How To Build A Switching Layout
By Lance Mindheim
This is a fabulous book for someone new in the hobby that wants to build something quick so they can get up and running. I wouldn't say anything in the book is revolutionary, but Lance's bare-bones simplicity is perfect for folks that need a primer on model railroading. The techniques are simple and quick, and even a person very new to the hobby can produce a successful switching layout using this book. For experienced modelers it won't be of much use to you.
It has some great insight on colors for scenery, on modern railroading models and on shelf layout construction. The section on structures is very hand and I did get some good tips from that part.