Several objectives: model a railroad of antiquity, Colorado Front Range roughly similar to Golden, Colorado area, standard gauge, light weight, minimal size to fit in my hatchback to take to model train shows. The newly released, retooled Bachmann American Type is DCC ready with onboard sound and can be activated using a one amp analog transformer. Unlike the older analog versions, I've owned six and each one developed a terminal fail after ten hours of use, this unit appears to be as close to a Gold Standard of usability as there is. The older, tender motor Americans are still produced and available. You want to see how it looks after ten hours of gentle use, look within. If the new, retooled DCC ready Bachmann continues to function as well as it does, it may very well get a DCC upgrade in the future. If Bachmann can make good stuff, I will buy it and recommend it.