Central NY is pretty bland for train action. So much so that CSX wants to sell off most of the short lines, and has succeed in selling the Massena line from north of Syracuse to Valley Field, Quebec to CN Rail. Which really isn't short at all, but clearly they want out of this decaying area. For models, definitely want an "O" gauge set up. Had some "HO" and "N" gauge when I was a kid, but always pined for the bigger 3-rail stuff. Once Christmas is done, it will likely be a 4x8' layout. Kinda small for "O" but certainly do-able for someone that only wants to dabble in it.