Welcome to the thread about the new direction for my layout - the Sulligent, AL area along the Birmingham Subdivision. I had fun working on my freelanced AT&N Extension layout (http://www.frisco.org/shipit/index.php?threads/at-n-modern-era-layout.5484/), but I couldn't get the idea of modeling an area a few miles in either direction of Sulligent out of my head. I'd thought about waiting indefinitely for the time to come when another space would be available to build another layout. Then I realized that with no more progress than I had made on the AT&N Extension layout, it really wouldn't be too difficult to go ahead and make a few changes to turn the AT&N Extension layout into a more prototypical, Sulligent-themed layout. Obviously, the Reform, AL side of the layout had to be remodeled as something else. Rather than stick my Flynn pulpwood yard and Crews pulpwood yard on that side, I decided to move Sulligent over to that side instead. It makes Sulligent easier for visitors to see without having to duck under the layout. I changed the track plan in between the curves to include the Odgen pulpwood yard spur, and Tri-County Farm Supply sidings. On the AT&N Extension layout, I wanted my run-around at Reform as long as possible so I soldered the turnout ends to the 24" semi-circle curves on each end. However, trains seldom went straight to stay on the main. Coming out of the curves, trains often jumped the turnouts' legs and derailed. To hopefully eliminate this problem, I took 6" of straight track out of the middle, and put 3" of straight track between each curve and turnout. I lost 6" of run-around track, but if trains no longer jump the turnout legs coming out of the curves, it will be worth it. I felt like if I can get lead trucks headed in the right direction after coming out of the curves prior to coming upon the turnouts, the 3" straights should steer the lead trucks in the right direction first and help prevent derailments. Below is a video showing what I've done to the new Sulligent side (old Reform side) as well plans for a factory backdrop on the far end. As for the old Sulligent side, that side will be home to the other two pulpwood yards in the area and a scenic divide.