Hey everyone. A little background info about me/mydad: Had an HO layout (11'x4') for 5 or 6 years. 20 or so engines, most in mint condition, good quality. Alot of rolling stock, and tons of track/accessories. We recently moved in the last year or so and have finally gotten around to putting up a new layout. Thing is, we don't have as much room this time around, and have settled on a 4'x7' rectangle. After laying out some HO track, we noticed there wasn't enough room to meet our desires. And so we have moved onto N scale. We are farely new to the N scale scene. A few questions, first, and then I will post some pics of what we have acquired so far. I will update this thread with pics of the layout as it comes along, and will also ask questions, so check by often. What are good, quality brands for engines and rolling stock? We don't want to cheap it out. But we also don't want to spend a zillion $$ to get to started and build up our reserves of accessories. Is Bachmann OK to go with for a few engines? How do they pull? Do they last? What about Life-Like, and KATO. So far, I see Atlas and Kato are pricier, but seem to have more detail/better quality. Bachmann is very affordable. We don't mind buying Atlas or Kato if we can find a deal, but we would like to have other options as well. _________________________________________________________________________ LAYOUT TIME-- What we have so far: 10 pieces of Atlas flex-track(code 80), alot of turns, and one switch (lol). At the advice of a LHS, we were told that the code 55(brown) atlas track was not made to perfection and would give us problems. So we went with Atlas. We will most likely be using WS foam for the roadbed, also at the advice of one of our LHS. 1 Atlas Buffalo and Pittsburgh GP-38 #2000 $75 - the paint really attracted us, and it's local to us (we live just outside of Buffalo) 4 Seaboard System Box Cars (in a set) $20 1 CN flatbed car $10 Our main idea is to have 2 or more main lines going around the main perimeter of the layout. Also a switch-yard, and some industry. I like the idea of a coal plant, or something, maybe even a mountain if we can fit that in there too. Pics of the board: What do you think so far? Also, we plan on buying alot of stuff on ebay since we seem to see cheaper prices and better deals. Please, look at my questions in bold and thanks for the help.