Well, looks like it's back to the drawing board. In order to make better use of the available spare bedroom in the apartment I've decided to go back to HOn3 but proto-freelanced. This will help in a few ways...
1) Physical size of the trains; narrow gauge trains, although still HO scale, are proportionately smaller so you can fit more in the same space
2) Train lengths are shorter as are the engines and cars and look better in smaller scenes
3) I can still utilize RTR (Blackstone Models) trains and simple HO scale kits
4) It will help me narrow down and better focus on the industries the railroad will serve as well as cut down on the size and number of towns modeled
It will keep the current operations style and rule book and only rosters, towns, industries, and timetables will change. The railroad's history will change a little and the railroad will simply be called the Tiadaghton Valley Railroad; still being owned by the Tiadaghton coal company.
I'll be selling off my standard gauge equipment that I've collected and using the funds from the sale of that equipment to purchase narrow gauge equipment so if you're looking for any standard gauge HO trains contact me for a list of what I have available.