Thank you,no criticism taken.
Actually,I have 5 diesels,a new MTH control that powers them nicely,22 5161 cvd grain hoppers, 9 23,500 gallon tankers,7 cornsyrup tankers,6 4750 cvd hoppers, 4 Berwick boxcars,8 50'6" boxcars,8 MTH sliding plug door paper boxcars and some other freight cars.
I'm obsessing on the track plan which is a challenge as I had a 25ftx44ft clean basement a few years back,then we sold my wife's home and the basement became full. I'm building by inches on a shelf that goes around the basement on 2 sides,north&east . Then water equipment comes into play on the south end. The shelves pick up again further down on the south end of the basement and make a short continuation on the west end of the basement. The shelf height I'm using is 36&1/2" above floor level with 2'x4' vertical bracing about every 3',so sidings become a problem,well,LOL,everything's a problem! The couplers are needed, and available, especially on the 3 rail MTH cars,but coupling on the Atlas cars,notably the older cars,is next to impossible. The couplers are available,it's just waiting on the funds now as most of the high dollar HO stuff was sold 2 years ago. So I tend to move from trackwork to couplers,then airlines,swithstands,whatever the mind is comfortable with at the time. Too much trackwork gets depressing until my mind can wrap itself around it again with fresh ideas,so I move onto fresh aspects of the hobby. Bottom line is I wonder if I will ever get things partially situated so I can move ahead with a track plan. I keep looking for track ideas on the internet,but haven't found anything that really fits my mental grasp,or "throws my switch," as I like to say. I really like ROO's plan and have found other plans in the O SCALE RESOURCE that have some nice ideas,now I have to combine all the ideas together which is a fun part of the hobby,you just have to put it aside at times.
So I'm set on freight cars,for the most part. Trackwork is the top priority with couplers mixed in. I haven't been able to find Atlas turnouts for so long,now the new shipment is in and I don't know if Atlas is trying to get out of O Scale or what,but I can only afford a few at a time as their price increase has,in my opinion,"topped out." High $90's to over a $100 for a #5 t/o? That's going to be years,if ever,before I can afford the t/os I'm planning. So that's my ordeal. But it will work out,how I'm not sure.
Thanks for your heartfelt help.