Hey All, I recently acquired Kalmbach Books MR Series "Project Railroads you can Build" which includes the N-Scale Appalacian Central series by Lionel Strang. I showed it (benchwork to final) to my wife, and actually got a favourable response... I could do this as my first layout! Does anybody have any thoughts or critiques about this particular layout? Once I return home I'll be pulling out RTS or whatever other trackplanning software I can get me hands on and trying to replicate the design so I can do some tweaking. One of my concerns is the use of 11" and 9 3/4" curves that are present on the branch line of the upper "deck" of the layout. It's originally for coal hauling, so not much of a concern with the original design... Is this something to be overly paranoid about, or should I use it as a base design and do a variant on it? Widen the curves or the like. As far as Scenery is concerned, the Niagara Escarpment in Southern ontario can easily stand in for some Appalacian-looking stuff... just the industry is different... no coal Thoughts?