To frisco.org friends: Please see the attached track plan and Google Earth aerial of the area I am modeling in the bottoms area outlined in blue. I am posting this to inform you of another Frisco-themed layout being built (in Denver). Just for fun, I’ve uploaded a few progress photos of the layout under construction. All structures are painted mock-ups built of foam-core board. Streets are mocked-up with black foam core. My general layout scheme began with a desire to model the Frisco 8[SUP]th[/SUP] Street Industrial District in the bottoms in 1963, and specifically the so-called Alley Track (or Sweet Track, which is it?) between 8[SUP]th[/SUP] Street and 9[SUP]th[/SUP] Street just west of Santa Fe Street. This track appealed to me because of it being long, mostly single track serving multiple industry spots along its length, making for switching fun. Plus, it will only accessible via a switchback move using the track north of Continental Oil and Helmers as the lead with a crossing of Santa Fe Street, too. I have been able to include some other goodies that help make the bottoms so interesting: Street-running in Santa Fe Street MP switching action in the area around the MP freight house and Abernathy Furniture MP and UP through freights UP switching at the UP freight house All 13 railroads in KC in 1963 making appearances on transfer runs, either with a full train or caboose light. The majority of the action will be switching by Frisco crews in the bottoms, switching by MP crews around the MP freight house, and switching the UP freight house by UP locals. I also plan on KCT switchers appearing to switch the few industries KCT served in the bottoms. An occasional CGW train will appear on SLSF tracks in Santa Fe Street, as will Rock Island trains based on photos I’ve seen of such trains appearing on Santa Fe Street. I’ve also included a large staging yard with space for trains from all 13 railroads with facilities in KC in 1963. Many trains will be through trains with only an engine + transfer caboose and therefore will only need a short stub-ended staging track. Other trains appearing will be transfers with a string of freight cars and a transfer caboose on the end that will simply run-through the layout on Frisco, MP, or UP/KCT tracks. Modeling the bottoms, with its concentration of multiple railroads in a condensed area, is a great excuse to have a diesel or two of all 13 KC railroads in 1963, plus matching transfer cabooses, too! I envision 3-4 operators staying busy in a session. Control is CVP EasyDCC with wireless throttles, the layout height is 55”, and the track is Walthers Code 83 with some hand-laid code 55 spurs. I am ready to begun preliminary, test-run operating sessions to work out the inevitable bugs. I welcome your comments and questions -Mike Bowline Thanks for looking!