Hi, just getting back into the hobby after a 25 years absence. I came across a couple of packed boxes that containted the bulk of my HO railroad collection a few months ago. In the boxes were the usual Riverossi collection of a few steam engines as well as MDC models and of course a couple of Athearn diesels. In addition a fair collection of the older Athearn and Roundhouse box cars, tankers, reefers and a few Athearn passenger cars as well as a set of the shorter Hariman Roundhouse passenger cars as well. There was also a collection of switches and a few MRC power packs as well, the switches of course being brass. I have since built my benchwork in the area allocated for my layout, it is in essence a U shaped 8' x 12' x 8'. I have since laid a two inch foam board over the tables and am just trying to develop a track plan for me. I envision two seperate dog bones with two towns/industries at each end. I will of course by browsing for ideas both here and other forums. Was really surprised to see that Bachmann steamers are now considered to be good (spectrum models), this was a far cry from when I was last in the hobby. In fact I have a 2-8-0 Bachmann that was new and has never run as when I first placed it on the tracks then it would not respond at all, was put back in the box where it still sits.