O.k. i have a couple of good solid loco's on the way I plan to buy a dcc system after xmas in a few weeks I ordered 2 books from amazon, and plan to hit the local library I am actuallually on my way up to the attic now to get my xmas lights and measuer the space and figure out what i need to get to make it habitable in hot and cold. I plan to use that pink foam from home depot another forum member turned me on to and nails/pins for the first couple layouts. So right now i have a shopping list of 3 4x8 sheets of the pink foam for underlayment on my current track. 2 heavy weight loco's suggested by another forum member Track spikes and pins. Digitrax super empire builder standard w/ dt400 throttle. Various mobile and stationary decoders. <== i have to do more research on these. Track cleaning solution couplers Trucks/wheels misc parts for engines.