I would think that the best place to cut the long rail would be the next curve. If it curves in the opposite direction it might be worth using it as the outside rail and not have to cut as much, or possably any, of the track. If you are just doing a simple oval the inside track is going to be shorter than the outside, no way around it. In fact, unless you are running a point to point layout, the inner rail will always be shorter. Gary, everything I've read on track laying recomends this method which as you stated, only makes sense, decreasing derailment possabilities. :thumb: Now, if the turnouts only came that way, their danger would be reduced also.