Well, in the "nothing ventured nothing gained" column, add the Aroostook Valley Railroad in N scale! I received a letter yesterday from Model Railroader, telling me that although my submission to the layout design contest wasn't a winner, they found the track plan and concept "worthwhile" and they want to publish the entry in a future issue! How about that for beginner's luck!
Meanwhile faithful friends, I'm making progress on the scenery - getting at least the base scenery in place over the entire layout except the industrial park. Photos to come.