Looks like a nice start on your layout.....I grew up in Sioux City just a few blocks from the big Milwaukee Road service center, so I saw a lot of Milwaukee Road action, even though the area was rapidly being downsized. Rock Island didn't make it to my part of Iowa, but I had IC,CNW,BN/Burl/GN, and the Milw. I now live in Montana, and there's still a big history of Milw. Rd. where I live, so I model the Road in the transition era in central montana. Gives me the option of steam,diesel AND electric. Keep up the good work on your layout.