I have just started this hobby and I am fascinated by the possibilities that exist. I purchases a MTH Ready-to-Run Set and used the track that arrived with the set.(RealTrax) I ordered a little more track and a couple of switches to make the layout a little more interesting. Works ok, just need to add more to the size of the layout and I would like to switch to a different type of track. My questions are as follows: 1. What type of track should I use? I plan on at least a 8 x 16 bench. 2. Is there an outlet to sell the track that I have purchased? It seems to be expensive and will not be practical for the size of layout that I would like to build. 3. Where should I start in planning my layout? There are so many options, I really do not know where to begin. I would like to run a freight train type layout with the ability to run 2 trains at one time. 4. I am open to any and all suggestions that the 'experts,' in this hobby would have to offer this 'newbie.' Thanks to all for your time and suggestions.