Once again, the benchwork is a frame of 1 by 4 pine, with the joists 16 inches apart, allowing access with a power drill. This penninsula is 5 feet across, and will be divided down the middle by a backdrop, allowing the track to run through two sections of 30 inches wide. This section is lower than the others, as the line climbs for the length of each straight section, for a rise of about 1 inch for each 10 foot straight section, giving an approximate grade of 1 percent or so...for a mountain shortline, not even close to prototypical. (Oh, well. I'm a learning newbie. ) I intend to keep the curve level. Here's a progress shot of the beginning of what will be called "Dead Man's Curve". There will be a whole story behind this one stretch of track.