I have a few actually... 1) I have noticed MANY different designs for turnouts. But the one thing that I really notice is that the best looking turnouts actually use curved rail for the switch points. These turnouts are much more realistic looking, and I wish to go with those. What manufacturers make those, and what types of success has people had using different brand? 2) What do the number of the switches/turnouts mean (i.e. #4,#6,#8)? And now a side note question... Most of the rail I have acquired is the pre-made length and radius style. And I do not like the way the rail is ended to leave room for a rail connector at the last tie. Is better to not use these at all, or is there an easy way to trim the rail or ties to make more realistic in apperance?