have to say and recommend. I am thinking I may be able to convert the Salem to 7/8 scale by removing the cab and side tanks, domes and rebuilding them but that will need to wait until I have a few battery powered units available. Have to be able to entertain the grandkids after all. So that briefly, or perhaps, not so briefly is a summary of what I am up to. My efforts have been briefly stymied by the discovery of an infestation of poison ivy right in the middle of the railroad right of way. We are working diligently to exterminate this and while we are making some inroads, tonight we found it has leaped a hundred yards and is invading our patio next to my grill. Fortunately, my lovely wife ran and grabbed her trusty bottle of Roundup for Poison Ivy and while I attempted to rescue my grill, she sprayed the fiendish weed. Hopefully, this will have had time to effectively work before this evenings thundershower washed it all away but dealing with this noxious pest has certainly taken all the hobby time away from the layout construction for the past month.