Its not so much the plastic person as the train carrying him. For me, its what i've been exposed to as a child. I can clearly remember the Northeast Corridor in Metuchen NJ, where alot of my family lives. There are almost always sets of NJ transit Arrow III cars, ALP44s/46s, and any number of Amtrak toasters. I've even seen an E60MA once, and until very recently, that E60MA was the biggest locomotive i'd seen yet. The commuter equipment is part of the landscape, and particular things can send a clear cut message as to the setting of the railroad. just remember that i need continuous running, and although I have cab cars, i need broad curves to truely run them "push/pull" in a point to point system. I'll probably be able to resolve the problem by adding weight, but i know others have trouble keeping their longer train on track. My longest train gets to about 8 cars (although at that point only my E60CH can handle it), and while i've gotten it to push reliably for a little bit on my layout, I really need bigger curves to try that. sounds good, i'll have to try it.