Hi all, I am getting ready to build my first N scale layout this winter and am starting to gather, sort, organize and determine which direction I want to go. I bought all of my friends N scale equipment, locos, rolling stock, track, scenery, buildings etc. about 100lbs of stuff. From what I have been able to determine, he quit modeling in the early 90's so there is nothing newer than that. All of the track is code 80, and mostly 3' lengths and some flex, track manufactures are Shinohara, Atlas, some (I think) Rivarossi (says made in Italy) and turnouts by Atlas and a few Pecos. From prices I see currently on the web to replace this stuff, there must be several thousand dollars of track and switches etc. Many new locos, mostly Kato but some MiniTrix and a few Bachmans, the rolling stock, some new, some excellent used are mainly Kato, Trix and Rivarossi and I'm guessing are mostly "pizza cutter" type wheels. This was all top line stuff back in the day and my dilemma now is, to use all of this as is and enjoy its' "not quite exactly scale" appearance, or ditch it all and start with code 55 track. That would mean a whole lot of wheel work on the cars and locos so they would run on code 55. My gut feeling it to use it as is and enjoy the building and modeling and detail work which is something I really enjoy, rather than spend a huge amount of money replacing perfectly good track and time rebuilding wheels. I am probably going to end up with 2 layouts one day, one in the shop on a larger layout, bigger than 4x8' plywood, but the first one will be in the house on a pulley platform up to the ceiling, probably 4x4' or maybe 3x6' or thereabouts, I'm still in the "conceptual thinking" stage. Anyway, would appreciate some input from those who are much more in the know than I. Thank you! Cheers PS I'll post some pics tonight when I get a moment.