This has been an interesting thread. I tend to lurk around more than I actually post and this has given me pause. I model in three different gauges with different approaches to each. I've been in HO since I was about 12 and still have most of that old rolling stock including several Mantua/Tyco locomotives. They aren't fancy but so what? It's fun and for me that's the point. In addition to all the old cars and locomotives I still have at least one MRC tranformer that works well and some newer as well but I've decided not to go with DCC. The last five years or so I've come across a lot of estate sale models including one lady selling her late husbands 40+ year collection of beautifully made brass and a huge collection of more modest equipment and I found myself with way too much rolling stock and handmade track and turnouts for almost nothing. What shocked me was last year in Europe when I shopped around for some newer locomotives and found the Fleischman 2-10-0 I wanted for a mere $650.00!! I brought a few very nice things home but prices have gotten crazy! I guess I'll keep building and just have fun. I have a friend who is a serious 1/48 scale modeler mostly in WWII aircraft. He has researched extensively and has a closet full of variants, resin kits and mod kits not to mention an apartment full of display cases, beautifully done work. I'm just not that se rious. Rick H.